Computer models: Even a small nuclear war would cause global famine and wipe out billions of people

Monday, July 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, July 28, 2014

While millions of people around the world have an innate fear of nuclear weapons and think that every country that has them should dismantle them, many foreign policy experts who have adopted a “realist” worldview maintain that those mighty weapons of mass destruction have actually kept the world safer since they were developed at the close of World War II.

While that sounds odd given their destructive power, these experts point out that without them — and when there was relative military parity between the great nations — the world experienced bouts of destructive global conflict in which tens of millions died. With the presence of nuclear weapons, there is “mutually assured destruction,” which acts as a disincentive for nations to use them at all. That is the concept that kept the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in a “Cold War” rather than a hot one.

Still, the very presence of nuclear weapons means there is always the possibility that they could be used — or misused, as it were — and that possibility served as a basis for recent research which examined what would happen to planet Earth following a nuclear exchange of some magnitude.

According to researchers using computer modeling, following a large nuclear exchange, “worldwide famine, deadly frosts, global ozone losses of up to 50 per cent and more would greet any inhabitants of the planet still remaining,” Britain’s Daily Mail reported, citing the new study.

The paper said researchers hope their study of what they call a relatively small nuclear war (100 warheads) will serve as a deterrent against such weapons ever being used in the future.

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