Month: July 2016

25 years of START

25 years of START

Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, the world gave a heavy sigh of relief. On July 31st, 1991, Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or more commonly, START I. The treaty limited the nuclear arsenals on either side of the Iron Curtain to 6,000 warheads and 1,600 Strategic … Continued

When renewables undercut nuclear, carbon emissions can increase

When renewables undercut nuclear, carbon emissions can increase

Solar, wind, and nuclear power all produce energy without carbon emissions, but government policy often favors the first two, encouraging their use with large subsidies. Some members of the public, nervous in the wake of high-profile nuclear accidents and the thorny problem of where to locate waste, support such a renewables-first approach. If we really … Continued

China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

China’s coal burning, which more than tripled during the period from 2000-2013, may have finally peaked—and at the same time, China has been rapidly increasing its production of solar, nuclear, and wind energy. A report by economists in Nature Geoscience says that this is more than a statistical blip, but possibly a permanent downward trend … Continued

Tell a student about the UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest

Tell a student about the UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is excited to partner with the Stimson Center on the UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest. The Stimson Center, which launched the contest in April, is looking for innovative ideas from students around the globe to prevent the proliferation of the world’s most dangerous weapons.  The UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 was adopted in 2004 … Continued

Republicans escalate war over ExxonMobil and climate change

Republicans escalate war over ExxonMobil and climate change

Just before their national convention, a GOP leader in Congress decided to fire back against what they believe is a “posse” of state attorney generals who “have veered away from enforcing the law to environmental activism.” House Committee on Science, Space and Technology chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex) and his colleagues issued subpoenas to the attorneys … Continued