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.

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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?

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Reminiscent of whaling for "research purposes"🧐 - China has opened scientific research centres to monitor coral reefs on South China Sea islands and reefs it bulldozed to build #military bases

China opens new research outposts in the West Philippine Sea

The new research centers are on Zamora and Kagitingan reefs, which China has turned into military bases

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Short but illuminating policy brief from @NATO on its developing #environmentalsecurity agenda, which covers conflict risks, reducing harm in operations, how #climatechange will alter operations and impact bases, and on what role NATO should play https://t.co/6b4dpaQRmk #military

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