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Lawrence Badash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012720

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001

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Scientific Progress and Controversy

Scientific Progress and Controversy

(p.271) 19 Scientific Progress and Controversy
A Nuclear Winter's Tale

Lawrence Badash

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Nuclear winter scientists not only attended meetings of the bodies that undertook studies on the phenomenon, but also participated in lectures and conferences. For example, Richard Turco and Owen Brian Toon were present during a Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment session in Tokyo in February 1985 and during a three-day conference sponsored by the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) in Santa Barbara later that month. Although many scientists appeared to despise the federal government’s nuclear weapons policies, they felt obliged to attend such events in case something novel was announced and in order to showcase each laboratory’s accomplishments. This chapter focuses on the conferences held in the United States and abroad to discuss nuclear winter. It also discusses the controversies sparked by the nuclear winter issue, the use of computer models in nuclear winter research, fire studies, and biological and ecological research.

Keywords:   nuclear winter, conferences, Richard Turco, Owen Brian Toon, United States, fire studies, research, nuclear weapons, computer models, Defense Nuclear Agency

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