The Scottish First Minister, in her reply to a letter from Setsuko Thurlow, who at the age of 13 survived the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima, has re-iterated her government’s opposition to nuclear weapons and its support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
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CAMPAIGNERS called for a “vigorous and united” movement to abolish nuclear weapons today, as a new report warned of the bomb’s role in climate catastrophe. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks later this week, Don’t Bank on the Bomb’s study argues that ridding Britain of its nuclear stockpile is essential in addressing climate change. Nuclear Weapons, the Climate and Our Environment warns that the combination of a new arms race and increasing disruption from climate change make nuclear war more likely. Its author Linda Pearson wrote: “When climate change impacts the availability of key resources such as water, there is a risk that inter-state rivalry will turn into conflict involving nuclear weapons.” The risk is heightened because “key arms control agreements have been terminated” – the Donald Trump administration has torn up the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, for example. The report details how uranium mining and weapons testing cause widespread environmental devastation, with indigenous lands and peoples often the worst affected.
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My grandfather, the man who helped build the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb, Emily Strasser reckons with her family’s role in the atrocity.
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Over the next week, two anniversaries recall cataclysmic events in the closing days of the second World War: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945. There was added poignancy in Nagasaki as the city was home to one of the oldest and largest Christian communities in East Asia, and the cathedral was 500m from ground zero.
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