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A limited nuclear conflict would cripple global agriculture

a conflict involving just 0.4% of the world’s 25,000 nukes would produce enough smoke to cripple global agriculture…...

Castro: Worries Over Nuclear Winter – ScienceInsider, by Antonio Regalado on August 25, 2010 , “……….Although fears over nuclear winter have generally faded along with the Cold War, some recent research suggests even a limited conflict could pollute the atmosphere enough to cause worldwide famines.

Castro’s letter relies heavily on the research of Owen Brian Toon, an atmospheric physicist in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Toon, who collaborated with Sagan on the original nuclear winter theories, has recently been ringing alarm bells about the dangers of more limited regional conflicts.

Toon reported in Science in 2007 that even a “small-scale” conflict involving 100 weapons could kill 21 million people and release enough smoke to cause “substantial global-scale climate anomalies” lasting years. He renewed the warning this year in a Scientific American article saying a conflict involving just 0.4% of the world’s 25,000 nukes would produce enough smoke to cripple global agriculture……

Castro: Worries Over Nuclear Winter – ScienceInsider

August 26, 2010 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war | , , , ,

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