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Building environmental security in Afghanistan

More than 100 Afghan leaders joined international partners to develop a strengthened environmental security policy in Afghanistan, at an inaugural conference in Kabul from 26-28 October 2015. Environmental policies, hazardous waste and material management, air quality fundamentals, wastewater management, spill response, recycling and solid and medical waste handling were among the issues tackled.
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NATO and its partners become smarter on energy

Reducing fuel consumption in the military has become an operational imperative: not only can it save money, it will also save soldiers’ lives, as well as improve the mobility and endurance of military forces. Enhancing the energy efficiency of the armed forces is one of NATO’s priorities in the field of energy security.
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Experts review environmental security issues

On 21 and 22 November, more than 30 environmental security experts gathered in Belgium for a workshop entitled “Environmental Security Assessments: Methodologies and Practices”.
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NATO workshop focuses on energy and environmental risks facing the Alliance

Food scarcity, natural disasters, the management and distribution of scarce water resources, and the interruption of vital energy supplies are examples of seemingly unrelated factors that can have an effect on security. On 17 September, a NATO workshop was held to look at how such factors and vulnerabilities interact, how they could affect NATO member states and ways in which the Alliance could respond to these security risks.
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NATO supports UN World Oceans Day

NATO welcomes and supports the initiative taken by the United Nations General Assembly in designating 8 June as World Oceans Day.
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NATO discusses security prospects in the High North

The Seminar on Security Prospects in the High North, hosted by the Icelandic Government, took place in Reykjavik on 28 -29 January to address emerging challenges as global warming affects the Arctic region.
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From environmental hazard to safe fertilizer

Previously used in small and medium-range missiles by Soviet forces, melange is a highly toxic substance. Thousands of tonnes of melange are still present in several countries of the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact. In some places, this highly corrosive fluid is eating through storage tanks and leaking into the ground, polluting the soil and exposing groundwater to possible contamination. Its poisonous red-brown fumes can also cause other problems, such as breathing difficulties and toxic rain.
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Flying saucers of the sea

It might look like a flying saucer, but the metal disk sitting in the water could prove to be a step forward in protecting the environment as well as civilian or military assets under the sea. The small craft, known as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), is used to carry specialised sonar equipment in a NATO-led research project that is the first of its kind.
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Armies get smart on energy

Energy costs are a significant drain on defence budgets. This could impact on the resources available for Allies to acquire and maintain defence capabilities as well as limit their capacity to undertake military operations. Reducing the energy footprint of operations is a priority. NATO and individual Allies are working on alternative energy sources and developing multinational ‘smart energy’ projects.
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Book author discusses strategic implications of climate change

Canadian author and journalist Gwynne Dyer presented his book "Climate Wars" at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and signed copies of his book in the NATO Library.

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