A collection of Nuclear Weapons resources

The effects of Nuclear War have been analysed by a number of campaign and medical groups, below is a selection of useful resources.


The concluding report from the Trident Commission is aimed to contribute to an informed and deeper debate on Trident renewal that focuses on national security in its widest sense.

Click here to see comments from Medact’s Nuclear Interest Group on the Commission’s Report. 

The most important impact of a hostility in which about one percent of the world’s inventory of nuclear weapons was fired would be a global famine; food production would be so devastated for about ten years that at least a billion people would die, and the rest of the world – even those in non-combatant nations – would suffer greatly. According to more recent analyses from IPPNW in 2013, the lives of two billion people would be at risk.

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which Medact is a partner, has published reports which cover the impact of nuclear weapons on health, environment and agriculture, economy and development and law and order.

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IPPNW, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, published in 2010 a major briefing paper on the global climate and health effects of nuclear war. Zero is the only option,

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There is a practical guide for the triage, monitoring and treatment of people exposed to radiation, produced by an international consortium which includes the World Health Organisation , the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA).

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Three publications from the International Red Cross report on the impact of nuclear war on human health, global food production and the opportunities for humanitarian assistance.

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More External Resources

Scientists for Global Responsibility have produced a series of excellent research and briefing papers on the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Find out more about their work in the UK, by visiting their website.