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12 Jan 2024

The Hidden Climate Impact of Israel-Gaza War

During the first two months of the conflict in Gaza, emissions equivalent to 2[81,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/emissions-gaza-israel-hamas-war-climate-change) were generated, more than the annual carbon footprint of over 20 climate-vulnerable nations. This was primarily due to Israel's military actions, including aerial bombardment and ground invasion. The emissions were roughly equal to burning 150,000 tonnes of coal. Researchers in the UK and US conducted this analysis, which also indicated that the rebuilding of Gaza's infrastructure could add another 30 million metric tonnes of emissions. The study highlights the substantial carbon footprint of military activities and their impact on the global climate crisis.