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Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Terrorism is a study guide intended for use in a nuclear weapons nonproliferation short course for laypeople.

These power points can be used to teach such a short course.

1. Nuclear Power

2. Enrichment

3. Radioactivity and Spent Fuel

4. Reprocessing

5. NPT

6. Effects of Nuclear Weapons

7. Arsenals

8. Nuclear Terrorism

9. Securing Fissile Materials

10. Ballistic Missile Defense

Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons Connection  This powerpoint is a simplified explanation of the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, written for a high school audience.

Renewable Energy is Sufficient and Affordable  This powerpoint answers the question:   What will replace nuclear power (and coal and oil and natural gas)?

Aug 242012

From the Belfer Center at Harvard, August 2012, comes a very informative document clarifying the complex terminology used in discussing the nuclear situation in Iran.  This fascinating document also contains a condensed history and a wonderful map.  Read it all at:    http://belfercenter.hks.harvard.edu/files/Nuclear%20Iran%20A%20Glossary%20of%20Terms%20PolicyFocus121.pdf

Jul 192012

July 17, 2012

Eli Jacobs

An interesting and informative opinion piece:  http://csis.org/blog/should-we-eliminate-nuclear-subs

Nukes Ready to Fly

Posted by Ben at 4:22 pm
Jul 162012

Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson of the National Post put together an excellent infographic on global nuclear arsenals.  Check it out here: here.

“…trying to catalogue the nuclear warheads in the world is an almost impossible challenge. Secrecy aside, every country has different ways of tallying their arsenals (a weapon may be listed as decommissioned and not tallied, but could be made viable again.)This graphic attempts to look at the number of immediately available nuclear weapons in the world; weapons that could at a very short notice — because that is the point — be used in a war. Taking the latest data available from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists we have constructed a graph of instantly available launch devices — missiles with nuclear warheads installed and ready to fly or drop.”

At the website below you can download, “Delivering On Renewable Energy Around the World:  How Do Key Countries Stack Up?” by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  There is a colorful interactive map color-coding the G-20 countries according to the percentage of wind, solar, geothermal, wave, and tidal energies.  Hydropower is not included, probably because it would obscure the message about the other renewables.

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/12060701.asp

“The analysis indicates that a network of land-based 2.5-megawatt (MW) turbines restricted to nonforested, ice-free, nonurban areas operating at as little as 20% of their rated capacity could supply >40 times current worldwide consumption of electricity, >5 times total global use of energy in all forms. Resources in the contiguous United States, specifically in the central plain states, could accommodate as much as 16 times total current demand for electricity in the United States.”  Read the entire article “Global potential for wind-generated electricity.”  http://www.pnas.org/content/106/27/10933.full?sid=155cea58-cfc5-47f9-a8af-a45bcacfce71

Notice that world energy is pretty different from world electricity and we always have to pay attention to which is being discussed.  We could infer from this article that electrical energy is something like 1/8 of total energy.

This introductory-level guide  from our very own Dot Sulock will help students and instructors interested in learning more about the role of energy policy in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The guide covers the topics necessary for a fundamental understanding of nuclear power, the nuclear fuel cycle, some international arms agreements, and the threats posed by nuclear weapons. The intent of the study guide is to clarify the unbreakable connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Aug 1, 2015 Update: A new version of this book is now available below:

Sulock – Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons, and Nuclear Terrorism