Clip with audience questions from Kali Johnson. The questions were edited from the main podcast in the interest of time, but are offered here unedited with Dr. Carlisle's answers.
Our audience member raised a question regarding the use of a nuclear weapon in 1815. Our fact-checking revealed a catastrophic event in 1815 that indeed had a profound impact on many parts of the planet. The event was the Mount Tambora volcanic eruption that caused casualties in the immediate aftermath of the event and perhaps for a decade afterward because of food shortages. It is thought to be the largest volcanic event in recorded history.
The event has been useful in understanding what cataclysmic events would follow the use of the current capabilities of a global nuclear arsenal. The casualties are incalculable from the blast, the inability to grow crops, and radiation sickness among other things such as contaminated water and soil.
Mount Tambora Volcano of 1815
What the Aftermath of a Nuclear Exchange Would Be Like
A definitive publication dealing with the threat of nuclear war and other timely topics is The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
The topic of nuclear weapons and indeed weapons of mass destruction should be something that concerns us all and we should support any and all efforts to end this existential threat.
However, on a more somber note, the other question coming from the audience was about soil remineralization. Here are a couple of links dealing with the topic:
Soil Analyst Cooperative
Revival Gardening: How to Remineralize Your Soil
It is a topic that the Roots Watering Hole podcast series may address in future episodes along with other soil-related topics that should concern us all. Dr, Akilah's expertise will be a guiding light on soil-related topics. Soil is along with water and air the most important elements to life as we know it. A United Nations report that should be taken as seriously if not more seriously that the threat of nuclear warfare is that we may only have about 60 years of topsoil left at current rates of topsoil loss...
Thank you to our audience guest Kali Johson for your insightful and thought-provoking questions!