Atmospheric Nuke Testing May Have Stunted Global Warming

I, like many others, am a believer in global warming. Whether you want to argue over how much of it is caused by man is fine by me, but global warming is a thing that exists. But what if I tell you that in the middle of the 20th century science may have inadvertantly stumbled on a way to halt global warming? Some of you would be excited, others would roll your eyes, I’m sure.

Now… follow me, here… what if I told you that said method of halting global warming involved detonating atomic and nuclear weapons in the atmosphere? You’d call me mad, and rightfully so! But what if, then, I showed you a fancy chart from Watt’s Up With That?


According to researcher Yoshiaki Fujii in his report “The role of atmospheric nuclear explosions on the stagnation of global warming in the mid 20th century,” the claim is made that nuclear explosions in the atmosphere brought about a stagnation of global warming trends during the mid-20th century.

This study suggests that the cause of the stagnation in global warming in the mid 20th century was the atmospheric nuclear explosions detonated between 1945 and 1980. The estimated GST drop due to fine dust from the actual atmospheric nuclear explosions based on the published simulation results by other researchers (a single column model and Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Model) has served to explain the stagnation in global warming.

Starting in 1963 above ground nuclear testing was banned and all subsequent nuclear tests were conducted underground. This could prove to be something of a kink in the theory that nuclear tests hindered the advance of global warming.

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