nuclear winter

noun

Definition of nuclear winter 

: the chilling of climate that is hypothesized to be a consequence of nuclear war and to result from the prolonged blockage of sunlight by high-altitude dust clouds produced by nuclear explosions

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But as Halloran points out, that number doesn't even take into account the nuclear winter that could devastate crops around the world and lead to a massive famine after such a war. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "How Many People Would Die in an All-Out Nuclear War?," 11 Aug. 2017 What if, instead of climate change or nuclear winter, we were delivered that deus ex machina? New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Asteroid Day," 20 June 2018 Recent climate modeling shows that a relatively limited nuclear exchange would result in a nuclear winter lasting 2-3 years. Beatrice Fihn, Time, "Ending War Games With South Korea Isn't a 'Stunning Concession.' It's the Best Thing to Come Out of the Summit So Far," 13 June 2018 What followed were global wildfires, years of nuclear winter and acid rain. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How the Ancestors of Birds Survived the Dino-Killing Asteroid," 24 May 2018 Toronto was working with a friendly cap environment and had room to build out the supporting cast; Portland's roster is already incredibly expensive and the rest of the league is creeping toward financial nuclear winter. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "NBA Playoff Lessons: Bad News For The Blazers, The Rule For Modern Big Men, And More," 20 Apr. 2018 The brilliance of his plan is its simplicity: an atomic exchange with North Korea will bring on nuclear winter. Cincinnati.com, "Column: The world is a befuddling orb," 20 Sep. 2017 Inevitably that gives rise to doubts about the firm’s strategy, which is to slash costs and sit tight, hoping the industry’s nuclear winter ends. The Economist, "Goldman Sags," 5 Oct. 2017 Doing so, the thinking went, would avert another long, playoff-free nuclear winter, such as the one Kansas City had experienced between 1986 and 2014. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "The Royals' Last Dance: Kansas City Bet Big On Another Run With Its Core. Will It Pay Off?," 11 Sep. 2017

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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