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.



Brexit, chemicals legislation and the UK defence sector

Peacetime environmental legislation can help reduce the use of hazardous materials in conflicts. In this blog Linsey Cottrell and Doug Weir examine the impact of EU REACH legislation on the European defence industry, and the implications of a hard Brexit for efforts to reduce the polluting footprint of the UK MoD.

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?

Twitter: #Military

.@NATO is encouraging #Montenegro to develop a 7,500ha #military firing range in the heart of the @UNESCO recognised Tara River Biosphere Reserve. No environmental impact assessment has been conducted nor local people consulted. #SaveSinjajevina

The ancient band of shepherds taking on a NATO land grab in Montenegro

Every day is critical in the pastoralists’ fight to save their ecosystems and way of life from the military training ground.

Trump continues to advocate for a rapid US #military withdrawal from #Afghanistan. As this piece notes it would have environmental consequences, leaving no time for remediation at bases and requiring the in-situ destruction of hard to move materiel.

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