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US - Russia Nuclear War Would Kill 5 Billion From Famine Alone: Study

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By Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge

If tensions between Russia and the United States spark an all-out nuclear war between the two rivals, more than five billion people would die from hunger alone, according to a new study in the journal Nature Food

Scientists at Rutgers University projected the amount of soot that would be thrust into the Earth’s atmosphere in a variety of nuclear war scenarios, from smaller exchanges between India and Pakistan to a full-blown war between Russia and the United States.

A relatively modest Indo-Pakistani war would slash the world’s average caloric output by 7% within the first five years – bigger than any disruption humanity has faced thus far. “Even for a regional nuclear war, large parts of the world may suffer famine,” say the study’s authors. 

The biggest US-Russian exchange would positively devastate global food production – shrinking it 90% within three to four years after the explosions cease, the researchers say. Seventy-five percent of human beings would be dead in two years. 

In addition to lower crop yields, the Rutgers model attempted to account for export restrictions, as well as mitigation efforts such as giving humans livestock feed to eat. 

As devastating a picture as the study presents, it’s understated. ”The ozone layer would be destroyed by the heating of the stratosphere, producing more ultraviolet radiation at the surface, and we need to understand that impact on food supplies,” Rutgers assistant research professor Lili Zia tells Sky News. Researchers also didn’t factor in changes in fertilizer and food supplies, which would be substantial. 

Noting that crises “with nuclear undertones are festering,” earlier this month, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that mankind is “just one misunderstanding away from nuclear annihilation.” 

In the immediate aftermath of Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said he’d ordered his nuclear forces into “special combat readiness.”

Amid all the talk about Russia, let’s not forget about heightened tensions between the United States and another nuclear power. As The New York Times reported in June: 

Last summer, hundreds of new missile silos began appearing in the Chinese desert. The Pentagon declared that Beijing, which had long said it needed only a “minimum deterrent,” was moving to build an arsenal of “at least” 1,000 nuclear arms by 2030.

Meanwhile, just when things were quieting down after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, a previously-unannounced delegation of five more pathetic, attention-seeking legislators arrived on the island on Sunday. That provoked more Chinese anger and another round of military drills near Taiwan. 

Against the Rutgers study’s generally horrific backdrop, one country stood out as faring far better than others: Australia’s caloric output showed only small reductions or even an increase. Don’t get excited, Aussies: The researchers said you’d be besieged by refugees from Asia. You may be wishing you had a few more rifles, shotguns and pistols laying around. 

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-russia-nuclear-war-would-kill-5-billion-famine-alone-study

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    • Slimey

      Tired Durten deleted me so I do the same and delete him. LOL! :lol:

      Didn’t bother to read the article.

    • Anonymous

      since i was born after ww2 we have lived under this nuke cloud of total destruction—-in 1965 barry mcguire sang the the song “eve of destruction”–i am sure the writer thought it was over anyday now—same shit,another day–lets get this party going–it is like being on a cruise boat knowing some day the thing is going to blow up and 2/3rds of the people are going to die right now,the rest trapped on life rafts to hell…fuk it,lets get it over with….

    • thatdogwillbite

      Wow! They had to have a study to figure that out? They probably got a government grant then sat on their asses for a year playing with computer models and wasted tons of time and money to come to a conclusion that any kid who played Fallout 4 knows already. Way to go geniuses! Tells us something we don’t know! Some people get paid to do nothing.

    • beLIEve

      :idea: UN CONFIRMED IN BROADCAST 10 AUGUST – MAN KIND TO BE TERMINATED BY 1 JANUARY 2025 :lol:

      Wednesday, August 17, 2022

      ( beLIEve comment…..I noticed the….SPELL-ing…..of this “AD-VICE”……is a little……IDIOt – SIN – CRAp-IC )

      IN ANOTHER BROADCAST FROM :lol: LUCIFER TRUST IN THE NEY :oops: YORK UN HQ

      ALL MAN KIND TO BE DEAD BY 1 JNN :oops: 2025 – 28 MONTHS

      WHY DEOS :oops: THIS NOW GET TOP BILLING?

      EVERY OTHER NEWS STORIES :oops: ARE ”HORSE PUCKY” – ALL DEAD

      WATCH THE UN VIDEO – YOU TOO BFIN ENDITORS :oops: – DEAD AS A DOOR NAIL

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