November 15, 2017

NUKING PYONGYANG ISN'T JUST ABOUT REGIME CHANGE, BUT ABOUT FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE...:

When Carl Sagan Warned the World About Nuclear Winter (Matthew R. Francis, 11/15/17, SMITHSONIAN.COM)

If you were one of the more than 10 million Americans receiving Parade magazine on October 30, 1983, you would have been confronted with a harrowing scenario. The Sunday news supplement's front cover featured an image of the world half-covered in gray shadows, dotted with white snow. Alongside this scene of devastation were the words: "Would nuclear war be the end of the world?"

This article marked the public's introduction to a concept that would drastically change the debate over nuclear war: "nuclear winter." The story detailed the previously unexpected consequences of nuclear war: prolonged dust and smoke, a precipitous drop in Earth's temperatures and widespread failure of crops, leading to deadly famine. "In a nuclear 'exchange,' more than a billion people would instantly be killed," read the cover. "But the long-term consequences could be much worse..."

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