The Environmental Warfare Convention : how meaningful is it ?
by Jozef Goldblat
Law of the environment and armed conflict
Cheltenham ; Northampton : E. Elgar, 2017
First published in Ambio, 6 (4), 1977.
In this appraisal of the Convention signed in 1976 prohibiting the modification of the environment for hostile purposes, the author concludes that the agreement is a half-measure which has not effectively removed the danger of environmental warfare: it proscribes mainly non-existent or imaginary environmental modification techniques and condone those which are feasible and, therefore, more likely to be used in military operations.
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