Addressing a well-attended British Pugwash Group meeting on 6 July at University College London, Professor Johan Rockström of Stockholm University outlined the concept of planetary boundaries developed by an international group of earth scientists and systems analysts.
Together with the WMD Awareness Programme, British Pugwash co-sponsored this 'mock trial' of Trident in Edinburgh on 23 June. Professor Michael Clarke, Director of the Royal United Services Institute, made the 'no' case, with the 'yes' arguments being put by former UK Defence Secretary and Secretary General of NATO Lord Robertson of Port Ellen.
The annual Rotblat lecture at the Hay Festival featured Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the IAEA, live from Cairo in discussion with Jon Snow. Dr ElBaradei's book, The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times, the 'Arab Spring', and his candidacy in the 2011 Egyptian elections were among the subjects covered.
Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, Monterey Institute, addressed a British Pugwash discussion meeting at University College London on the pragmatic question of whether nuclear weapons are effective and of economic or political value, setting aside the many moral arguments that can be made.