Will Pakistan and India’s growing arms race and nuclear brinkmanship spiral into a catastrophe?
June 6, 2012
INDIA – A nuclear war been India and Pakistan, even if it is limited in nature, would result in major climate disruptions and ultimately, global famine, according to a new study. Dr. Ira Helfand of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, who is the lead author of the study, said that such an occurrence would release clouds of radiation that will contaminate farmland far from the location of the actual blast. The shoot released from the blast would destroy crop yields by cooling global temperatures and reducing rainfall worldwide. Dr. Helfand pointed out that his study provides proof of global implications of a local nuclear war. As more than 925 million people around the world already suffer from malnutrition, an event of such as nuclear war and its consequences would result in global famine. “It is not just the arsenals of the U.S. and Russia that pose a threat to the whole world. Even these smaller arsenals pose an existential threat to our civilization, if not to our species. It would certainly end modern society as we know it,” said Dr. Helfand. The study, which was released at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago, will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Change. –Top News