An Open Letter from Scientists in Support of the UN Nuclear Weapons Negotiations
Unfortunately, such a war is more likely than one may hope, because it can start by mistake, miscalculation or terrorist provocation. There is a steady stream of accidents and false alarms that could trigger all-out war, and relying on never-ending luck is not a sustainable strategy. Many nuclear powers have larger nuclear arsenals than needed for deterrence, yet prioritize making them more lethal over reducing them and the risk that they get used.
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* 1979 report by the US Government estimating that nuclear war would kill 28%-88% without including nuclear winter effects
* Electromagnetic pulse: p79 of US Army Report AD-A278230 (unclassified)
* Peer-reviewed 2007 nuclear winter calculation
* Estimate of current nuclear warhead inventory from Federation of American Scientists
* Timeline of nuclear close calls
* UN General Assembly Resolution to launch the above-mentioned negotiations