IRG Reading Response Week 9

IRG Reading Response Week 9 - Andrea Pinilla Dr Anderson...

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Andrea Pinilla Dr. Anderson IRG- 40235 October 29 2014 Reading Response Week 9 The Cold War atmosphere during most of the 20 th century produced an intense rivalry between capitalist and communist countries that would eventually result in the increasing destruction of the environment. Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union left many worried that a Third World War would break out which sparked an arms race in an attempt to ensure national security. Like the United States, the Soviet Union established nuclear test sites around the country to advance nuclear research. One of these sites, Mayak, dumped most of its nuclear wastes in nearby rivers, contaminating the area through radiation. Not only did the environment suffer but also the people who lived near the site as they became more susceptible
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Unformatted text preview: to cancer in the following years (McNeill & Engelke 499). The outbreak of communist movements in East Asia brought the United States into the region, who was determined to prevent the spread of communism even at the expense of the environment. During the Vietnam War, the U.S used Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant which killed trees, bushes, and grasses in order to bring enemies from out of their hiding places (McNeill & Engelke 511). The damaged and obliterated Vietnam forests displaced humans and animals and increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. This along with other Cold War inspired catastrophes led to the environmentalist movement in the latter half of the 20 th century....
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