Tages-Anzeiger: the American army pollutes the environment is stronger than 140 countries

Tages-Anzeiger: Американская армия загрязняет окружающую среду сильнее, чем 140 стран

“Almost 800 military bases in 70 countries, numerous official and covert operations, naval units in the Mediterranean sea, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Persian Gulf, Red sea and the Indian ocean: the us army is present in all regions of the world”, – writes the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.

The US military budget, amounting to 700 billion dollars, no doubt higher than the military budgets of all other countries, journalists Yanik Wiget and Dino Caracciolo. “Almost half of all spending goes to maintaining infrastructure. To ensure that operations around the world, regularly used container ships, cargo planes and trucks that consume huge amount of fuel,” the article says.

“In this regard, the share of the American army has a huge amount of CO2 emissions. In 2017 the day she bought about 269 thousand barrels of oil and burning fuel were thrown into the atmosphere more than 25 thousand kilotons of carbon dioxide. This was reported in the new study, researchers from the Universities of Durham and Lancaster, published in the scientific journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers”.

“According to the study, the us army is “one of the biggest polluters in history”, – the newspaper notes. In a year it consumes more fuel and emits more greenhouse gases than most countries average. If the U.S. army were a country, it would take 52 place among the countries that pollute the environment using a liquid fuel, ( … ), and would leave behind 140 other countries.”

Analyzed the data which were provided by scientists of the Logistics Agency of the armed forces of the United States (DLA), show that more than half of the CO2 emissions accounted for the proportion of American aviation, the third on the naval forces, the article says.

“According to the study, the us army has tried to increase the share of renewable energy on its military bases. Besides, she’s already invested in the development of alternative sources of energy, such as biofuels to reduce its dependence on oil. However, while they constitute only a very small part of all fuel costs,” writes the Tages-Anzeiger.

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