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
Probing the 2016 presidential candidates’ records on nuclear weapons makes for some interesting reading and could foretell US nuclear policies to come, yet the subject still deserves far more attention between now and November.
Although the countries of the world share the global atmosphere, emissions reporting and reduction commitments under the Paris agreement and other regulatory legislation are divided among political entities that currently rely upon bottom-up emissions reporting processes that are known to be inaccurate. To effectively use top-down emissions verification to reduce these inaccuracies, atmospheric measurements and modeling must be carried out in a way that applies to emissions within national or regional boundaries.
Those concerned about international security should pay attention to the Volkswagen case, since arms-control verification tools often use the same kind of proprietary technology that prevents transparency and independent scrutiny.
The difference between past nonproliferation failures and the current Iran agreement is made clear by the record of nuclear diplomacy involving four countries that did not sign the NPT or withdrew from it: Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.