Atlantic piece mocked for warning of nuclear war's effects on climate change: 'Out of whack with reality'

The Atlantic headline on Sunday argued, in addition to killing millions of people, a nuclear war wouldprove disastrous for climate change.

On Top of Everything Else, Nuclear War Is a Climate Problem,” the headline of The Atlantic article read. “A nuclear war would kill tens of millions of people and would also prove disastrous for climate change,” a tweet that accompanies the article said.

Activists participate in a climate change protest in Glasgow, Scotland ahead of the start of COP26, 星期六, 十月. 30, 2021. (美联社照片/阿拉斯泰尔格兰特)

Activists participate in a climate change protest in Glasgow, Scotland ahead of the start of COP26, 星期六, 十月. 30, 2021. (美联社照片/阿拉斯泰尔格兰特) (美联社照片/阿拉斯泰尔格兰特)

There are a lot of problems in the world. And global warming is one of them. But it seems to be this obsessive focus just on climate change to the extent that you now actually worry about a nuclear war because it would be bad for global warming is out of whack with reality,” Lomborg told host Rachel Campos-Duffy.

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The article argued, ifyou’re worried about rapid, catastrophic changes to the planet’s climate, then you must be worried about nuclear war.

On top of killing tens of millions of people, even a relatively ‘minor’ exchange of nuclear weapons would wreck the planet’s climate in enormous and long-lasting ways,” the outlet added.

Critics slammed the tweet, calling the article “愚蠢的” and questioning the “优先事项” of The Atlantic.

Fox News contributor Joe Concha saidthere are no wordsto describe the statement.

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After a wave of criticism against the piece, Lomborg said humanity should be concerned about avoiding nuclear war in general.

Let’s get our priorities right. If you want to deal with the problem from Russia, you should be able to have your own energy. That includes getting fracking, maybe going more nuclear. Make sure you get all these energy sources that can actually make you independent instead of just talking about your favorite thing like solar and wind,” 他说, adding global warming must be treated as one of many global problems.

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