Events

Nuclear winter: catastrophic climatic impacts of nuclear weapons use


25 January 2013

The U.S. and Russian arsenals can still produce a nuclear winter. A war between India and Pakistan, using much less than 1% of the current global nuclear arsenal, could produce climate change unprecedented in recorded human history, with huge impacts on global agriculture for more than a decade.

Professor Alan Robock was one of the first people to study the climatic impacts of large amounts ofsoot from burning cities in the upper atmosphere during the early 1980s. Recent work with Professor Brian Toon andothers, using modern climate models, has not only validated earlier results, but shown even longer-lasting impacts.

Professor Robock's work has led to an increasing emphasis onthe catastrophic humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons at United Nations disarmament meetings. His most recent publication together with Brian Toon is 'Self Assured Destruction' in the prestigious Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His lecture at CPACS will be his only public appearance in Australia: media may attend.

The Human Survival Project was launched by Colonel Valery Yarynich, formerly of the Soviet and Russian Strategic Rocket forces, in August 2012. He died in December 2012. This lecture is dedicated to his memory.


Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Location: Room 114/CPACS Posters Gallery, Mackie Building

Cost: Free

Contact: Peter King

Phone: peter.king@sydney.edu.au

Email: 7f7b62741650607c43535f7a59