If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

Archive for July, 2012

Arnold Gundersen with the latest on Fukushima, including the perilous worldwide consequences if reactor no. 4 collapses

Friday, July 27th, 2012


Arnie Gundersen

Arnie Gundersen

This week, Dr. Caldicott has a new conversation with nuclear engineer Arnold Gundersen about the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant and its effects on Japan and the rest of the world. Among the topics discussed are the little understood dangers of internal exposure to radiation. Read Dr. Caldicott’s 2011 article How nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiationin which she discusses internal emitters. Dr. Caldicott and Gundersen later discuss the new Japanese government report, The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission Report. As background, watch or read the transcript of As Japan Says Fukushima Daiichi Disaster “Man-Made” & “Preventable,” Fears Grow for Nuclear Plants Worldwide, Gundersen’s appearance on Democracy Now earlier (more…)

Christine Milne on the the climate crisis, carbon taxes and the need to aid refugees driven by war and global warming

Friday, July 20th, 2012


Christine Milne (Katherine Griffiths)

Christine Milne (Katherine Griffiths)

Dr. Caldicott talks to Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens Party and Senator for Tasmania. They discuss refugees, carbon taxes, green energy and other aspects of the climate crisis. Milne gives a history of Green parties around the world, saying that the first party started in Tasmania, and outlines the principles of the Green parties. She mentions the Global Greens Conference held this year in Dakar. Listen to
Dr. Caldicott’s interview with former Australian senator Bob Brown
. The conversation then covers the need to aid war refugees and global warming refugees, following by a look at the need for carbon taxes on polluting companies. Dr. Caldicott mentions the report Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free. Listen to one of
Dr. Caldicott’s interviews with report author Arjun Makhijani
. (more…)

Professor Richard Falk on the status of democracy efforts in Middle Eastern nations and U.S. militarism

Friday, July 13th, 2012


Richard Falk

Prof. Falk

This week, Dr. Caldicott talks with Richard Falk, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University, where whe was a member of the faculty for forty years until 2001. Prof. Falk is currently Research Professor at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California, where he directs a research project on Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy. He served as Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation from 2004 to 2012, and in 2008-2009 he was appointed expert advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly. Prof. Falk has published more than 50 books, including his most recent (co-authored with David Krieger, an earlier guest on this program) published in 2012 titled Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers. Relevant to this interview is the July 2012 article Iran Sanctions: War by Other Means.

Bob Herbert on the state of America in 2012

Thursday, July 5th, 2012


Bob Herbert

Bob Herbert

This week Dr Helen Caldicott talks with author and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert about the state of America in 2012. Herbert is now one of the experts for the think tank Demos. Listen to Dr. Caldicott’s 2009 interview with Herbert here. Read Herbert’s 2011 columns Losing Our Way: The U.S. can find the resources for endless warfare, but not for nation-building here at home and Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk? The public deserves a much fuller accounting of nuclear power’s pros and cons. Read more of his New York Times columns here.