Self-assured destruction: The climate impacts of nuclear war

  title={Self-assured destruction: The climate impacts of nuclear war},
  author={Alan Robock and Owen Brian Toon},
  journal={Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists},
  pages={66 - 74}
  • A. Robock, O. Toon
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Sociology
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
A nuclear war between Russia and the United States, even after the arsenal reductions planned under New START, could produce a nuclear winter. Hence, an attack by either side could be suicidal, resulting in self-assured destruction. Even a “small” nuclear war between India and Pakistan, with each country detonating 50 Hiroshima-size atom bombs—only about 0.03 percent of the global nuclear arsenal’s explosive power—as air bursts in urban areas, could produce so much smoke that temperatures would… Expand
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