Security and disarmament

SGR produces a range of resources on the issue of 'security and disarmament'. This covers military technologies, arms control and disarmament (esp. nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, ‘Missile Defense’, conventional weapons) - as well as alternative concepts of security, peace building and conflict prevention.

Scientists and engineers have a central role in the development of weapons and therefore share a special responsibilty to society. SGR's project work has investigated the extensive influence that the military has over science and technology.

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Scientists for Global Responsibility is one of 42 European civil society organisations warning of major risks caused by the creation of a huge new EU Defence Fund. These risks include accelerating an international arms race and increasing the likelihood that 'killer robots' will be developed.

Joint statement, 15 November 2018
 

Dr Alan Cottey gives a brief account of Martin Ryle’s intense and complex relations with war and peace. This article is part of the marking of the centenary of Sir Martin Ryle (1918 – 1984). It complements an earlier one on Ryle and energy. [1]  Martin Ryle is best known for his pioneering contributions to the techniques and use of radio astronomy. For this he is justly celebrated and was chosen as one of ten eminent Britons in a set of Royal Mail stamps.
 

Responsible Science blog: 15 August 2018
 

Today a coalition of science and peace organisations has launched the European initiative Researchers for Peace. Over 700 scientists and academics, most from 19 EU countries, have signed an online statement which calls on the EU to stop funding military research. They invite their colleagues in the research community to add their support.
 
Media release, 27 June 2018
 

Climate change can increase the risk of violent conflict, so why don't we redirect some of the funding for military technologies to help tackle climate insecurity? Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, assesses the potential based on the latest international data on military and climate spending.

Article from Laboratory News; republished: 22 June 2018

 

With nuclear issues leading the global political agenda, in an exclusive piece for the Responsible Science blog, based on his new book 'Fallout: A Journey Through the Nuclear Age, From the Atom Bomb to Radioactive Waste,' science writer Fred Pearce exposes the toxic and security risks of the UK’s growing 'Mt Plutonium' – 130 tons and rising of plutonium dioxide left behind by an energy technology that never took-off and is no longer wanted.

ResponsibleSci blog: 13 June 2018
 

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un have reminded many of the risks of nuclear conflict, but have we forgotten the dangers of simply owning the weapons? David Cullen and Peter Burt, Nuclear Information Service, summarise a recent report on the frightening scale of accidents within Britain’s military nuclear complex - and the shocking reality that the full extent of the problem can’t be known because no central record has been kept.

Article from SGR Newsletter no.46; published online: 23 April 2018
 

With tensions high between the West and Russia, Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, examines the growing threat of nuclear war - including key scientific and technical data - as well as the potential of a new UN treaty which bans nuclear weapons.

Presentation at a Green Party public meeting, Lancaster; online publication: 16 April 2018
 

In the nuclear armed countries, our politicians routinely tell us that nuclear weapons are the ultimate guarantee of our security. They also claim that nuclear weapons have kept the peace through nuclear deterrence since their use by the USA against Japan in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. Dr Philip Webber, SGR, presents evidence in this article that throws serious doubt on both these claims.

Article from Huffington Post UK website; update with references published: 1 April 2018
 

We at Scientists for Global Responsibility are deeply saddened to hear of the death today of Professor Stephen Hawking – who had been a patron of our organisation since its formation in 1992, and of its predecessor Scientists Against Nuclear Arms.

Media release, 14 March 2018

 

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, looks at the current crisis over North Korea’s weapons programme and contrasts it with the new UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Article from SGR Newsletter no.46; online publication: 22 February 2018