A recent multinational study led by researchers at Rutgers University found that a nuclear conflict involving less than 3% of the world’s stocks could kill one-third of humanity within two years. According to the Rutgers University study, a greater nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia might kill three-fourths of the world’s population in the same amount of time. More than 5 billion people would starve in the case of a full-scale nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia.
According to this important global study, even a modest nuclear-armed battle between two countries would cause widespread hunger. Even small-scale trading between nations like India and Pakistan might have catastrophic effects on the world’s food supply and cause a massive death toll.
Researchers calculated the quantity of ash produced by nuclear conflicts of various sizes, as well as the impact on food supply when major cities in Russia, India, Pakistan, the US, or other countries are completely destroyed by fire. In addition, 90 percent of the world’s food, animal, and fishery yields would have been lost three to four years after the nuclear exchange, leading to widespread starvation, disruption, and collapse as well as starting further feedback loops.
Researchers at academic institutions looked at six potential nuclear war scenarios. According to a study that was published in the journal Nature Food, the worst-case scenario for a full-scale confrontation between the United States and Russia would be the eradication of more than half of humanity. The discoveries are made at a time when the potential of nuclear war may be higher than ever, 30 years after the end of the Cold War.