Historical Evidence of genuine concern about the impact of war on the human environment can be found since the earliest civilizations. Yet, the history of war is replete with examples of serious devastation of the enemy's land and property.
The relationship between peacetime human activities and the environment is in the stage of advanced public debate and scholarly attention, and much progress has been made in recent years regarding the development of appropriate instruments and institutions pertaining to the protection of the environment in peacetime.
Boelaert-Suominen, Sonja Ann Jozef, "International Environmental Law and Naval War" (2000). The Newport Papers. 15.