Russia’s war in Ukraine could have an environmental impact that lasts for decades

The war in Ukraine is poisoning the nation’s air, water and soil, and environmental health experts say pollutants released by the continued attack could take years to clean up, while increasing the risk of cancer and respiratory diseases as well as developmental delays in children.

In addition to the crushing number of thousands of human lives lost in the conflict, experts are concerned about the health effects of exposure to heavy metals and to toxic gases and particles from explosions, fires and building collapse. The potential health impacts could extend beyond Ukraine’s borders as the pollutants are transported by tailwinds and downstream, according to experts.

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