The Doomsday Machine and Nuclear Winter
Date Written: 2018-10-13
Publisher: The Real News Network
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23116
The portion of an interview with Daniel Ellsberg, an American activist and former United States military analyst, who comments on thermonuclear war and its outcome.
But the smoke that's lofted into the stratosphere by the nuclear weapon stays there for a decade or more. The first models only could look as far as a year or so, but even that meant that the smoke from a war between the U.S. and Russia, with enough cities burning, and lofted into the stratosphere, would reduce about 70 percent of the sunlight around the earth, including the Southern Hemisphere. The radioactive fallout stays mainly in the hemisphere where the explosions occur. Winds from the equator keep it up there, basically. So the Southern Hemisphere is not so strongly affected. The smoke goes around the earth very quickly. It destroys all the harvests. In fact, it would create ice age conditions on the surface of the earth, even in the summer, with frozen lakes and rivers and whatnot. And in particular killing all the harvest worldwide.