The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Steven Starr is the director of the University of Missouri–Columbia's Clinical Laboratory Science Program, as well as a senior scientist at the Physicians for Social Responsibility. He has worked with the Swiss, Chilean, and Swedish governments in support of their efforts at the United Nations to eliminate thousands of high-alert, launch-ready US and Russian nuclear weapons. He maintains the website Nuclear Darkness and also teaches a class at the University of Missouri on the environmental, health, and social effects of nuclear weapons.
To date, there has been an unfortunate avoidance (among both diplomats and NGOs) of any explicit discussion of the effects of nuclear war; instead the language of the general conversation has tended to focus on the effects of a nuclear weapon, in the singular.
The author argues that asking how to prepare for a nuclear disaster only steers the conversation away from the real issue, which is that nuclear power reactors should not be allowed to continue producing mass quantities of nuclear poison.