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

Great Barrier Reef

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 our reef, one of the seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is in great jeopardy.

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

On the BeachBy 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 viewing the film by Stanley Kramer,” says Dr. Helen Caldicott. “The images of the beautiful, elegant streets of Melbourne, where I lived, bereft of life and silent, as a blind gently flapped in the breeze, indicated the end of life on earth.”

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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

Cindy Sheehan“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 since it happened.

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Radiation Fears Are Real

New York Times logoTo 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 of the world are becoming contaminated by long-lived nuclear elements secondary to catastrophic meltdowns: 40 percent of Europe from Chernobyl, and much of Japan.

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Don’t endanger people ‘Into Eternity’

Into EternityFrances 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 completion and sealing is expected to take 120 years.

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Latham addresses climate change at Bermagui

Anti-nuclear campaigner and Bermagui local Dr Helen Caldicott with guest speaker Mark Latham and Geoff Steele at the dinner.“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 and carbon-based production,” he said.

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Dr. Helen Caldicott Talks Bluntly About Fukushima

Radio Or NotBy 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 says the nuclear power industry is reluctant to help because they don’t want people to know just how bad it is.

 

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International Peace

peaceEinstein –“The splitting of the atom changed everything save mans 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 kill each other that sooner or later these hideous weapons which were pioneered by Einstein and Oppenheimer would be used.

In fact it amazes me that to this day we are still living and breathing on this beautiful planet of ours.

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