hunger, poverty, money, military 

The estimated cost to end world hunger is approximately $30 billion per year. Ending world poverty would cost $175 billion.

In 2018, the world had a collective military budget of $1739 billion.

Hunger and poverty could be eradicated with just 12% of the amount of money spent on "defence".

The USA alone could reduce its military budget enough to end hunger and poverty, and still have the largest military spending in the world.

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military carbon dioxide 

Additionally, the US military is the world's largest consumer of oil.

In 2011, the US military used 117 million barrels of oil. Assuming average combustion engine efficiencies, that equates to around 13 million metric tons of CO2. There is no reason to believe they used less in 2018.

Emissions from the military are conspicuously absent from most publicly available information on CO2 emissions by source.

the military is a global burden 

It's not so easy to find estimates for global military oil usage or CO2 emissions. Chances are, it's proportional to their available budget though.

It's safe to say that warfare is one of the biggest drains on our planet's resources and one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis.

In short, if humans could get over their obsession with weapons and violence, a lot of the world's problems could be alleviated or solved much more rapidly.

I'm just saying.

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the military is a global burden 

@InvaderXan

CO2's the big thing today, but the impact of warfare and military operations on ecosystems has been terrible for a very long time

Two striking examples are the extermination of the last european auroch herds during the german 1914 eastern front offensive (they levelled the forests they lived in with artillery), and the massive 17th C native american depopulation (so many forests grew where people used to live the earth cooled down by one degree)

the military is a global burden 

@InvaderXan People try to cite technologies developed by the military that eventually benefitted civilians as a reason to keep them around, but TBH it's nothing we wouldn't have come up with ourselves eventually.

Anything that's useful to the majority of humans would eventually be invented anyway, because it was useful. And it may even have happened faster, or become useful to civilians faster.

the military is a global burden 

@InvaderXan Medicine is the one area where I can see the angle that without warfare it would have been more difficult to develop treatments for some types of injuries because those don't normally happen much outside of war and medical ethics prohibits experimenting.

But we're still in that position with many, many, many types of injuries anyway. And if they're so common that the treatment saved lives, then we'd work it out eventually.

the military is a global burden 

@dartigen
IMO, there are probably no innovations the military have made which we wouldn’t have made by properly funding scientific (including medical) research instead.

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@InvaderXan @dartigen

I would have passed up atomic, biological and chemical weapons...

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@ckeen @dartigen
Without the military, I doubt anyone would fund weapons.

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@InvaderXan @dartigen

That's what I think too

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@ckeen @InvaderXan Could've poured all of that wasted money into, IDK...cold fusion or whatever...

And it would have left nuclear power way less politically fraught, which would make it way more appealing to a lot of countries. (As it stands, no matter how transparent and honest a state is and how many times they demonstrate that they are not developing nuclear weapons, if they have nuclear power they're instantly suspect.)

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@InvaderXan It's a safe bet that military gear is *not* eco-friendly, low-pollution, fuel-efficient.

the military is a global burden 

@InvaderXan Theoretically, the solution is easy (…): communicate, negotiate, make agreements, do your part.
Problem: many sides just won't do it, and the other have to make them comply.

the military is a global burden 

@InvaderXan @masklayer on the one hand absolutely but on the other the human obsession with violence and territory predates humanity and might have to be literally genetically engineered out, so

the military is a global burden 

@InvaderXan I didn't know all of this, thanks. Apparently the U.S. military is the world's biggest polluter, literally dumping toxic waste into the ocean and poisoning people around the world.

ecowatch.com/military-largest-

the military is a global burden 

@activationfxn
It’s pretty horrifying TBH. And among all the people talking about pollution from cattle farming and air travel, I’ve barely seen anyone mention it!

military carbon dioxide 

@InvaderXan it’s probably a lot higher. Military vehicle fuel consumption is woeful.

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