Looking for answers

By | November 15, 2016

Tens of thousands of people came to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ website over the last week, looking for answers on what a new Trump administration means for the health and safety of our planet.

As Bulletin editor John Mecklin writes, Donald Trump’s positions on serious questions have often ricocheted from side to side: “Questions about his positions on major global threats—including nuclear weapons and climate change, a scientific reality that he has called a hoax—abound, because those positions shifted shape through time, and according to the audience being addressed and the state of the presidential campaign."

As it always does, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board will meet to discuss the year’s events as they relate to the time on the Doomsday Clock, as well as what a new president may mean for the issues that the Bulletin covers.

In the meantime, read on for information you may find helpful.

Commentary edited by John Mecklin
An open letter to President-elect Trump about nuclear weapons and nuclear winter, by Alan Robock
A great Trump foreign policy, by Lawrence J. Korb
A renewed mobilization to reduce the danger from nuclear weapons, by Frank von Hippel

Trump said he'd tear up the Iran nuclear deal. Now what?
Ariane Tabatabai

A short presidency, perhaps
Hugh Gusterson

Super emitters: The low-hanging fruit
Dawn Stover

Climate change chain reactions, bad and good
Dawn Stover

Hands across the lab: Will the US and Iran cooperate on science?
Ariane Tabatabai

Preparing the country for nuclear terrorism
Jerome Hauer

What if you don't trust the judgment of the president whose finger is over the nuclear button?
Louis Rene Beres

Can we remain food secure amid climate change?
Laura Kahn
It’s time to cut America’s nuclear arsenal
Daryl Kimball and Kingston Reif

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Doomsday Clockwork
Kennette Benedict

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