Military and the environment

In spite of growing awareness among militaries of the need to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, whether domestically, during peacekeeping operations or during wartime, the environmental bootprint of military operations remains considerable. Of particular concern are the legacy issues associated with military installations, as well as the exemptions from environmental oversight that militaries often enjoy.


Pollution Politics: power, accountability and toxic remnants of war

Pollution Politics examines how the weakness of current international humanitarian law allows the generation of conflict pollution that can impact both civilian health and the environment for long after the cessation of hostilities. The report defines toxic remnants of war, explores how they are created and argues that a new mechanism is needed to prevent and remedy environmental damage, to increase accountability and improve post-conflict response and assistance.


The (other) war against whales

There is a war being waged against whales, and it is being fought with noise, and it has left scientists and conservationists concerned about the potential impact of military noise on the wider marine ecosystem as a whole. Are naval activities bound by environmental norms, or will the damage continue in the name of national security?

The environmental consequences of the use of armed drones

To date, debate over the implications of the growing use of armed drones has focused on human rights, on the expansion of the use of force into new contexts, and on the imbalances created by the newfound ability to project violence at a distance. Doug Weir and Elizabeth Minor consider the environmental dimensions of the use of drone warfare. They find the literature to be largely absent of considerations over the environmental and derived humanitarian impacts of drone operations, and so this blog, should be viewed as a starting point for efforts to assess the environmental consequences of the use of armed drones.

Twitter: #Military

Great piece from @jonletman on the threat a new US Marine base poses to marine and terrestrial biodiversity around #Okinawa's Oura Bay, which is home to more than 5,300 species of corals, fish and invertebrates, and to endangered dugong #military

US Military Base Threatens Biodiversity in Okinawa

Construction of the airbase is moving ahead despite decades of protest and certain environmental devastation.

“I think there are a lot of people out there who have symptoms and just think it’s stress. No one even thinks about lead or other toxic metals.” Is chronic lead exposure in #military personnel far more common than current surveillance suggests? @SRtoxics

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