A paper was recently published and its findings were reported in the National Geographic Magazine – ‘Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years‘.
Eureka! Screams the blogosphere. The Earth is saved!
Most people haven’t read past the title. If they did, they’d realize that was the hook to lure the unsuspecting person into the article.
The reality of the article is much different.
Even a regional nuclear war could spark “unprecedented” global cooling and reduce rainfall for years, according to U.S. government computer models.
We can’t afford to have even one minor nuclear skirmish because the global environmental impact could be devastating. No summer for several years, impacting agriculture (food production), sending economies crashing due to shortages.
As article like this one are brandished around the internet, taken completely out of context, the last thing we need as a race or a planet is for some wacko to get it in their head they can ‘save’ the planet by causing a small nuclear incident. We have enough hot heads that have their own nuclear devices. We don’t need any more.
My take on it?
Everyone step away from the nuclear warheads and no one will get radiated!