Study Suggests All-Out Nuclear Exchange Would Kill 5 Billion From Starvation

Study Suggests All-Out Nuclear Exchange Would Kill 5 Billion From Starvation

Nuclear WAR: Why The Blast Is The LEAST Of Your Worries

( – In April, a CBS News poll showed that 70% of adults are concerned the conflict between Russia and Ukrainian could trigger an atomic incident. There may be good cause for concern. Ahead of the survey, Russia’s foreign minister said it would be wise not to underestimate the potential for a military escalation involving nuclear arms.

Unfortunately, the situation involving Ukraine and Russia isn’t the only one. Iran recently announced it has atomic capabilities. If provoked, the middle eastern nation may arm warheads and use them against Israel and the West. Still, if an all-out nuclear war ensued between the world’s two largest powers, it could kill as many as 5 billion people.

There’s More to Nuclear War Than Just a Bomb

During the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union mass-produced nuclear ballistic missiles. Currently, approximately 90% of the warheads in the world belong to the two countries. Each has about 4,000. In total, nine countries own around 12,700 warheads.

A new Rutgers-University study on Monday, August 15, said there is much more to worry about than just exposure to an atomic blast. Researchers concluded if the two military powers started a nuclear war, at least 360 million people might die from the military strikes, and over 5 billion might later perish from starvation. The study concluded the fallout would lead to a severe disruption in food supplies resulting in worldwide famine. The soot in the atmosphere would block sunlight, harm the environment, and cause food supplies to dwindle to virtually nothing.

Researchers emphasized that even a “limited” exchange could be detrimental. If India and Pakistan engaged in an atomic exchange, it might kill 27 million people, but famine might strike another 255 million.

Climate Change Would Impact the World Population

While looking broadly at the consequences of a doomsday attack, scientists determined wind patterns might spread smoke so densely it could block the sun in major food exporting countries such as the US and China. They stated the darkened skies would ruin harvests and cause a 90% decrease in animal, fish, and crop yields within four years of a significant attack.

While Russia could be a primary antagonist, China is also building its capabilities. Experts believe the communist country’s plan to invade Taiwan and create regional instability could trigger a nuclear escalation there.

The mere threat of war or atomic escalation is causing food supply chain problems. Some countries, concerned about food insecurity, are limiting exports. Researchers say the psychological impact may be more striking than an actual nuclear event.

While no nation has used an atomic weapon in combat since 1945, the two largest nuclear superpowers are able and ready to deploy their warheads at a second’s notice. So, could a future problem be in the works? Would a country use its most potent weapons?

Only time will tell.

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