100 nuclear weapons could destroy life
According to a new scientific study, a nuclear attack of 100 bombs could harm the entire planet, including the failure of the nation. How is that possible?
New research suggests that 100 nuclear weapons, is the “pragmatic limit” for a country to have in his arsenal. An aggressor country to unleash more than 100 nuclear weapons could end up destroying his own society, scientists warn.
The study was published in the official journal of the Safety on the Thursday; it was the co-author of Michigan Technological University professor Joshua Pearce and David Denkenberger, assistant professor at Tennessee State University and director of the Alliance for the Nurturing of the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED).
“The results found that 100 warheads is sufficient for nuclear deterrence in the worst-case scenario, while the use of more than 100 nuclear weapons by an aggressor nation (including the best strategic deal with the unintended consequences) even with optimistic assumptions (including no retaliation) would cause unacceptable damage to their own society,” the scientists wrote.
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There are approximately 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide, according to the research, with the US and Russia, responsible for almost 90 percent of the total. With nine nuclear armed countries, the paper calls for a disarmament of the proposal would be the reduction of the number of nuclear weapons in the world to be 900 or less.
“100 nuclear warheads, is the pragmatic limit, and the use of the government to maintain more than 100 nuclear weapons does not seem rational,” the article states.
The scientists discuss the devastating impact is on the environment that would occur when a country imports more than 100 nuclear weapons.
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This “environmental blowback” would mean that there is a significant decrease in the global temperature as the soot of a nuclear explosion prevents the sunlight reaching the earth’s surface. This, in combination with reduced precipitation, can have a significant impact on food production, experts warn, potentially leading to mass mortality.
“If the productivity of the farming back to the pre-industrial income by a nuclear attack, most countries would not be able to feed themselves,” the study says.
The researchers also cite conservative estimates that 34 million people would die if 100 nuclear bombs were released in China, the world’s most populous country.
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