Accession Number : ADA182785

Title :   Nuclear Winter: The Continuing Debate.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Nida,Anthony V

PDF Url : ADA182785

Report Date : 23 Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : This essay examines the debate over the climatic consequences of global nuclear war as related in the so-called Nuclear Winter hypothesis. the 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.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, *CLIMATE, GLOBAL, HYPOTHESES, NUCLEAR WARFARE, POLICIES, REASONING, STRATEGY, THEORY, WARFARE, WINTER, RISK

Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons
      Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE