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February 28, 2011

A Small Nuclear War Would Stall Global Warming

I thought this was a good article to go along with what we have been learning about. A physical scientist named Luke Oman has been studying the effects of what would happen if a small nuclear war would occur. After using computer simulations, he believes that this would actually cause the Earth to cool by a couple of degrees. Although this sounds like a good idea because of all the concern about global warming, it has negative consequences as well. In my opinion, I do not know how accurate this computer simulation is. We do not know the full extent on how our world can actually handle so much carbon emission, but this is a good tool to get a general idea.

Full Article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20110228/sc_livescience/asmallnuclearwarwouldstallglobalwarming

Posted by nelalam at February 28, 2011 06:15 PM

Comments

It is an interesting article and study but it would be even more interesting and accurate if Oman were to include the effects of radioactive reprecussions

Posted by: danaslee at March 1, 2011 07:01 PM

the article also talks about how the effects would be temporary and that the ozone layer would thin
the thinning of the ozone layer would allow more dangerous UV rays in as well as more sunlight to heat the atmosphere
it also mentions that rainfall would decrease by 10% for 1 to 4 years
I think that if you factor those stats the average temperature would increase after the initial cooling period (2-3 years)
the lack of rain and decreased protection from the ozone layer would heat the earth after the black carbon fell back down to the ground

Posted by: stoneswt at March 2, 2011 06:17 PM

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