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Experts - Contacts for Questions about Environmental Impact of War

Note to journalists: This is a short list of contacts useful in addressing questions regarding the legacy of environmental destruction from the Gulf War, and in considering potential impacts of an invasion of Iraq. The list is in process and will have additions over the next few weeks.


General Information

Saul Bloom, Director
Arc Ecology, San Francisco, CA
Mr. Bloom advises governments on the effects of military pollution on the environment. He is co-editor of "Hidden Casualties: Environmental, Health and Political Consequences of the Persian Gulf War."

Ross Mirkarimi, Advanced Environmental Crimes Investigator
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Mirkarimi is trained and licensed by the US EPA and the State of California. He has been to Iraq twice. On behalf of ARC and the Harvard Study Team he coordinated the examination of the environmental impacts of the Gulf War and U.N. Sanctions, and participated in a follow-up study with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
415.412.7526 or 415.931.9761

Steve Sawyer, Political Advisor
Greenpeace International

Mr. Sawyer has been working on war and peace and environmental issues for
Greenpeace for most of the past 25 years. He has been involved in
assessments of the environmental impact of war in Central America in the
1980s, the first Gulf War, the Serbian/Croatian War, and the war in Bosnia.

Gar Smith, Editor
The Edge, Berkeley, CA
Mr. Smith is former editor of “Earth Island Journal” where he received a prestigious World Affairs Council award for his reporting on the environmental impacts of the 1991 Gulf War.


Michael Klare, Professor, Peace and World Security Studies
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Professor Klare is the author of "Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict." He is an expert on the relationship between resource competition and international conflict.

Steve Kretzman, Oil Industry Analyst
Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC
Mr. Kretzmann has studied environmental, human rights, and developmental issues surounding the oil industry for the past decade. He is currently co-authoring a report on US military support for the oil industry globally.

Chemical Weapons

Craig Williams, Director
Chemical Weapons Working Group
Mr. Williams has 20 years of experience working on the public health and environmental impacts of chemical weapons.

Depleted Uranium

Dan Fahey, Boardmember
Veterans for Common Sense
Mr. Fahey served in the US Navy in 1990-91, including service in the Persian Gulf in July 1991. He has researched the use and consequences of depleted uranium weapons since 1994, and is a contributor to the forthcoming book, "International Law and the Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons."


Peter Gleick, President
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, Oakland, CA
Dr. Gleick is a leading expert on global freshwater resources, including the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, planning, and policy, and international conflicts over water resources. In 2001 he was appointed to the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Juliette Majot, Executive Director
International Rivers Network, Berkeley, CA
IRN works with organizations worldwide to protect watersheds and promote respect for human rights and environmental integrity.

Paul Sherlock, Water Engineer
Oxfam GB





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