Nuclear Famine

Recent peer-reviewed studies, done by atmospheric scientists Alan Robock (Rutgers), Brian Toon (University of Colorado-Boulder), Richard Turco (UCLA) and colleagues, predict that even a relatively “limited” nuclear war between India and Pakistan, in which each side uses 50 Hiroshima-sized nuclear weapons against the other’s cities, could create immense firestorms that would quickly surround the planet with a dense stratospheric smoke layer.

The black smoke would be heated by the sun, lofted like a hot air balloon, and would remain in the stratosphere for years. There it would block and prevent a large fraction of sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface. The sharp reduction of warming sunlight would reduce growing seasons would cause the starvation of up to 2 billion people.

Nuclear Famine Video

Click here to watch our three-minute animated video about nuclear famine.

Nuclear Famine: Two Billion People at Risk

Dr. Ira Helfand of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War has published a report detailing the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war. Click here to read the report.

Learn More

NAPF Associate Steven Starr operates a website that goes into great detail about the climatic consequences of nuclear war. Click here to go to