Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 67 Issue 5

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September
2011
Volume: 67
ISSN: 1938-3282
Page count: 98
Issue external URL: Link

Interview

1 September 2011
Interview
For more than five decades, Paul R. Ehrlich has been alerting people to the importance of ecological threats, including overpopulation, natural resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and nuclear winter.

The Fukushima issue

1 September 2011
The Fukushima issue
In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that Japan should meet its energy needs without nuclear power plants. But his statement may have little relevance in the next administration.
1 September 2011
The Fukushima issue
The release of radioactivity into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Daiichi accident has been estimated by Japan’s government as about one-tenth of that from the Chernobyl accident.
1 September 2011
The Fukushima issue
In a report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Japanese government stated that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was caused not by the Tohoku earthquake but by the tsunami it generated, resulting in a loss of power for the station's cooling systems and, consequen
1 September 2011
The Fukushima issue
The nuclear industry has claimed that a Fukushima-type event is unlikely to happen in the United States, because few US nuclear power plants are vulnerable to tsunamis.
1 September 2011
The Fukushima issue
The Internet made an enormous amount of information on Fukushima available, far more than was provided by the media during the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents.
1 September 2011
The Fukushima issue
Months after the accident unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the nuclear crisis continues. Though the worst, it seems, has passed, many technical, social, legal, and economic hurdles must be overcome.

Features

1 September 2011
Features
Efforts to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons could provoke dangerous reactions, including the country’s pursuit of other unconventional weapons systems.
1 September 2011
Features
New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant took three decades, several lawsuits, myriad battles with the Department of Energy, and more than a few political twists and turns before becoming the first and only operational geologic radioactive waste repository in the world.

Nuclear notebook

1 September 2011
Nuclear notebook

The United Kingdom has been the most successful of all the nuclear weapon states in terms of creating a minimum nuclear deterrent; in fact, there is reason to believe that the country is considering whether to move toward denuclearization.