From Nuclear Freeze to Global Warming – and Back

By Teresa Tritch, New York Times, September 23, 2014 In June 1982, up to a million demonstrators gathered in Central Park calling for a nuclear freeze. They were protesting the Reagan-era nuclear arms buildup and other developments they saw, not unreasonably, as a threat to civilization and to life on Earth, including talk by some […]

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NATO’s Urgent Challenges

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, SEPT. 2, 2014 More than anyone, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has set the agenda for NATO’s 65th summit meeting this week, which could well be the most consequential since the Cold War ended. Early this year, the alliance was deep into one of its periodic assessments about the future as […]

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Australia sleepwalks towards a dangerous nuclear future

An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion, says Dr Helen Caldicott, however as we sleepwalk towards embracing nuclear energy, most Australians are not aware of the dangers and have forgotten the history. THE Australian anti-nuclear movement started in Adelaide in 1971 when fallout from French atmospheric nuclear tests polluted Adelaide’s water supply. People were […]

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Small Modular Reactors

Now that the “nuclear renaissance” is dead following the Fukushima catastrophe, when one sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors closed, the nuclear corporations — Toshiba, Nu-Scale, Babcock and Wilcox, GE Hitachi, General Atomics, and the Tennessee Valley Authority — will not accept defeat. Their new strategy is to develop small modular reactors (SMRs), allegedly free […]

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Fukushima Disaster Will Never End, Dr. Caldicott Warns

by Sherwood Ross, OpEdNews The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown disaster “is not over and will never end,” warns Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and holder of 21 honorary doctorate degrees. “Radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of years covers large areas of Japan and will never be ‘cleaned up,’” asserts […]

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There is an extraordinary push by certain individuals to extol the wonders of thorium-fueled nuclear reactors. In fact, so concerted is this push that some blame me for preventing the ongoing expansion of such technology. So here are the facts about thorium for those who are interested. The U.S. tried for 50 years to create […]

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Speaking Schedule in Japan, March 2014

Dr. Helen Caldicott March 6, 2014 (Thursday), 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Sakai Shimin Kaikan, Sakai City (in Osaka) Dr. Helen Caldicott, together with Koide Hiroaki of Kyoto University March 8, 2014 (Saturday), 2 p.m. (Doors open at 1 p.m.) KBS Culture Hall, Kyoto Dr Helen Caldicott March 13, 2014 (Thursday), 1:30 p.m. […]

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Great Barrier Reef on brink of devastation in relentless quest for coal

The Queensland and federal governments’ mining push is a catastrophe in the making, write Helen Caldicott and Reese Halter. The Age, February 4, 2014 The rampant destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, given the green light last Friday by the federal government, epitomises the values of our modern world. “Economic development” and “jobs” reign supreme while […]

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Anti-Nuke Activist Helen Caldicott Speaking at U.S. Premiere of Fallout

By David Robb, Hollywood Today, 2013/11/3 Australian documentary Fallout about the making of the 1950s Gregory Peck film On the Beach and book of the same name is part of the invitation-only Kat Kramer screening series, premieres on November 13th at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. “On The Beach was a pivotal event in my life, both reading the book and […]

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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

“Use your head, Cindy” Dr. Helen Caldicott on Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox (PODCAST 11/03/13) Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox hosted a community conference call with Dr. Caldicott who called in from Australia to share her knowledge and wisdom with us. Cindy Sheehan and the Soapbox have been calling for a comprehensive and energetic response to the disaster at Fukushima […]

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Radiation Fears Are Real

To the Editor, New York Times: Re “Taming Radiation Fears” (Op-Ed, Oct. 22): David Ropeik, a specialist on risk perception and risk communication, plays down the mass of scientific and medical literature that amply demonstrates that ionizing radiation is a potent carcinogen and that no dose is low enough not to induce cancer. Large areas […]

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Don’t endanger people ‘Into Eternity’

Frances Lamberts, 29 Oct 2013, Herald & Tribune For a recently published book, Dr. Helen Caldicott interviewed the Danish director of a documentary about the Onkalo repository in Finland, which is to “hide” the spent-fuel waste from that country’s nuclear power plants. Titled, “Into Eternity,” the film details the bunker-like underground structure, begun in 2004, whose […]

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Latham addresses climate change at Bermagui

“Global warming is the issue that can change everything – we know this from the irrational right-wing response to climate change,” according to former ALP leader Mark Latham. Mr Latham was speaking to a big, sell-out public dinner hosted by the Bermagui Institute last month. “The Industrial Revolution created two pervasive institutions: market based capitalism […]

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Dr. Helen Caldicott Talks Bluntly About Fukushima

By Susie Madrak, Crooks & Liars, 30 September 2013 Nicole Sandler interviewed Dr. Helen Caldicott this morning about what’s going on at Fukushima. She tells Sandler Units 1, 2 and 3 have indeed melted down, possibly through the steel core and into the earth, and that reactor No. 4 is “on a knife edge.” She […]

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International Peace

Einstein –“The splitting of the atom changed everything save man’s mode of thinking, thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe.” This subject has perplexed me ever since I was a young girl and read “On The Beach” when I lived in Melbourne. It became obvious to  me that unless men could restrain themselves and not fight and […]

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2013 Speaking Schedule

September 21: Lecture at the University of New England, Armidale – International Peace (Australia) November 4: Address to the American Public Health Association in Boston on the Medical Consequences of the Nuclear Age (USA) November 9: Address to the New Hampshire Peace Action Organisation (USA) November 13: Opening the film in Hollywood titled Fallout for […]

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Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat

As the escape of radiation at Fukushima seems virtually unstoppable, there are still steps that governments all over the world should take to prevent worst case consequences. One of them would be canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores […]

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Letter to the UN

Seventeen international scientists and experts have written to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urging international action on Fukushima crisis. “We write to you in urgency. The situation around the world at radioactively contaminated sites is not good, and it is clear that the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor site is progressively deteriorating, not stabilizing.” […]

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What will motivate you to act?

Dr. Helen Caldicott, world-mover, shaker, anti-nuke leader, joins our community at First Churches to discuss the ongoing dangers of the radiation from Fukushima (and other nuclear facilities). An engaging, spirited speaker, she begs each of us to find a way to get the message out about the long term health effects we all share from […]

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The Medical Implications of Fukushima

This presentation was made at the one day symposium on “The Medical Implications of Fukushima” held at the International House of Japan in Roppongi, Tokyo, on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The presentation was sponsored by the Japan office of the Helen Caldicott Foundation. Below is the entire presentation, which provides critical information for understanding the […]

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Columbia University

On 2 April 2012, Dr. Caldicott gave a speech in New York to the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and engaged in a discussion with attendees.   15 minute video.   (more…)

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If You Love This Planet Stops Broadcasting

After four-and-half-years and 197 programs, If You Love This Planet ended with the broadcast of its last new episode on the week ending December 28, 2012. I believe we have made a valuable contribution to the public debate on any number of important issues over the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed interviewing the most interesting […]

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Helen Caldicott Foundation’s Fukushima Symposium

Symposium on The Medical and Ecological Impacts of  the Fukushima Nuclear Accident To Be Held at the New York Academy of Medicine in March 2013 A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts will make presentations on, and discuss the bio-medical and ecological […]

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Caldicott speaks of toxic nuclear legacy

Virginia Scissons, Prairie Messenger, 14 November 2012 “The only way evil flourishes is for good people to do nothing,” Dr. Helen Caldicott quoted Edmund Burke when speaking to audiences at the Royal University Hospital and Third Avenue United Church, Saskatoon [ Saskatchewan, Canada ], on Nov. 1st. Following an opening prayer by Elders Maria and […]

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Nuclear dangers real and widespread

By Helen Caldicott, The StarPhoenix November 9, 2012 I write to reply to the allegations made about me in John Gormley’s column, More private liquor stores, less Caldicott (SP, Nov. 2). First, it is important for me to stress that the aboriginal people in Northern Saskatchewan are being exploited by the uranium and nuclear power […]

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Japan Lecture Tour Nov 2012

Dr. Caldicott will undertake a Lecture Tour in Japan November 17-25, 2012 under the title “What You Must Know About Radiation Exposure”. More details about dates and venues will be provided when they are confirmed. In a related announcement, Fukushima Radioactive Contamination Symptoms Research (FRCSR) has been authorized to officially represent Dr. Helen Caldicott in […]

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US Schedule Oct / Nov 2012

Arriving New York on the evening of the 25th of October. October 27: speaking on Long Island, arranged by Bob Debenedetto October 28: speech in Philadelphia arranged by Ed Aguilar  [email protected] October 29: launch of LOVING THIS PLANET at Busboys and Poets DC October 30–November 2: Saskatoon for speeches re nuclear reactors to power the […]

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The Nuclear Sacrifice of Our Children

Helen Caldicott, Reader Supported News, 28 August 2012 When I visited Cuba in 1979, I was struck by the number of roadside billboards that declared “Our children are our national treasure.” This resonated with me as a pediatrician, and of course it is true. But as Akio Matsumura said in his article, our children are […]

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The Lizard’s Revenge

The Lizards Revenge music and arts festival and protest camp will take place at the gates of the Olympic Dam mine (or close by) from the 14th-18th July 2012.  The festival will include a variety of musicians, bands and artists from around the country, a solar powered sound system, wind powered cinema, mobile artworks and […]

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Dr. Caldicott to Speak in Adelaide

URANIUM, THE NUCLEAR CYCLE, AND THE THREATS TO OUR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH Sunday July 22, 2pm Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, University of Adelaide Arguably the most well-known anti-nuclear campaigner on the planet, Nobel Prize nominee Dr Helen Caldicott has spent the past four decades educating citizens on the environmental and health impacts of nuclear power. (more…)

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Who Cares? Helen Caldicott and Kate Orff in Conversation

On 2 April, Columbia University hosted a cross-disciplinary dialogue on energy, environmental health, landscape, and care between physician and anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott and Urban Landscape Lab Director Kate Orff. Caldicott continues to challenge notions that nuclear power is the answer to global warming today. This event takes inspiration from her work, as well as […]

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Occupy Hanford Rally

Dr. Caldicott was in Richland, WA for a rally on 15 April organized by Occupy Portland to bring awareness to Hanford, which is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production facility occupying nearly 600 sq. miles in southern Washington.It’s where the atomic bomb was developed during WWII. The video was taken by a local supporter and can […]

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Anti-Nuke Icon Wonders if We Have Death Wish

Dave Zweifel, The Cap Times, 20 April 2012 Dr. Helen Caldicott, the internationally renowned physician, activist and author, is concerned that she’s spent her life warning the world about the terrible dangers of nuclear weapons and energy in vain. “In the 1980s, we had 86 percent of the people in the United States agreeing we needed […]

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In-your-face time with Dr. Caldicott

Sean Gonsalves, Cape Cod Times, 3 April 2012 It’s famously difficult to get face time with a sitting president. But, on the strength of her reputation as one of the world’s leading anti-nuclear activists, Dr. Helen Caldicott got an hour with President Ronald Reagan — an encounter, she believes, that may have influenced him to […]

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Is Helen Caldicott’s Nuclear Madness Still Relevant?

Helen Caldicott, the Australia-born American physician and anti-nuclear activist of the late 1970s and early 1980s, was a practitioner of paediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, U.S. A leading critic of nuclear technology and armament industries, she tried to conscientise the world through her almost solitary protest writings and TV and radio […]

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March / April Public Appearances for Dr. Caldicott

Friday 16 March Film and discussion Temple United Methodist Church 1415 Northeast 43rd St Seattle Watch trailer online A critical look at how the authorities handled the nuclear crisis and Tsunami relief by an American who volunteered in the clean-up. Visit Kickstarter page for Surviving Japan. More about Dr. Caldicott’s March / April public appearances→

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Is the West Destined for War with Iran?

Helen Caldicott, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 February 2012 The devastating spectre of war looms again. Just as the US manufactured “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, so certain political factions in the US and Israel are intent on creating international panic by claiming Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power. This is […]

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After Fukushima: Enough Is Enough

Helen Caldicott, New York Times, 2 Dec 2011 The nuclear power industry has been resurrected over the past decade by a lobbying campaign that has left many people believing it to be a clean, green, emission-free alternative to fossil fuels. These beliefs pose an extraordinary threat to global public health and encourage a major financial […]

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October Public Appearances for Dr. Caldicott

Saturday 1st October Coalition Against Nukes Rally for Nuclear-Free Energy, Noon-3:30 pm, Hudson River Park, Pier 95, 12th Ave @ West 55th Street, NYC Live streaming video This is the Coalition Against Nukes National Day of Action flagship rally, with more events happening throughout the United States. Dr. Caldicott is keynote speaker. Visit More […]

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Unsafe at Any Dose

Six weeks ago, when I first heard about the reactor damage at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, I knew the prognosis: If any of the containment vessels or fuel pools exploded, it would mean millions of new cases of cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. Many advocates of nuclear power would deny this. During the […]

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Nuclear apologists play shoot the messenger on radiation

TWENTY-FIVE years after Chernobyl, many billions of dollars are at stake if the Fukushima reactor meltdowns cause the so-called “atomic renaissance” to halt or even slow down. This is evident from the nuclear industry’s vociferous attacks on its critics. We see this especially in Australia, where the industry is conducting a whatever-it-takes propaganda campaign to […]

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How nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiation

Soon after the Fukushima accident last month, I stated publicly that a nuclear event of this size and catastrophic potential could present a medical problemof very large dimensions. Events have proven this observation to be true despite the nuclear industry’s campaign about the “minimal” health effects of so-called low-level radiation. That billions of its dollars […]

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A Medical Problem of Vast Dimensions

As I write this on 25 March from Ottawa, two weeks since the earthquake and tsunami and the calamity that has befallen the Fukushima Nuclear Plant No 1, the situation has grown increasingly grave.Despite the heroic efforts of the “Nuclear Samurai” – the TEPCO employees who have selflessly and heroically fought to stabilize the reactors […]

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Nuclear radiation ‘the greatest public health hazard’

CNN: What is the health risk for people living near the Fukushima Daiichi plant? Helen Caldicott: The risk cannot be determined with any accuracy yet, because it is not clear how much radiation has or is escaping. NPR reported last week that 17 workers have suffered what the Japanese government called “deposition of radioactive material” […]

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