Max-von-Laue-Lecture “Global Famine after Nuclear War”

Max-von-Laue-Vortrag auf der DPG-Jahrestagung 2024 in Berlin

Tu, 19.03.2024 19:00  –   Tu, 19.03.2024 20:00
Alan Robock, Department of Environmental Sciences Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Technischen Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Contact person:
Götz Neuneck,
DPG Association:
Working Group on Physics and Disarmament (AGA)  
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The world as we know it could end any day as a result of an accidental nuclear war between the United States and Russia. The fires produced by attacks on cities and industrial areas would generate smoke that would blow around the world, persist for years, and block out sunlight, producing a nuclear winter. Because temperatures would plunge below freezing, crops would die and massive starvation could kill most of humanity. Even a nuclear war between new nuclear states, such as India and Pakistan, could produce climate change unprecedented in recorded human history and massive disruptions to the world*s food supply.

This talk will show climate and crop model simulations, as well as analogs, which support this theory. It will also discuss policy changes that can immediately lessen the chance of such scenarios happening and that can lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons. The myth of nuclear deterrence has allowed nuclear weapons to persist for too long. However, as a result of international negotiations pushed by civil society led by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and referencing this work, the United Nations passed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). An option for physicists interested in getting involved is to join the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction, a project to engage and activate the global physics community.

Der Max-von-Laue-Vortrag ist offen für alle Tagungsteilnehmer:innen und die interessierte Öffentlichkeit. Der Eintritt ist frei und eine Registrierung zur Tagung ist nicht notwendig.