COMMENT:

In the mid 1980s, when I had my first child, it was in the face of dire apocalyptic predictions. The US was run by an apparent madman called Ronald Reagan. (Our idea of what constituted a madman running the US has of course been refined recently.) Reagan's polices and arms war with the USSR had led many people to believe nuclear annihilation was just a countdown away. In 1983, what was basically a filmed lecture on this theme by Australian doctor Helen Caldicott called If You Love This Planet won an Academy Award and scared the bejesus out of

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