In June 2017, more than 100 states voted to adopt a treaty on the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons. The report presented in the UN says that even a small regional nuclear war can lead to global cataclysms. In this issue we will talk about the consequences of such events, which were published in the press by Matthias Ecken, a nuclear weapons specialist.
We begin, perhaps, with the worst case scenario – the nuclear war between the United States and Russia. Based on official data, the absolute majority of warheads in service with these countries are dozens of times more powerful than those that once destroyed Hiroshima. If suddenly, this conflict does happen, the use of only a few of them will lower the average annual temperature of the Earth by 8 degrees, hundreds of tons of soot will get into the atmosphere, and agriculture throughout the world will be almost destroyed. In this regard, tens of millions of people will die of hunger, and the planet’s climate will be permanently disfigured.
Of course, we could not overlook the growing relations between the United States and North Korea, which continually threaten to destroy each other. Despite the fact that, according to experts, the nuclear potential of the DPRK is extremely limited, it threatens millions of lives, and also makes it very likely the possibility of poisoning the lands of nearby countries, including Russia. It is also worth noting that North Korea has allies who can also start a war with the United States in the event of a nuclear attack.
And finally, let’s say about the most likely nuclear conflict that could happen in the next century. India and Pakistan have been in conflict since they gained independence in 1947. Each of these countries possesses sufficiently serious nuclear weapons. In the event that they deploy about 50 warheads on each side, the consequences will be fatal. To begin with, in the first week at least 20 million people will die as a result of strikes and the effects of radiation. Further, huge clouds of soot and soot will rise over the countries, and about 6 tons of radioactive substances will be released into the atmosphere. All this will lead to a global cooling that will last for several decades. As a result, yields of wheat, rice and corn will be destroyed, leading to famine in a third of the world’s population.