Nuclear Testing

A remote area of Kazakhstan was once home to nearly a quarter of the world’s nuclear testing. The impact on its inhabitants has been devastating.

National Geographic 13th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 17 October 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Why did ICAN win the Nobel prize? Because the vast majority of countries want to see nuclear weapons banned. Britons rarely get to hear their perspective.

New Statesman 12th Oct 2017 read more »

Officials told NBC that President Trump, during a July meeting about worldwide U.S. military operations, was shown a picture of how the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile has declined since the 1960s. Trump then allegedly suggested he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal to return it to its highest point of over 30,000 weapons. Other officials in the room were taken aback by Trump’s comments, according to NBC, and the meeting allegedly prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s now-infamous labeling of Trump as a “moron.”

Washington Post 12th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 13 October 2017

Weapons Convoys

Greens politician Mark Ruskell says Stirling Council have failed to take any proactive steps to inform the public about risks or explain how it would respond to an incident.

Daily Record 6th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 7 October 2017

Nuclear Weapons

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, warning of a rising risk of nuclear war and the spread of weapons to North Korea, awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a little-known campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms. The award for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between international powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.

Reuters 6th October 2017 read more »

Guardian 6th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 7 October 2017

Nuclear Weapons

On January 27, 2017, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the arms of its doomsday clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight – the closest it has been since 1953. Meanwhile, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels now hover above 400 parts per million. Why are these two facts related? Because they illustrate the two factors that could transport us beyond the Anthropocene – the geological epoch marked by humankind’s fingerprint on the planet – and into yet another new, even more hostile era of our own making.

Daily Mail 28th Sept 2017 read more »

Posted: 1 October 2017

Nuclear weapons

No one really believes that an even moderately rational leader of North Korea would use nuclear weapons to launch a first strike against the United States. Such a move would almost certainly lead to the annihilation of North Korea itself – and its leadership. It would be suicidal. But history shows that the confrontation between the United States and North Korea still carries with it enormous danger: the danger that a horrific conventional or nuclear war could occur as a result of miscalculation or mistake. And the likelihood of such a catastrophe increases exponentially when the leaders who could launch a war are impulsive, erratic megalomaniacs like Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

Huffington Post 28th Sept 2017 read more »

Posted: 30 September 2017

Terror

The escalating threats between North Korea and the United States make it easy to forget the “nuclear nightmare,” as former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry put it, that could result even from the use of just a single terrorist nuclear bomb in the heart of a major city. At the risk of repeating the vast literature on the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and the substantial literature surrounding nuclear tests and simulations since then—we attempt to spell out here the likely consequences of the explosion of a single terrorist nuclear bomb on a major city, and its subsequent ripple effects on the rest of the planet. Depending on where and when it was detonated, the blast, fire, initial radiation, and long-term radioactive fallout from such a bomb could leave the heart of a major city a smoldering radioactive ruin, killing tens or hundreds of thousands of people and wounding hundreds of thousands more. Vast areas would have to be evacuated and might be uninhabitable for years. Economic, political, and social aftershocks would ripple throughout the world. A single terrorist nuclear bomb would change history. The country attacked—and the world—would never be the same.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 28th Sept 2017 read more »

Posted: 29 September 2017

Nuclear Weapons

A chilling new graphic has revealed the devastating reach of an “atmospheric burst” that could be released from a hypothetical nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean. The simulation of a “radio-isotope cloud” spreading for two weeks across the ocean towards Asia and the US was released on the Twitter account of Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, a group tasked with monitoring weapons tests. It offers no supporting data, including the yield or altitude of the theoretical bomb, or the threat that the cloud would pose to human health.

Telegraph 29th Sept 2017 read more »

Posted: 29 September 2017

Proliferation

Over the years, North Korea has earned millions of dollars from the export of arms and missiles, and its involvement in other illicit activities such as smuggling drugs, endangered wildlife products and counterfeit goods. Still, there are only a handful of cases that suggest these illicit networks have been turned to export nuclear technology or materials to other states. North Korean technicians allegedly assisted the Pakistanis in production of Krytrons, likely sometime in the 1990s. Krytrons are devices used to trigger the detonation of a nuclear device. Later in the 1990s, North Korea allegedly transferred cylinders of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) to Pakistan, where notorious proliferator A.Q. Khan shipped them onward to Libya. UF6 is a gaseous uranium compound that’s needed to create the “highly enriched uranium” used in weapons.

UPI 26th Sept 2017 read more »

Posted: 27 September 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out unilaterally scrapping Britain’s nuclear weapons and says he might not militarily defend Nato allies.

Daily Mail 25th Sept 2017 read more »

Politics Home 25th Sept 2017 read more »

Posted: 26 September 2017