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Kennette Benedict

Senior Advisor

Articles by Kennette Benedict

10 December 2013

Why vote for nuclear disarmament?

Kennette Benedict

Three ways citizens will benefit from reducing the nuclear-industrial complex.

22 October 2013

Does the “responsibility to protect” include nuclear disarmament?

Kennette Benedict

Eliminating weapons of mass destruction is the only way to make civilians secure and safe.

17 September 2013

Most likely to succeed against nuclear weapons

Kennette Benedict

Who can be mobilized as a counterweight to the perpetuation of the nuclear arsenal?Workers in the nuclear weapons complex, doctors, independent scientists, and journalists all have direct interests in nuclear disarmament. 

14 August 2013

Let August nuclear anniversaries spur action

Kennette Benedict

Complacency and entrenched interests keep the weapons industrial complex in place.

18 July 2013

Existential threats, fast and slow

Kennette Benedict

Why climate change and nuclear weapons both belong on the Doomsday Clock.

10 June 2013

Pandora's false promise

Kennette Benedict

A new documentary that cheers for nuclear energy is simplistic and misleading.

9 April 2013

Science, art, and the legacy of Martyl

Kennette Benedict

Martyl Langsdorf, the artist who created the Doomsday Clock, died on March 26th at the age of 96 in Chicago. Known to many friends and fans simply as Martyl, she was a petite and vivacious woman who had an outsize influence on public consciousness about nuclear weapons through her design of the clock that first graced the cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, and continues to be used today.

13 February 2013

Citizen cybersecurity

Kennette Benedict

With increasing reports of cyber attacks on US banks, oil facilities, power plants, and even military systems, it comes as good news that the Obama administration is crafting policy on cybersecurity. In Tuesday's State of the Union address, the President said that "America must … face the rapidly growing threat from cyber attacks," and urged Congress to pass legislation that would help it do so.

15 November 2012

Democracy and the bomb

Kennette Benedict

In a democracy, there is no greater responsibility than voting for our government representatives. Whether choosing a state legislator, mayor, congressional representative, or president, selecting among candidates and sending them off to formulate and enact laws on our behalf is the single most important duty of a citizen. And many of us Americans exercised that right in last Tuesday's national elections. Many also canvassed communities, talked to neighbors, called strangers, got out the vote, and volunteered at polls on Election Day.

20 September 2012

Buying climate stability

Kennette Benedict

In the August issue of Rolling Stone ("Global Warming's Terrifying New Math"), Bill McKibben provides clarity about the amount of carbon dioxide in the coal, oil, and gas reserves currently owned by companies and countries worldwide. The key number is the 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide that will be emitted by burning these existing reserves over the next decades.