The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Sarah Kaplan is a reporter at The Washington Post, where she writes about climate science and humanity’s response to our warming world. A Brooklyn native, she credits a lifelong love of the New York Mets with preparing her (somewhat) for the frustration, disappointment and occasional bursts of hope that come with covering climate change.
Sammy Roth covers energy and the environment for The Los Angeles Times and writes the weekly Boiling Point newsletter. He previously reported for the Desert Sun and USA Today, where he focused on renewable energy and public lands. He grew up in L.A. and bleeds Dodger blue.