Nuclear Power, Weapons Proliferation, and Climate Change: New Issue of Journal Daedalus Explores the Global Nuclear Future

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Nuclear Power, Weapons Proliferation, and Climate Change: New Issue of Journal
Daedalus Explores the Global Nuclear Future

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the future there will
be more nuclear technology spread across more nations than ever before. Will
the growth of nuclear power lead to increased risks of nuclear weapons
proliferation and nuclear terrorism? Will the nonproliferation regime be
adequate to ensure safety and security in a world more widely and heavily
invested in nuclear power?

Policy experts, economists, scientists, and nuclear industry leaders from
various perspectives and nations explore these questions in a special
two-volume issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences. The first volume will be published October 9.

The authors examine the interconnected issues of a potential worldwide
expansion of civilian nuclear power, attendant risks of weapons proliferation
and nuclear terrorism, and the prospects for lessening the impact of climate
change through growth in nuclear energy. 

All of the articles in the special Daedalus issue can be accessed on the
Academy's web site at: 

The volume is part of the Academy's multi-year Global Nuclear Future
Initiative, a project that brings together research groups focused on the
nuclear industry, the future fuel cycle, the protection of nuclear materials,
and the emergence of a new international nuclear regulatory regime. The work
is principally supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the
Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Fred Kavli of the Kavli Foundation. 

Beginning in the late 1950s, the Academy was instrumental in establishing arms
control and nuclear proliferation as fields of academic study, publishing a
seminal issue of Daedalus on arms control in 1960, followed by special issues
on Cold War arms control in 1975 and the future of arms control in 1991. For
over a decade, the Academy was also the U.S. sponsor of the Pugwash
Conferences on Science and World Affairs (which received the Nobel Peace Prize
in 1995).

Steven E. Miller and Scott D. Sagan, co-directors of the Academy's Global
Nuclear Future Initiative, guest edited the double-volume issue of Daedalus.
The first issue includes the following essays:

Steven E. Miller and Scott D. Sagan: Nuclear power without nuclear
Richard K. Lester and Robert Rosner: The growth of nuclear power: drivers and
Robert H. Socolow and Alexander Glaser: Nuclear energy and climate change
Paul L. Joskow and John E. Parsons: The economic future of nuclear power
Harold A. Feiveson: A skeptic's view of nuclear energy
Jose Goldemberg: Nuclear energy in developing countries
John W. Rowe: Nuclear power in a carbon-constrained world
Anne Lauvergeon: The nuclear renaissance: an opportunity to enhance the
culture of nonproliferation
Richard A. Meserve: The global nuclear safety regime
Matthew Bunn: Reducing the greatest risks of nuclear theft and terrorism
Thomas C. Schelling: A world without nuclear weapons?
Paul Doty: The minimum deterrent and beyond
Sverre Lodgaard: Toward a nuclear-weapons-free world
Sam Nunn: A world free of nuclear weapons
Scott D. Sagan: Shared responsibilities for nuclear disarmament

The MIT Press publishes Daedalus for the American Academy. To subscribe, order
an issue, or learn more about the journal, please visit

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent
policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and
emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and technology
policy; global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and
education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy's work
is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic
disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs from around the world.

Paul Karoff,, 617 576-5043

SOURCE  American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Paul Karoff of American Academy of Arts & Sciences, +1-617-576-5043,
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