The Doomsday Clock announcement, an Iran memo to Trump, chemical weapons in Darfur, and more
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Friday, January 20, 2017
An Iran memo to Trump
Simply refraining from tearing up the nuclear agreement isn’t enough. The new US president should work to strengthen it.
Did Sudan use chemical weapons in Darfur last year?
Did the government of Sudan use chemical weapons last year in Darfur? It’s time for members of the Chemical Weapons Convention to find out.
The January/February issue is out: Nuclear power and the urgent threat of climate change
Leading experts look at whether and how nuclear power may or may not be used to substitute for fossil fuels. This issue is free-access through the end of January, so if you don’t have a subscription, read it while you can–then subscribe! This special issue was made possible in partnership with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
Doomsday Clock Announcement
The Bulletin’s Science and Security Board has made its decision and will announce the 2017 time of the Doomsday Clock next week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Watch the live-stream on Thursday, January 26th, at 10:00 EST, as members of the board announce the time and explain the events and trends that influenced their decision. The Doomsday Clock is currently set at 3 minutes to midnight. What time do you think the Clock should read? Take our poll.
One scientist’s do-it list for presumptive Energy Secretary Perry
Future Energy Secretary Perry: clean up the mess, take care of the nukes, trim cost overruns, and change the culture.
Succeed or fail, the ban treaty won’t erode the NPT
The nuclear weapon ban treaty, whether it succeeds or fails, won’t erode the NPT; the nuclear weapon states are doing an excellent job of eroding it on their own. The second round opens in our debate over a UN committee’s resolution that would mandate negotiations toward a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
Global Nuclear Power Database, 1951-2017
World Nuclear Energy Status Report, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Visionscarto
Energy watchers pay attention: Our new data visualization puts a wealth of information on 60 years of nuclear power plant startups and shutdowns at your fingertips.
Call for Proposals: New Technologies and Nuclear Risk
Carnegie Corporation of New York is seeking research projects that combine technical and policy expertise to examine a particular emerging technology, or combination of technologies, that poses a threat to nuclear stability. Deadline for letters of inquiry is Feb 1.
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