Nuclear Weapons

President Trump has egged on a new arms race. Russia violated weapons treaties to upgrade its nuclear arsenal. North Korea is developing long-range missiles and practising for nuclear war — and the US military is considering preemptive attacks on the isolated nation’s military facilities. Meanwhile, nuclear terrorism and dirty bombs remain a sobering threat. Though these events are unlikely to trigger the last-ditch option of nuclear war, let alone a blast in your neighbourhood, they are very concerning. So you might be wondering, “If I survive a nuclear-bomb attack, what should I do?” Michael Dillon, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, crunched the numbers and helped figure out just that in a 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Likewise, government agencies and other organisations have also explored the harrowing question and came up with detailed recommendations and response plans.

Independent 19th March 2017 read more »

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Published: 20 March 2017