Max-von-Laue-Lecture (in English language)

Tuesday, 19 March 2024, 19:00 - 20:00, A 151

Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
is speaking about

“Global Famine after Nuclear War“

The world as we know it could end any day as a result of an accidental nuclear war between the United States and Russia. The fires produced by attacks on cities and industrial areas would generate smoke that would blow around the world, persist for years, and block out sunlight, producing a nuclear winter. Because temperatures would plunge below freezing, crops would die and massive starvation could kill most of humanity. Even a nuclear war between new nuclear states, such as India and Pakistan, could produce climate change unprecedented in recorded human history and massive disruptions to the world*s food supply.

This talk will show climate and crop model simulations, as well as analogs, which support this theory. It will also discuss policy changes that can immediately lessen the chance of such scenarios happening and that can lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons. The myth of nuclear deterrence has allowed nuclear weapons to persist for too long. However, as a result of international negotiations pushed by civil society led by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and referencing this work, the United Nations passed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). An option for physicists interested in getting involved is to join the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction, a project to engage and activate the global physics community.


The Max-von-Laue-Lecture is open to all conference participants and the interested public. Admission is free and registration for the conference is not necessary.