Saturday, November 14, 2020

"Nuclear war could take a big bite out of the world's seafood"

Not the first thing people think of when they see the term 'nuclear war,'

From PhysOrg:

A new study reveals the damage that a nuclear war might take on wild-caught seafood around the world, from salmon and tuna to the shrimp in shrimp cocktails. 

The aftermath of such a conflict could put a major strain on , an international team of scientists reports. The group estimates that a might cut the amount of seafood that fishing boats are capable of bringing in worldwide by as much as 30%.

In short span of time, in other words, those impacts could rival the toll that climate change is taking on fisheries across the globe, said study coauthor Nicole Lovenduski.

"It's similar to what's going to happen by the end of the century, and that's already concerning," said Lovenduski, an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. "To have something of the same magnitude happen over such a short period of time is really remarkable."

The researchers published their findings today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The effort is part of a multi-year project led by CU Boulder Professor Brian Toon and Alan Robock of Rutgers University to examine the global costs of a potential nuclear war. The team's latest findings, however, come with a rare silver lining, said Kim Scherrer, lead author of the new study.

With a bit of planning and proper management today, humans could help to keep fisheries productive, even in the event of a nuclear war....


Well that's heartening.