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Vox wrote a very good essay explaining the consequences of the war on the global food chain. Countries hugely reliant on wheat exports from Russia and the Ukraine like Bangladesh, Yemen, Egypt and Indonesia all have millions of cases of malnutrition and Lebanon is massively effected relying ‘ron Ukraine for more than half its wheat’.

The Guardian wrote that ‘the US oil and gas industry is using’ the war ‘pressure the Biden administration to throw open more land and ocean for domestic drilling and to loosen regulations for large companies attempting to ramp up their fossil fuel extraction.’ Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said that Europe is ‘doubling down on renewables’. The Guardian adding that ‘Scientists have warned that emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas must be rapidly and drastically slashed if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate impacts such as heatwaves, floods, food insecurity and societal unrest’.

The FT suggested that the war was damaging the Paris goals to stay below 2 degrees of warming by 2100 writing that the ‘the White House has already released stored oil from the US emergency stockpile and has considered possible cuts to federal petrol taxes – efforts to make it cheaper for motorists to burn gasoline that sit awkwardly with Biden’s pledge to lead an American clean energy revolution’. Similarly, that the UK government is calling for more oil and gas drilling and that France and Spain have ‘reintroduced fossil fuel subsidies, just three months after pledging at the COP 26 climate summit to eradicate them’.

The Guardian explained that ‘concerns are mounting about the safety of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors and the possibility of an ecological disaster in the midst of the Russian invasion’.

the Independent wrote that ‘Germany has made the most notable move so far, halting certification of an $11 billion gas pipeline project from Russia’, adding that Russia is responsible for 40% of Europe’s natural gas imports. The Independent stresses great concern for the environment saying that ‘the best solution out of the crisis would be the removal of the world’s dependence on non-renewable energy. But that would take too long in the immediate crunch’ explaining how ‘in the interim, the oil and gas producing counrties of the Gulf could perhaps be winners of sorts in this messy war’.

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