Scientists believe the aftermath of a mega-nuclear apocalypse would have catastrophic effects on food production and wipe out entire populations from starvation.
Rutgers University experts have completed a detailed analysis of the impact of a nuclear winter – and the results are startling.
They believe that the catastrophic effects of a nuclear war would starve more than five billion people worldwide in the years that followed, adding to the large number killed in the war.
Countries like the UK, US, Germany, France and China would experience sheer devastation, according to the study, with almost all dead by the second year.
On the other hand, countries like Argentina and Australia would thrive in comparison, with zero deaths despite assuming all farm animals were dead and there would be no trade with other nations.
Professor Alan Robuck of Rutgers University in New Jersey said: “Everyone understands that the direct effects of nuclear war would be terrible, as we saw in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“Our work shows that in the rest of the world more than ten times as many people could die from the consequences for climate and agriculture.”
In the study, published in the journal Nature Food, the scientists looked at six nuclear war scenarios of varying sizes – including between India and Pakistan and the US and Russia.
They calculated how much sun-blocking soot would enter the atmosphere from firestorms created by the detonation of nuclear weapons.
Even the smallest conflict could result in more than a billion people being denied food due to crop failures – dwarfing the 50 to 100 million deaths in the actual battle.
But full-blown nuclear war could result in crop yield declines so severe that 75 percent of the world’s population would starve to death in just two years.
Scientists arrived at estimates by ignoring the initial number of nuclear weapon deaths and instead modeled the decline in agriculture from the decline in sunlight due to soot and temperatures.
In most countries, they believe that caloric intake would be reduced by at least 90 percent.
But some places like Australia, Argentina, Panama, Paraguay and Haiti would keep the calorie tax because they are already mass-growing more resilient crops like wheat and have smaller populations.
Professor Robuck said: “There would still be enough domestic production for them, but you can imagine flotillas of hungry refugees from Asia will be on their way there.
“So it wouldn’t necessarily be peaches and cream just for Australia.”
It comes after the United Nations chief warned the world is staring at the “loaded gun” of nuclear Armageddon.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes the crises in Ukraine and Taiwan are bringing the world closer to a nuclear brink.
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