By Bahauddin Foizee
The military rivalries across the world are becoming more intense by the day — pushing rival states to strive for an extraordinary and unrestrained level of militarization.
Some countries have been using destructive weapons in a number of ongoing wars and proxy wars, while others have been boosting the production and/or purchase of destructive weapons in their preparation for future wars.
Manufacturing and using these destructive weapons require massive consumption of fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
This massive consumption of fossil fuels, in turn, releases into the air the millions of tons of harmful gases that were previously locked up in coal, oil and natural gas for millions of years. Such harmful gases include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and sulphur dioxide – all of which are immensely injurious to our planet’s environment.
Furthermore, these harmful gases have, over the years, adversely affected human health. The increase in the number of cancer, birth defects and other adverse health conditions are associated with war-related environmental damage, especially the spread of harmful gases.
In the ongoing wars around the world, these harmful gases are being released into the air due to the use of tanks, artillery, missiles, etc.
Furthermore, the warplanes have been dropping bombs, which also release harmful gases into the air. In some countries, the use of barrel and chemical bombs by the warring parties are also releasing these harmful gases.