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Title: Nuclear winter: the continuing debate. Student essay

This essay examines the debate over the climatic consequences of global nuclear war as related in the so-called Nuclear Winter hypothesis. This review examines the major components of the theory and traces development of the scientific knowledge leading to a second phase of the controversy two years after the first hypothesis. The conclusions of the essay are that the original nuclear winter findings have been altered by later scientific study and, therefore, the political conclusions drawn by Carl Sagan in 1983 can no longer be supported by theory or facts. Continued use of the Crutzen-Birks (Ambio, 1982) and TTAPS (Science, December 1983) studies worst-case evidence from NCAR (Foreign Affairs, Summer 86) represents selective science. Arguing for strategic policy changes based on nuclear winter risks constitutes anti-nuclear rhetoric and not scientific reasoning.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6182430
Report Number(s):
AD-A-182785/6/XAB
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS; PHYSICAL RADIATION EFFECTS; NUCLEAR WINTER; REVIEWS; WARFARE; DOCUMENT TYPES; EXPLOSIONS; RADIATION EFFECTS 450202* -- Explosions & Explosives-- Nuclear-- Weaponry-- (-1989)