Editor’s Note: In a major breakthrough at the COP27 UN Climate Summit, rich countries agreed to establish a loss and damage fund to help the Global South deal with the worst effects of the climate catastrophe, but delegates failed to agree any steps to phase out fossil fuels. In this article, Calum Nelson discusses some of the linkages between the war in Ukraine, COP27 and NATO’s own climate commitments. Although NATO aims to cut emissions by at least 45% by 2030 and to move towards Net Zero by 2050, new research on the total global military carbon footprint suggests this will not be easy, esp. as NATO also wants higher military spending and more exercises. Evidence suggests that military spending is accelerating climate breakdown.
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