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War-related carbon emissions deserves attention (2)

By Liu Jiangyong (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:21, December 26, 2011

After the Cold War, the United States has launched and participated in five high-tech local wars since 1990, namely, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the Iraq War and the Libya War. What these wars have brought are ruins on blocks, dark smoke in oil wells and scorched earth.

Long-term local wars lead to the normalization of war-related carbon emissions and increase of global accumulated carbon emissions. It is worth mentioning that the period of local wars overlaps with that of climatic anomaly and warming. The Libyan War lasting for more than six months ended in late October this year, while the global temperature during this period was higher than that in previous years. This is probably not accidental.

However, some developed countries still turn a blind eye on war-related carbon emissions, which greatly affect the global climate. They do whatever they want to, and do not assume any moral or legal responsibilities. On the other hand, they ask the developing countries to assume the same obligations in reducing industrial and domestic carbon emissions. The world seems to have become more and more absurd.

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wende at 2011-12-2871.255.89.*
Most, if not all, wars are carried by western nations and therefore UN will not lift a fingers. China should start calling the attention of UN on this issue. Of course, China should get the help of like minded countries of the world and convince them of the issue.
Canada at 2011-12-2770.36.49.*
And let"s not forget the depleted uranium bombs that stay in the environment for decades causing cancer and horrible birth defects, the white phosphorus that burns to the bone and keeps burning,agent orange, the cluster bombs that maim and kill for years, all dropped by the U.S. and NATO.
  

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