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September 2014

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 70 Issue 5

Volume: 70
Page count: 108

Interview

1 September 2014
Interview

In this interview, California Gov.

Global forum

1 July 2014
Global forum

Technological advances in the life sciences hold out the promise of controlling or eliminating stubborn diseases.

1 September 2014
Global forum

In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.

1 July 2014
Global forum

Technological advances in the life sciences hold out the promise of controlling or eliminating stubborn diseases.

1 September 2014
Global forum

In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.

1 July 2014
Global forum

Technological advances in the life sciences hold out the promise of controlling or eliminating stubborn diseases.

1 September 2014
Global forum

In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.

1 July 2014
Global forum

Technological advances in the life sciences hold out the promise of controlling or eliminating stubborn diseases.

1 September 2014
Global forum

In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.

1 September 2014

California is a leader among states in its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32), the state has set itself on a course to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

1 September 2014
Americas

Almost 10 years ago, California’s legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB 32 set the most ambitious legally binding climate policy in the United States, requiring that California’s greenhouse gas emissions return to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

1 September 2014

The growth of the solar energy industry depends on a strong relationship between science and engineering innovations, a vibrant financing and manufacturing sector, and cycles of policy design and advancement.

1 September 2014

Despite—or because of—California’s vaunted love affair with the automobile, the state could become a leader in the development of new, climate change–friendly transport.

1 September 2014

Many aspects of the Californian approach to controlling the greenhouse gases that cause climate change now have a sufficient track record to provide potential models or lessons for national and even international action.

FOCUS: CLEANING UP THE MESS

1 July 2014
FOCUS: CLEANING UP THE MESS

Since the dawn of the nuclear era, more than two dozen nuclear power reactors have been permanently shut down in the United States. At some point, the remaining 100 nuclear power reactors currently operating in the United States also must be permanently shut down.

1 July 2014
FOCUS: CLEANING UP THE MESS

The Japanese village of Iitate received some of the highest radiation exposures resulting from the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, particularly on March 15, 2011. Iitate, which had previously been a model eco-village, is still heavily contaminated.

Features

1 July 2014
Features

In an international confrontation, nuclear weapons can provide leverage even if they are not used. The leverage comes from threats of use or increased risk of use.

1 July 2014
Features

How many battlefield nuclear weapons would it take for Pakistan to stop a major armored attack by the Indian army? How big would each bomb have to be?

1 September 2014
Features

The United Nations has consistently supported the elimination of nuclear weapons, frequently referring to the effects of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

1 July 2014
Features

It has been 20 years since planning began for the 1995 United Nations International Conference on Near-Earth Objects.

1 September 2014
Features

The confluence of deep cultural, social, and demographic trends with technological change can create conditions to which fundamental aspects of military organization and structure must rapidly adjust.

Nuclear notebook

1 July 2014
Nuclear notebook

The nuclear-armed states have large residual nuclear arsenals, and post-Cold War reductions of nuclear weapons have slowed. Meanwhile, the nuclear nations have undertaken ambitious nuclear weapon modernization programs that threaten to prolong the nuclear era indefinitely.

1 September 2014
Nuclear notebook

As of mid-2014, the authors estimate that there are approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons located at some 98 sites in 14 countries. Roughly 10,000 of these weapons are in military arsenals; the remaining weapons are retired and awaiting dismantlement.