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By Lawrence Badash

ISBN-10: 0262012723

ISBN-13: 9780262012720

The nuclear wintry weather phenomenon burst upon the public's attention in 1983. extra to the horror of a nuclear war's speedy results used to be the terror that the smoke from fires ignited through the explosions might block the sunlight, developing a longer "winter" that will kill extra humans world wide than the preliminary nuclear moves. In A Nuclear Winter's Tale, Lawrence Badash maps the increase and fall of the technology of nuclear wintry weather, studying study job, the popularization of the concept that, and the Reagan-era politics that mixed to steer coverage and public opinion. Badash strains the various sciences (including stories of volcanic eruptions, ozone depletion, and dinosaur extinction) that merged to permit machine modeling of nuclear iciness and its improvement as a systematic strong point. He areas this within the political context of the Reagan years, discussing congressional curiosity, media realization, the administration's plans for a study application, and the safety Department's claims that the fingers buildup underway could hinder nuclear warfare, and therefore nuclear wintry weather. A Nuclear Winter's Tale tells an immense tale but additionally presents an invaluable representation of the complicated dating among technology and society. It examines the habit of scientists within the public area and within the clinical neighborhood, and increases questions on the issues confronted by way of medical Cassandras, the consequences whilst scientists cross public with worst-case situations, and the timing of presidency response to startling medical findings.

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