Nuclear Environment – Resources

The two most immediate threats to human survival are climate change and nuclear weapons.  Our booklet “Environmental Costs of Nuclear Weapons” demonstrates that these two existential threats are closely linked.

It is available to download here, or if you are a teacher or elected representative you can request a paper copy (an A5 booklet, printed on recycled paper on a carbon neutral press).

We have enclosed below, a list of useful resources and references for readers to research these topics further:

References and Resources

UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons


Scientists for Global Responsibility

Nuclear Consulting Group

Climate Change & Conflict

‘How Rising Temperatures Increase the Likelihood of Nuclear War’  2020

‘Climate Change, Nuclear Risks and Nuclear Disarmament. Global Responsibility’ 2012

‘ A climate of conflict: the links between climate change, war and peace’  2007

‘Double vulnerability – The humanitarian implications of intersecting climate and conflict risk’  2019

‘Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons Use’  2019

‘How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century’  2017

Nuclear Winter

‘Climatic consequences of regional nuclear conflicts’ Alan Robock,   Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussion 2006;6:11817-11843

‘How a small nuclear war would transform the entire planet’ 2020

‘Regional nuclear war could trigger global cooling and famine’ 2011

Uranium Mining

‘Leona Morgan on Nuclear Colonialism and the Effects of Uranium Mining on the Navajo Nation’ 2020

‘Why Are We Allowing Uranium Miners to Pollute Groundwater in Drought Zones?’ 2017

‘Uranium miner coaxed government to water down extinction safeguards’ 2019

Nuclear Tests

‘Firing of depleted uranium shells into the Solway Firth’ Europarl/UK  2001

‘Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Tests and Cancer Risks’ 2006

‘U.S. lawmakers move urgently to recognize survivors of the first atomic bomb test’ 2021

‘Written out of history – Britain’s nuclear test veterans’ 1996

‘British Ministry Denies “Atomic Bomb-Type” Blast Planned In Scotland’  1985

‘Cold War atomic bomb tests made the UK rainier’ 2020

Military Pollution

‘Trident nuclear base damned as ‘poor’ after polluting the Clyde’ 2021

‘Faslane to dump up to 50 times more radioactive waste in the Clyde’  2020

‘The Hazards of Tritium’  2020

‘Revealed: UK’s secret plan to dump 22 nuclear submarines in Scotland’ 2018

Nuclear Power

‘Climate Change UK Nuclear’  Dr Paul Dorfman, Nuclear Consulting Group, 2021

‘Electricity consumers ‘to fund nuclear weapons through Hinkley Point C’’ 2017

Letters: ‘Exposing the truth of Calder Hall’s military significance’, New Civil Engineer, 2010

‘Nuclear Power: The Energy Balance’ van Leeuwen and Smith, 2005

‘The Climate Vulnerabilities of Global Nuclear Power’  November 2019

‘Climate Impact – UK Nuclear Military’ 2021

‘Why Nuclear Power isn’t the answer to Climate Change’ 2021

‘More Nuclear Power Isn’t Needed. So Why Do Governments Keep Hyping It?’  2021

‘Is the “Superfuel” Thorium Riskier Than We Thought?’ 2012

‘Thorium Reactors: An Improvement Over Uranium?’ 2013

‘Myths and Misconceptions about Thorium nuclear fuel ‘  2014

‘NuClearNews: Small Modular Reactors’ 2017

‘Why Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Won’t Help Counter the Climate Crisis’  2021

Carbon Footprint

‘Valuing the greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear power: A critical survey’  Sovacool, B Energy Policy 36 (2008) 2940–2953

‘False solution: Nuclear power is not ‘low carbon’’ Keith Barnham, 2015

‘The Carbon Bootprint of the Military’  Dr Stuart Parkinson, Scientists for Global Responsibility  2021
and ‘Challenging the military carbon bootprint’ presentation at COP26 People’s Summit

‘Global military carbon emissions ‘significantly’ under-reported’ 2021

‘Military Emissions – tracking, analysing and closing the military [CO2] emissions gap’ 2021

Although every effort has made to ensure the above links were accurate and relevant at time of publishing this page – we cannot take responsibility for the contents of external sites.

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