Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge is a family physician practicing in Ventura, California. He is the Co-Chair of the Security Committee of National Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles.

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Nuclear war and climate change are the two existential threats we face today. (Photo:US Department of Defense) Views
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Hiroshima and the New Arms Race—No Winners
74 years ago today the United States dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. This nuclear weapon resulted in the deaths of an estimated 140,000 individuals . Three days later on August 9, a similar attack was carried out on the city of Nagasaki, Japan killing an additional...
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The Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) nuclear facility at the the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in 1958. Views
Saturday, July 13, 2019
60 Years Since the Largest U.S. Nuclear Accident and Captured Federal Agencies
60 years ago today the largest nuclear accident in U.S. history occurred above the Southern California community of Simi Valley when the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) site suffered a partial nuclear meltdown. That accident, kept secret for two decades, has resulted in ongoing local health...
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"The risk of nuclear war remains with us as long as these weapons exist," writes Dodge. "The only way to eliminate this risk is by the complete abolition of these weapons." Views
Friday, June 28, 2019
Nuclear IQ, Presidential Debates, and Our Future
The formal debates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President have begun this week. While there are many substantive topics that need to be covered, there are two existential threats that demand to be addressed. The threat of climate change has been discussed nominally though hardly with the...
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Earth Day 2019: Our Planet in Peril
Today marks the 49th anniversary of the first Earth Day. This comes 50 years after the Santa Barbara oil spills which were instrumental in the declaration of the first Earth Day. The fate of our planet remains threatened by two inextricably connected threats, that of climate change and nuclear war...
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There is no greater social, economic, health or environmental threat to our communities, children and world than the constant real and present threat of nuclear war either by intent, miscalculation or accident. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
New Green Deal and Nuclear Doomsday Clock
This past week witnessed two significant and connected events. We remembered and celebrated the visionary champion of civil rights, social and economic justice and nuclear disarmament, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the outset and finished the week with the unveiling of the Nuclear Doomsday Clock...
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Nuclear war must never be fought and cannot be won. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Preventing Nuclear War: A National Campaign Emerges
A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called “ Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War ” started last fall after the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations with the U...
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A young girl prays after floating a candle lit paper lantern on the river during 70th anniversary activities, comemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2015 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 06, 2018
Hibakusha and Hope in the Nuclear Age
This week marks 73 years since the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 th and 9 th , ultimately resulting in the deaths of more than 200,000 people. With the dawn of the nuclear age, the term “hibakusha” formally entered our lexicon. Atomic bomb survivors are referred to in...
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 "In addition to the work of ICAN, there is much that is going on in the United States and around the world to abolish these weapons and prevent their use either by intent, miscalculation or accident." (Photo credit: ICAN) Views
Monday, July 02, 2018
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 – Awaiting Good Faith
50 years ago on July 1, 1968 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed. This landmark nuclear arms control treaty brought the world’s nuclear powers together with the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons by engaging in good faith efforts toward that end. Unfortunately, there was...
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"It is this climate that prompted the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move their Doomsday Clock to two minutes till midnight, nuclear apocalypse, this past January - the closest to midnight since the height of the Cold War in 1953." (Photo: CreativeCommons) Views
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
At The Brink of Nuclear War, Who Will Lead?
Ignoring international partners, world public opinion and action, the U.S took additional steps these past weeks to renounce another international leadership role, this time in nuclear disarmament. On the same day that Austria became the 9 th nation to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Taxes, Death, and Nuclear Weapons
We live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes pay toward the death and destruction of mankind through the continued funding of nuclear weapons...
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