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
The director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Syria, terrorists looking for chemical weapons, and the need to watch out for weapons that haven't even been invented yet
Almost 10 years ago, California’s legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB 32 set the most ambitious legally binding climate policy in the United States, requiring that California’s greenhouse gas emissions return to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
If they participate in military cyberoperations—intentionally or not—could employees at Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and many other tech firms be considered “civilians directly participating in hostilities” and therefore legitimate targets of war?
The author argues that reducing nuclear arsenals to the point that they represent only a minimum deterrent might be a useful interim step for disarmament, but complete abolition must remain the eventual goal.
The author argues that disarmament instruments like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have little bearing today on the behavior of nuclear weapon states—that nuclear-armed nations can be perhaps cajoled to approach the disarmament well, but cannot be compelled to drink.
Moving past the Ukraine crisis will require a mindset rare among national leaders. It is a mindset capable of seeing connections, patterns, and dynamic systems, one with a sightline extending into the future beyond the next political election, and into the past as seen by others who experienced it.
Close study of photographic and video imagery of Israeli Iron Dome defense inceptors engaging with Hamas rockets—both in the current conflict and in the 2012 hostilities—shows that the Israeli rocket-defense system's success rate has been very low—as low as 5 percent or, perhaps, even less.