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Zero is the Only Option

New IPPNW Publication


IPPNW has produced a major new briefing paper summarizing current medical and scientific knowledge about nuclear war and its consequences. Zero is the only option: Four medical and environmental cases for eradicating nuclear weapons draws extensively from the work of climate scientists including Alan Robock, O. B. Toon, and Michael Mills, who have documented the climate effects of regional nuclear war.



In March 2010, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War published a major new briefing paper on the global climate and health effects of nuclear war. Zero is the only option,

comprises four medical and environmental case studies:

  1. Nuclear famine: how a regional nuclear war will cause global mass starvation
  2. A nuclear ozone hole: the global cancer burden of a regional nuclear war
  3. Nuclear winter: the Earth’s life-sustaining ecosystems remain at risk
  4. The casualties of nuclear war: Why prevention is still the only cure

Each page of this blog reproduces a case study from the briefing paper, and provides a collection of resources for further study and for use in presenting this information to others. The complete paper, with footnotes and references, can be downloaded here.

Publication of the briefing paper was made possible thanks to a generous financial contribution from IPPNW’s Swedish affiliate, Svenska Läkare mot Kärnvapen (Swedish Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons).



Learn about Nuclear Weapons

Learn About Nuclear Weapons is a web-based educational material from the Swedish Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons for those who want to learn more about nuclear weapons: