Adrian Garside examines the complex issue of arms proliferation in South Sudan, and the threat it poses to biodiversity protection during and after armed conflict. The ready availability of weapons accelerates biodiversity loss and makes wildlife conservation more dangerous.
This #EnvConflictDay we argue that a new Environment, Peace and Security agenda is needed to ensure attention for the environment in the global peace and security discourse, to encourage transformative policymaking and to bring meaningful change to people and ecosystems in the world’s most fragile states.
Is environmental damage inevitable in war, or is it possible for it be afforded more protection? Might there be psychological barriers that have prevented governments developing more effective protection? Gabriela Kolpak and Klaudija Visockyte investigate.
An open source investigation into recent terrestrial and marine oil spills in Yemen, all of which are linked in different ways to its ongoing conflict.
In September, oil leaked from the dilapidated FSO SAFER oil tanker moored off Yemen. Further material was seen in the water during October but this revised analysis of satellite imagery confirms that this material is the result of plankton blooms.
Workshop report from our session on citizen science in areas affected by armed conflict at 2020’s European Citizen Science Association conference. This report summarises the presentations, follow-on discussions and plans for the way forward.
Armed conflicts can have a devastating impact on habitats and wildlife, and historically biodiversity hotspots have been disproportionately affected by warfare. Stavros Pantazopoulos examines whether it is possible to designate such areas as off limits, using protected zones enshrined in law?
Conflict areas are typically data poor, particularly for environmental measurements. Earth observation via satellite remote sensing can fill these data gaps and provide a wealth of information ranging from short-term environmental risks to long-term changes.