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Scientists warning on the ecological effects of radioactive leaks on ecosystems

Bonacic, C and Medellin, RA and Ripple, W and Sukumar, R and Ganswindt, A and Padua, SM and Padua, C and Pearl, MC and Aguirre, LF and Valdés, LM and Buchori, D and Innes, JL and Ibarra, JT and Rozzi, R and Aguirre, AA (2023) Scientists warning on the ecological effects of radioactive leaks on ecosystems. In: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10 .

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A nuclear leakage or tactical nuclear weapon use in a limited war could cause immense and long-lasting ecological consequences beyond the direct site of exposure. We call upon all scientists to communicate the importance of the environmental impacts of such an event to all life forms on Earth, including humankind. Changes to ecosystem structure and functioning and species extinctions would alter the biosphere for an unknown time frame. Radiation could trigger cascade effects in marine, atmospheric and terrestrial ecosystems of a magnitude far beyond human capabilities for mitigation or adaptation. Even a “tactical nuclear war” could alter planet Earth’s living boundaries, ending the current Anthropocene era.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: biodiversity loss; ecosystem services; nuclear war; pollution; radiation; species extinction; tactical bomb
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2023 03:36
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2023 03:36
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/80554

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