Managing the Plutonium Surplus: Applications and Technical Options

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Richard L. Garwin, M.J. Grubb, Emma Matanle
Springer Netherlands, Nov 30, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 219 pages
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The surplus of plutonium in the world is both an important security issue, and a fact with implications for nuclear energy and environmental policy internationally. The two perspectives are inextricably intertwined in considering options for dealing with the plutonium surplus. It was for this reason that two research programmes at the Royal Institute of International Affairs - respectively on Energy and Environment, and on International Security - jointly approached NATO with a view to organising a work shop on the issue. It was most welcome then to learn that the NATO Science Programe was already supporting plans for a workshop on the issue, initiated by Richard Garwin, and we were pleased to accept the resulting invitation to host that workshop. DrGarwin prepared the initial agenda and established contacts and initial approaches to many of the participants; we were able to develop the agenda further and extend participation in some complementary ways. The result was a most lively and broad-ranging internation al and inter-disciplinary discussion. As the hosts, the RIIA was also given lead responsibility for producing the pro ceedings of the workshop as a publication for NATO. Many of the papers to the work shop are more technical than usually involved in a workshop at the Royal Institute. Yet this is an area in which the policy options are unusually dependent upon a good under standing of the technical issues. which themselves are often a matter of dispute.

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Contents

EXPLOSIVE PROPERTIES OF VARIOUS TYPES
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World Inventories of Plutonium
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Problems of Russian Plutonium Utilization
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About the author (1994)

Richard L. Garwin is Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science & Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations & adjunct professor of physics at Columbia University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, & the Institute of Medicine. In 1996, he received the Enrico Fermi Award. He lives in Scarsdale, New York.

Michael Grubb is the Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy and is a leading international researcher on the economic and policy dimensions of climate change and energy policy issues. He currently holds positions as Chief Economist at The Carbon Trust (UK), Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London.

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