Friday, March 04, 2005

HISTORY - 1991 article from The Times

On February 19th, 1991, The Times newspaper published this article, entitled "War's other victims", in which a possible follow-up to "Last Chance To See" was discussed...
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, plans to visit Gulf war battlefields once the artillery falls silent to
gather material for a book about the plight of wildlife in war zones
around the world.

He and his co-author, Mark Carwardine, had the idea long before the invasion of Kuwait. They have already researched the plight of animals in Afghanistan, Uganda, Nicaragua and Vietnam. "In south-east Asia we were particularly interested in the kouprey, a species of wild ox on the borders of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which has been devastated by minefields," says Adams. "No-one has seen one for some time, and there are fears that it may be extinct."

There are no such fears, as yet, for wildlife in the desert around Kuwait, but Adams and Carwardine are concerned about the long-term effects of the Iraqi-inspire oil spillages in the northern Gulf on fish and bird life.
Thanks to David for this story