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Ecological consequences of nuclear war

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Simulations of the ecological effects on grassland ecosystems projected from the proposed climatic changes that would follow a nuclear war indicate that temperature and light reductions below ambient mean levels exceeding 10°C and 28%, respectively, are required for severe ecosystem deterioration to occur and that thresholds between promotion and decline are very abrupt.

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  1. Biological Research Laboratories, Syracuse University, 130 College Place Syracuse, New York, 13210, USA

    • S.J. McNaughton
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  2. Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523, USA

    • M. B. Coughenour

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