Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 68 Issue 6

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November
2012
Volume: 68
ISSN: 1938-3282
Page count: 91
Issue external URL: Link

Interview

1 November 2012
Interview
In this interview, Allison Macfarlane—the new chair for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a former commissioner for the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future—talks to the Bulletin during her first weeks on the job.

German nuclear exit issue

1 November 2012
German nuclear exit issue
Nuclear exit has been on the German policy agenda for more than three decades. After the Chernobyl accident in 1986, a majority of the public and relevant stakeholders opposed nuclear power and strove for renewable energy alternatives.
1 November 2012
German nuclear exit issue
The German decision to phase out nuclear energy following the Fukushima crisis builds on earlier political decisions to support the growth of renewable electricity, to improve energy efficiency, and to turn Germany toward sustainable energy and away from nuclear power.
1 November 2012
German nuclear exit issue
The decision of the German government, post-Fukushima, to phase out the country’s nuclear power sector by 2022 builds on legislation in place since 2002.
1 November 2012
German nuclear exit issue
In July 2002, Germany amended its Atomic Energy Act so no new nuclear power plants could be built and existing power plants would continue running only for a limited time.
1 November 2012
German nuclear exit issue

Features

1 November 2012
Features
Most experts agree that the greatest risk associated with climate change is pretending that the problem does not exist, or that it does not require immediate attention and action.
1 November 2012
Features
A half-century after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the world still overlooks the role played by U Thant—the quiet, unassuming UN secretary-general from Burma—in helping the superpowers resolve their crisis and avert nuclear war. Thant sent early and important messages to President John F.

Nuclear notebook

1 November 2012
Nuclear notebook

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the United States and the Soviet Union walked back from the brink of a nuclear war.