The Night After – Climatic and Biological Consequences of a Nuclear War – Scientists’ Warning – Velikhov (Ed.)

In this post, we will see the book The Night After – Climatic and Biological Consequences of a Nuclear War – Scientists’ Warning edited by Yevgeni Velikhov, Vice President USSR Academy of Sciences.

About the book

One cannot overestimate the sensational impacts of the conclusion of prominent Soviet scientists based on their investigations into the long­ term Global after-effects of a nucLear war. Their results were completely consistent with the data obtained vt American scientists, even though they used different research programs and methodologies. Leading Soviet and American Scientists delivered their grim and disturbing message at international conferences held in Moscow and Washington, and at a Seminar at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican in January 1984.
The scientists conclusion is clear and unambiguous: the use of even a fraction of the nuclear arsenal that exists in the world today would result in a nuclear night and a nuclear winter which would ultimately cause unprecedented global ecological disaster. Such atmospheric bomb would mean extermination of all living things on Earth.
This book covers the main research on the subject by Soviet scientists conducted under the auspices of the Soviet Scientists Committee for the Defence of Peace Against Nuclear threat.
The leading Soviet scientists, contributors to this collection, described in a popular manner, but on a highly scientific level the essence of those vital investigations which may well become the turning point in this extremely dangerous and senseless nuclear arms race.

The Soviet Scientists Committee for the Defence of Peace Against Nuclear Threat is a public organization of Soviet scientists formed in May 1983. The Com­mittee consists of 25 members, includ­ing Members and Corresponding Mem­bers of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and world-renowned specialists from various fields—physics, biology, medi­cine. politics, economy, etc. The Com­mittees main objective is to conduct scientific research of complex, interdis­ciplinary problems, bearing directly on the most important task facing mankind today: the preservation of peace and the prevention of a nuclear catastrophe. One of the most important areas of research conducted under the aegis of the Com­mittee is the study of long-term world­ wide consequences of a nuclear war.

The book was translated from Russian by Anatoli Rosenzweig,
Yuri Taube and compiled by Boris Gontarev. The book was designed by Maxim Zhukov Diagrams by Sergei Stulov and was published in 1985 by Mir.

The cover of the book is an interesting design. It features Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut Die vier apokalyptischen Reiter (‘The four horsemen of the Apocalypse’) and Alexei Venetsianov oil painting Na zhatve.Leto. (‘The Harvest Summer’)

You can get the book here.

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Contents

 

Contributors

Anatoli Alexandrov

Agadzhan Babayev

Aleksandr Bayev

Nikolai Blokhin Nikolai Bochkov

Lev Feoktistov

Aleksandr Ginsburg

Georgi Golitsyn

Anatoli Gromyko

Yuri Izrael

Aleksandr Obukhov

Georgi Stenchikov

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Acknowledgements

Introduction by Yevgeni Velikhov

Part One Long-term worldwide consequences of a nuclear war

37 Yuri Izrael
Changes in the atmosphere due to a nuclear war

53 Georgi Stenchikov
Climatic consequences of nuclear war: CCAS Model

83 Georgi Golitsyn , Aleksandr Ginsburg
Natural analogs of a nuclear catastrophe

99 Aleksandr Bayev, Nikolai Bochkov
Medical consequences of a nuclear war

113 Anatoli Gromyko
Ecological disaster: Impact on the Third World

Part Two Abstracts from the reports at the National Scientists’ Conference to Save the World from the Threat of Nuclear War and to Ensure Disarmament and Peace Moscow, May 17-19, 1983

139 Anatoli Alexandrov
Lessons of the past and the main task of the present

143 Nikolai Blokhin
A real threat to the existence of mankind

145 Aleksandr Obukhov
The Earth’s atmosphere: Catastrophe after a nuclear strike

147 Lev Feoktistov
Nuclear weapons: Super-dangerous factor

149 Agadzhan Babayev
Will our planet becomeac a radioactive desert?

Supplement
Scientists’ Appeals and other relevant documents on the prevention of nuclear war

153 Appeal to the Second Special Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Disarmament by the Presidium of the USSR Academy of
Sciences. Moscow, May 13, 1982

154 Pugwash Declaration on its 25th anniversary. Warsaw,
August 26-31, 1982

155 Declaration on Prevention of Nuclear War by an Assembly of Presidents of scientific academies and other scientists from all over the world, convened by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Vatican, September 23-24, 1982

158 Appeal to all scientists of the world by Soviet scientists’. Moscow,
April 10, 1983

159 Appeal of the National Scientists’ Conference to Save the World from the Threat of Nuclear War and to Ensure Disarmament and Peace. Moscow,
May 17-19, 1983

161 Appeal to the Chairman of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, Yuri Andropov, and to the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, by the Third Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The Hague, June 17-21, 1983

162 The International Physicians’ call for an end to the nuclear arms race by the Third Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The Hague, June 17-21, 1983

163 Physicians’ Oaths and Statements of Medical Ethics: a Proposed Adaptation for the Nuclear Age, by the Third Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The Hague, June 17-21, 1983

163 Nuclear winter: A warning. Information Paper of an Assembly of Presidents of scientific academies and other scientists from all over the world, convened by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Vatican, January 23-24-25, 1984

164 Nuclear war: Its consequences and prevention. A statement from a Conference of scientists and religious leaders. Bellagio, Italy, November 23, 1984

 

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