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July 2015

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 71 Issue 4

Volume: 71
Page count: 84

Interview

1 July 2015
Interview

Mitchie Takeuchi’s mother and grandfather survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 70 years ago. Miyako Taguchi’s parents survived the bombing of Nagasaki three days later.

Global forum

1 July 2015
Global forum

Some observers believe that plutonium reprocessing is on the verge of an expansion, while others argue that the end of the practice is in sight.

1 July 2015
Global forum

Some observers believe that plutonium reprocessing is on the verge of an expansion, while others argue that the end of the practice is in sight.

1 July 2015
Global forum

Some observers believe that plutonium reprocessing is on the verge of an expansion, while others argue that the end of the practice is in sight.

Features

1 July 2015
Asia
Features

Much scientific discussion has focused on rising greenhouse gas emissions and changing rainfall patterns in an increasingly warmer world. In fact, preventing the worst impacts of climate change on future human well-being will mean dealing with heightened flood and drought risks.

1 July 2015
Features

India’s government has a bold goal for deploying renewable energy: 175 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity by 2022, including 100 gigawatts of solar power.

1 July 2015
Europe/Russia
Features

Ukraine is a major nuclear power, with 15 reactors that produce more than 13,000 megawatts of electricity annually.

1 July 2015
Features

Switzerland has long met a good portion of its energy needs by using nuclear power. But in the wake of the accident at Fukushima, the country will have to turn elsewhere—while still remaining true to its history of self-sufficiency and energy independence.

1 May 2015
Features

China will triple the number of nuclear power plants it has in operation by 2020 according to official plans, and the country’s nuclear fleet will increase 20-fold by 2050 under some not-yet-approved proposals. But how and where will China get the uranium to fuel them all?

1 July 2015
Features

The 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan will roll around on August 15, 2015, no doubt eliciting a hailstorm of commentary—and speculation that North Korea will collapse and the two Koreas reunify.

1 May 2015
Features

Naval propulsion reactors account for the largest non-weapons use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the world. The largest stores of naval propulsion fuel are in the United States, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom.

1 May 2015
Features

Storage facilities are filling up at South Korea’s nuclear power plants, making spent fuel management a hot-button issue.

Nuclear notebook

1 July 2015
Nuclear notebook

China is the only one of the five original nuclear weapon states that is quantitatively increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal and it now is estimated to have approximately 260 warheads. The arsenal’s capabilities are also increasing as older missiles are replaced with newer ones.