Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change — Interview with Daniel Poneman
Inside Science & Technology Interview Series
Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Inside Science Series, I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #353.
As part of our Smithsonian Associates Inside Science & Technology series, we are joined today by author, policymaker, scholar and businessman, Dan Poneman. Dan Poneman will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates, May 22, 2019, and his presentation is entitled, Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change. Daniel Poneman will be drawing from his new book of the same name.
Humanity faces two challenges in which nuclear power plays a pivotal role: the spread of nuclear weapons and mitigating climate change. Both have human origins, and both are linked to the use of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is the most prodigious source of carbon-free electricity now available and could prove pivotal to addressing global climate change and air pollution concerns.
Yet inherent in the use of atomic power is the risk that the technology and materials can be mishandled, resulting in tragic disasters, or diverted to terrorists or hostile nations and used to make nuclear weapons. The key question is whether we can use nuclear energy to reduce the threat of climate change without increasing the risk of nuclear accident or attack.
Thanks to Dan Poneman, who will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates, May 22, 2019, and his presentation is entitled, Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change. at the Ripley Center in Washington, DC.
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