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 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 nuclear weapons production and laboratory system created during the Cold War is simply far too large for the current military situation and needs drastic consolidation that includes the closing of labs and other facilities
A new report suggests the Fukushima disaster is unlikely to pose Chernobyl-scale health risks. But both accidents had major environmental and social effects, and they share an underlying cause: a belief in nuclear infallibility.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs to recognize the limits of prediction in regard to floods and earthquakes and insist that US nuclear plants be upgraded to meet the standards for which they were originally licensed.
The Energy Department and National Nuclear Security Administration have birthed another boondoggle—a Uranium Capabilities Replacement Project slated to run billions of dollars over budget and 20 years behind schedule. It’s long past time to see if there isn’t a better solution.
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station needs a new plan for dealing with millions of gallons of radioactive water on its grounds. The plan should include better public outreach, improved cleanup processes and capacities, and, when radiation standards are met, a controlled release of water into the sea.