December 25, 1989 |
Self-made billionaire John D. MacArthur left an unusual last testament: His fortune was to be given away however the executors saw fit. During his lifetime, the shirt-sleeves individualist ran his insurance empire from a table in a Florida coffee shop and had neither the time nor the inclination to become a munificent donor. "I'm going to do what I do best; I'm going to make the money," he told his lawyer, William Kirby. "When I die, you fellows give it away."
December 25, 1990 |
While some officials in the Reagan Administration predicted that Americans could survive a nuclear war "with enough shovels" to dig for cover, the picture presented by many working scientists is far darker. In this provocative study of the dangers of nuclear proliferation, astrophysicists Carl Sagan and Richard Turco argue that smoke clouds will occlude the sun's warming effects after a full-scale nuclear war, bringing the bone-wracking chill and darkness of an arctic winter.
August 3, 1985 |
Forestry officials gathered Friday to set 2 1/2 square miles of dead fir trees on fire as part of an experiment to help U.S. and Canadian scientists test the theory of a "nuclear winter." "It will embody some of the characteristics of the firestorm that will follow a nuclear blast," said Andrew Forester, who brought the researchers together. The experiment, which begins today, was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary Aug.
December 12, 2006 |
Even a small nuclear conflict could have catastrophic environmental and societal consequences, extending the death toll far beyond the number of people killed directly by bombs, according to the first comprehensive climatic analysis of a regional nuclear war.
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April 4, 1986 |
Controlled fires in the Angeles National Forest, 35 miles northeast of Los Angeles, are nothing out of the ordinary, but one such "prescribed fire," scheduled for autumn, will be closely monitored by both the U.S. Forest Service and Defense Department. While the Forest Service will survey the intentional blaze to find out more about smoke and gas emissions, the Defense Department will be studying possible effects of the "nuclear winter" phenomenon, officials said Thursday.
December 10, 1991 |
Scientists who have been looking for a way to reverse the damage humans have unleashed upon the Earth's atmosphere offered a disconcerting opinion Monday: There probably is no solution other than to mend our ways and hope the planet heals itself.