Demonstrators march hand in hand toward Central Park under a large banner reading, ‘Freeze The Arms Race,’ during a massive Nuclear Disarmament Rally, where about 750,000 gathered to rally for a nuclear arms freeze, New York City, New York, June 12, 1982. (Photo by Lee Frey/Authenticated News/Getty Images)
2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. 2015 is on track to be even hotter — and yet, before the most important international climate talks of the decade, even the most ambitious promises of action will fall short of what science demands.
At the same time, the movement to stop climate change is also making history — last... read more
Do nuclear sites cause increases in cancer in those living nearby? This is the question which has always been the key to stopping the development of nuclear energy.
For if the answer is Yes, the laws would cut in; human rights would cut in. Check Mate. The nuclear industry and its supporters have always known this, just as the cigarette companies and the asbestos makers recognised their own specific nemesis.
You can argue about the economics of nuclear till you are blue in the face, but they can always move the goalposts, global warming, future security of supply, special new safe thorium reactors and so forth. But killing people with your radioactive discharges: that’s it. The End.
Since she first set out on a course of social activism well over four decades ago, Helen Caldicott’s dedication to the anti-nuclear cause has taken her to some unusual places.
Perhaps no twist in her journey, though, was more unexpected than the one that took her in early 1982 to United States president Ronald Reagan’s White House via the Playboy Mansion, the Los Angeles pleasure palace of Hugh Hefner.
To explain how it happened, we must go back a little further to a chance meeting after an anti-nuke symposium elsewhere in LA.
“A woman approached me. She said her name was Pat Kingsley,” recalls Caldicott. “She was the key.”
Kingsley was Hollywood’s most powerful publicist, and she was... read more
On April 28 three European foreign ministers—Serbia’s Ivica Dačić, Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Switzerland’s Didier Burkhalter—met in their capacities as members of the OSCE’s Ministerial Troika to discuss the latest developments in eastern Ukraine. According to the OSCE, the foreign ministers “reiterated that [the Ukraine] crisis can be resolved only through peaceful means and that the political process in that regard should be advanced without delay” and “called on all sides to fully and unconditionally respect the cease-fire.”
Meanwhile, on April 26, Financial Times reported that Kiev is coming under increased pressure from Western European capitals to do its part to implement the Minsk cease-fire agreement. According to FT, German diplomats expressed frustration that... read more
I discuss the impact of computer progress on nuclear war policy, both by enabling more accurate nuclear winter simulations and by affecting the probability of war starting accidentally. I argue that from a cosmic perspective, humanity’s track record of risk mitigation is inexcusably pathetic, jeopardizing the potential for life to flourish for billions of years.
13.8 billion years after our Big Bang, about 500 years after inventing the printing press, we humans decided to build a contraption called... read more
Presentation to Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, 1 May 2015
John Hallam, People for Nuclear Disarmament / Human Survival Project
I have six minutes.
Six minutes is around the same time that a commander of missile forces, a defense minister, or a President, has to decide, after a 30 second briefing (for the US President) whether or not to launch about 2000 nuclear warheads (around 900 on – alert in silos in the US and Russia, plus submarine-based warheads) as early – warning systems indicate – likely incorrectly – that the other ‘side’ has launched.
If it is indeed true that the other ‘side’ has launched, then it is indeed the end of what we know as ‘the world’. If (as is quite probable) the incoming missiles are... read more
Québec, 22 April 2015 – On Earth Day today, international delegates from five continents signed the Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium, calling on all nations to put an end to the mining and use of uranium, the first link in the nuclear fuel chain for both civilian and military uses.
Some 300 experts, members of civil society and indigenous peoples from around the world, meeting recently at the Symposium in Quebec City, launched this global appeal. The Government of Quebec will shortly be making a decision whether to maintain the existing moratorium against uranium mining in Quebec.