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Nuclear famine: Two billion people at risk?

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A new study from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War shows that a limited nuclear war (such as the India-Pakistan or Korean crises, or the current U.S.-Chinese-Japanese Senkaku-Diaoyu crisis) would not only directly kill millions of people in the region, but would also cause a deadly famine, killing two billion people across the globe.

This study was prepared in advance of the February 2014 international conference on the Human Consequences of Nuclear Weapons, to be held in Mexico.

AFSC has campaigned for the abolition of nuclear weapons since the immediate aftermath of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Learn more about the work of our Peace and Economic Security Program