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Shocking report released at Nobel Peace Laureates Meeting. A billion at risk.
April 24, 2012
PSR and our colleagues at the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) have released a new report that we want to share with you. "Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk" documents that even a limited nuclear exchange would cause the type of climate disruption that experts used to only associate with a US/Russia nuclear war.
President Barack Obama has called for a world free of nuclear weapons but his recent actions to increase spending on the U.S. nuclear arsenal poses a significant threat to that vision. We ask you to join us in writing to the President to ask for robust action towards nuclear abolition.
The study estimates one billion people -- one-sixth of the human race -- could starve over the decade following a nuclear detonation. This is unacceptable. This horrific risk must push us to declare our commitment to a world without nuclear weapons and to demand urgent action to preserve life on this precious planet.
Some key findings from the report:
- Corn production in the US would decline by an average of 10% for an entire decade, with the most severe decline (20%) in year 5.
- Increases in food prices would make food inaccessible to hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest.
- The 925 million people in the world who are already chronically malnourished (with a baseline consumption of 1,750 calories or less per day), would be put at risk by a 10% decline in their food consumption.
The report, and the quick effective action you can take, can be found here.
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