Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein is the Media Manager at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Articles by this author

Mushroom cloud seconds after detonation of "the Gadget" by the U.S. military in 1945 at testing range in New Mexico. Views
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time to Put an End to the Nuclear Age
On September 26, 1983, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov got an alert that a U.S. missile attack was imminent. Faced with the choice of whether to launch a submarine nuclear missile, Petrov made the split-second decision that the alert must have been an error. His choice not to launch a...
Read more
Empty drug store shelves in Phoenix, Arizona shortly after quarantine measures were announced. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
I Take Hydroxychloroquine. Please Don't Hoard It.
The best birthday present I got this year was a refill of my medication. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be much to celebrate, but the coronavirus has upended the ordinary. I’ve been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 22. Thankfully, it’s...
Read more
We can and must avoid getting any closer to the brink of nuclear war—we’re already dangling too close to the edge. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, February 21, 2020
We Need to Treat Nuclear War Like the Emergency It Is
If the current state of global affairs reminds you of an over-the-top plot by a white-cat-stroking James Bond villain, you’re not far off. When it comes to nuclear policy, we are closer than ever to a real-life movie disaster. During his February 4 State of the Union address , President Donald...
Read more
The stakes in preserving or reentering these vital arms control treaties could not be higher. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson, Flickr) Views
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
An Arms Race That No One Can Win
Welcome to the 21st century nuclear arms race. Once again, we’re teetering on the brink of nuclear conflict instead of taking critical steps toward de-escalation and disarmament. Any progress we were making toward nuclear safety is being rapidly, systematically and recklessly dismantled by the...
Read more
No nation on earth can afford the catastrophic regional and global consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Don’t Forget: Nuclear Weapons Are an Existential Threat
There’s a growing awareness now that climate change is an existential threat to humanity. Inspiring movements are demanding solutions, and politicians are scrambling to offer them. That’s good. But there’s another existential threat that gets a lot less attention: nuclear war. And a new study...
Read more
Alongside climate change, nuclear weapons pose one of the gravest risks to human survival. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
The U.S. Should Never Start A Nuclear War
Seventy-four years ago this August, the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was one of the most horrific acts of warfare in history. This month, we remember the 200,000 or more civilian men, women, and children who died, and the many thousands more who suffered radiation...
Read more
An ambulance races through a flood in Mumbai, India (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Emergency
Rising global temperatures are intensifying the effects of extreme weather events across the United States and around the world. Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, and severe storms are becoming the norm, not the exception. Extreme weather events don’t just hurt people with blunt...
Read more
Views
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
A Modest Proposal: Don’t Start a Nuclear War
In a matter of minutes, as easily as sending a tweet, a sitting U.S. president could decide to launch a nuclear attack, without anyone else’s approval or authorization. In a matter of minutes, millions of lives would be lost, and millions of futures halted permanently. At my organization,...
Read more
Undoing critical health and safety standards and putting more Americans in danger goes against the very purpose of the EPA. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
This EPA Rule Change Could Kill Thousands
While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong. On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would effectively weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which protect...
Read more
Consider this your all-hands-on-deck, siren-blaring warning that we need to act comprehensively to mitigate climate change now — or forever hold our peace. (Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, November 01, 2018
We Have 12 Years to Save—or Lose—Our Only Home
Pull on the seat-belt in your gas-guzzling car, folks, and strap in for the worst ride of our lives. This fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a critical report warning that humans have about 12 years — until 2030 — before global warming reaches a...
Read more

Pages