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Planet Earth in Jeopardy: Environmental Consequences of Nuclear War Hardcover – March 26, 1986

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 26, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471998362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471998365
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,744,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a popular account of the two-volume technical study entitled The Environmental Consequences of Nuclear War published (by Wiley) in 1985. That study received the input of 300 scientists and provided a consensus concerning the devasting consequences of nuclear war. Dotto's work demon strates for the lay reader the effects of a major nuclear conflict, specifically global starvation resulting from tem perature fluctuations and erratic rain fall. Thus much of the world's popula tion would be affected by the indirect results of nuclear exchanges rather than the immediate effects of fire, blast, and radiation. An unbiased presenta tion which will stimulate further re search and discussion on the nuclear question, this is recommended espe cially for public libraries. Dennis Fel bel, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A distillation of the report by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), an international effort by over 200 scientisits. Written for a lay audience, it presents the thrust of the original arguments of the two-volume study without the scientific minutiae. Explores the climatic and atmospheric changes induced, radiation and fallout, and the putative biological consequences.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2002
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I am not an expert in this topic. Therefore, I need books like this to help keep me informed. This book was very helpful to me.
The book is really very concise, and very digestible, considering its subject matter. I want to let you know that this volume describes the aftermath of a MAJOR nuclear exchange. Not that any nuclear exchange could ever be called "minor," but this book deals with an all-out, total, full scale war scenario. It tries to take a scientific look at what the effects of a full scale exchange between the former Soviet Union and the U.S. might have been like. The effects postulated here, for the most part, are VASTLY worse, for the planet as a whole, than what could happen in a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, for example. Still, the old weapons are still out there, and it might be worth getting a copy of this to stay informed. We never know what the future may bring.
In chapters that average only about ten or eleven pages, the author walks us through many relevant scenarios. Chapter One is sort of an intoduction, laying the groundwork for later discussions. It helps us understand exactly what a "megaton" is, for example, by comparing megatonnage to the firepower employed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This chapter also describes the computer modeling used in these forecasts; the basic idea of "nuclear winter" and how it might be brought about; and related issues such as fallout, EMPs, catastrophic damage to the ozone layer, and chemical disturbances in the Earth's atmosphere resulting from dispersal of chemical-laden smoke. Uncertainties in the computer models are also discussed. Chapter Two provides an overview of the world's nuclear arsenals, as of 1985.
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