Sunday, April 17, 2011

Reminder of Earth's Fragility: We're One Nuclear War Away From Total Extinction

An extremely uplifting article from Wired Science:
Even a small nuclear exchange could ignite mega-firestorms and wreck the planet’s atmosphere.
New climatological simulations show 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs — relatively small warheads, compared to the arsenals military superpowers stow today — detonated by neighboring countries would destroy more than a quarter of the Earth’s ozone layer in about two years.
“This is tremendously dangerous,” said environmental scientist Alan Robock of Rutgers University, one of the climate scientists presenting at the meeting. “The climate change would be unprecedented in human history, and you can imagine the world … would just shut down.”
 Great ... so ... can we get to work on that nuclear weapon-free world, please?

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