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A regional nuclear conflict would compromise global food security

Abstract : Impacts of global warming on agricultural productivity have been evaluated extensively. The implications of sudden cooling for global crop growth, however, are as yet little understood. While crop failures after historic volcanic eruptions are documented, a nuclear conflict can cause even more severe and longer-lasting climate anomalies. India and Pakistan are contributing to a de facto Asian arms race and the political instability in South Asia increasingly imposes a global threat. Based on comprehensive climate and crop model ensemble simulations, we provide critical quantitative information on how sudden cooling and perturbations of precipitation and solar radiation could disrupt food production and trade worldwide for about a decade—more than the impact from anthropogenic climate change by late century.
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Jonas Jägermeyr, Alan Robock, Joshua Elliott, Christoph Müller, Lili Xia, et al.. A regional nuclear conflict would compromise global food security. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020, 117, pp.7071-7081. ⟨10.1073/pnas.1919049117⟩. ⟨insu-03721902⟩

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