TRW – Discussion paper – Toxic Harm: Humanitarian and Environmental Concerns From Military Origin Contamination by Dr Mohamed Ghalaieny

TRW – Discussion paper – Toxic  Harm: Humanitarian and Environmental Concerns From Military Origin Contamination by Dr Mohamed Ghalaieny

This paper is the outcome of research done by the TRW Project into the scope of the problem from military-origin contamination. The paper overviews current health and environmental problems resulting from conflict and military activities before presenting limitations on the study of such problems and discussing existing legal and practical measures for environmental protection. The work also presents a methodology developed to study military-origin contamination in the appendix, this includes examples of problematic substances.

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UNEP – Assessment of environmental hotspots in Iraq

UNEP – Assessment of environmental hotspots in Iraq

The report of the initial UNEP assessment of sites that pose environmental concern following the 2003 Iraq War. The report gives a detailed assessment of five industrial sites that are an environmental risk due to conflict related damage, looting and bad environmental management. Bad environmental management predates the war, but is exacerbated due to the power vacuum created by confict. The report makes some conclusions on the number of sites of environmental concern (20-100), recommendations for corrective action to be taken in addition to details of required capacity building and […]

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UNEP – Environmental assessment of the Gaza Strip, September 2009

UNEP – Environmental assessment of the Gaza Strip, September 2009

As a post conflict environmental assessment (PCEA), this report by UNEP examines damage to the environment of the Gaza Strip that was either caused or exacerbated by Israel’s Operation Cast Lead between December 2008 and January 2009. Examples of conflict related environmental damage with relevance to the TRW project included the presence of asbestos in the rubble of destroyed buildings, water quality issues due to damage to sewage facilities and ‘pockets’ of hydrocarbon contamination due to damage to small industrial sites. Conclusions regarding environmental remediation revolve around protecting water quality, […]

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UNEP – Ground contamination assessment report, military waste storage site, Astana, Afghanistan

UNEP – Ground contamination assessment report, military waste storage site, Astana, Afghanistan

A UNEP investigation into a military waste storage site near Astana, a small village in north east Afghanistan. The Astana site was used to store missiles and warheads, rocket fuel, warhead casings, rocket fuel, nitric acid and aircraft instrument display panels. The fieldwork conducted found the substances of environmental concern to be hydrazine, nitric acid, unexploded ordinance and radioactivity from tritium and radium within the aircraft instrument display panels. The general conclusion was that while there was an environmental risk, this would be dependant on the nature of any prospective […]

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ICBUW – A Question of Responsibility

ICBUW – A Question of Responsibility

A report examining user transparency, the capacity of states to manage depleted uranium contamination and the constraints on the development of heath studies, seen through the experiences of Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo. Includes a chapter on Serbia’s clearance of contaminated sites. Source: ICBUW

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