Best of 2008/2009: Dr. Alan Robock on what nuclear winter would mean today
If You Love This Planet continues to replay some of our most popular programs through February 2010, as well as offering some new episodes. In March 2010, If You Love This Planet will start a whole new season of programs. Here is Dr. Caldicott’s
July 28, 2008 interview with
Dr. Alan Robock, a Professor II at the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University.
Dr. Robock is a meteorologist who has studied the effects of nuclear winter since the 1980s. Most recently, he has examined the climatic effects of regional nuclear conflicts and the effects of global warming.
[In this program, Dr. Robock talks with Dr. Caldicott about how a full-scale nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, which each have 10,000 nuclear weapons, could trigger nuclear winter, while detonating even one-third of their collective arsenals would cause catastrophic climate change. A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would wreak major havoc with global temperatures and agriculture. For more information, see the Climatic Consequences of Nuclear Conflict page on Dr. Robock’s website, which includes a May 2009 PowerPoint presentation and several earlier articles, reports and movies based on his nuclear winter research. Read the January 19, 2010 Tree Hugger article, Nuclear Winter: Now Easier to Trigger than Ever (In Short: We’d be F#%^ed) which references
Dr. Robock’s work studying nuclear winter. Also see the 2008 Tree Hugger article Regional Nuclear War Could Create the Mother of all Ozone Holes about the study by University of Colorado at Boulder scientists Brian Toon and Michael Mills, Massive Global Ozone Loss Predicted Following A Regional Nuclear Conflict. The show ends with a brief excerpt of a lecture Dr Caldicott gave at an early childhood conference in 2007.