Understanding the Global Effects of Nuclear Conflict in the 21st Century


The damaging effects of the light, heat, blast, and radiation caused by a nuclear explosion have been known to scientists since the end of the Second World War

Challenge

Public awareness and expert understanding of the climatic, economic, humanitarian, and societal effects of a potential exchange of nuclear weapons is limited or out of date.

Action

Develop a research agenda for scientific and policy analysis of nuclear weapons effects to increase awareness, advance understanding and catalyze action to reduce the existential risks of nuclear weapons use.

Results

Inform nuclear policies and decision making with clear and current analysis of nuclear effects.

The damaging effects of the light, heat, blast, and radiation caused by a nuclear explosion have been known to scientists since the end of the Second World War and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Much of the existing literature on the climate, economic, humanitarian, and societal effects of a nuclear exchange is out of date and inconclusive.

In order to inform nuclear policies and decision-making, it is necessary to engage academic experts, align on areas of consensus, and identify gaps in the current research. Predictions about the indirect effects of nuclear use remain uncertain, particularly with regard to the global and longer-term impacts on the climate, environment, agriculture, economy, and society. Improving our understanding of the global implications of nuclear use is essential for making informed nuclear policy decisions.

NTI is providing a forum for discussion among scientists and policy experts to build on previous scientific analysis and international discourse on nuclear weapons risks. Together, participants will support development of a modern research agenda to clarify the potentially catastrophic effects of a nuclear weapons exchange, informing nuclear policymakers and publics.

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