Why It’s Impossible To Win a Nuclear War

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Nuclear war is a terrifying existential threat, but we shouldn’t only fear the blasts because the ensuing smoke is the real killer.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Black carbon: groups of linked carbon atoms.
– Fallout: radioactive particles that are carried into the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion or accident and gradually fall back as dust or in precipitation.
– Jet stream: a narrow variable band of very strong predominantly westerly air currents encircling the globe several miles above the earth.
– Radiation: the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving subatomic particles, especially high-energy particles which cause ionization.
– Weapon yield: the amount of energy released when that particular nuclear weapon is detonated, usually expressed as a TNT equivalent.

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