Scientists warn even the 'best case scenario' for nuclear war would have devastating global effects

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A large-scale nuclear attack would have devastating effects not just on the area targeted, but on the aggressor nation as well, a new study warns.

In a first of its kind study, researchers have estimated how many nuclear weapons could put a nation past its tipping point if used – and they say it’s about 100.

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Between the nine nuclear nations, however, there are roughly 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world.

Even in the best case scenario, scientists warn a major attack could trigger worldwide effects, with millions killed in the initial blast, and a global ‘nuclear autumn' leading to food shortages and mass starvation.

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The U.S. and Russia each have thousands of nuclear weapons, the researchers note, and the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea all have their own arsenals.

In the new study published to the journal Safety, the researchers argue the total number should be slashed to 900 or fewer - or, about 100 each.

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‘With 100 nuclear weapons, you still get nuclear deterrence, but avoid the probable blowback from nuclear autumn that kills your own people,’ says Joshua Pearce, professor at Michigan Technological University.

‘Defense expenditures post-9/11 show we care about protecting Americans.

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The researchers examined the potential threat of three hypothetical scenarios: a 7,000-weapon arsenal, a 1,000-weapon...
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