August 29 marked the 70th anniversary of the first Soviet atomic-bomb test. It also marks International Day against Nuclear Tests, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 as a way to increase awareness and education about the deleterious effects of nuclear testing.
And while it has been 23 years since the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the world seems even further away from that treaty's goal of banning explosive nuclear testing.
Margaret Rowland Croy
warns that a small but influential contingent of senior officials believes we should start testing again, despite the many reasons—"environmental health, public safety, aggressive signaling, fiscal impact, uselessness (with regard to diverting hurricanes)"—we should not.