The Effects of Weapons on Ecosystems

The Effects of Weapons on Ecosystems

Unep Studies

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Author: J. P. Robinson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483157481

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The Effects of Weapons on Ecosystems is a five-chapter book that describes the destruction of environment and its various ecosystems by humans. The book also explains the harmful effects, both intended and unanticipated, of the production, testing, stockpiling, and use of weapons of mass destruction. Organized into five chapters, the book begins with a classification of weapons of mass destruction and ecosystems. Subsequent chapter reviews the ecosystemic effects of weapons from data of ecological surveys of actual weapon test-sites and theaters of war. The book will clarify some outstanding issues on effects of weapons on ecosystems to concerned individuals, stimulate follow-up studies to advance the cause of disarmament and the protection of the environment, and lead to further action on these issues.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Chapter 1. Background and Approach



    Chapter 2. Weapons

    Classification of weapons

    High-explosive weapons

    Incendiary weapons

    Chemical weapons

    Biological weapons

    Nuclear weapons

    Chapter 3. Ecosystems

    Structural and functional components

    Adaptability and vulnerability

    Classification of ecosystems

    Arid ecosystems

    Tropical ecosystems

    Arctic ecosystems

    Insular ecosystems

    Temperate ecosystems

    Chapter 4. Possible Impacts of Weapons on Ecosystems

    Empirical data

    Theoretical framework

    Stress through soil damage

    Stress through plant-cover destruction

    Stress through biocide

    Relationships between scales of weapons-use and magnitudes of stress and strain

    Impacts on tropical ecosystems

    Impacts on arid ecosystems

    Impacts on arctic ecosystems

    Chapter 5. Conclusions and Recommendations

    Overall implications


    Magnitude of impact

    Further study



    1. Classification of weapons

    2. Effects of ground-burst nuclear weapons on different components of ecosystems

    3. Subsystems of the global ecosystem

    4. Ecosystem-stressing potentials of different weapons


    Field investigations into the ecological sequelae of military herbicide operations in Indochina: A bibliography

Product details

  • No. of pages: 80
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483157481

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