AUTHOREhrlich, Anne H. / Birks, John W., Eds.
TITLEHidden Dangers: Environmental Consequences of Preparing for War
PUBLISHERSierra Club Books
CITYSan Francisco, CA

This collection of essays emphasizes the dangers of creating nuclear weapons. The first part of the book examines the direct results of producing nuclear weapons. Topics include an overview of weapons production facilities, radioactive and chemical waste, compliance with safety standards, the implications of the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, military transport of dangerous cargoes, environmental effects of weapons testing, potential consequences of nuclear war, and the need for waste and environmental cleanup. The second part of the book discusses societal aspects of weapons production, including biological and chemical weapons, psychological effects of potential nuclear warfare, and the economic costs of nuclear deterrence. The essays are well documented, and many include maps and statistics.

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