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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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A Nuclear Winter's Tale

Lawrence Badash

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Following the Halloween 1983 “World After Nuclear War” conference, a body called the Center on the Consequences of Nuclear War was created to provide information on nuclear winter to the media and to the public. Headquartered in Washington, the center was established as a project of the Open Space Institute and funded by a $50,000 grant from the W. Alton Jones Foundation. The steering committee was chaired by Russell W. Peterson, president of the Audubon Society, and consisted of scientists and lawyers such as Paul Ehrlich, Henry Kendall, Richard Turco, and Carl Sagan. The center became a policy ally of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Sagan wrote a “political” paper Foreign Affairs which drew varying responses from experts such as Edward Luttwak, Russell Seitz, Dan Horowitz, and Robert J. Lieber.

Keywords:   nuclear winter, Center on the Consequences of Nuclear War, Carl Sagan, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council, Edward Luttwak, Russell Seitz, Dan Horowitz, Robert J. Lieber, Russell W. Peterson

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