Monitoring Iraq’s dual-use capabilities

3 min readSep 10, 2021

Counting North Korea’s nukes | Carbon capture | Congratulating D’Agostino

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Sept. 9, 2021

Tallying North Korea’s nuclear arsenal
With recent news of North Korea restarting a nuclear reactor for plutonium production, here’s a cautious estimate of the country’s nuclear weapons count, according to our Nuclear Notebook. Read more.

Carbon capture — dream or nightmare — could be coming
A new carbon-capture project named “Orca” is opening this month at an industrial facility located about 25 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Iceland. Its goal: removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to slow climate change. Read more.

Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack worked in research for medical biological defence and international nonproliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction. She served inter alia in the German armed forces, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNSCOM, UNMOVIC, and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). She was an UNSCOM biological weapons inspector from 1995 to 1998.

Monitoring Iraq’s dual-use capabilities
Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack discusses her experiences as a biological inspector for the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM). She carried out 25 biological weapons inspections in Iraq and found the country had not resumed biowarfare production under her watch. Read our premium content.

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Bulletin’s Susan D’Agostino earns MA
The Bulletin congratulates associate editor Susan D’Agostino for earning a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. Read more.


“The successful enforcement of the ban on leaded petrol is a huge milestone for global health and our environment.”

Inger Andersen, “The World Has Finally Stopped Using Leaded Gasoline. Algeria Used The Last Stockpile,” All Things Considered

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