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Politics_Observer wrote:The use of nuclear weapons on a large scale today (not talking about the 1960s) could actually, quite literally, bring all mankind to extinction. What humans the nuclear bombs do not kill, nuclear winter might very well finish off any survivors.
Even if just India and Parkistan, both owning 200 nuclear bombs, release their nuclear arsenal, the resulting nuclear winter would already cost 2 billion people their life. Many more victims than from the bombs themselves.
And this effect only gets worse, the more bombs are exploded.
The nuclear winter after the whole potential of the USA and Russia have release their respective arsenals and over ten thousands of nuclear bombs have exploded worldwide will last a decade or longer. Even the equator will be covered in ice.
That means there will be no food for a decade. Unless we develop a technology to freeze people without killing them, or we colonize other planets, or anything extreme like that - the human species simply wont be around anymore afterwards, neither will many other lifeforms. The planet will take millions of years to recover.
The reality of nuclear armageddon has NOTHING to do with how computer games or Hollywood portrait a postnuclear age.
late wrote:A nuclear would be short. I doubt the US and Russia would use even half their nuclear weapons. The reason is obvious, both countries would be devastated in a day or two. Russia, with it's harsh winters, crap medical system, and crappy soil; would be facing the death of it's country, We wouldn't be much better off.
So the question then becomes how bad it will get for the Southern Hemisphere, because the recovery will start there.
Again, your proposal it would do nothing is based on - what exactly ?
late wrote:thousands of nukes being used
I remember reading a late 60s (could have been early 70s) briefing paper that said it would take only 54 well-placed H-Bombs to fuck up the UK.
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