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
Chemical weapons are disappearing from Syria and some say it's time to ban them from the entire region. Others say banning nuclear weapons must remain paramount. Could simply discussing these issues make the region more secure?
Chuenchom Sangarasri GreacenAdnan A. HezriAshish Kothari
Economic development requires energy. But as developing nations chart their energy courses, they increasingly must consider the environmental expectations of their populations—a task made harder because poor and middle-class people often view environmental issues quite differently.
Most poor nations bear little responsibility for climate change but many of them stand to suffer greatly from it. Some rich nations balk at reducing carbon emissions unless others do likewise. How should responsibility for addressing climate change be apportioned?
A nuclear detonation's aftermath would be ghastly. Mitigating the humanitarian disaster would stretch the resources of any nation. But what would a detonation mean for countries that struggle merely to feed their people?