The destruction and human suffering following Russia's invasion of Ukraine has included significant environmental components.
This webinar will first provide an overview of findings from a civil-society database of environmental pollution incidents. It will also look at the curation methodology - searches of social media to isolate environmentally relevant incidents, then verifying, documenting, archiving and assessing environmental risk via crowd-sourced open-source intelligence. It will be explained how such independent and verified databases can support further data collection missions from the UN Environment Programme, and remediation and legal activities by the Ukrainian Government. Next will be an exploration of key incidents from the database, including those at industrial and infrastructural facilities, or ecologically sensitive habitats, assessing the environmental and health impacts.
A brief review of how 8 years of fighting has impacted the environment in Donbas will help illustrate possible longer-term impacts. Finally, there will be a consideration of some of the more indirect and reverberating environmental impacts of conflict, both inside and outside Ukraine, and in particular, the climate connotations of this war.
Eoghan Darbyshire is Researcher at the Conflict and Environment Observatory. He has a background in air pollution research based on in-situ and remote sensing measurements in rapidly changing environments. He completed his PhD on the role of biomass burning aerosols over Tropical South America at the University of Manchester, where he then worked as a post-doctoral researcher developing instrumentation and conducting field campaigns measuring urban pollution in Delhi. He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Manchester and a MRes in Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere from the University of Leeds.