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Month: July 2018
In the midst of record-breaking heat waves and wildfires, fewer than half of all Americans view global warming as a serious personal threat. A big reason for that: Many journalists are not doing their jobs.
We always knew this day would come—the day when, along America’s coasts, sea-level rise became undeniable. When sad-faced homeowners abandoned their houses to the tides, their memories to the marshes, their savings to the silt. When groundless hope gave out and glum resignation settled in. When the moving trucks pulled up. Well, not everywhere, and … Continued
The US military—specifically, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA—announced plans in May to initiate a “gene tuning” program. Called “Prepare” (short for “Pre-emptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements”), the program aims to develop programmable modulators that temporarily boost protective genes, either before or after exposure, to biological, chemical, or radiological health … Continued
In some ways, the fight to reduce threats from biological and chemical weapons looks like a roaring success. Chemical weapons have been prohibited by international treaty for more than 20 years, biological weapons for more than 40. The vast majority of the world’s nations are party to both treaties, and not coincidentally, these weapons are … Continued
About the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a not-for-profit organization located in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago that engages science leaders, policy makers, and the interested public on topics of nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Founded more than 70 years … Continued
A college campus display was meant to raise awareness of nuclear conflict. And hope.
Analyzing the Helsinki summit The meeting and subsequent press conference between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland has been largely met with shock and anger, but will there be any lasting impact? Explore our coverage of the aftermath, and suggestions on where we go from here. Putin’s wish list does not include destroying … Continued
The New York Times Sunday Styles section is usually an escape from hard news, the place we go to read stinging etiquette advice or learn about celebrities-turned-lifestyle-entrepreneurs. The section’s Sunday cover story, though, was disturbing enough to qualify as hard news. As in hard-to-take. The story “E.T., We’re Here,” is about the television show “Ancient Aliens,” … Continued
PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED AN UPPER-CASE WARNING TO IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI TO “NEVER, EVER” AGAIN THREATEN THE UNITED STATES. To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND … Continued
Generation Z is not Generation Zzzzzzzz. We’re not asleep! We realize that, just as Z is the last letter in the English alphabet, the post-millennial generation is most likely the last one that will be capable of doing something to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change. And we want our fellow citizens and elected … Continued
Join us and be part of the conversation! Thursday, November 8, 2018 Dinner Keynote Speaker Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun Senior Advisor- The Asia Group; Global Affairs Analyst- CNN Joseph Y. Yun previously served as US Ambassador to Malaysia and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan. Widely recognized as one of the … Continued
Grace Liu, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and an intelligence analyst in the US Army National Guard, was with friends on a beach in California, watching the sunset, when texts sent to their phones alerted them to a seismic event. “We saw this was in Northeast Asia,” recalled Liu, … Continued
The much-anticipated summit in Helsinki is over and US media and politicians are fuming over Trump’s admiration of the persuasive skills of President Putin. Even though Trump’s performance during the press conference may have played to the Russian side, it is unlikely major Russian goals for the summit centered on making the US president look … Continued
Three to five years ago, a lot of articles were published about scandalously poor morale among missileers at US intercontinental ballistic missile bases. But what about the crews on ballistic missile submarines? If things are weird at Minot and Malmstrom, aren’t they weirder under water? Not in the telling of Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr. of … Continued
This month’s scorching heat wave broke records around the world. The Algerian city of Ouargla, with a population of half a million, had a temperature of 124.3 degrees Fahrenheit on July 6, the hottest reliably measured temperature on record in Africa. In Ireland and Wales, the unusually hot weather revealed ancient structures normally hidden by … Continued
The Bulletin called some of its regular contributors and an observer from Finland to hear what they think the Putin and Trump’s shocking summit means for nuclear stability.
In spite of its slapdash execution and its many real problems—discussed in the pages of the Bulletin and elsewhere—let us not forget the bigger picture regarding the recent Singapore summit. The overarching goals laid out in the statement issued after the historic meeting between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are realistic and highly … Continued
In general, US media organizations covered the early stops in President Trump’s tour through Europe conventionally, which, in the Trump era, means that the tour played as spectacle. And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen—even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone … Continued
The initial take on the summit between Presidents Trump and Putin does not augur well for US national interests. It is difficult to see how the summit will do much to move US-Russia relations to a better place. The hope, a faint one, is that follow-on discussions between US and Russian officials will begin to … Continued