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
Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingLawrence M. KraussSivan KarthaThomas R. PickeringRaymond T. PierrehumbertRamamurti RajaramanJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniDavid Titley
In keeping the hands of the Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board mean to make a clear statement: The world situation remains highly threatening to humanity, and decisive action to reduce the danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change is urgently required.
The author argues that, while the world must pursue technological solutions to climate change, technology is ultimately inadequate to solve the problem. What's needed is a profound reorganization of human economies and societies.
The author argues that, if a final nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 is reached, the international community must ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency has the personnel, equipment, and budget to discharge its verification duties in Iran properly.
Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingSivan KarthaEdward "Rocky" Kolb Lawrence M. KraussLeon LedermanRaymond T. PierrehumbertM. V. RamanaJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniElizabeth J. WilsonDavid TitleyRamamurti Rajaraman
Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight.
The author argues that reprocessing spent nuclear fuel may be appropriate for a large developing country such as China, but smaller countries will probably have to be satisfied for the time being with dry storage.
The author argues that the international climate regime must set ambitious targets for emissions reductions; that countries with high historical emissions must not be allowed to wriggle out of their commitments; and that nations must seriously question the need for endless economic growth.
The author writes that bioenergy's ability to meet energy needs, mitigate climate change, and avoid adverse effects on food production depends on factors such as the technology and feedstock used and the scale of production.
Who can be mobilized as a counterweight to the perpetuation of the nuclear arsenal?Workers in the nuclear weapons complex, doctors, independent scientists, and journalists all have direct interests in nuclear disarmament.
Humans first emerged from Africa around 60,000 years ago in search of new lands to explore and colonize. Since then, we've spread out across much of the planet and even gone into low Earth orbit in the International Space Station. The need to explore new frontiers appears to be embedded in our DNA.