Grim days. (Matt Johnson/Creative Commons)
I've blogged before about the whole nuclear winter versus global warming issue and it's still something that always comes across as a relevant comparison of two man-made atmospheric changes or the bland witticism from the type of person who doesn't believe in climate change and who fails to see the downside to nuclear warfare. It all depends on who's doing the talking.
In this latest bit of news (via Planetsave), it's NASA scientist Luke Oman doing the talking. Specifically, Oman and colleagues used the latest climate models to take a new look at just how smoke rising from burning cities and forests in a regional or "fun size" nuclear war would impact the environment. I lay it all out in the HowStuffWorks article "What would nuclear winter be like?" but we're talking clouds of ash dimming sunlight, resulting in everything from cooler temperatures to noon skies black as the cellars of hell.
You can read the full story right here, but here are Oman's key points:
Originally posted at HowStuffWorks.com: There Was a Limited Nuclear War so We Got a Snow Day.