Climate change and the Koch brothers walk into a bar

Years ago a boss took me aside to give me a few words of advice. “You know what your problem is?” he asked. He didn’t wait for an answer. “You’re too f---ing earnest.”

Ooookaaay. No wonder I hadn’t been getting those plum assignments reserved for writers who didn’t grow up in Omaha. (Then again, this was the same editor who advised a 20-something colleague of mine that she looked young but “dressed old.” So maybe I didn’t take his counsel as earnestly as I should have.)


Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States?

Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation’s highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away—the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant.”


Mind and habitat: Nuclear and climate threats, and the possibility of hope

Though closely related, nuclear and climate threats have mostly been treated as separate entities. I, for example, have been immersed for more than a half century in psychological and historical aspects of nuclear weapons, but only during the last year or so have I begun a similar immersion in climate dangers. Why have people like me so neglected the climate dimension?


Call for submissions: Voices of Tomorrow

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' "Voices of Tomorrow" competition features regular essays, op-ed articles, and multimedia presentations written or produced by a high school student, college undergraduate, or graduate student. Submissions must address some aspect of at least one of the Bulletin's core issues: nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, biosecurity, and emerging technologies.

Fukushima’s lessons, unlearned in America?

On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was struck by an earthquake more powerful than the one it was engineered to handle, and then flooded by a tsunami far higher than it was designed to withstand. In the aftermath of the triple core meltdown that followed, observers around the world pointed fingers at the plant’s operator, TEPCO, for not having prepared for such a disaster, citing Japan’s obvious seismic and tsunami risks.


Fukushima Earth

Sudden nuclear disasters of the kind that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station three years ago may not at first glance seem to have much in common with the slow-motion planetary destruction of global warming. The two phenomena, though, are alike—and not just because they are dangerous to humankind. They unfold in similar fashion, starting with a single event which then leads to and interacts with many others. Both are also easy to foresee—but unprofitable to avert.


Ukraine and the future of nonproliferation

Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has left many observers fearing that Washington and Moscow are headed towards a new Cold War. It is not surprising, then, that the crisis has spawned plenty of chatter about one of the Cold War’s most recognizable features: nuclear weapons.

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One of the earliest uses of "climate change" in a general interest publication 

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