Lallanilla is a writer, editor and online producer based in New York.
years of professional experience includes reporting breaking news, writing original stories, editing news and feature
articles, and producing multimedia content for online as well as print publications.
2000 to Present
Writing and reporting on issues including business, health, defense, science,
design, travel, architecture, real estate and the environment. Clients have included the Los Angeles Times
About.com, ABCNews.com, NYU Langone Medical Center, TheWeek.com, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Frommer's Travel Guides and
2008 to present
Freelance writer: Writing and producing original science, health and environmental
content with multimedia and interactive features for a division of the New York Times Company.
2006 to 2008
Managing freelance writers, producing special content, and editing articles, photo galleries and online video.ABC
2003 to 2006
Producer: Writing, editing and producing articles covering science, health, politics, design,
business and the environment for the online division of ABC News.Teleflora, Inc.
2001 to 2003
Editor: Editing and writing original stories for a monthly design magazine; managing freelancer contributions.Out
& About Magazine
2000 to 2001
Assistant Editor: Researching, writing and editing international travel articles;
proofreading and fact-checking correspondents' articles.Ware & Malcolm Architects
1997 to 1999
Manager: Managing architecture and design projects; marketing and business development.Unocal 76 Corporation
Project Manager: Writing and editing environmental compliance documents; developing legislative briefs and position
papers.Environmental Science Associates
1988 to 1990
Project Manager: Researching, writing and editing
urban planning documents and environmental impact reports. ACADEMICSNew York University
Graduate journalism program in Science, Health and Environmental ReportingUniversity of California
Environmental PlanningUniversity of Texas at Austin
Environmental Geography, CommunicationsSKILLS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Member, Society of Environmental Journalists
- PC and Mac software programs
- HTML and CMS software
- Quark XPress
- MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Adobe Photoshop
Bombed: The Effects of War
on the Environment
By MARC LALLANILLA
The natural environment has been a strategic element of war since the first rock was thrown by the first
cave dweller. The armies of ancient Rome and Assyria, to ensure the total capitulation of their enemies, reportedly sowed
salt into the cropland of their foes, making the soil useless for farming -- an early use of military herbicide, and one of
most devastating environmental effects of war.
But history also provides lessons in eco-sensitive warfare. The Bible, in Deuteronomy 20:19, stays the hand of the warrior
to minimize war's impact on nature and men alike:
When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees
by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field
a man, that it should be besieged by you?
War is waged differently today, of course, and has widespread environmental
impacts that last far longer. "The technology has changed, and the potential effects of the technology are very different,"
said Carl Bruch, co-director of international programs at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
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.
But in some cases, precision weapons and other technological advances can
shield the environment by targeting key facilities, leaving other areas relatively unscathed. "You could make the argument
that these weapons have the ability to minimize collateral damage," said Geoffrey Dabelko, director of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
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