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A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Lawrence Badash

Abstract

The nuclear winter phenomenon burst upon the public’s consciousness in 1983. Added to the horror of a nuclear war’s immediate effects was the fear that the smoke from fires ignited by the explosions would block the sun, creating an extended “winter” that might kill more people worldwide than the initial nuclear strikes. This book maps the rise and fall of the science of nuclear winter, examining research activity, the popularization of the concept, and the Reagan-era politics that combined to influence policy and public opinion. It traces the several sciences (including studies of volcanic eru ... More

Keywords: nuclear winter, Reagan-era politics, public opinion, volcanic eruptions, ozone depletion, dinosaur extinction, computer modeling, congressional interest, media attention, Department of Defense

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012720
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Badash, author