A nuclear war between the United States and Russia would result in a total of 5 billion casualties worldwide, according to a new study published in the prestigious journal Nature. The first victims of the explosions themselves will be about 360 million people, but the ensuing nuclear winter and lack of food will bring with it more dead.
The experiment was conducted by scientists from Rutgers University in the US, the University of Bergen, the Potsdam Institute and many others.
According to the study, the use of nuclear weapons would pollute the atmosphere to the point where sunlight would not be able to penetrate the soil and crops. This will lead to serious famine all over the world.
In another scenario of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, more than two billion people would die. According to the team of scientists, the only long-term solution to this problem would be a complete ban on nuclear weapons.
“The data is clear – we must prevent nuclear war forever. Banning nuclear weapons is the only long-term solution,” said Alan Roebuck, a professor of climate science at Rutgers.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that no one can emerge victorious from a nuclear war. At the same time, however, António Guterres said in March that “the possibility of nuclear conflict, until recently unthinkable, is now back in the realm of reality.”