#183 - Why we obsess about a nuclear apocalypse | Curio

#183 - Why we obsess about a nuclear apocalypse

19 mins | Apr 7, 2022

Today's episode from 7th April 2022. As it's World Health Day we take a look at one climate change idea gaining attention and investments - adding minerals to our oceans to lock up carbon dioxide. But as we discover, it's not as easy as first thought. Then later, if it's not the environment, it's the situation in Ukraine that has us all worried about the future of the world. But could obsessing over an apocalypse actually alleviate our anxieties? The world’s oceans are amazing carbon sponges. They already capture a quarter of human-produced carbon dioxide. But as James Temple reports for MIT Technology Review, simply adding minerals or growing seaweed might be limited or costly ways of removing carbon dioxide. "Scenarios can sometimes prove eerie for their resonance with the real world. In Hackett's book, once the military front in Europe settles into stalemate hard-liners in the Kremlin make the decision to destroy a single British city with a nuclear-tipped missile. It is a warning: come to terms now, or risk the fate of the world. Forty years later, this gruesome calculus is what nuclear planners refer to as 'escalate-to-deescalate.'" Matthew Kirschenbaum contemplates for The Washington Post. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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