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Monday, March 17, 2003

BBC NewsOnline's Alex Kirby has produced a concise summary (based on the consequences of the 1991 Gulf War) of the potential long-term consequences to the environment + human health of the anticipated War on Iraq.

Problems include:

* The contamination of drinking water + water tables by oil and other chemicals.
* The release of dangerous compounds when factories or weapons facilities are destroyed.
* The release of soot, sulphur + other air pollution if oil wells are set on fire.
* The coating of hundreds of kilometers of coast if oil is released into the sea.
* The draining of southern marshes as a weapon of war.
* The dispersal of radioactive dust if Depleted Uranium is used in armour piercing munitions.