Hamblin introduction

Hamblin is an environmental historian and historian of science
cover of weather
                  modification study
This book focuses on cold war efforts to develop environmentally damaging weapons
Background: Total War
this possibility of modifying the environment as a weapon contributed to the way people thought about environmental issues
this book makes three arguments about how the cold war transformed thinking about environmental vulnerability:

Background: Atomic Bomb and Cold War

Atomic Bomb (now know as nuclear weapons)
  Lise Meitner
Difficulties setting up such a big, uncertain research and development project: the Manhattan Project
gaseous diffusion plant at oak ridge
  gaseous diffusion plant at Oak Ridge, photo from fas.org
 Bombs used in Japan, photo from fas.org
 The decision to drop the bomb ( good links on the decision )
 bomb damage in Hiroshima, photo from fas.org

Does it fit the theory of just war?
The scientists tried to prevent an arms race from developing.  Why did they feel so strongly, and did they have any hope of success?

people were shocked by the power of technology to do harm
it only took six years to turn uncertain science into a devastating weapon

The first priority was to protect the U.S. advantage--we had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union did not

The idea that the US could preserve a nuclear monopoly was a false hope--the Soviet Union exploded their first nuclear device in August 1949
Origins of the Cold War:
planes lined up for the
          Berlin airlift
 planes lined up for Berlin airlift
Height:   key issues for science