Photochemical war on the atmosphere

  title={Photochemical war on the atmosphere},
  author={John Hampson},
  • J. Hampson
  • Published 19 July 1974
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
Professor Hampson believes that many scientists have not recognised the potential danger of thermonuclear warfare. He outlines some of the changes in the photochemical regime of the atmosphere, which may be wrought by nuclear explosions, and suggests that these effects must be considered in future talks on arms limitation. 
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  • Environmental Science
  • 2005
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  • P. Fabian
  • Environmental Science
  • 2004
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