Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 12, 2024

Posted: 12th February 2024

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Today’s AI threat: More like nuclear winter than nuclear war

“Uncritically equating acute nuclear attack effects and AI threats risks reproducing the same kind of all-or-nothing thinking that drove some of the most dangerous dynamics of the nuclear arms race,” write two security experts. Read more.

Congress takes aim at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: ‘It’s déjà vu all over again’

“While the historical industry attacks on the NRC put self-interest above public safety, the agency, after its accommodating responses, didn’t come out looking good, either,” writes a former NRC commissioner. Read more.

Escalating to de-escalate with nuclear weapons: Research shows it’s a particularly bad idea

Escalating a conflict with the expectation that an opponent will back down—for example, threatening limited use of nuclear weapons—is a flawed strategy that is likely to backfire, writes a US Naval War College professor. Read more.

What in the world is weather whiplash?

This winter has seen all-time high temperatures in Minnesota, and all-time lows in Texas. In January, “parts of Montana saw a 90 to 100-degree temperature swing in the span of a month,” writes a climate researcher. Read more.

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