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Common Myths of the Nuclear Industry

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 …

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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 The promise has now been withdrawn without prior public debate.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 …

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The Appearance of Bias – Not a Good Look

Media Release by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, 5 November 2015 Today the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle will be hearing oral evidence from London based insurance company Nuclear Risk Insurers, on the subject of insuring against a nuclear accident.  On October 2015, Dr Timothy Stone, member of the Royal Commission’s Executive Advisory …

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Increased uranium mining and more radioactive waste would be bad news for Australia

By Helen Caldicott, Sydney Morning Herald, November 4, 2015 When Malcolm Turnbull mooted the question about storing radioactive waste in Australia, I felt that I finally understood the aim of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission being conducted in South Australia. Then I wondered whether the nuclear industry is going to propose in Paris that nuclear power …

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What the EPA’s Clean Power Plan means for nuclear energy

Peter A. Bradford, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 09/24/2015 For nuclear power, the good news and the bad news in EPA’s final Clean Power Plan are the same: The technology got pretty much what it deserved. The competitive position of all new low-carbon electricity sources will improve relative to fossil fuels. New reactors (including the …

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The danger of a future nuclear winter

If you thought the threat of nuclear conflict ended with the Cold War, think again. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute there are currently around 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with approximately 1800 of them kept in a state of ‘high operational alert’. Perhaps even more worrying, is the fact that all nine …

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Steven Starr on the overwhelming urgency of de-alerting U.S. & Russian missiles

In this episode of If You Love This Planet, Steven Starr talks about the continuing risk of accidental global nuclear war, how even a small number of nuclear explosions would cause irreparable harm to the climate, and the “20th Century mindset” behind the current debate about nuclear weapons. Starr is an Associate Member of the …

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Pacific Trade Pact Puts Corporations’ Profit Over People, Environment

Sputnik International, 08-08-2015 The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret is an international trade pact authored by the world’s transnational corporations to undermine nations’ sovereignty in the interest of greater profits, prominent environmental campaigner Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The TPP, a top priority for US President Barack Obama’s administration, is a controversial …

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Symposium Collection Online

The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction was a unique two-day symposium held at The New York Academy of Medicine from February 28 to March 1, at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues discussed the possibility of global nuclear …

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Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Press Conference

Unabridged recording of the press conference held 24 July 2015 by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Commissioner Kevin Scarce discussed his recent international visits then took questions from the press gang and the Commission’s Adelaide office on Grenfell Street.

Iran Deal Exposes Anti-Russia Motive for US Missile Defense – Activist

Sputnik News, 16.07.15 Prominent global anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott claims that the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations removes the key US argument for deploying ballistic missile defense systems in Europe. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations removes the key US argument …

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Call for Sanity on Sixtieth Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

By Emanuel Pastreich, Foreign Policy in Focus, July 9, 2015 It was exactly 60 years ago that Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein gathered together with a group of leading intellectuals in London to draft and sign a manifesto in which they denounced the dangerous drive toward war between the world’s Communist and anti-Communist factions. The …

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WILPF Australia Peacewomen Awards

By Janette McLeod, WILPF Australia, 29 June 2015 The centenary celebrations of WILPF in Australia at the end of May were enhanced considerably by the presence of our Secretary General Madeleine Rees. The celebrations, held in Australia’s capital Canberra, included a public conference, centenary Australian Peacewomen celebration, a historical exhibition and the Section’s triennial conference. Madeleine …

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Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Power Plants a Modern-Day Tower of Babel

In an audience with Japanese Bishops, Pope Francis had criticized nuclear power by comparing it with the Tower of Babel, as reported by Takeo Okada, the Archbishop of Tokyo. When human beings attempted to reach heaven they triggered their own destruction. “Human beings should not break the natural laws set by God,” the Pope said. …

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The Myth of the Peaceful Atom

Debunking the Misinformation Peddled by the Nuclear Industry and its Supporters by Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor #804, 28 May 2015 The greatest risks associated with the nuclear fuel cycle are weapons proliferation and related risks such as military strikes on nuclear plants. The nuclear industry and its supporters have developed an elaborate set of tactics …

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The Nuclear Freeze Campaign Prevented an Apocalypse, So Can the Climate Movement

By Duncan Meisel, Common Dreams, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 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) …

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The Hashtag Crusaders

By Mike Seccombe, The Saturday Paper, May 9 2015 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 …

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How the Senate Armed Services Committee is Undermining Minsk II

By James Carden, The Nation, April 30, 2015 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 …

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Nuclear War from a Cosmic Perspective

Max Tegmark, Dept. of Physics & MIT Kavli Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Dated: May 4, 2015) Based on my talk at the symposium The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction held February 28–March 1 2015 at The New York Academy of Medicine: http://totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf I discuss the impact of computer progress on nuclear …

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Preserving the Future

Dr. Helen Caldicott delivered the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 14th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future on March 5, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. For more information, visit www.wagingpeace.org.

Symposium Summary

Streamed video of the Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction is available online at: http://totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf Here’s a rundown: Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction February 28 – March 1, 2015 A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and …

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour

Harvey Wasserman’s Green Power Wellness Show on the Progressive Radio Network embraces “views with a Solartopian vision of the people’s politics, ecology, holistic health and much more.” Dr. Caldicott was interviewed by Harvey Wasserman for his podcast Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour on 17 February 2015. “Helen begins with a disturbing discussion of actions …

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Radio Ecoshock

Alex Smith interviewed Dr. Caldicott for this one hour weekly program on 10 February 2015. In Spring of 2012 the show was broadcast by 60 college and community stations, in the United States and Canada, plus one commercial station (KNEW 960 San Francisco). In the UK, Radio Ecoshock plays on Resonance FM, London. Radio Ecoshock …

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Survival Sunday 1979

This is the third of six reels of airchecks from the live performance and broadcast of Survival Sunday, a “no nukes” rally held at the Hollywood Bowl on June 10, 1979. This reel contains: Dr. Helen Caldicott (3:21-3:33); Joan Baez (3:33-3:47); announcements (4:15); Graham Nash (4:15-4:34). Your browser does not support the audio element. As …

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Nuclear Hotseat Podcast

Dr. Helen Caldicott shares compelling reasons why she decided to produce her upcoming Symposium on the Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, and gives us a glimpse as to the importance in her life of the film, “On the Beach.” Listen to the podcast online or download for later listening: http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/2387/

nuclear-news Symposium Special

nuclear-news, the website that publishes “The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry”, is featuring the Symposium during February. Each week, it profiles four of the speakers, with photos and videos (where available). This is a terrific initiative and we thank Christina Macpehrson and her team for their staunch support. Do take the time to …

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The Medical Implications of the Nuclear Age

The Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is hosting a seminar and book signing by Dr Caldicott on Friday February 27 2015. 1:30 P.M. – Alampi Room Marine Sciences Bldg., 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ Refreshments served at 1:15 pm Host: Prof. Alan Robock, robock@envsci.rutgers.edu, 848-932-5751 Website: Environmental …

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Symposium Pre-Registration

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on Feb 28- March 1, 2015. The public is welcome. A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation …

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Top Anti-Nuclear Authorities to Convene in New York City

by Sherwood Ross, Veterans Today, December 12, 2014 The growing threat of planet-wide nuclear extinction will bring some of the world’s leading scholars and activists to New York City for a two-day symposium Feb. 28-March 1, 2015. This conference will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., N.Y., NY, sponsored …

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Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth

45 leading scholars, authors and activists convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the symposium: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth.” Speakers discussed the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all …

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Review: Crisis Without End

EDITOR, HELEN CALDICOTT THE NEW PRESS, $21.99 The worst-case scenario following the Fukushima meltdown – evacuating everybody within a 250-kilometre radius of the site (including Tokyo’s 50 million inhabitants), almost came to pass. And that’s not the opinion of a scientist with a point to make, it’s Naoto Kan, former Japanese Prime Minister and now …

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Activist: ‘Don’t Believe Anything The Nuclear Industry Says’

By John O’Brien, KUOW.org, October 23 2014 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 …

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Medical expert testifies in trial of Pilgrim nuke plant activists

By Christine Leger, Cape Cod Times, October 23, 2014 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 …

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Judge snubs expert at Pilgrim trial

By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, October 18, 2014 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 …

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Conversations with Great Minds

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.”

Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

By Martin Sieff, Baltimore Post-Examiner, October 10, 2014 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 …

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US Aggressive Policy Toward Russia Could Trigger Nuke War: Nuclear Disarmament Advocate

WASHINGTON, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown a great deal of restraint in the face of provocations by the United States and NATO directly at the Russian borders, but a conflict between the two greatest nuclear powers remains a very grim perspective, Dr. Helen Caldicott, an author and nuclear disarmament …

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Dr Helen Caldicott at USA’s National Press Club – on danger of nuclear war

October 8, 2014 | By Joshua Higgins With ongoing crises ranging from terrorism to Ebola, policymakers, the media and the public are overlooking a threat that could wipe out the entire human race, a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize nominee said at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. That issue, Helen Caldicott said, …

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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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Supporters of NASA’s heavy lift Space Launch System accused of ‘missile envy’

While the development of NASA’s Space Launch System, the heavy lift rocket upon which hopes of human space exploration beyond low Earth orbit rest, with an expected first test launch sometime in 2018, opposition in some quarters still persists. In a Thursday post, space blogger Rand Simberg, noting a great deal of supporting posts on …

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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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