- Researchers from Colorado studied the effects of nuclear conflict on Earth
- They used climate models to predict what would become of the planet
- Their research looked at the detonation of 100 'small' nuclear warheads
- In their paper they conclude humanity would have been affected for decades
- There would be worldwide famine, deadly frosts and huge ozone losses
- The results would be the death of hundreds of millions or billions
- They hope their research will be an incentive for superpowers to disarm
By Jonathan O'Callaghan
21 July 2014
The terrible fate of Earth after a nuclear war has been mapped out using computer models for the first time.
Worldwide famine, deadly frosts, global ozone losses of up to 50 per cent and more would greet any inhabitants of the planet still remaining after a nuclear conflict.
And the researchers hope their study of what they call a relatively 'small' nuclear war will serve as a deterrent against such weapons being used by any nation in the future.
The unnerving consequences were laid out in a paper called ‘Multidecadal global cooling and unprecedented ozone loss following a regional nuclear conflict.’
In it the researchers looked at the outcome of a ‘limited, regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan in which each side detonates 50 15-kiloton weapons.’
They then used computer models to examine the impact on the planet and its environment - and it makes for grim reading.
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