On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott calls into question reporting about that event and its aftermath. Her frank assessment of the people who control nuclear power: “Don’t believe anything the nuclear industry says, because they lie.”
What are the effects of the Fukushima meltdowns? In 2013, in response to concerns that media and policy makers were ignoring the impacts, a panel of scientists, engineers and policy experts met in New York to review the aftermath of the disaster.
The results of that gathering are detailed in Dr. Caldicott’s latest book “Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.” The work addresses the health risks of radiation, environmental effects and the future of nuclear power technology.
In this talk Dr. Caldicott references the Columbia Generating Station on the Hanford Reservation near Richland. The CGS is... read more
It’s not safe to live on Cape Cod, according to an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power.
During the final day of the trespassing trial of four anti-nuclear activists from the Cape, Dr. Helen Caldicott testified that it isn’t simply the potential for a major nuclear meltdown at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station that should have people worried. Cancer-causing chemicals are constantly escaping from the reactor into the air and water, she said.
“If I had young children, I would not live on the Cape,” said Caldicott, a doctor who taught pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and was on staff at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. “And if I was a pediatrician here, I would advise parents to leave. It’s a very dangerous situation.”
On trial were Diane Turco of Harwich, Sarah Thacher of East Dennis, Mary Conathan of Chatham and Susan Carpenter of South Dennis, who trespassed onto the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station property... read more
A Plymouth District Court judge barred an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power from testifying Friday on behalf of four Cape Cod activists charged with trespassing onto the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s property on Mother’s Day.
Dr. Helen Caldicott had traveled from Australia to serve as the principal expert witness at the trial of the alleged trespassers, who argue that their actions of civil disobedience were performed for a greater good.
Defendants Diane Turco of Harwich, Sarah Thacher of East Dennis, Mary Conathan of Chatham and Susan Carpenter of South Dennis are using the “necessity” defense, which requires their attorney to prove there was an immediate danger and the action of trespassing was effective in addressing and abating the danger.
The four women, who range in age from 60 to 80 and call themselves “The Grandmothers,” say they went onto the Pilgrim property to plant flowers. Their action came at the end of a Mother’s Day rally intended... read more
In tonight’s “Conversations with Great Minds” Thom Hartmann talks with Anti-Nuclear Advocate Dr. Helen Caldicott, author of the new book “Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.”
For the first time since the Cold War, Russia and the United States are confronting each other militarily and have their nuclear arsenals on hair-trigger alert, peace activist and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott warns.
In a speech to the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., Dr. Caldicott, a pediatrician and Founding President of Doctors for Social Responsibility, pointed to the cause of the hostile turn in the relations of the two countries:
“Reports say that The present Ukrainian conflict has caused Russian President Vladimir Putin to raise his nuclear launch status to a higher state of alert, a condition that STRATCOM (U.S. Strategic Command) will almost certainly follow.” She described the degenerating U.S.-Russian situation as dire in these words:
“Each country has over 1,000 hydrogen bombs on hair-trigger alert and that 1,000 bombs on 100 cities could induce nuclear winter”which would usher in an ice age”during which we would freeze to death in the dark, creating the final epidemic,” Dr. Caldicott said.
The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week.
“It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. … If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?”
Caldicott is an Australian physician who founded the International Physicians against Nuclear War, a group that under her leadership won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. She is the former president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute based in Washington.
The expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders is “very, very dangerous,” Caldicott said. “There is no way a war between the United States and Russia could... read more