The growth of the human population of the earth and the consequent demand for energy has led to an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere and a loss of biodiversity that is likely to lead to a “sixth extinction”, argues Dr Peter Weightman.
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Topics include: report on audit of UK MoD’s programme on Verification of Dismantlement of Nuclear Weapons; participation with the Tricycle Theatre in “Nuclear Season” of plays, films and exhibitions; launch of Andrew Brown’s biography of Joseph Rotblat, Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience
Just before the first anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, Dr Mike Weightman outlined the results of his international fact-finding mission to Japan in May 2011 on behalf of the IAEA and its implications for the British nuclear industry.
Topics include: Planetary Boundaries, The Future of Trident; 59th Pugwash conference
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.
Key topics: UK related nuclear weapons issues, particularly government’s decision to proceed with renewing Trident; non-proliferation and disarmament issues. New themes: future of UK energy policy; climate change and planetary boundaries