World In the event of a limited nuclear war, even the populations spared by the bombs will be heavily affected

12:10  19 august  2022
12:10  19 august  2022 Source:   korii.slate.fr

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Un panneau d'avertissement à Tchernobyl. | Kilian Karger via Unsplash © a warning panel in Chernobyl. | Kilian Karger via Unsplash A warning panel in Chernobyl. | Kilian Karger via Unsplash

United States, Russia, China ... More than thirty years after the Cold War, tensions and alliances are once again dangerously pinned between nations with nuclear weapons. Obviously, a total nuclear conflict between these powers would have devastating consequences for planet , but even a limited war would be catastrophic for populations not directly under nuclear fire.

A study published in the scientific newspaper Nature Food on August 15, 2022 and identified by Forbes studied the repercussions of an atomic conflict on the food supply chain. Whatever the scenario, World War or Regional Conflict, billions of people would die in famine.

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The main reason for this would be the famous nuclear winter, including in its reduced version. This hypothetical climate phenomenon is a likely consequence of the immense quantities of soot and dust raised in the atmosphere by an atomic impact. Blocking the sun's rays and lowering the temperature by several degrees, the cloud would considerably reduce the yield of agriculture.

2 to 5 billion deaths

according to scientists, the scenario of an exchange of nuclear missiles between the United States and Russia would plunge the world harvests so two years, three quarters of the planet would be affected by famine. Only Australia as well as a few countries in Africa and South America would be spared. Result: approximately 5 billion deaths.

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This apocalyptic possibility aside, even a regional conflict would cause mass famine. To reach this conclusion, Deepak K. Ray, of the University of Minnesota , simulated a war between India and Pakistan as part of a study.

In the event of such a conflict, the soot cloud would especially strike the cultures of the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere, including Russia and the United States. This would cause restrictions on exports, which could be dramatic for countries dependent on food, especially in Africa and the Middle East. Assessment: 2 billion dead.

According to scientists, it is theoretically possible to adapt agriculture to a nuclear winter, focusing on plants requiring little light and that can survive cold. Only, such a transition would be very unlikely to be fast enough to limit the damage.

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