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Nature 310, 621 - 624 (23 August 1984); doi:10.1038/310621a0

Widespread after-effects of nuclear war

Edward Teller

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Box 808, Livermore, California 94550, USA.

Radioactive fallout and depletion of the ozone layer, once believed catastrophic consequences of nuclear war, are now proved unimportant in comparison to immediate war damage. Today, “nuclear winter” is claimed to have apocalyptic effects. Uncertainties in massive smoke production and in meteorological phenomena give reason to doubt this conclusion.

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