Nuclear Weapons And Its Effects On The World

978 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
In August 1942, the United states employed 130,000 people and funneled 2 billion dollars into the production of the world’s first nuclear weapons: atomic bombs that would later be used to devastate the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, effectively ending World War I. Since then, several countries have effectively worked with nuclear weapons and developed arms of their own. Currently, there are an estimated 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, with 2,000 active and ready to launch. While they were made in effort to keep nations safe, these arms are exceptionally perilous and carry a multitude of drawbacks with them. Because nuclear weapons require large sums of money in order to be created and maintained, leave long-lasting negative effects on the environment when used, and destroy countless human lives, they do not make the world safer. Over the years, a myriad of money has been spent by numerous countries to develop, innovate and maintain nuclear weapons. For example, when the United States was first developing their nuclear arms from 1940-1996, they expended a minimum of 5.8 trillion dollars building the weapons and preparing to use them. Even now, they average about 20 billion dollars per year solely on the weapon’s upkeep. Additionally, including the US, the top eight countries involved in nuclear development spent a total of almost 105 billion dollars in 2011 on their weapons. This considerable sum of money could aid an innumerable amount problems…
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