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Nuclear War Investigation Related to a Limited Nuclear Battle with Emphasis on Agricultural Impacts in the United States

Abstract

A limited battle involving the nuclear arsenals of India and Pakistan would have significant climatic impacts upon agricultural crop production in the United States; corn, soybeans, and winter wheat yields would be significantly reduced in the Corn Belt region of the US. The most severe impacts would occur during the second year after the modeled nuclear battle.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the funding and support provided by Ira Helfand, M.D., the Swiss Foreign Ministry, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti through the Albert Podell Grant Program.

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Pimentel, D., Burgess, M. Nuclear War Investigation Related to a Limited Nuclear Battle with Emphasis on Agricultural Impacts in the United States. AMBIO 41, 894–899 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-012-0295-0

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Keywords

  • Limited nuclear war
  • Food impacts
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat
  • Corn Belt