Helen Caldicott, M.D. - How to Fix a Threatened Planet


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Terrestrial life is under threat from three major insults: 1. Global warming. This can be interrupted and remedied by massive government investment in alternative renewable energy sources, carbon tax and massive conservation of wasted energy as an example to the rest of the world. 2. Nuclear power. Future accidents like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima, and the problem of massive quantities of radioactive waste which must be isolated from the ecosphere for one million years, which will inevitable leak and concentrate in food chains inducing epidemics of cancer, leukemia, genetic diseases and congenital abnormalities for the rest of time. Solution: Close down all nuclear reactors as a matter of urgent priority and put all nuclear scientists to work researching answers to radioactive waste storage. 3. Nuclear war. The ever-present and largely ignored threat of nuclear war. The US and Russia presently own 97% of the 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Nuclear war would create nuclear winter and the final epidemic of the human race. Answer: Support, urge and insist that President Obama negotiate with Russia for urgent abolition of nuclear weapons.

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