Science Questions

Sun, 13th Mar 2005

Part of the show Climate Change & Alternative Energy

Question

David asked:

What effect have the atomic tests that were carried out in the 1960s had on the environment?

Answer

They probably didn't have a great direct effect on our climate. Such explosions are actually small in comparison to something such as a volcanic eruption, which releases so much debris that they end in global cooling rather than global warming. What the explosions have done is provided a radioactive marker in the land and in plants.

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