William Lambers Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear Weapons

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This concise book traces the history of nuclear weapons from World War II through the Cold War to the present day. You will also read about issues such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, nuclear testing, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and nuclear terrorism. This book also examines efforts to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as proposed by President Dwight Eisenhower in his "Atoms for Peace" speech. This edition includes a report prepared by the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey titled "The Effects of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

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William Lambers is an author, journalist and Charity Miles All-Star. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post. His writings have been published by the New York Times, History News Network, Cincinnati Enquirer, Buffalo News, Des Moines Register, Washington Post, Bismarck Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, the Boston Herald, and other news outlets. His writings on nuclear weapons have been published in Spectrum, the flagship publication of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. His books include Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for Blogcritics and the History News Service. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.

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A number of these nuclear tests were atmospheric explosions. The resulting fallout from those tests, both radioactive and political, garnered world opinion to demand a cessation of nuclear testing. Fears of a nuclear war and radioactive fallout were addressed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration. Nevertheless, anxiety over nuclear testing and the arms race would grip the public. There was a strong call for action! Public opinion clearly influenced President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s decision making.

"I had come to the conclusion that, in view of worldwide apprehensions, we should propose a ban, strictly limited as to time, on the testing of nuclear weapons."

Banning nuclear test explosions was at least one measure employed to slow down the escalating nuclear arms race. It could also prevent further radioactive fallout. President Eisenhower’s public statement of August 22, 1958 expressed hope that a nuclear test suspension could lead to further disarmament agreements. A brief suspension of nuclear testing would come about in the late 1950’s. However, full-scale testing would resume in the 1960’s and with it, the nuclear arsenals of both the Soviet Union and the U.S. would grow more powerful. The public’s anxiety over fallout was clearly justified. Later studies would substantiate those fears. In 2001, a preliminary report released by the Centers for Disease Control stated that every American living in the United States after 1951 was exposed to radioactive fallout from nuclear tests worldwide. At least 11,000 deaths were estimated to have been caused by cancer resulting from external exposure to fallout. The study also cited exposures worldwide, noting that "A number of populations outside the United States have been exposed to higher levels of radioiodine and other radionuclides than the United States population. These populations include the residents of the Marshall Islands; people living near the nuclear weapons site in Semipalantinsk, Kazakhstan; people exposed to large releases from the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident in Ukraine and people living near the Mayak nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Russia."

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phil Goff, commented on the U.S. nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean during the 1950’s and its effects:

"The early tests of Maralinga and Montebello, the Marshall Islands and Christmas Islands were conducted in the atmosphere with little attention to their impact on the environment, the people displaced by them or indeed those who observed them."

Radioactive fallout was one of the greatest fears for people worldwide and its effects are still being felt today. But by far the greatest fear for the public was a nuclear confrontation. And one fall day in 1962 that nightmare was becoming a reality.....

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