Environmental Consequences of War and Aftermath

  • Tarek A. Kassim
  • Damià Barceló

Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 3U)

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About this book


War has disastrous effects on people and the physical, biological, economic, and social environment. The state-of-the-art of research on the environmental consequences of war and its aftermath is presented in this Handbook. A broad range of topics are included, such as the prevention of war and its environmental repercussions and selected environmental and human health effects of chemical warfare agents and the atmospheric transport and deposition of pollutants under warfare with two main case studies: the Balkans and the Gulf war.
This book is of great help in bridging the gap between environmental chemists, who generally have limited experience with Chemical Warfare (CW) issues, with those who work with CW disarmament and nonproliferation issues but tend not to have scientific backgrounds. This book provides the basic background information needed to better grasp the problem of the environmental consequences of war, promotes a greater public awareness of and sensitivity to these issues, and can hopefully contribute to avoiding further wars in future.


Ammunition Aquatic Organisms Chemical Warfare (CW) Danube Environmental Consequences of War Gulf War Kuwait Persistent Organic Pollutants Remote Sensing Sediment Transuranic Elements War Induced Soil Degradation Water Quality atmosphere environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Tarek A. Kassim
    • 1
  • Damià Barceló
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental EngineeringOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ChemistryIDAEA-CSICBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de GironaGironaSpain

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