A new study has found that nuclear war between the United States and Russia would cause two-thirds of the planet to starve to death within two years.
The dire prognosis was explained in modeling by Rutgers University, which found that 5 billion people would perish, primarily as a result of nuclear detonations causing huge infernos that inject soot into the atmosphere which blocks out the sun and devastates crops.
“Even a smaller nuclear skirmish – such as between India and Pakistan – would likely lead to 2.5 billion deaths within 24 months,” reports the Telegraph.
The investigation found that in the event of a full-scale nuclear confrontation between the US and Russia, food production based on total calorie content would be reduced by 90 per cent within three to four years of conflict.
The team found that the outcome could be even worse given that they didn’t even include heating of the stratosphere which would destroy the ozone layer and allow ultraviolet radiation to damage the surface of the planet.