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Environmental impact of war technology and prohibition processes
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Nowadays humans struggle to supply and attain longer and more appropriate life time.

Introducing new technologies, which, speeded up by modernization and industrialization, is the

main subject in many branches of science to improve the human’s life; but this rate of innovation

is not always pleasurable. As seen in many cases, side effects of using new technology come up

as warning signs, and lead to huge environmental and humanitarian disaster with irreversible

impact. Moreover, most of these technologies might be applied in different kinds of warfare

where nations use high-Tech as tools to reach other’s resources and raise their economic

benefits. As in most wars that happened in the world, updated technologies have been applied to

overcome the combatant, which finally shows up as damages on the environment, economy,

civilians and soldiers. In this study we reviewed the reasons of shaping warfare and its

consequences in different aspects of environment, civilians, soldiers and economy. The questions

I followed to answer were: What are those main factors that induced by technology to form

different kinds of warfare? And, can technology be altered as a tool to make a war more

environmentally friendly? To answer these two main questions, we need to know reasons for

shaping warfare a) Economy, b) Ideological/religious, and c) Power/pride/love which raise many

theories such as Economic, Behavioural, Evolutionary, Demographic, Rational, and Political

science theory. In 1990 members of the committee of environmental issue discussed

development of technology in the future which should follow by consideration of global

environmental issue. Therefore, new technology should bring solution to environmental

problems. Nowadays technology creates some kind of competition, not only in combat, but also

in cold war. According to reviews of many studies, the harshness of war increases and the

aftermath becomes more severe on the environment and societies, consequently irreversible

rehabilitation in short and long term. Applied technologies in some warfare have been considered

by their impact on natural and human environment. As a case study I considered the recent war

in Libya and its consequences, not only in the country, but also its impact on other nations and

neighbours as well. Strict international laws is needed to explicit and declare the rights of each

individual and nation to prevent and ban any activities in the term of war crime. Also groups of

authentic authorities should set up to conduct an investigation into each activity in countries and

survey on introduced technologies to ensure them about their result and consequences. Finally

some reviews were released about how international committees and conventions, declarations

and agreement has been set to prevent and prohibit crime in wars, and some international laws

has been brought to guide nations about their rights and responsibility against each other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 22 p.
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18366OAI: diva2:601134
Subject / course
Environmental Science MV1
Educational program
Internationellt masterprogram i ekoteknik och hållbar utveckling NEKAA 120 hp
2012-05-28, Östersund, 00:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-01-28 Created: 2013-01-28Bibliographically approved

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