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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy 115th Birthday to Science Legend Enrico Fermi | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Happy 115th Birthday to Science Legend Enrico Fermi | ANS Nuclear Cafe

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Ignoring the Climate Crisis - Truthdig

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Ignoring the Climate Crisis - Truthdig

Get Inside Mexico's Cenagas: Pipelines, Players, and Possibilities - An NGI Exclusive

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NGI correspondent Dwight Dyer recently sat down with Cenagas Director General David Madero to
discuss the past, present, and future of Mexico's natural gas market. We've never been closer to the source. The industry is abuzz about the market with the largest potential in years, and information is hard to come by.
 
In this 7-page exclusive report, NGI's veteran journalists and analysts bring you closer than ever to the major pipelines and players that continue to shape the Mexican gas market - straight from the source. 
"We have strong relationships with all of [the companies],” Madero said. “And with some of the U.S. operators, we have certain obligations as the technical administrator to make sure we can be the supplier of last resort of natural gas in Mexico. Therefore, we are engaged with U.S. transporters that are interconnected with Mexico, in case we need to sign contracts with them.”
“Our role is determining aggregate demand, checking with CRE whether our assumptions are rational, whether our flow simulations are correct. So the only way to turn a yellow light green is to add infrastructure.” 
“Cenagas’ technical role focuses, together with CRE, on evaluating how demand for natural gas will grow in the next five years and where, geographically, that demand will be located."
 
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French Power Surges Amid Low Availability at EDF Nuclear Plants - Bloomberg

French Power Surges Amid Low Availability at EDF Nuclear Plants - Bloomberg

A back-dated deal with a toppled French PM: How Peres secured Israel's nuclear deterrent | The Times of Israel

A back-dated deal with a toppled French PM: How Peres secured Israel's nuclear deterrent | The Times of Israel

House prices go nuclear | Property Reporter

House prices go nuclear | Property Reporter

Nuclear Decommissioning Industry Analysis and In-depth Research on Market Dynamics, Trends, Emerging Growth Factors and Forecasts 2020

Nuclear Decommissioning Industry Analysis and In-depth Research on Market Dynamics, Trends, Emerging Growth Factors and Forecasts 2020

BRIEF-Fujian Funeng plans nuclear power joint venture | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

BRIEF-Fujian Funeng plans nuclear power joint venture | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

Hinkley Point nuclear plant contract set to be signed - Yahoo7

Hinkley Point nuclear plant contract set to be signed - Yahoo7

Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi in final talks to merge nuclear units


Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi in final talks to merge nuclear units

Hitachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are in final talks to merge their nuclear fuel businesses as early as spring, the Nikkei business daily reported. The merger is expected to keep the nuclear operations of these companies afloat, even though most of Japan's nuclear reactors remain idle, the Japanese business daily reported.
Read More: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/hitachi-toshiba-mitsubishi-in-final-talks-to-merge-nuclear-units-2016-09-29

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PressTV-‘US insistence on 1st nuclear strike disturbing’

PressTV-‘US insistence on 1st nuclear strike disturbing’

iPhone 7 emits radiation at twice the rate as Samsung phones, report says | Daily Telegraph

iPhone 7 emits radiation at twice the rate as Samsung phones, report says | Daily Telegraph

US not pursuing no-first-use nuclear arms policy: Carter



http://parstoday.com/en/news/world-i28210-us_not_pursuing_no_first_use_nuclear_arms_policy_carter

US Nuclear Weapons Systems Need an Upgrade


US Nuclear Weapons Systems Need an Upgrade


http://www.metrotell.co.za/news/us-nuclear-weapons-systems-need-an-upgrade#.V-vTT9yXQkg

Rosatom Helping Bolivia Formulate Requirements for Nuclear Research Center


Rosatom Helping Bolivia Formulate Requirements for Nuclear Research Center

Read more: https://sputniknews.com/business/20160928/1045778056/russia-bolivia-nuclear-research.html

https://sputniknews.com/business/20160928/1045778056/russia-bolivia-nuclear-research.html

Next president has a nuclear option: Scrap the program | The Seattle Times

Next president has a nuclear option: Scrap the program | The Seattle Times

IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency : Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals

IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency : Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals

Current Power Reactor Status Report for September 27, 2016


Current Power Reactor Status Report for September 27, 2016


http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/reactor-status/ps.html

Recent increases in global nuclear capacity led by Asia

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Recent increases in global nuclear capacity led by Asia

graph of global nuclear capacity, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Power Reactor Information System (for countries other than the United States)

Global nuclear capacity reached 383 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, driven primarily by nuclear additions in Asia. Currently, 31 countries have nuclear power programs, totaling 441 operating reactors. An additional 60 reactors are under construction in 15 countries, adding 59 GW of electricity generating capacity over the next decade. Plans to add another 90 reactors (76 GW) have been formally transmitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by 8 countries.
Following the development of the first nuclear reactors in the 1950s, nuclear power steadily grew around the world from the early 1970s to the early 1990s, with brief periods of relatively slow growth following the accidents at Three Mile Island (1979) and Chernobyl (1986). Since then, nuclear power capacity has remained relatively stable throughout most of the world, with the exception of Asia.
map of world nuclear electricity generating capacity by region, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Power Reactor Information System (for countries other than the United States)

North America. The United States and Canada began building nuclear power plants in the 1950s and 1960s, respectively. Nuclear capacity developed most quickly between 1970 and 1995. Since 2013, retirements in the United States have not been offset by new additions, and capacity has declined. Five reactors have retired since 2014 for economic reasons, and eight more have announced plans to retire starting in late 2016 and continuing through 2025. In contrast, just one new reactor will have come online since 1996, as Watts Bar Unit 2 is scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year. Four other reactors are currently under construction and are expected to come online between 2019 and 2020.
Europe. France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and the United Kingdom commissioned nuclear power plants in the 1960s. European nuclear capacity was relatively stable until 2011, when Germany announced that it was phasing out nuclear energy following the Fukushima accident in Japan. Germany immediately shut down eight reactors, nearly half of its fleet. Retirements in the United Kingdom have also contributed to a decline in nuclear capacity in Europe.
Eurasia. Russia and Ukraine account for almost all of Eurasia's nuclear capacity. Russia is building 22 new nuclear power plants (totaling 27 GW), which should be online between 2016 and 2020, and the country has formally told the IAEA that it intends to build 7 more plants (totaling 5.5 GW).
Asia. Between 1980 and 2010, nuclear capacity in Asia quadrupled, led primarily by South Korea, Japan, and India. Prior to the accident at Fukushima, Japan had 54 operating reactors totaling 46.8 GW; only 5 reactors have been approved for restart. More recently, growth in nuclear capacity in Asia has been led primarily by China, where capacity has nearly quadrupled in the past 10 years. Nuclear additions in China have accounted for 18 GW of the 22 GW added globally between 2009 and 2015. Of the 61 reactors currently under construction worldwide, 20 are in China, and China has formally told the IAEA that it plans to build another 20 reactors.
Middle East. In Iran, Bushehr Unit 1 (0.9 GW) began commercial operations in 2013. Iran has formally told the IAEA that it intends to add three more reactors (totaling 2.1 GW), but no operational dates have been announced. In the United Arab Emirates, four reactors (totaling 5.6 GW) are under construction and are expected to be online between 2017 and 2020.
Principal contributor: Nancy Slater-Thompson

US Nuclear Provides $85 Billion in Carbon Abatement Value by 2020


US Nuclear Provides $85 Billion in Carbon Abatement Value by 2020

  • Clean power goals would be more than negated without nuclear
  • Solar and wind cannot replace lost nuclear generation
  • New York’s Clean Energy Standard a model for other states

http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/US-Nuclear-Provides-85-Billion-in-Carbon-Abatement

CONGRESSMAN LIEU & SENATOR MARKEY INTRODUCE THE RESTRICTING FIRST USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACT

https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-lieu-senator-markey-introduce-restricting-first-use-nuclear

CONGRESSMAN LIEU & SENATOR MARKEY INTRODUCE THE RESTRICTING FIRST USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACT

September 27, 2016
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced H.R. 6179, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016.  This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.  The crucial issue of nuclear first use – discussed in last evening’s Presidential Debate – is all the more urgent given the fact that a majority of Americans do not trust Republican Nominee Donald Trump with our nation’s nuclear arsenal.
Upon introduction of this legislation, Senator Markey issued the following statement:
“Nuclear war poses the gravest risk to human survival. Unfortunately, by maintaining the option of using nuclear weapons first in a conflict, U.S. policy increases the risk of unintended nuclear escalation. The President should not use nuclear weapons except in response to a nuclear attack. This legislation enshrines this simple principle into law. I thank Rep. Lieu for his partnership on this common-sense bill during this critical time in our nation’s history.”
Upon introduction of this legislation, Mr. Lieu issued the following statement:
"Our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they knew the President could launch a massive, potentially civilization-ending military strike without authorization from Congress. Our Constitution created a government based on checks and balances and gave the power to declare war solely to the people’s representatives. A nuclear first strike, which can kill hundreds of millions of people and invite a retaliatory strike that can destroy America, is war. The current nuclear launch approval process, which gives the decision to potentially end civilization as we know it to a single individual, is flatly unconstitutional. I am proud to introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016 with Sen. Markey to realign our nation’s nuclear weapons launch policy with the Constitution.”
Praise for the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016
William J. Perry, Former Secretary of Defense – “During my period as Secretary of Defense, I never confronted a situation, or could even imagine a situation, in which I would recommend that the President make a first strike with nuclear weapons—understanding that such an action, whatever the provocation, would likely bring about the end of civilization.  I believe that the legislation proposed by Congressman Lieu and Senator Markey recognizes that terrible reality.  Certainly a decision that momentous for all of civilization should have the kind of checks and balances on Executive powers called for by our Constitution.”
Tom Z. Collina, Policy Director of Ploughshares Fund – “Current US nuclear policy is undemocratic and unconstitutional. In the realm of nuclear weapons, the United States is closer to a dictatorship than a democracy. The President has absolute authority to use nuclear weapons, and Congress has been cut out. It is time to bring democracy to nuclear policy, and Rep. Lieu and Sen. Markey’s bill moves us in that direction.”
Megan Amundson, Executive Director of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) – “Rep. Lieu and Sen. Markey have rightly called out the dangers of only one person having his or her finger on the nuclear button. The potential misuse of this power in the current global climate has only magnified this concern. It is time to make real progress toward lowering the risk that nuclear weapons are ever used again, and this legislation is a good start.”
Catherine Thomasson, MD, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility – "We must understand that our own nuclear weapons pose an unacceptable risk to our national security. The "successful" use of our own nuclear arsenal would cause catastrophic climate disruption around the world including here in the United States. These weapons are suicide bombs, and no one individual should have the power to introduce them into a conflict. The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016 is an important step to lessen the chance these weapons will be used."
Congressman Lieu is a member of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee.

Shimon Peres, 1923-2016: From nuclear pioneer to champion of peace - Israel News - Haaretz.com

Shimon Peres, 1923-2016: From nuclear pioneer to champion of peace - Israel News - Haaretz.com

Meet the nuclear cattle of Fukushima

Meet the nuclear cattle of Fukushima


http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/27/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-cows/

EDF board confirms approval for Hinkley Point decision

EDF board confirms approval for Hinkley Point decision


http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-edf-britain-idUKKCN11X23H

DOE Advisory Board Approves Draft Report on the Future of Nuclear Power


DOE Advisory Board Approves Draft Report on the Future of Nuclear Power

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=aaefb875-ed42-4459-86e9-6a225e462c09

UAE’s nuclear programme ‘a model’ for the world

UAE’s nuclear programme ‘a model’ for the world


http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uaes-nuclear-programme-a-model-for-the-world

Vermont delegation clashes with nuclear industry

 

Vermont delegation clashes with nuclear industry


https://vtdigger.org/2016/09/27/vermont-delegation-clashes-nuclear-industry/

Energy, Policy And America’s Future


Energy, Policy And America’s Future

By By Energy Tomorrow Blog,   /  Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:00 PM
Looking to the presidential debates, we’re very interested to see how the candidates handle energy questions should they come up and, similarly, how the candidates may link energy to some of the high-profile issues everyone is talking about: the economy, jobs, U.S. security. Certainly, energy is foundational to all of these and more. And, as

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-26/in-greenwich-that-250-000-mercedes-isn-t-the-hit-it-used-to-be

Evolution of global temperature over the past two million years : Nature : Nature Research

Evolution of global temperature over the past two million years : Nature : Nature Research

Oil And Gas Bankruptcies Set To Double This Year


Oil And Gas Bankruptcies Set To Double This Year

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/09/oil-and-gas-bankruptcies-set-to-double-this-year.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

D.Light Raises $22.5M For Off-Grid Solar As Energy Giants Take Notice



D.Light Raises $22.5M For Off-Grid Solar As Energy Giants Take Notice

By By Greentech Media,   /  Monday, September 26, 2016 10:00 AM
Funding rounds for off-grid solar continue to scale, as does the list of traditional energy companies as backers.  Nearly two months after solar lantern startup d.light design expanded its pay-as-you-go financing system for solar lanterns and home solar systems, the company has raised $22.5 million in a Series D debt and equity round to help

Armor For The Grid


Armor For The Grid

By By Karen Bass | Idaho National Laboratory,   /  Monday, September 26, 2016 5:23 PM
THE GRID IS VULNERABLE TO ATTACK. Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory designed this ballistic barrier system to protect it. Until 2013, an electricity substation in California was surrounded by nothing more than a chain link fence, just like thousands of others across the United States. That fence proved ineffective when gunmen fired up to 150

Could small nuclear fusion reactors provide the clean energy safety net the world needs?

Could small nuclear fusion reactors provide the clean energy safety net the world needs?

PG&E Responds to Public Comments on Diablo Canyon Joint Proposal | Business Wire

PG&E Responds to Public Comments on Diablo Canyon Joint Proposal | Business Wire

Passive-Aggressive Fight Against Plutonium Economy Continues Unabated

Passive-Aggressive Fight Against Plutonium Economy Continues Unabated

Plan surfaces for new nuclear disposal ground in South Carolina | The State

Plan surfaces for new nuclear disposal ground in South Carolina | The State

UK regulator prepared for Hualong One

UK regulator prepared for Hualong One
The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has the expertise and resources it needs should it receive a request from government to assess China's Hualong One reactor design, its chief nuclear inspector, Richard Savage, said today. ONR's chief executive, Adriènne Kelbie, added that she sees no need for wholesale change at the organisation and that recruitment of inspectors and other staff is on target. They spoke to World Nuclear News during the International Atomic Energy Agency's 60th General Conference being held this week in Vienna.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-UK-regulator-prepared-for-Hualong-One-27091601.html

The transformation of Iran

The transformation of Iran
The impartiality of the International Atomic Energy Agency was "indispensable" to the high-level political agreement reached last year on Iran's nuclear-related activities, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told delegates at the Agency's 60th General Conference in Vienna yesterday.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-The-transformation-of-Iran-27091602.html

Japanese minister charts 'steady progress' after Fukushima

Japanese minister charts 'steady progress' after Fukushima
In the five-and-a-half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, "steady progress" is being made in the decommissioning process and contaminated water management at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Hirotaka Ishihara, state minister of the cabinet office of Japan, told the International Atomic Energy Agency's 60th General Conference yesterday. Decontamination and environmental remediation are "moving forward" and the evacuation zones are "growing smaller", Ishihara said.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Japanese-minister-charts-steady-progress-after-Fukushima-27091601.html

CGN Power Buys $1.5 Billion of Parent’s China Nuclear Assets - Bloomberg

CGN Power Buys $1.5 Billion of Parent’s China Nuclear Assets - Bloomberg

Steam generators the subject of ASN attention

Steam generators the subject of ASN attention

China Comes Calling for CANDU

China Comes Calling for CANDU

Legislators push for Pilgrim upgrades - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

Legislators push for Pilgrim upgrades - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

SMRs may lead the way to nuclear standardisation, says lawyer

SMRs may lead the way to nuclear standardisation, says lawyer


http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-SMRs-may-lead-the-way-to-nuclear-standardisation-says-lawyer-26091601.html

BMW Built a Power Plant from Old Electric-Car Batteries

BMW Built a Power Plant from Old Electric-Car Batteries

The carmaker is exploring ways to find new life for its spent batteries.


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602469/bmw-built-a-power-plant-from-old-electric-car-batteries/?utm_campaign=internal&utm_medium=homepage&utm_source=top-stories_1&set=602459&utm_source=MIT+TR+Newsletters&utm_campaign=45fb86022a-The_Download_September_27_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-45fb86022a-153856085&goal=0_997ed6f472-45fb86022a-153856085&mc_cid=45fb86022a&mc_eid=e25735476a

California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads

California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads

$subtitles.get($x) All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy - they could be producing it. … Continue Reading http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/09/renewable-energy-california-eyes-unusual-power-source-its-gridlocked-roads.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPowerSeptember272016&eid=288118515&bid=1539186

PG&E responds to public comments on Diablo Canyon joint proposal


PG&E responds to public comments on Diablo Canyon joint proposal

$subtitles.get($x) PG&E filed with the CPUC its response to public comments on a joint proposal to increase investment in energy efficiency, renewables and storage beyond current state mandates while phasing out PG&E's production of nuclear power in California by 2025. … Continue Reading http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2016/09/nuclear-news-pg-e-responds-to-public-comments-on-diablo-canyon-joint-proposal.html?cmpid=EnlDailyPowerSeptember272016&eid=288118515&bid=1539186

The Pope and Climate Change


The Pope and Climate Change

Can Laudato Si Help Modernize the Catholic Church?



http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/ted-nordhaus/the-pope-and-climate-change?goal=0_49b872540e-13b326062a-44370641

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saudis Offer To Cut Production By 500,000 Barrels: "The Oil Market Situation Is Much More Critical"


Saudis Offer To Cut Production By 500,000 Barrels: "The Oil Market Situation Is Much More Critical"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-25/saudis-offer-cut-production-500000-barrels-oil-market-situation-much-more-critical

Advanced Candu reactors for China will be able to use recycled uranium from light water reactors


Advanced Candu reactors for China will be able to use recycled uranium from light water reactors

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/09/advanced-candu-reactors-for-china-will.html

Post Diablo suggestions lacking

Post Diablo suggestions lacking


https://calcoastnews.com/2016/09/post-diablo-suggestions-lacking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FrontpageNewsAtCalCoastNews+%28Cal+Coast+News%29

Articles: Trump Sees the Jihadist Trojan Horse

Articles: Trump Sees the Jihadist Trojan Horse

One Decade Left To Keep Global Warming Below 1.5°C | CleanTechnica

One Decade Left To Keep Global Warming Below 1.5°C | CleanTechnica

Articles: The Mark of Soros: Charlotte, North Carolina

Articles: The Mark of Soros: Charlotte, North Carolina

"We No Longer Live in a Democracy": Henry Giroux on a United States at War With Itself

"We No Longer Live in a Democracy": Henry Giroux on a United States at War With Itself

Is Cold Fusion Feasible? Or Is It A Fraud?

Is Cold Fusion Feasible? Or Is It A Fraud?

Former EPA Head Greens 'Audibly Gasp' Because Im Pro-Nuclear | The Daily Caller

Former EPA Head Greens 'Audibly Gasp' Because Im Pro-Nuclear | The Daily Caller

New president should gut Energy Dept., Heritage says


New president should gut Energy Dept., Heritage says

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/new-president-should-gut-energy-dept.-heritage-says/article/2602758?custom_click=rss

Radioactive Carbon 14 From Nuclear Power Plants Causing Deforestation, Fungus Infections, Disease And Death Of Trees, Humans, Animals And Plants Globally, Nuclear Causes Global Warming, Climate Change

Radioactive Carbon 14 From Nuclear Power Plants Causing Deforestation, Fungus Infections, Disease And Death Of Trees, Humans, Animals And Plants Globally, Nuclear Causes Global Warming, Climate Change



http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2014/05/carbon-14-emitted-by-nuclear-power.html

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rouhani Slams Saudis and ‘Zionists,’ Accuses US of Not Complying With Nuclear Deal

Rouhani Slams Saudis and ‘Zionists,’ Accuses US of Not Complying With Nuclear Deal

Activists seek court ruling to bar S.Africa government's plan to expand nuclear power | Reuters Feed

Activists seek court ruling to bar S.Africa government's plan to expand nuclear power | Reuters Feed

Editorial: Gov't should admit nuclear fuel cycle project has failed - The Mainichi

Editorial: Gov't should admit nuclear fuel cycle project has failed - The Mainichi

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Russia will not deploy nuclear weapons abroad — ministry

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - Russia will not deploy nuclear weapons abroad — ministry

New nuclear research facilities for the UK

New nuclear research facilities for the UK


http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-nuclear-research-facilities-for-the-uk-5013319

Canada activist found guilty of harassing scientists over Fukushima fallout | The Japan Times

Canada activist found guilty of harassing scientists over Fukushima fallout | The Japan Times

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Friday, September 23, 2016


Friday, September 23, 2016
 
 
Jodi Lieberman
 
The roundup is an indispensable daily listing of nuclear-related news and reports, compiled by Jodi Lieberman of the Argonne National Lab. Read it on the website or sign up to have it delivered to your inbox every day!
 
 
 
Ta Minh Tuan, Parris H. Chang, Raymond Jose Quilop
 
Barack Obama is reportedly considering a no-first-use policy for the US nuclear arsenal, and proponents of the move say it would de-escalate potential nuclear crises. But how would a US nuclear no-first-use policy affect security in East and Southeast Asia? A new debate opens at the Bulletin.
 
 
 
James E. Doyle
 
Press reports indicate that key players in the Obama administration are against a no-first-use pledge, but what are the consequences of bringing the issue up only to reject it?
 
 
How to reduce South Asia's nuclear dangers
 
Jayita Sarkar, Rabia Akhtar, Mario E. Carranza
 
A pair of fierce rivals, both nuclear-armed, face off across a contested border—no wonder South Asia has sometimes been called the world's most dangerous place. How can India and Pakistan manage nuclear risk so that danger doesn't become catastrophe? Round one of our debate opens.
 
 
Michael L. Gross, D.Canetti, D.R. Vashdi
 
When ordinary citizens think of cyber threats, most are probably worried about their passwords and banking details, not a terrorist attack. Yet terrorists aim for mental as well as physical destruction, and depending upon who the attackers and the victims are, the psychological effects of cyber threats can rival those of traditional terrorism. Subscription journal.
 
 
 
David Mabb
 
Submarines carrying nuclear weapons embody the fears of the atomic age. They are not where one expects to find fabrics created by a famous 19th century socialist designer.
 
 
What We're Reading
 
What We’re Reading is a new blog at the Bulletin featuring short posts about articles you’ll want to see. This week we look at reports that China already has a cyber superweapon in place that could exploit as many as 70 million personal computers worldwide; the growing threat from microbes that are more dangerous than cancer; how today’s weather patterns are unrecognizable, even to meteorologists; and whether Colin Powell is right in his claim that Israel has 200 nuclear weapons.
 
 
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Join Julian Borger of The Guardian, as he moderates a conversation among experts  Suzanne DiMaggio, Mark Fitzpatrick, and Chung-in Moon about the implications of North Korea’s most recent nuclear test.
 
 
 
Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation invite proposals for analytical work on reducing the risks posed by nuclear materials.
 
 
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