The Environmental Consequences of War

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On this Veterans Day in the States and Remembrance Day in Canada and Australia, it is worth reading a Sierra Club of Canada document about the Environmental Costs of War.

It starts with a quote from Clauswitz from 1831: "War is never an isolated act."

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Although ecological disturbances brought on by war have been occurring for thousands of years, modern day warfare has made its impact increasingly severe. Recognizing the long-term and wide-spread impacts caused by such degradation, experts have coined the term ecocide, literally meaning the killing of the environment.

Authors Jessica Adley and Andrea Grant then describe the effects of depleted uranium, destruction of infrastructure, forests and biodiversity, chemical and biological warfare. Sobering reading at Sierra club of Canada.

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