Amidst the debris: Environmental impact of conflict in Syria could be disastrous
The ongoing conflict in Syria is likely to have a disastrous impact on the environment and public health, according to a new study published by PAX.
Four years of fighting has left cities in rubble and caused widespread damage to industrial sites, critical infrastructure and the oil industry. Pollution from these forms of damage is likely to result in acute and chronic risks to civilians and will have a long-term impact on the environment that they depend on.
This desktop study links known civilian exposure scenarios to known cases of possible or probable environmental pollution from the war in Syria. It identifies four types of hazards – feasible scenarios in which the environmental impact of the conflict may have a direct and or long-term impact on the public health of the Syrian people.