Our ozone layer is made up of tons of O3 molecules bound together to protect us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Without our ozone layer, life on Earth would be impossible. Here is a sneak preview of what happens if Earth’s atmosphere were suddenly inundated by smoke and debris from an earthquake, a volcano, or a nuclear war—even if we “won.” Our history shows that we have had multiple major volcanic eruptions that have led to several “dark” periods where sunlight had trouble reaching Earth. But the difference between that and the smoke a nuclear war injects into the atmosphere is chemically different. That’s why a nuclear war is much more harmful to the ozone layer.
Meeting with Atmospheric Scientists
Putin and his defense ministers met with Nikolai Dolgushkin and Alexander Sergeev, two atmospheric scientists from the Russian Academy of Scientists, to determine what the latest computer models revealed about a nuclear war between the United States and China
Debunking the Nuclear Winter Theory
“The nuclear winter theory is no longer accurate,” Sergeev said. He wasn’t sure he was right, but he’d been told what to say. “But such a war will most likely deplete 70 to 80 percent of the ozone filter in the atmosphere and result in worldwide disease and famine. For each megaton exploded at the optimal HOB, we can expect 5,000 tons of nitric oxides to be carried into the upper atmosphere. The soot propagates nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide, which will combine with the O3 molecules. The resulting chemical reaction will deplete the O3 molecules that form the protective ozone layer.”
Addressing the Chinese Politburo
Putin waved them quiet. “Spare me the science,” he said. “How long will this last?” “Between ten and fifteen years,” Dolgushkin said. Putin greeted the seven-member Chinese Politburo like long-lost relatives. “Good evening, my friends. We are up to date on the actions in the Pacific. We urge you to respond with restraint and join us in a call for a ceasefire before more blood is shed."