Nobel Recipient Warns 2 Billion at Risk from Nuclear Famine
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ATLANTA - Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today released "Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion People at Risk", a report that estimates more than 2 billion people's lives and well being would be at risk in the event of a limited nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan.
"We urge our national leaders and elected officials to regard this new data as the most comprehensive analysis to date of the humanitarian, economic, and environmental costs of nuclear war and to increase support and focus on nuclear nonproliferation efforts worldwide," Amanda Hill-Attkisson, Georgia WAND Program Director said.
The report follows up on PSR's 2012 "Nuclear Famine: 1 Billion People at Risk" that which addressed limited nuclear war's global impacts on agriculture, food supplies, and human nutrition. The report generated support from previous Nobel peace laureates.
Currently, momentum for arms control efforts are building internationally. President Obama announced in a July speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany that he would seek reductions to America's deployed strategic nuclear weapons by one-third and pursue new nuclear negotiations with Russia. America and Russia are home to more than 90% of the world's nuclear weapons.
In October, 125 nations, citing the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war, issued a joint statement at the UN calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Then in November, Iran agreed with world powers on an interim deal that limits their capability to pursue a nuclear weapon's program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Next February, more than 100 nations will convene in Mexico to discuss the humanitarian consequences posed by nuclear war.
Ira Helfand, MD, the report author, has called on America to do more to prevent nuclear war. "America and countries around the world must work together to reduce their nuclear arsenals with the ultimate goal of eliminating the threat and consequences of nuclear war," he said. "In order to eliminate this threat, we must eliminate nuclear weapons."
The full report can be found here.
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