What We Talk About When We Talk About War (VII)

According to the website Wars in the World, as of 11 September 2014, there are currently ongoing conflicts classified as ‘wars’ in 64 countries; there are conflicts involving of 567 militias, guerrilla and separatist groups. The conflicts are based on everything from ideological and religious issues to narcotics to territorial disputes. There are a few…

Read More

Horses, Railroads, Seeds and War

I learned a few new words today while on a trip down a research rabbit hole. And as is so often the case, I can’t remember how I first got to the interesting blog, Cryptoforestry. But get there I did, and that’s when I fell down the hole. The first word I learned is polemobotany,…

Read More

What We Talk About When We Talk About War (VI)

Mix equal parts of the broad-leaf herbicides 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and you’ve got yourself a batch of what’s commonly known as Agent Orange, the defoliant made famous during the Vietnam War. Herbicidal warfare was used first in Malaysia in the 1950s against communist insurgents. Based on this earlier implementation, with the…

Read More

What we talk about when we talk about war (V)

  Permafrost warms, glaciers recede and life that has been dormant is revived – and biodiversity surprises abound. A number of otherwise extinct mosses and lichens have been exposed by the retreat Ellesmere Island’s Teardrop Glacier. A 30,000-year-old virus, benign but previously unknown, was found in ice cores pulled from  Siberian permafrost. Some apprehension is understandable;…

Read More

Scorched Earth – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Over the past week, bombs were found in England and Germany which dated back to the Second World War. The bomb found in Dortmund, Germany, weighed 4000 lbs (1800 kg) and prompted the evacuation of 20,000 people in a one mile radius. There are estimates of up to 100,000 unexploded, hidden bombs in Germany alone,…

Read More

What We Talk About When We Talk About War (IV)

We were walking on one of our forest hikes in Norway when we came upon this construction. It had a circular, snail-shell form that invited investigation. We weren’t sure what it was until we walked into it. It turned out to be a part of a military bunker from WWII. There were others, as well.…

Read More

What we talk about when we talk about war

We talk about loss of life, politics, strategies, national identities, war crimes, armies, disruption, uncertainty and destruction. We don’t usually talk about the environment, or when we do, it’s only when we see spectacular images. The old military scorched earth tactic to destroy crops and starve a populace isn’t the only way entire regions are…

Read More