As noted previously, our region is the (only) area of the USA which is within range of missiles which might be tipped with the newest set of nuclear weapons.

An updated research report on the global effect of even a local nuclear weapon explosion has been released. The original report was known as the TTAPS report, after the initials of its authors. The climatic effects were known then as Nuclear Winter. Two of those authors contribute to this newest modelling report.

Turco, Richard P., Owen B. Toon, Thomas P. Ackerman, James B. Pollack, and Carl Sagan 1983 Nuclear Winter: Global Consequences of Multiple Nuclear Explosions. Science 222:1283-1292. [Also known as the TTAPS Report.]

Turco, Richard P., Owen B. Toon, Thomas P. Ackerman, James B. Pollack, and Carl Sagan 1984 The Climatic Effects of Nuclear War. Scientific American 251(2): 33-43. [Written by TTAPS.]”

In 1985 I put together a panel of scientific experts to identify what the human effects of a nuclear weapons exchange might mean (still the only such report) and then assisted in the discussion in New Zealand.

The discussion and references continue at the other site.

Why mention it here?

Originally (1985) the discussion focussed on Nuclear Winter. But the basics of what it means to be human are relevant to tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes among other tragedies. The late 20th century as in the late 14th century (and in the 20 centuries before then) saw entire communities of people massacred by their neighbors. Such catastrophes continue into the 21st century. Yet we continue. What can we learn?


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