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To see what climate effects such a regional nuclear conflict might have, scientists from NASA and other institutions modeled a war involving a hundred Hiroshima-level bombs, each packing the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT—just 0.03 percent of the world's current nuclear arsenal.
The researchers predicted the resulting fires would kick up roughly five million metric tons of black carbon into the upper part of the troposphere, the lowest layer of the Earth's atmosphere.
At the extreme, the tropics, Europe, Asia, and Alaska would cool by 5.4 to 7.2 degrees F (3 to 4 degrees C), according to the models. Parts of the Arctic and Antarctic would actually warm a bit, due to shifted wind and ocean-circulation patterns, the researchers said.
After ten years, average global temperatures would still be 0.9 degree F (0.5 degree C) lower than before the nuclear war, the models predict.
Originally posted by Ph0en1x
Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years
a regional nuclear conflict.
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by Ph0en1x
I though carbon was the cause of global warming..
That's why our aussie government is starting a carbon tax in 2012..
Now they say it will stop global warming??
I wish they'd make up their frikin minds..!!!
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