Worrying are the study results that show that in case nuclear war between USA and Russia five billion people will die due to lack of food. Scientists estimate that a nuclear apocalypse would have devastating effects on food production, wiping out entire populations from starvation, in addition to the massive death toll that war would cause.
Rutgers University scientists have completed their study of the situation that would be caused by a… nuclear winter. And the results are chilling to say the least (the entire study here).
So according to the study, countries such as the UK, US, Germany, France and China would see total devastation, with almost all inhabitants dead by the second year of the war. In contrast, countries like Argentina and Australia would prosper, with zero deaths, despite the possibility that all animals would be dead and there would be no trade with other nations.
The best parts
- Costa Rica
The worst parts
- United Kingdom
Even the smallest conflict could result in a billion people dead as the inability to cultivate the land would result in zero food on their plate. And that could eclipse the battlefield death toll, estimated at 50-100 million, the Sun report said.
The researchers’ results show that a nuclear war could cause such a drop in crop yields that 75% of the world’s population would starve to death within just two years.
The scientists arrived at their estimates by ignoring the original number of deaths from nuclear weapons. Instead they modeled the decline in agriculture caused by the reduction in sunlight due to the soot and high temperatures brought by nuclear.
In most countries they believe there would be at least a 90% reduction in calories consumed. But in some places, such as Australia, Argentina, Panama, Paraguay and Haiti, calorie production would be maintained because they already mass-produced more durable crops, such as wheat, and had smaller populations.
Prof Robuck says characteristically: “There would still be plenty of domestic production for them, but you can imagine there would be hordes of hungry refugees from Asia heading there.”
The study comes after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “the world is staring down the barrel of nuclear Armageddon”. Guterres believes that the crises in Ukraine and Taiwan are bringing the world closer to a nuclear abyss.
Source: News Beast