Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 67 Issue 4

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July/August
2011
Volume: 67
ISSN: 1938-3282
Page count: 99
Issue external URL: Link

Interview

1 July 2011
Interview
Once described as “the consummate environmental insider,” Gus Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, says that green organizations, politicians, and the media are failing to address the root causes of climate change and other environmental problems.

Global forum

1 July 2011
Global forum
The effects of the tragedy at Japan’s Fukushima power plant will continue to reverberate over the upcoming weeks, months, and years.

The nuclear energy issue

1 July 2011
The nuclear energy issue
The events at Fukushima Daiichi have greatly renewed the public focus on the safety of the existing fleet of nuclear reactors, especially as many US reactors share the same fundamental design—and safety systems—as the affected Japanese reactors.
1 July 2011
The nuclear energy issue
In light of Japan’s nuclear disaster, a major lesson can be learned related to the back end of the fuel cycle: Planning is necessary for the safe and secure management of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
1 July 2011
The nuclear energy issue

The World Nuclear Association estimates that by 2030, 600 nuclear reactors will be in operation around the world; 60 countries are considering nuclear power, out of which 10 to 25 are expected to bring nuclear power plants on line by 2030.

1 July 2011
The nuclear energy issue
Opinion polls show that public support for nuclear power has declined since the Fukushima crisis began, not only in Japan but also in other nations around the world. People oppose nuclear power for a variety of reasons, but the predominant concern is the perception that it is a risky technology.
1 July 2011
The nuclear energy issue
In 2008 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) adopted an official policy on the evaluation and potential development of peaceful nuclear energy.
1 July 2011
The nuclear energy issue
In 2010, there were more nuclear power units under construction worldwide than in any year since 1988. Even before Fukushima, however, status indicators for the international nuclear industry were showing a negative trend.

Feature

1 July 2011
Feature
For the past 20 years the international community concentrated its biological nonproliferation programs in the former Soviet Union.

Nuclear notebook

1 July 2011
Nuclear notebook

The US raid that killed Osama bin Laden has raised concerns about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. In the process of building two new plutonium production reactors and a new reprocessing facility to fabricate more nuclear weapons fuel, Pakistan is also developing new delivery systems.