ABU DHABI: Khalifa University (KU) professor Joel Hayward has released a ground-breaking book highlighting the environmental impact of the world’s air forces.
His book, Airpower and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, was published by the US Air Force and is the culmination of four years of research and collaboration.
Hayward, who is the chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of the Institute for International and Civil Security, is a well-known scholar of international conflict and strategy.
He assembled a distinguished group of eleven ecologists and strategists to advance an innovative set of ideas on how to minimize the environmental harm caused by air forces during both peace and war. These ideas were subsequently published in the book.
Hayward is the author or editor of many books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles on warfare and strategy. Yet, he says that his new book is undoubtedly his most creative and ground-breaking.
“This book represents the very first significant analysis of the environmental harm caused by airpower and will hopefully prompt other ecologists and strategists to undertake similar studies on other ecological aspects of modern warfare.”
He first became interested in the environmental harm caused by warfare when he observed the wanton ecological harm caused when NATO repeatedly bombed Yugoslavian oil refineries and storage facilities during the 1999 Kosovo War.
“For a war that was intended to address humanitarian concerns, I was shocked at the widespread environmental damage that took place. It occurred to me that there must be better ways of coercing rogue regimes without inflicting substantial harm on the ecosystems in those countries.”