Yesterday I discussed Iran’s resolve to process and develop nuke juice, and how a nuclear conflict might unfold in the Middle-East if Iran and Israel (and other countries) banged heads. For people living in those countries it’d be total SHTF, but what about for everyone else?
Certainly global economies would go into convulsions, but would there, could there be more? According to a report presented at an international conference at the Royal Society of Medicine – YES! The result – world wide climate disruption and global famine with a total global death toll in the range of one BILLION – from starvation alone! The reason, they argue, is that the debris thrown up into the atmosphere from nuclear explosions and resulting fires would cause sudden global cooling and decreased precipitation for up to 10 years, resulting in shorter growing seasons and lower production. In other words, a nuclear winter.
“We are ill-prepared to deal with a major fall in world food supply,” says Dr. Helfand. “Global grain stocks stand at 49 days, lower than at any point in the past five decades. These stocks would not provide any significant reserve in the event of a sharp decline in production. We would see hoarding on a global scale.”
The thought of a nuclear winter and what it’d mean for the world was dismissed by many people during the Cold War, but those early studies were based on nuclear targets hitting remote missle silos in places like the U.S. Mid-West. That line of thinking is now out-of-date. Today’s nuke juice exchanges would target population centers where buildings would burn and burn and burn, sending FAR more soot into the air than would have otherwise happened.
A paper from Dr Owen B Toon, from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, concentrates on the large global ozone losses which would follow a regional war. “If targed at small cities, low yield weapons can produce 100 times as many fatalities and 100 times as much smoke from fires as was previously estimated for full scale nuclear wars using high-yield weapons.” Toon argues that the resulting global ozone losses will threaten humans and the biota throughout the world and not just in the region of conflict.
News source is here.
TEN years of shortened growing seasons. Of course, for every report of this nature you can find one that would argue otherwise, which, in my opinion, underscores that NOBODY knows what EXACTLY would happen. This report could be right on target, or it could UNDERestimate what would happen . . . OR it could be way off base.
Nobody knows, but with virtually every country in the world trying to hop on the nuke juice bandwagon, I fear younger generations may found out.
– Ranger Man