June 27, 2018
Remember Nuclear Winter?
Fear of a catastrophic nuclear winter gripped much of the media and political establishments, much the way fear of global warming/climate change does today. If you are under fifty years of age, you probably never heard of Nuclear Winter. Even if you are older, you may not remember what it was all about. Popular issues go up to a peak suddenly and then just fade away slowly, according to a 1972 paradigm by Anthony Downs. Global warming/climate change may provide another good example: by 2100, people may wonder what all the fuss was about. The Paris Accord may be unfamiliar, and even the Kyoto Treaty will have been forgotten. So for those who might not remember, here is a succinct summary of N.W. from Wikipedia: Nuclear Winter is the severe and prolonged global climatic cooling effect hypothesized to occur after widespread firestorms following a nuclear war. The hypothesis is based on...(Read Full Article)