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Fate of the earth

By Joel McNeece, The Journal, January 27, 2016

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” Those are the words of Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician and author.

Many would take umbrage with that notion, but they should have been present at last week’s school board meeting in Pittsboro.

The “fate of the earth” wasn’t necessarily decided, but the importance of teachers was on display for which no one could deny.

Lindsey Hastings, Katie Hill and Jennifer Moore, the first-year literacy coaches in the school district gave updates to the board on what occupies their time and the impact of their actions. The presentations were requested because the positions were a creation of the board.

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The Death of Nuclear Power

HELEN CALDICOTT ON EVERLASTING NUCLEAR WASTE

In a populated suburb of St. Louis Missouri, nuclear waste from American bomb-making is washing into surface water. Now all that radioactive mess is threatened by an underground fire just 1200 feet away.

If that’s the best the United States can do, what chance does Australia have, with their grand plans to make South Australia a dumping ground for the world’s nuclear waste? It’s time for another round of nuclear madness, and the doctor is in. That’s Doctor Helen Caldicott, the most famous anti-nuclear campaigner in the world.

Download, listen to, or share this 27 minute Radio Ecoshock interview with Helen Caldicott in CD Quality or Lo-Fi

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‘New’ US Mideast Strategy to Cause More Suffering - Peace Movement Founder

Sputnik International, 26/01/16

The co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Helen Caldicott said that the new US strategy of returning ground troops to the Middle East to combat the Islamic State terror group, also known as Daesh, will only add to the morass of human suffering caused by previous US interventions in the region.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The new US strategy of returning ground troops to the Middle East to combat the Islamic State terror group, also known as Daesh, will only add to the morass of human suffering caused by previous US interventions in the region, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

“To put ‘more boots on the ground’ — Pentagon speak for renewed direct military involvement — is despicable and will lead to more... read more

The Real Truth About Health Conference Videos

In May last year, I spoke at The Real Truth About Health conference in Orlando, Florida.

At the conference, 28 leading health and environmental authors spoke individually and on panels and gave interviews, addressing different aspects of the question, “Are you being told the truth about health, nutrition, the food system and the environment?”

All 80 lectures, panels and interviews are now available to view online for free.

You can browse all the videos here. Below are direct links to the two lectures I gave, two discussion panels in which I took part and an off-stage interview I gave.

Lecture: The Three Issues Threatening Planetary Life – Nuclear War, Nuclear Power and Global Warming, and the Solutions to Each

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Does North Korea Have a Thermonuclear Weapon?

It is now apparent from all reports that the weapon set off by North Korea yesterday was an atomic, not a hydrogen bomb. For many years North Korea has asked for a non -aggression treaty with the United States and a free trade agreement but the US has consistently refused to end the war with North Korea. In fact it is the longest unfinished war in US history, the reason being that North Korea is very valuable to the Pentagon.

Military officers practice war games in the Pentagon using North Korea as the enemy and very often  such war games end up in nuclear war.

In the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement stipulated that within three months’ time, the signatories—China, the DPRK and the United States—should... read more

Common Myths of the Nuclear Industry

Friends of the Earth

Myth: the new generation of nuclear reactors are designed to recycle nuclear waste

BUST: These reactors don’t exist

These reactors often spoken of by advocates of nuclear energy are hypothetical. There are none of these “Generation IV” reactors commercially operating anywhere in the world:

  • Even the demonstration plants are still decades away
    • Various designs are still under investigation on paper and have been for many years.
    • The first demonstration plants are projected to be in operation by 2030-2040, so they are yet to be tested and still many years away.
  • Problems with earlier models
    • The specific type of Generation IV reactor that would recycle waste – the Integral Fast Reactor – only exists on paper, but earlier models of fast reactors have been expensive, underperforming, and have had a history of... read more

Breach of faith regarding referendum on the Kvanefjeld mining project

Nuuk, Narsaq, Qassiarsuk, Aarhus and Copenhagen, 16 December 2015

On several occasions, the Greenlandic government, Naalakkersuisut, has promised a referendum in Southern Greenland on the controversial uranium/rare earth elements mining project at Kvanefjeld. The promise has now been withdrawn without prior public debate. This happened shortly before the owner, the Australian mining company Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd. (GMEL), sent an application to Naalakkersuisut for an exploitation license[1].

Recently,  GMEL published a white book [2] containing the government’s answers to questions from the public during the pre-hearing phase to the environmental and social impact assessments of the mining project. Here,  it is briefly mentioned that Naalakkersuisut neither expects to have a nation-wide referendum on the reinstatement of the uranium ban, nor a regional referendum on the... read more

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