The December 2023 issue of Scientific American contains three articles and an editorial about our nuclear weapons production, plans to spend tons of money “modernizing it”, and the environmental consequences.
- BOOM TIMES: The new costs—and long shadow—of living in a nuclear nation. by Abe Streep
- SIDE THE PIT FACTORY: For the first time in decades the U.S. is ramping up production of plutonium cores for nuclear weapons. by Sarah Scoles
- SACRIFICE ZONES: What happens if silo-based nuclear missiles are attacked? by Sebastien Philippe
- SCIENCE AGENDA: The U.S. wants to spend more than $1 trillion to update existing nuclear warheads in a move that will exacerbate diplomatic discord and further threaten life on Earth. BY THE EDITORS
From the editorial:
THE U.S. IS PLANNING to modernize its unwanted, unneeded, and unsafe nuclear triad of land-sea- and air-based weapons. Perfectly poised to refight the Cold War, these overhauled bombs will waste $1.5 trillion and threaten life on Earth for the century to come. We should rethink this miserable folly rather than once again squandering our wealth while driving a new arms race.