How Wars affect Global Warming

In the name of development, rows and rows of trees are chopped off. Water is polluted, the lands have become barren, the temperature has risen and rainfalls reduced, our air index from green became yellow and now it’s red and they called it Development – “development”, that will cost our lives.

Now all this disruption aids the phenomenon of Global warming. Taking a look at the statistics from 1880 to 2021 heat energy is increasing the heat on the earth’s surface. On average there is a rise of 2° Fahrenheit / 1° Celsius in the surface temperature, which might seem a very small number but it significantly increases the accumulated heat.

Source NOAA Climate gov

Global warming occurs with an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) and collects in the atmosphere, and the more CO2, the more heat gets absorbed and the global temperature rises. Greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor, keep the Earth’s surface about 33oC warmer than it would otherwise be, and if there was no CO2 we wouldn’t exist, Earth would be too cold for any species to exist. So we need the right amount of CO2in the atmosphere. (Studies prove how global warming contributes to storms and extreme weather, you can read more on it here.)
Talking about the temperature increase here is the derived equation gives the temperature increase, ΔT (in oC) when CO2 concentration increases from C0 to C ppm. Read more.

ΔT = 1.66 ln (C/C0) 

Since 2010 climate activism gained significant momentum, people started understanding that we would not only think about ourselves but also for our future generation. Multiple treaties were signed by nations across the globe to conserve the environment one of the first ones was the Paris Agreement in 2016 and one of the recent ones is Fridays For Future strikes started by Greta Thunberg. The term sustainable development/living started becoming a thing because nations, big corporations know that they are digging their own graves if they don’t move towards more sustainable resources.

Now let’s factor in “Wars”
Wars contribute on a large scale to global warming and also massive damage to living species, natural resources, the economy of nations, overall infrastructure, and a lot of indirect consequences that are mostly overlooked. But in this particular post, I would just talk about global warming. In the ongoing Russia Ukraine war thermobaric weapons are used, which when I googled are sort of the most hellish weapons, why so? because it boils the air by heating up the atmosphere to such a degree that it burns everything that comes in contact(and by the way it is banned in more than 100 countries). The explosion from the thermobaric weapons generates toxic gases and oxygen deficits, its deadly effect is not simply due to the lack of oxygen caused but because of barotrauma of the lungs arising from negative pressure waves following the positive pressure phase of the explosion Read more.

Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have significantly increased since 1900. Since 1970, CO2 emissions have increased by about 90%, with emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributing about 78% of the total greenhouse gas emissions increase from 1970 to 2011. Agriculture, deforestation, and other land-use changes have been the second-largest contributors Read More . To use the weapons you need a lot of fuel, the ODAB-500PM and ODAB-500PMV unguided bombs carry a 190 kg (420 lb) fuel-air explosive each. The result is a plasma cloud that reaches temperatures of between 2,500-3000′ Celsius. Now if you extrapolate it to 10’s and 1000s of such weapons that are deployed on nations can you imagine how bad it is for the earth.

Local temperatures in 2019 relative to the average temperature in 1951-1980.

The global average temperature rise is usually given as the combined temperature change across both land and the sea surface, and events like wars are just making it worse. I feel with all the work the world did in the last 10 – 15 years is just becoming useless, if I can put it like we tried moving one step forward towards sustainable living and today I feel we are a thousand steps back, and I guess that is something to be sad about. But yes this is the reality and we are living with it.

So we are almost there, does war affect global warming the answer is Yes it does, and not only global warming but it affects so much more.

But I’ve learnt that no one is too small to make a difference – Greta Thunberg

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