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Conflict pollution, washed-up landmines and military emissions – here’s how war trashes the environment

When armed conflict breaks out, we first focus on the people affected.

But the suffering from war doesn’t stop when the fighting does.

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War trashes the environment. Artillery strikes, rockets and landmines release pollutants, wipe out forests and can make farmland unusable.

One in six people around the world have been exposed to conflict this year, from civil war in Sudan to Russia’s war in Ukraine to the Israel-Hamas war.

War has returned. Conflicts are at their highest point since the second world war.

Deaths are at a 28-year high.

As we grapple with the immediate plight of people, we must not lose sight of what war leaves behind – the…

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