test ban


Definition of test ban

: a self-imposed partial or complete ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries possessing such weapons

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a nuclear test ban treaty

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President Bill Clinton signed the test ban treaty in 1996, but the Senate failed to ratify it on a 48-51 vote. Patrick Malone, WIRED, "US to Russia on Nuke Experiments: Do as We Say, Not as We Do," 18 June 2019 And on the heels of California's animal-testing ban being signed into law on September 6, that's looking sooner than ever. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Tons of Your Favorite Drugstore Products Are Officially Cruelty-Free Now," 9 Oct. 2018 There's a group called the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization that was set up to support the test ban treaty and monitors atmospheric levels of radioactive isotopes to catch treaty cheats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report Says European Mystery Radiation Isn't Real. That Isn't Stopping an Air Force Investigation.," 22 Feb. 2017 So the treaty and the organization hang in limbo, preparing for a day when the world’s nuclear powers all agree to support the test ban. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018 Because of nuclear test bans, the only legit way to stop worrying and learn to steward the bomb supply is to simulate—on a supercomputer—what’s going on inside. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It," 4 June 2018 Even so, no one has broken the de facto test ban since 1998 — except for North Korea. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018 President Trump may be an unlikely champion for a nuclear test ban. Sharon Squassoni, Fortune, "Commentary: There’s Something Trump Can Do to Make Sure Kim Actually Stops Testing Nukes," 27 Apr. 2018 During the Cold War, woman peace activists were instrumental in making negotiations of a partial nuclear test ban treaty a reality. Izumi Nakamitsu, Teen Vogue, "International Women’s Day 2018: The Women Who Have Shaped Policies on Nuclear Weapons," 8 Mar. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of test ban

: an official agreement between countries with nuclear weapons to not test those weapons

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