Dr Matthew Bolton and Doug Weir, examine how the politics of war, the environment and humanitarianism since the 1970s have influenced state and civil society responses to the remnants of war.
Pollution Politics examines how the weakness of current international humanitarian law allows the generation of conflict pollution that can impact both civilian health and the environment for long after the cessation of hostilities. The report argues that a new mechanism is needed to prevent and remedy environmental damage, to increase accountability and improve post-conflict response and assistance.
A discussion paper reviewing the problem of toxic pollution from conflict and military activities, presented with an analysis of: existing concerns, methods of study, current legal and environmental controls and their deficiencies and suggested areas for future work.
In 2008, the ICRC began a process of reflection to ‘determine whether international humanitarian law continues to provide an appropriate response to the humanitarian problems arising in armed conflicts. We review their findings on the protection for the environment in conflict.