Worldwide Emerging Environmental Issues Affecting the U.S. Military. July 2006 Report
FEDERATION OF UN ASSOCIATIONS WASHINGTON DC MILLENNIUM PROJECT
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Arab countries are among the least environmentally sustainable in the world. The current wars are making this situation worse. The impact of the oil slick caused by Israeli bombing of the Jiyyeh power station is an environmental tragedy which is rapidly taking on a national but also a regional dimension, warned UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. Long-term implications also include the loss to fishing for the Lebanese people, and decline in tourism. Presently the ecological damage spreads along 50 miles of the Lebanese coast 10,000 tons of crude oil have been released into the Mediterranean, with another 15,000 tons expected to spill very soon. According to the Environmental Sustainability Index of Yale University, Iraq, Sudan, and Kuwait fall within the bottom 5 of the world for sustainability and half of the remaining Arab States scored in the lowest 25. Without major changes, environmentally induced migrations and more conflicts in the region seem inevitable.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Environmental Health and Safety