India-Pak N-war may spark global famine


Chicago: Over a billion people aross the world would face starvation if India and Pakistan unleash nuclear weapons — even if that war is regionally limited.

    That’s because the deadly and polluting weapons would cause major worldwide climate disruption that would dramatically drive down food production in China, US and other countries. “The grim prospect of nuclear famine requires a fundamental change in our thinking about nuclear weapons,” said study author Dr Ira Helfand of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

    “The new evidence that even the relatively small nuclear arsenals of countries such as India and Pakistan could cause long lasting, global damage to the Earth’s ecosystems and threaten hundreds of millions of already malnourished people demands that action be taken,” Helfand said. “The needless deaths over a decade would be a disaster unprecedented in human history. It would not only cause the extinction of the human race, but it would bring an end to modern civilization as we know it.”

    The study, set to be published in journal Climate Change, was released at the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Chicago. It found that corn production in US would decline by an average of 10% for a decade and soybean production would drop by about 10%, with the most severe decline occurring five years after the nuclear war. It also determined that rice production in China would drop by an average of 21% for first four years and 10% for next six years.