Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 70 Issue 1

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January
2014
Volume: 70
Page count: 93
Issue external URL: Link

Interview

1 January 2014
Interview

In this interview, pioneering environmental analyst Lester Brown warns about the growing mismatch between modern agriculture and a changing climate system, including the risk of widespread water shortages and a food crisis in poor countries.

Global forum

1 January 2014
Global forum

Many experts have concluded that, if greenhouse gas concentrations are to be limited while the world’s energy demands are nonetheless met, biomass energy will be an indispensable resource.

1 January 2014
Global forum

Many experts have concluded that, if greenhouse gas concentrations are to be limited while the world’s energy demands are nonetheless met, biomass energy will be an indispensable resource.

1 January 2014
Global forum

Many experts have concluded that, if greenhouse gas concentrations are to be limited while the world’s energy demands are nonetheless met, biomass energy will be an indispensable resource.

1 January 2014

Autonomous weapons are robotic systems that, once activated, can select and engage targets without further intervention by a human operator.

1 January 2014

Modern technological warfare requires a level of cognitive ability and discipline unique in the history of armed conflict.

1 January 2014

Despite uncertainty in defense funding levels, several emerging technology areas could shape the US military over the next decade or so, including unmanned systems, autonomous systems, cyber weaponry, three-dimensional printing, and directed-energy weapons.

1 January 2014

The 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant highlighted the promise and shortcomings of robots.

Feature

1 January 2014
Feature

As of December 1, 2013, a total of 429 nuclear reactors were considered operational in 31 countries. The nuclear industry is in decline, however, with global electricity generation from nuclear power plants down by a record 7 percent in 2012.

Nuclear notebook

1 January 2014
Nuclear notebook

The United States has an estimated 4,650 nuclear warheads available for delivery by more than 800 ballistic missiles and aircraft. Approximately 2,700 retired but still intact warheads await dismantlement, for a total inventory of roughly 7,400 warheads.