Agent orange is a herbicide and defoliant that was used by the us military during the vietnam war as part of operation ranch hand which involved spraying chemicals over rural parts of south vietnam in a bid to deprive viet cong of food and cover provided by foliage. The chemical most used for 'operation ranch hand' was known as 'agent orange' in 1969 alone, 1,034,300 hectares of forest was destroyed using 'agent orange' 'agent blue' was sprayed on crops in an effort to deprive the north of its food supply. During the civil war in vietnam, the us military used a harassing agent during many of its operations (the united states sided with and supplied the south vietnamese in the early 1960s and joined their military efforts against the north in 1964.
Individuals, the casualties of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare are most often seen as groups because the agent, whatever it may be, is delivered in a dispersed form to affect as many troops as possible. They would pour the chemical on their own flesh to see its effects in august 1918, the people of washington, dc, became accidental test subjects when an explosion in the lab sent lewisite spilling out into the city. Chemical warfare (cw) involves using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weaponsthis type of warfare is distinct from nuclear warfare and biological warfare, which together make up nbc, the military acronym for nuclear, biological, and chemical (warfare or weapons), all of which are considered weapons of mass destruction (wmds. Agent orange, used for chemical warfare in the vietnam war, is estimated to have killed 400,000, deformed 500,000 and sickened another 2 million between 21 to 48 million vietnamese were directly exposed to agent orange and other chemicals that have been linked to cancers, birth defects, and other chronic diseases during the war that ended.
Since the war the vietnamese red cross has registered an estimated one million people disabled by agent orange it is estimated that 500,000 people in vietnam have died from the numerous health problems created by these chemical weapons. Nonetheless, 30 years after the end of the vietnam war, our government has yet to make good on its formal commitment and moral obligation to assist the vietnamese people's recovery from the chemical warfare waged against them and their land. Agent orange is the combination of the code names for herbicide orange and agent lnx - one of the herbicides and defoliants used as part of its chemical warfare program, operation ranch hand. It was, by 1967, just another day in the life of the 266th chemical platoon, and in the american war in vietnam — a war that was, in many respects, a chemical war it didn't start that way.
The chemical was agent orange, the occasion was the war in vietnam, the time was 1961-71, and the country was south vietnam some 12 million gallons of this supercharged weed killer, enough to douse 18,000 square miles, were sprayed on the 66,000 square miles of south vietnam during the war. Environmental effects of warfare page updated sept 2006 created by sm enzler msc the impact of war on the environment and human health w arfare is inherently destructive of sustainable development. It tells what chemical warfare did to vietnam -- and, to a lesser degree, america time has come for both the american government and the industry to admit responsibility for the harm of agent orange.
During the vietnam war (1962-1975), both the us and the republic of vietnam militaries used several herbicides for tactical purposes, specifically to defoliate areas to reduce cover for enemy forces, to improve visibility on the perimeters of military installations, and for a short time to kill enemy crops. The effects of that decision are still with us today the cases of the children, and now the grandchildren, of the thousands of people exposed to the defoliants suffering from birth defects and diseases, have reached an alarming level. The devastating effects of chemical weapons, agents august 28, 2013 08:48 gmt since the start of world war i, chemical weapons and agents have killed or injured an estimated 15 million people. They are among the estimated 1 million surviving victims of the longest and most horrific chemical war in history, launched by the united states against the people of southern vietnam, which washington claimed to be saving from communism, between 1961 and 1975.
- chemical warfare is the use of chemical agents to injure, incapacitate, or kill enemy combatants first seen during world war i (wwi), the devastating effects of widespread chemical warfare were eventually deemed inhumane by an international consensus and chemical agents were subsequently banned from use. Bruch, who is also the co-author of the environmental consequences of war: legal, economic, and scientific perspectives, notes that modern chemical, biological and nuclear warfare has the potential to wreak unprecedented environmental havoc that, fortunately, we haven't seen -- yet this is a great threat, said bruch.
The use of agent orange in the vietnam war and its effects on the vietnamese people of 114 million gallons1 of agent orange that was used in chemical warfare. During the vietnam war, kerry was a swift boat captain in the waters off the mekong delta, where he told this reporter for the first time in 2004 that he was exposed to agent orange. A vast majority of wwi historians argue that chemical weapons had no decisive effect on the outcome of the war according to haber's son ludwig, a historian, chemical weapons were an ineffective weapon and a waste of resources. Long-term effects of chemical warfare on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and chronic medical conditions in veterans more hazardous substances data bank - toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals.