Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 68 Issue 4

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July
2012
Volume: 68
ISSN: 1938-3282
Page count: 102
Issue external URL: Link

Interview

1 July 2012
Interview
In this interview, Stanford University physicist and Nobel laureate Burton Richter describes his strategy for gaining broader public and political agreement on how to change US energy policy.

Corrigendum

1 July 2012
Corrigendum

The climate change issue: Global forum

1 July 2012
The climate change issue: Global forum
Although scientists disagree about the rate at which Arctic ice is melting, climate change will greatly alter the northern latitudes in coming decades if greenhouse gas emissions are not greatly curtailed.

The climate change issue: Features

1 July 2012
The climate change issue: Features
Climate science and nuclear weapons testing have a long and surprisingly intimate relationship.
1 July 2012
The climate change issue: Features
Avoiding catastrophic climate change will require rapid decarbonization of the world’s energy supply systems, and achieving such a significant transformation will involve a range of social and psychological challenges.
1 July 2012
The climate change issue: Features
The past decade has seen a sudden surge in shale gas production in the United States, and a dramatic drop in natural gas prices. The shale gas boom has major implications for the future of nuclear power, the author writes.

Features

1 July 2012
Features
The cost of building new nuclear reactors receives a great deal of attention in market economies, including the United States, Japan, and Germany.
1 July 2012
Features
Under the guiding principles of its nuclear policy—maintaining a minimum deterrent, asserting a no-first-use pledge, and avoiding a nuclear arms race—China is modernizing its nuclear forces to assure a limited, reliable, and effective counterattack capability that will deter a first nuc
1 July 2012
Features
There are approximately 1,440 tons of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the world today. Because this material might be stolen by terrorists seeking to build a nuclear weapon, efforts are underway to reduce, secure, and consolidate stocks of HEU.