This report summarises a range of concerns about the rapid advances in AI and robotics - in areas such as lethal autonomous weapons, accidental nuclear war, fake news, online privacy, driverless cars and more...
Feature articles cover: nuclear weapons - current threats and opportunities; melting of Arctic ice cap; cars and climate change; air pollution; protecting the oceans; Brexit and universities; EU military R&D; nuclear weapons accidents in UK; radical science in 1980s
Feature articles cover: cyber-security threats to nuclear weapons; renewable energy expansion; commercialisation of UK universities; links between nuclear power and nuclear weapons; landmines; fracking and public health; arms and fossil fuels industries in schools; nuclear submarine risks.
Feature articles cover: failings in UK climate policy; the flaws of nuclear deterrence; climate impacts of space tourism; the risks of another Chernobyl/ Fukushima; ocean acidification; military science and technology; the Paris climate agreement; teaching science ethics
Feature articles cover: science and engineering for war; shale gas and fracking; risks of nuclear weapons use; chemical weaponry and World War I; controlling global carbon emissions; UK domestic energy efficiency programmes; corporate influence on research on genetically-modified crops
This report reviews evidence across a number of issues associated with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These include environmental and public health aspects and socioeconomic considerations.
Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane