Ploughshares Fund Blog

Over two years after the initial disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, the problematic plant is back in the news - the plant is leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the surrounding ocean. The announcement has elicited a firm response from the Japanese government and international criticism. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 19, 2013
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), Ploughshares Fund is dedicating a series of blogs on how the treaty influences nuclear disarmament today. The LTBT was the first concrete step toward the elimination of nuclear testing. Under the LTBT, U.S. research and development on nuclear weapons is still permitted in the national laboratories. One of the groups working to convert this weapons development actvity into socially beneficial research is our grantee, Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment). We asked Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley for her insights on how the LTBT impacts her work and what more can be done to stop nuclear testing.   Read more »
Posted by teresa on August 14, 2013
Writing for Defense One, Joe Cirincione urges the U.S. and Russia to move past Snowden and focus on long-standing bilateral security threats. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 8, 2013
Today marks the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. On August 6, 1945, the U.S. used the first nuclear bomb in combat, destroying a city and killing over one-hundred thousand people in the blink of an eye. The aftermath of Hiroshima is preserved in haunting photos that serve as a reminder of the devastation caused by these horrible weapons of mass destruction. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 6, 2013
Hiroshima, Nuclear Zero
Today marks the signing of the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT) in Moscow 50 years ago. Officially known as “The Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water,” the LTBT was the world’s first significant step away from nuclear weapons testing. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 5, 2013
I grew up at a time when ‘duck and cover’ was a drill routine that we did in school to prepare for nuclear war. Bomb shelters were advertised in local newspapers. All this was part of an absurd belief that the world might be habitable after Russia and the US hurled nuclear bombs at each other. Read more »
Posted by Susan Cundiff on August 2, 2013
In Iran, the election of Dr. Hassan Rouhani may signal the beginning of a change toward more openness. For the U.S., his election may unlock a door for negotiations that had remained firmly shut under former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Read more »
Posted by admin on July 25, 2013
In our recent call to reallocate U.S. nuclear spending to programs that better address 21st century security concerns, we asked people to tell us what they would buy with the $11.6 billion the U.S. expect to spend updating the B61 – a budget busting relic of the Cold War that is stationed in Europe. Here’s what a few of you had to say. Read more »
Posted by admin on July 18, 2013
Days may be numbered for the budget busting B61 nuclear bomb. This bomb, first deployed in Europe to fight the Cold War, is facing serious challenges in Congress from both Democrats and Republicans. Read more »
Posted by admin on July 16, 2013
When we published our infographic demonstrating that planned replacements for the B-61 bombs would be worth more than the bomb’s actual weight in gold, we were reminded that the argument had been used before – by one of our most stalwart supporters. Read more »
Posted by Elizabeth Rogers on July 10, 2013