WIT Press


Air Pollution Caused By War Activity

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/AIR120091

Volume

157

Pages

6

Page Range

93 - 98

Published

2012

Size

315 kb

Author(s)

C. Protopsaltis

Abstract

Air pollution depends on the controls which can be applied on its type and extent. Pollution caused by industrial processes and the unavoidable needs for everyday living can be controlled adequately by available and new technology and by the effort of the individuals. It is the pollution caused by war activity, during development and testing of hardware, weapon systems and procedures, also during war operations and subsequent reconstruction, which need serious consideration to avoid gradual deterioration of the environment and in particular the quality and temperature of the air. Apart from the chemicals involved in war activity, the uncontrolled discharge of large quantities of heat should be considered seriously since it appears to accumulate, influencing the streamlines of the air flow and its distribution and therefore the climate of the planet. Keywords: war activity pollution, chemicals in war, development of war hardware, testing of weapons and war hardware, pollution due to reconstruction, chemical pollution, firestorm and air quality, heat due to war activity, war activity and planet’s climate. 1 Introduction Pollution of the air must concern every human. Aristotle regarded air as one of the five important elements for life on the planet. A series of conferences have taken place through the years on the subject of pollution of the environment and in particular, pollution of the air, concerned primarily with the need for formal control. A conference concluded recently, the UN Conference on the Human Environment, where air pollution featured as an important topic. Agreements reached at each conference are recorded with the issue of declarations. In the declarations of the 1972 Stockholm Conference there was no mention of the relevance of war in the pollution of the environment, although in

Keywords

war activity pollution, chemicals in war, development of warhardware, testing of weapons and war hardware, pollution due toreconstruction, chemical pollution, firestorm and air quality, heat due to waractivity, war activity and planet’s climate.