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Arthur H. Westing

Volume 1 of the series SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice pp 51-75

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The Gulf War of 1991: Its Environmental Impact

  • Arthur H. WestingAffiliated withSecurity & Education, Westing Associates in Environment Email author 

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Abstract

The Gulf War of 1991 shares with the Second Indochina War of 1961–1975 (cf. Chap.4 ) the dubious honor of having alerted the world to the enormously destructive impact military actions can have on the environment. Certainly, various wars of the past have also wreaked havoc on the environment (#108, pp 14–19), and wars of the future will doubtless provide further examples.