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Atoms for Peace: Fifty Years Later

Spring 2004


From the Hill

Needed: A Revitalized National S&T Policy

Jeff Bingaman, Robert M. Simon, Adam L. Rosenberg

The proposed 2005 federal budget puts the nation at risk by shortchanging support for critical research activities.

Improving Prediction of Energy Futures

Richard Munson

Most energy-economic models do not provide policymakers with the information they need to make sound decisions.

Editor’s Journal: Talk to Me

Kevin Finneran

Saving Earth’s Rivers

Brian Richter, Sandra Postel

The preservation of ecosystem health must become an explicit goal of water development and management.

Atoms for Peace after 50 Years

Robert N. Schock, Eileen S. Vergino, Neil Joeck, Ronald F. Lehman

President Eisenhower's hopes for nuclear technology still resonate, but the challenges of fulfilling them are much different today.

The Nuclear Power Bargain

John J. Taylor

The potential benefits are enormous if we can continue to make progress on safety, environmental, fuel supply, and proliferation concerns.

Nuclear Technology’s Numerous Uses

Alan E. Waltar

We should not let unjustified fear of radiation create obstacles to continued progress and benefits.

A 21st-Century Role for Nuclear Weapons

William Schneider Jr.

New security challenges and improved conventional weapons mean new roles and requirements for nuclear weapons.

Stronger Measures Needed to Prevent Proliferation

Michael May, Tom Isaacs

An updated Atoms for Peace program is needed to help solve problems of national and international security brought about by increased civilian use of nuclear energy.

Deterring Nuclear Terrorism

Michael A. Levi

Contrary to popular belief, with a little technological innovation, deterrence can become a useful strategy against terrorist use of nuclear weapons.

The Hype about Hydrogen

Joseph J. Romm

We can't use hydrogen's long-term potential as an excuse to avoid taking action now on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Hope for Hydrogen

Daniel Sperling, Joan Ogden

We should embrace hydrogen largely because of the absence of a more compelling long-term option.

Real Numbers: Small cities, big problems

Barney Cohen

Book Review: Unconventional weapons

Jonathan B. Tucker

Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
, by 
Janne E. Nolan, Bernard L. Finel, and Brian D. Finlay, eds.

Book Review: The new knowledge economy

Robert Atkinson

The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy
, by 
Joel Mokyr.