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Even a regional nuclear war could spark "unprecedented" global cooling and reduce rainfall for years, according to U.S. government computer models.
Widespread famine and disease would likely follow, experts speculate.
Today, with the United States the only standing superpower, nuclear winter is little more than a nightmare. But nuclear war remains a very real threat—for instance, between developing-world nuclear powers, such as India and Pakistan.
"The main message from our work," NASA's Oman said, "would be that even a regional nuclear conflict would have global consequences."
Originally posted by silo13.
With a follow-up like this what’s with the headline? Why the misleading exaggerated sensationalist headline (without even taking into account the global warming BS)!
edit on 24-2-2011 by silo13 because: (no reason given)
Redaction and a written apology for this headline will not even begin to restore my lifelong faith in National Geographic.
"Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years" (with link)
Furthermore the subject is under fire on Above Top Secret: www.abovetopsecret.com...
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The USA is the world's foremost economic and military power, with global interests and an unmatched global reach.
America's gross domestic product accounts for close to a quarter of the world total, and its military budget is reckoned to be almost as much as the rest of the world's defence spending put together.
There is now only one superpower...It is instead a strange hybrid, a uni-multipolar system with one superpower and several major powers...The United States, of course, is the sole state with preeminence in every domain of power -- economic, military, diplomatic, ideological, technological, and cultural -- with the reach and capabilities to promote its interests in virtually every part of the world
"America holds sway over the world as no empire has ever done before in the entire history of humankind. It dominates in every sphere: political, economic, military, technological, and cultural."4 For the United States is indeed alone in its class. Its dominance, which seemed so fragile to so many in the late 1980s, seems undisputed today; both the capacity and the willingness of the government in Washington to shape world politics in ways that are fundamentally consonant with American definitions of interest seem untrammeled.
Originally posted by silo13
They might as well have come right out and given a free pass to ‘someone’ (USA of course) to use nuclear war on a ‘small’ scale - in order to do more good than harm.
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Originally posted by Awolscout
It could also just be because as far as nuclear warheads go, we kinda are the only still standing world super power, even with the de-arming we still possess something like 70% of the worlds nuclear warheads.
I have never understood where people keep coming up with the “nuclear winter” crap!!! If the bombs they have already set off hasn’t caused any climate change, then there isn’t going to be any resulting from a nuke exchange, END OF LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!