Environmental damage is rampant across Ukraine and Gaza – CEOBS

There is a critical lack of international attention to the military emissions and severe ecological damage caused during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine and Middle East conflicts, according to Doug Weir, Director of the Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS).

Talking about GlobalData’s Thematic Intelligence podcastWeir analyzed various war-based environmental issues, from the “apparently deliberate damage to agricultural areas around the Gaza Strip” to Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric dam explosion in Russian-occupied Zaporizhia, Ukraine.

The UN-backed CEOBS works with international organizations to watch military broadcasts and create databases and reports of environmentally damaging incidents in war zones.

Weir singled out the persistent sense of “environmental exceptionalism” that underpins the lack of reporting of military emissions. major blind spot in the world’s fight against global warming.

“What is vital is that we have a global standard and a level playing field for reporting emissions to the UNFCCC,” he said.

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Weir also discussed why military emissions were excluded from the UNFCCC in the first place, talked about military environmentalism at COP28 and what “pressure on water resources”, “pre-existing aquifer salinization” and “solid waste issues” mean “Long-term sustainability of the communities in Gaza”.

Read the original at Defence247.gr

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