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Friday, October 7, 2016

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Friday, October 7, 2016

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Friday, October 7, 2016
Andy Skuce
Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, has been touted as a way to reduce atmospheric CO2. But how realistic is it to build CCS facilities on a scale large enough to combat climate change?
Perry World House
While international law strongly proscribes the use of neuroweapons, loopholes exist. Governments should use an upcoming conference to curb the spread of arms that target the central nervous system.
South Asian dilomacy must rest on trust
Jayita Sarkar, Rabia Akhtar, Mario E. Carranza
India and Pakistan are going to have to figure out how to trust each other, which is hard to do when they’re always depending on Washington to settle their fights. Rabia Akhtar posts her second entry in our debate on reducing South Asia’s nuclear dangers.

How many nuclear warheads does the United States need?
Frank von Hippel
Bulletin Board of Sponsors member Frank von Hippel has a single, central question about nuclear weapons that journalists and citizens should consider asking the 2016 presidential candidates. A free-access article in the September/October digital journal
Jodi Lieberman
The Roundup is an indispensable daily listing of nuclear-related news. Read it on the website or sign up to have it delivered to your inbox!

Amy E. Smithson
International inspectors have now put the capstone on previous reports implicating the Syrian government in gross violations of the Chemical Weapons Convention. How will the nations of the world react?
Magdalena Stawkowski
Kazakhstan’s leadership has done little to address pressing humanitarian issues at Semipalatinsk, failing to provide adequate funding for environmental clean up and adequate security for the former Soviet nuclear testing site.
xkcd webcomic
A history of Earth’s average temperature, from the webcomic xkcd. ‘Nuff said.
Ta Minh Tuan, Parris H. Chang, Raymond Jose Quilop
Barack Obama is reportedly considering a no-first-use policy for the US nuclear arsenal. Proponents of the move say it would de-escalate potential nuclear crises but, in much of Asia, the idea has thrown Washington's security guarantees into doubt. The debate continues.
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 how hydropower, long thought of as "clean energy," emits more greenhouse gases than anyone realized, and at Russia's nuclear rhetoric: is it alarming or just ridiculous?

In Chicago in November? You still have time to reserve a place or a whole table at the Bulletin's 2016 Annual Dinner, set for Monday, November 14, at the Chicago Cultural Center. We are expecting another sold-out event, so make your reservations today!
A Bulletin podcast
Join Julian Borger of the Guardian, as he moderates a conversation with Suzanne DiMaggio and Mark Fitzpatrick about the implications of North Korea’s most recent nuclear test.
Eric Schlosser's film Command and Control, based on his 2013 book of the same title, opens today at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  After the 8 p.m. show, join the MacArthur Foundation in a special discussion with the Bulletin's Rachel Bronson and Eric Schlosser, both of whom will be in attendance.
North Korean missile tests, tensions with Russia, and our own expensive plans to modernize the US nuclear arsenal have escalated public concern about nuclear security.
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About the Bulletin
For more than 70 years the Bulletin has engaged science leaders, policy makers, and the interested public on topics of nuclear weapons and disarmament, the changing energy landscape, climate change, and emerging technologies.

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