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A compendium of articles, reports, essays and investigations into the effects of militarism on the environment and human society. Send additional documents to editor@envirosagainstwar.org.

 

FEATURED REPORTS

Trump Puts Arms Sales Ahead of Yemeni Lives (Michael Horton / The American Conservative)
How much is a Yemeni child worth? Not much it seems: about $400 if one uses the Trump administration's calculations. The UK-based charity Save the Children estimates that five million Yemeni children are at risk of starvation. That risk has increased markedly thanks to the Trump administration's fear of endangering $2 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This came after an American-made missile fired by either a Saudi or Emirati jet incinerated a bus full of schoolchildren last month.

War Profiteers: The US War Machine And the Arming of Repressive Regimes (Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)
The US is the leading purveyor of arms, global war and militarism, with 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world and a military budget larger than the next seven countries combined. Since the 1980s, Washington has increasingly used the armed forces in an offensive -- not defensive -- way, to attack other countries from Nicaragua and Panama to Iraq and Libya. These interventions created more global insecurity, disrupting the lives of ordinary people and raising tensions between nuclear-armed nations.

US Weapons Responsible for Soaring Civilian Deaths in Yemen and Afghanistan (International Rescue Mission & AntiWar.com & Reuters)
The US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket 164% just since June. A single nine-day period in August left nearly 500 civilians killed. In Afghanistan, a soaring number of US airstrikes -- nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of 2018 -- have left 149 civilians killed and 204 wounded. Women and children made up more than half of the casualties.

ACTION ALERT: Don't Iraq Iran -- Is the Media Going to Lie for Trump? (CODEPINK )
Donald Trump appeared at the United Nations to build a case for the US to go to war with Iran. Sign our letter to the New York Times and Washington Post asking them not to be complicit in laying the groundwork for war with Iran -- like they were in the case of Iraq. Tell them to debunk Trump’s lies and distortions, and to promote diplomacy.

The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote (Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)
Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?

2018 Planet Candidates: More than 150 Congressional Candidates Pledge to Vote for the Earth! (Food & Water Action,, Sunrise Movement, Climate Hawks, et al.)
"In 2018, with climate disaster happening in live feed, you either support a mandate for 100% renewables to outlaw pollution, or you're denying the science," said Todd Fernandez, of Climate Action Mondays, NYC. "Time has run out for half-measures." To give voters a clear choice, climate leaders have made a novel demand: to outlaw pollution, categorically. Not regulate or trade it. Ban it. And that's the game-changer. A new litmus-test for a political showdown.

What If Governments Stopped Fighting and Started Obeying the Law? (David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)
Commentary: "Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan" was the title of a recent newspaper editorial. What's really worth remembering is how we got mislead into this long, blood, costly and illegal war in the first place. After 17 years, why do we still have 48,000 people engaged in the military occupation of a foreign country? What if we simply obeyed world law? Compliance with the 1928 Pact of Paris would mean no more wars. Compliance with the 1907 Hague Convention would mean nonviolent arbitration.

The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities (Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)
War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.

Finding New, Peacetime Uses for Costly, Sprawling US Military Bases (Joe Mathews / San Francisco Chronicle & Ramstein Air Base)
At 200 square miles, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Base is bigger than San Jose. The largest open coastal space between Santa Barbara and Mexico, the property offers scenic mountains, canyons, mesas, estuaries, a lake, a bison preserve, a free-flowing river -- along with theaters, museums, golf courses, a new hospital, scuba center, YMCA, 11 fire stations, five public schools, 14 barbershops, and eight dry cleaners. But now that wars are conducted by drones, how much of the base does the DoD need?

Korea Should Reunify Outside the Western Empire (David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)
Commentary: Imagine if the United States made peace with North Korea. There are perhaps three ways to do it. The most likely outcome and the best outcome are not the same. But the reason we're considering any of them at all is because the two Korean governments are already trying to work around the disastrous US presence -- so who knows what's possible?

German Army Rocket Test Ignites Destructive Wildfire (The Guardian & Deutsche Welle)
The fire was triggered when rockets tests in the moor by Germany's armed forces -- the Bundeswehr -- went awry. The rockets were fired from helicopters as part of the drill, but the all-terrain fire engine meant to put out the subsequent fire was out of action and its replacement was at the garage for maintenance work. The fire was thus able to spread quickly.

Mass Murder: Made in America (Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, and Laura Smith-Spark / CNN)
Last month, a CNN investigation found remnants of a US-made bomb at the scene of an airstrike that left dozens of schoolboys dead. Now, an independent Yemen-based human rights group called Mwatana has given CNN exclusive access to a trove of documents that show fragments of US-manufactured bombs at the scene of a string of other incidents since 2015, when the civil war began. In each of these cases, civilians were either killed or put at risk.

US Caught Plotting a Rightwing Coup in Venezuela (Lesley Wroughton / Reuters & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Gabriel Hetland / Jacobin & Alliance for Global Justice )
A hallmark of the Trump era is the open embrace of ideas and practices that have long been central to the fabric of US politics -- but publicly disavowed. So it is with white supremacy, police brutality, and now, military coups in Latin America. Now, 45 years after the US overthrow of a democratically elected government in Chile -- and the installation of a brutal and bloody rightwing dictatorship -- members if Washington's imperial elite are planning to seize control of another Latin American nation.

ACTION ALERT: Pompeo's Push for Arms to Saudis: More Bombs for Yemen and Profits for Raytheon (Win Without War & Lee Fang and Alex Emmons / The Intercept)
Commentary: You've probably never heard of Charles Faulkner but he's the reason Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied to Congress last week to keep US weapons flowing into Yemen. Before being appointed as Donald Trump's Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Faulkner worked as a lobbyist for Raytheon, the massive arms maker. Raytheon happens to have a $2 billion arms sale to the Saudis and UAE pending in Congress. Corruption doesn't get much more black and white than that.

Pentagon Races to Empty Its Coffers by Month's End (Frank Konkel / Defense One)
The federal government is primed to spend as much as $300 billion in the final quarter of fiscal 2018 as agencies rush to obligate money appropriated by Congress before Sept. 30. Because any unspent funds must be returned to the Treasury Department, the Pentagon is on a spending spree to burn through as much money as possible. But to spend all the money appropriated, they may have to obligate well over $200 billion more in the final quarter of fiscal 2018, which ends in two weeks.

War on Africa's Elephants: Policing Slaughter-for-Profit (Laura Geggel / Live Science & Yasemin Saplakoglu / LiveScience)
How do you crack the complicated empire of cartels that kill hundreds of thousands of elephants every year for their ivory? You put an international slew of gumshoe geneticists on their tail. These geneticists have uncovered Africa's three largest ivory cartels -- located in Mombasa, Kenya; Entebbe, Uganda; and Lome, Togo -- by analyzing the DNA within elephant tusks found in illegal trafficking shipments.

For This Year's International Day of Peace, Korea Takes the Lead (Kevin Martin / Common Dreams)
There is precious little peace, or near-term hope for it, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine/Israel, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and countless other countries within our military tentacles' reach. This rare, historic outbreak of peace on the Korean Peninsula should be celebrated and supported by all the peoples of the world -- including and especially Americans and our government.

Trump's War on the First Amendment: Treating Protest as Terrorism (Will Parrish and Sam Levin / Guardian)
Indigenous activists in Montana fear the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline could break and spill, destroying tribal waters and desecrating sacred Native American sites. But that's not the most immediate threat. Recently released records reveal the Trump administration has vilified nonviolent pipeline opponents as "extremists" and violent criminals who pose a risk of potential "terrorism." If the pipeline gets final approval, massive demonstrations are anticipated -- along with a police crack-down.

New Zealand Greenpeacers Freed after Blocking World's Largest Oil-search Ship (Nick Young / Greenpeace Aotearoa, New Zealand)
Charges against Greenpeace New Zealand's Executive Director Dr. Russel Norman and climate activist Sara Howell have been dropped after they were arrested for swimming in front of the world's largest oil and gas exploration ship to stop the search for fossil fuels off the Wairarapa Coast. On September 11, 2018, 33 years after French agents bombed and the flagship vessel -- an act of state-sponsored terrorism that killed one crew member -- the Rainbow Warrior II returned to Auckland.

ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species (Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)
Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.

Pompeo Lied to Congress About Yemen To Protect Arms Sales (Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)
Mike Pompeo's certification earlier this month that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen was an obvious sham. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo made the decision to lie for the Saudis and Emiratis because he feared it would hurt arms sales. The US should not be in the business of arming governments that we know will use them to commit war crimes, and that certainly applies to the Saudis and the UAE as long as the war on Yemen continues.

The International Day of Peace -- September 21 (The United Nations)
The International Day of Peace was created by the UN, it is a global observance by hundreds of millions people and thousands of organizations each year on September 21st. The music and images in this video are entertaining, and the message provides a sense of hope.

The Forever War's Cheerleaders (Lyle Jeremy Rubin / The Nation)
Commentary: There is a chasm of awareness that often exists between veterans and civilians, especially during an age in which an all-volunteer military prosecutes never-ending wars, and in which those Americans who end up experiencing combat prove statistically negligible. It isn't so much a chasm of awareness as a chasm of memory. The problem with veterans is we keep remembering our wars when we are supposed to join everyone else in forgetting them.

US-Russia Nuclear Arms Racing: Still Crazy After All These Years (Andrew Lichterman and John Burroughs / TruthDig)
President Vladimir Putin's major address on March 1 to Russia's Federal Assembly was candid about the economic and social challenges facing Russians. What attracted attention in the United States, however, was a detailed description, complete with video animations, of an array of new nuclear weapons delivery systems, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile and an underwater drone. The Pentagon's proposals manifest a commitment to an increasing and long-term reliance on nuclear arms. The review also lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?
/know/read.php?itemid=21296

The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
/know/read.php?itemid=21299

Climate Catastrophe Threatens Global Health and Food Emergencies
(Justine Calma / Grist & Nicola Davis / The Guardian & Carla Green / The Guardian)

One of the larger themes at this week's massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. City heatwaves could lead to two to three times as many deaths by 2050, the report says. Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, California could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires.
/know/read.php?itemid=21278

Trump Cuts Humanitarian Aid for Palestinians; Has No Plan for Peace
(Daniel Estrin / National Public Radio & Ali Sawafta and Maayan Lubell / Reuters)

The Trump administration has confirmed it will no longer fund peace-building programs for Palestinians and Israelis -- including an interfaith youth program and a project for children with disabilities. It's the latest in a series of announcements of the US cutting hundreds of millions of dollars for Palestinians -- a move that could put "Israelis and Palestinians on a collision course for further conflict."
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The Importance of Remembering World War 1
(Harry Blain / AntiWar.com & Robert M. La Follette)

The First World War -- known as the "Great War" in Europe -- has largely faded from memory on this side of the Atlantic. Arguably, this is because our involvement was so brief -- joining the slaughter over two years after it began and leaving it just over eighteen months later. But, beyond the fact that it claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans, there are good reasons why, a century later, we should remember this chapter in our history, not least because it has ominous parallels with today.
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Pentagon Misleads American Public on the Afghan War
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rod Nordland, As Ngu and Fähig Abed / The New York Times)

Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has gone through several periods of trying to sell the American public on the idea that the war isn't a disastrous failure. This is increasingly difficult, because the war is going really badly.
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Protecting Half the Earth
(Shreya Dasgupta / Mongabay)

How much of the Earth should we protect to save species from going extinct? Some conservationists have suggested an ambitious number: half of the planet. Prominent biologist Edward O. Wilson, for instance, proposes devoting half the world to nature would help save the majority of species. But what half do we protect? According to a new study, achieving this figure simply by creating large protected areas isn't going to save much biodiversity. We need to protect the right areas -- places that. have species in them
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ACTION ALERT: Social and Ecological Imperatives of War Abolition & WBW's 2018 #NoWar Conference: Sept. 21-22
(Greta Zarro / World BEYOND War )

World BEYOND War is a decentralized, global grassroots network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war and its replacement with a culture of peace. Our work follows a two-pronged approach of peace education and nonviolent direct action organizing campaigns. More than 75,000 people from 173 countries have signed our declaration of peace, pledging to work nonviolently for a world beyond war. Join us in Toronto on September 21-22.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Trump Puts Arms Sales Ahead of Yemeni Lives
(Michael Horton / The American Conservative)

How much is a Yemeni child worth? Not much it seems: about $400 if one uses the Trump administration's calculations. The UK-based charity Save the Children estimates that five million Yemeni children are at risk of starvation. That risk has increased markedly thanks to the Trump administration's fear of endangering $2 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This came after an American-made missile fired by either a Saudi or Emirati jet incinerated a bus full of schoolchildren last month.
/know/read.php?itemid=21300

War Profiteers: The US War Machine And the Arming of Repressive Regimes
(Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

The US is the leading purveyor of arms, global war and militarism, with 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world and a military budget larger than the next seven countries combined. Since the 1980s, Washington has increasingly used the armed forces in an offensive -- not defensive -- way, to attack other countries from Nicaragua and Panama to Iraq and Libya. These interventions created more global insecurity, disrupting the lives of ordinary people and raising tensions between nuclear-armed nations.
/know/read.php?itemid=21301

US Weapons Responsible for Soaring Civilian Deaths in Yemen and Afghanistan
(International Rescue Mission & AntiWar.com & Reuters)

The US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket 164% just since June. A single nine-day period in August left nearly 500 civilians killed. In Afghanistan, a soaring number of US airstrikes -- nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of 2018 -- have left 149 civilians killed and 204 wounded. Women and children made up more than half of the casualties.
/know/read.php?itemid=21302

The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?
/know/read.php?itemid=21296

What If Governments Stopped Fighting and Started Obeying the Law?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan" was the title of a recent newspaper editorial. What's really worth remembering is how we got mislead into this long, blood, costly and illegal war in the first place. After 17 years, why do we still have 48,000 people engaged in the military occupation of a foreign country? What if we simply obeyed world law? Compliance with the 1928 Pact of Paris would mean no more wars. Compliance with the 1907 Hague Convention would mean nonviolent arbitration.
/know/read.php?itemid=21298

The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
/know/read.php?itemid=21299

Finding New, Peacetime Uses for Costly, Sprawling US Military Bases
(Joe Mathews / San Francisco Chronicle & Ramstein Air Base)

At 200 square miles, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Base is bigger than San Jose. The largest open coastal space between Santa Barbara and Mexico, the property offers scenic mountains, canyons, mesas, estuaries, a lake, a bison preserve, a free-flowing river -- along with theaters, museums, golf courses, a new hospital, scuba center, YMCA, 11 fire stations, five public schools, 14 barbershops, and eight dry cleaners. But now that wars are conducted by drones, how much of the base does the DoD need?
/know/read.php?itemid=21292

Korea Should Reunify Outside the Western Empire
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: Imagine if the United States made peace with North Korea. There are perhaps three ways to do it. The most likely outcome and the best outcome are not the same. But the reason we're considering any of them at all is because the two Korean governments are already trying to work around the disastrous US presence -- so who knows what's possible?
/know/read.php?itemid=21293

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LAND IMPACTS

The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?
/know/read.php?itemid=21296

2018 Planet Candidates: More than 150 Congressional Candidates Pledge to Vote for the Earth!
(Food & Water Action,, Sunrise Movement, Climate Hawks, et al.)

"In 2018, with climate disaster happening in live feed, you either support a mandate for 100% renewables to outlaw pollution, or you're denying the science," said Todd Fernandez, of Climate Action Mondays, NYC. "Time has run out for half-measures." To give voters a clear choice, climate leaders have made a novel demand: to outlaw pollution, categorically. Not regulate or trade it. Ban it. And that's the game-changer. A new litmus-test for a political showdown.
/know/read.php?itemid=21297

The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
/know/read.php?itemid=21299

Finding New, Peacetime Uses for Costly, Sprawling US Military Bases
(Joe Mathews / San Francisco Chronicle & Ramstein Air Base)

At 200 square miles, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Base is bigger than San Jose. The largest open coastal space between Santa Barbara and Mexico, the property offers scenic mountains, canyons, mesas, estuaries, a lake, a bison preserve, a free-flowing river -- along with theaters, museums, golf courses, a new hospital, scuba center, YMCA, 11 fire stations, five public schools, 14 barbershops, and eight dry cleaners. But now that wars are conducted by drones, how much of the base does the DoD need?
/know/read.php?itemid=21292

German Army Rocket Test Ignites Destructive Wildfire
(The Guardian & Deutsche Welle)

The fire was triggered when rockets tests in the moor by Germany's armed forces -- the Bundeswehr -- went awry. The rockets were fired from helicopters as part of the drill, but the all-terrain fire engine meant to put out the subsequent fire was out of action and its replacement was at the garage for maintenance work. The fire was thus able to spread quickly.
/know/read.php?itemid=21294

War on Africa's Elephants: Policing Slaughter-for-Profit
(Laura Geggel / Live Science & Yasemin Saplakoglu / LiveScience)

How do you crack the complicated empire of cartels that kill hundreds of thousands of elephants every year for their ivory? You put an international slew of gumshoe geneticists on their tail. These geneticists have uncovered Africa's three largest ivory cartels -- located in Mombasa, Kenya; Entebbe, Uganda; and Lome, Togo -- by analyzing the DNA within elephant tusks found in illegal trafficking shipments.
/know/read.php?itemid=21291

ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species
(Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)

Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.
/know/read.php?itemid=21287

Climate Catastrophe Threatens Global Health and Food Emergencies
(Justine Calma / Grist & Nicola Davis / The Guardian & Carla Green / The Guardian)

One of the larger themes at this week's massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. City heatwaves could lead to two to three times as many deaths by 2050, the report says. Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, California could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires.
/know/read.php?itemid=21278

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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?
/know/read.php?itemid=21296

2018 Planet Candidates: More than 150 Congressional Candidates Pledge to Vote for the Earth!
(Food & Water Action,, Sunrise Movement, Climate Hawks, et al.)

"In 2018, with climate disaster happening in live feed, you either support a mandate for 100% renewables to outlaw pollution, or you're denying the science," said Todd Fernandez, of Climate Action Mondays, NYC. "Time has run out for half-measures." To give voters a clear choice, climate leaders have made a novel demand: to outlaw pollution, categorically. Not regulate or trade it. Ban it. And that's the game-changer. A new litmus-test for a political showdown.
/know/read.php?itemid=21297

The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
/know/read.php?itemid=21299

Pentagon Races to Empty Its Coffers by Month's End
(Frank Konkel / Defense One)

The federal government is primed to spend as much as $300 billion in the final quarter of fiscal 2018 as agencies rush to obligate money appropriated by Congress before Sept. 30. Because any unspent funds must be returned to the Treasury Department, the Pentagon is on a spending spree to burn through as much money as possible. But to spend all the money appropriated, they may have to obligate well over $200 billion more in the final quarter of fiscal 2018, which ends in two weeks.
/know/read.php?itemid=21290

ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species
(Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)

Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.
/know/read.php?itemid=21287

Climate Catastrophe Threatens Global Health and Food Emergencies
(Justine Calma / Grist & Nicola Davis / The Guardian & Carla Green / The Guardian)

One of the larger themes at this week's massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. City heatwaves could lead to two to three times as many deaths by 2050, the report says. Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, California could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires.
/know/read.php?itemid=21278

The Seas Are Trying to Tell Us Something
(Jorge Ramos / Splinter News)

Our feverish oceans are spitting out hurricanes. They are spewing invasive seaweed onto our beaches. Beneath the water, the coral is turning pale. Something is wrong, very wrong. And the seas are trying to tell us something.
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Epic Polynesian Canoe Voyage Arrives In San Francisco to Honor 'Island Earth'
(KPIX TV & Diane Ako / KITV Island News)

After dodging two hurricanes along the way, a Polynesian voyaging canoe propelled solely by nature's power -- wind, waves, and sun -- arrived in San Francisco after completing a 23-day journey that began in the Hawaiian Islands. The native crew of 13 left Hawaii on August 18th and stayed on course for 2,8000 miles, using only their ancestors' ancient navigation techniques and arriving right on time for California's Global Climate Summit. They were met on shore by members of the indigenous Ohlone community.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

Pentagon Races to Empty Its Coffers by Month's End
(Frank Konkel / Defense One)

The federal government is primed to spend as much as $300 billion in the final quarter of fiscal 2018 as agencies rush to obligate money appropriated by Congress before Sept. 30. Because any unspent funds must be returned to the Treasury Department, the Pentagon is on a spending spree to burn through as much money as possible. But to spend all the money appropriated, they may have to obligate well over $200 billion more in the final quarter of fiscal 2018, which ends in two weeks.
/know/read.php?itemid=21290

ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species
(Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)

Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.
/know/read.php?itemid=21287

Is Donald Trump Encouraging Climate Change to Promote Fascism and Genocide?
(Matthew Barad / Keep Colorado Green & Tim Hollo / At the Well & Gaby Galvin / US News and World Report)

Commentary: While the wealthy remain safe in their bunkers, while the nationalists hide behind their borders, the rest of humanity will be left to starve, wither, drown, and burn. This is the world of Donald Trump. This is the future of Climate Fascism.
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ACTION ALERT: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice. Marches Erupt in 95 Countries around the World
(Rise for Climate.org & Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice is taking off all over the world -- in more than 900 locations in 95 countries! We've seen massive events and actions from Uganda to Paris, across the country and now in San Francisco, where the official count was 30,000. We'll have another end of day recap later today so look out for that. But here's what we got form the middle of the march here in SF!
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Ecuador Ordered To Pay Exxon for Oil Spill Aftermath
(teleSUR)

Ecuador will be forced to pay economic reparations to the oil giant. The over 30,000 affected people in the Amazon haven't received any compensation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of oil giant Chevron and declared Ecuador guilty of violating a bilateral investment treaty signed with the United States in 1997, of withholding justice from the company, and for not providing Chevron with "just and equitable" treatment.
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Keystone Pipeline Protesters Fear Federal Surveillance and Crackdowns
(Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News)

The US Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline will have no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a brief summary of its court-ordered reassessment while refusing to release crucial details about potential oil spills. With the Keystone XL pipeline expected to draw protests from indigenous and environmental activists the ACLU is worried that federal law enforcement agencies may be planning a massive surveillance and a militarized crackdown on protesters.
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Why Is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?
(Elliot Negin / Union of Concerned Scientists)

A decade after pledging to end its support for climate science deniers, ExxonMobil gave $1.5 million last year to 11 think tanks and lobby groups that reject established climate science and openly oppose the oil and gas giant's professed climate policy preferences. Until ExxonMobil stops funding these groups, its avowed support for a carbon tax, the Paris Climate Agreement and other climate initiatives can't be seen as anything more than a cynical PR ploy.
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NYC's Plan to Protect Climate Targets Big Oil and Trump Tower
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post )

Drastic climate action in New York City could include laws to mandate dramatic energy-use cuts in big buildings -- by far the largest source of Manhatan's air pollution. This historic move could set a new standard for cities worldwide. On the target list: Trump Tower. Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio and the city are suing five major oil companies over infrastructure damage from encroaching climate change. The mayor also plans to divest roughly $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from the city's five pension plans.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Trump Puts Arms Sales Ahead of Yemeni Lives
(Michael Horton / The American Conservative)

How much is a Yemeni child worth? Not much it seems: about $400 if one uses the Trump administration's calculations. The UK-based charity Save the Children estimates that five million Yemeni children are at risk of starvation. That risk has increased markedly thanks to the Trump administration's fear of endangering $2 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This came after an American-made missile fired by either a Saudi or Emirati jet incinerated a bus full of schoolchildren last month.
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War Profiteers: The US War Machine And the Arming of Repressive Regimes
(Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

The US is the leading purveyor of arms, global war and militarism, with 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world and a military budget larger than the next seven countries combined. Since the 1980s, Washington has increasingly used the armed forces in an offensive -- not defensive -- way, to attack other countries from Nicaragua and Panama to Iraq and Libya. These interventions created more global insecurity, disrupting the lives of ordinary people and raising tensions between nuclear-armed nations.
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ACTION ALERT: Don't Iraq Iran -- Is the Media Going to Lie for Trump?
(CODEPINK )

Donald Trump appeared at the United Nations to build a case for the US to go to war with Iran. Sign our letter to the New York Times and Washington Post asking them not to be complicit in laying the groundwork for war with Iran -- like they were in the case of Iraq. Tell them to debunk Trump’s lies and distortions, and to promote diplomacy.
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The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?
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2018 Planet Candidates: More than 150 Congressional Candidates Pledge to Vote for the Earth!
(Food & Water Action,, Sunrise Movement, Climate Hawks, et al.)

"In 2018, with climate disaster happening in live feed, you either support a mandate for 100% renewables to outlaw pollution, or you're denying the science," said Todd Fernandez, of Climate Action Mondays, NYC. "Time has run out for half-measures." To give voters a clear choice, climate leaders have made a novel demand: to outlaw pollution, categorically. Not regulate or trade it. Ban it. And that's the game-changer. A new litmus-test for a political showdown.
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The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
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Finding New, Peacetime Uses for Costly, Sprawling US Military Bases
(Joe Mathews / San Francisco Chronicle & Ramstein Air Base)

At 200 square miles, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Base is bigger than San Jose. The largest open coastal space between Santa Barbara and Mexico, the property offers scenic mountains, canyons, mesas, estuaries, a lake, a bison preserve, a free-flowing river -- along with theaters, museums, golf courses, a new hospital, scuba center, YMCA, 11 fire stations, five public schools, 14 barbershops, and eight dry cleaners. But now that wars are conducted by drones, how much of the base does the DoD need?
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German Army Rocket Test Ignites Destructive Wildfire
(The Guardian & Deutsche Welle)

The fire was triggered when rockets tests in the moor by Germany's armed forces -- the Bundeswehr -- went awry. The rockets were fired from helicopters as part of the drill, but the all-terrain fire engine meant to put out the subsequent fire was out of action and its replacement was at the garage for maintenance work. The fire was thus able to spread quickly.
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WEAPONS OF WAR

Trump Puts Arms Sales Ahead of Yemeni Lives
(Michael Horton / The American Conservative)

How much is a Yemeni child worth? Not much it seems: about $400 if one uses the Trump administration's calculations. The UK-based charity Save the Children estimates that five million Yemeni children are at risk of starvation. That risk has increased markedly thanks to the Trump administration's fear of endangering $2 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This came after an American-made missile fired by either a Saudi or Emirati jet incinerated a bus full of schoolchildren last month.
/know/read.php?itemid=21300

War Profiteers: The US War Machine And the Arming of Repressive Regimes
(Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

The US is the leading purveyor of arms, global war and militarism, with 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world and a military budget larger than the next seven countries combined. Since the 1980s, Washington has increasingly used the armed forces in an offensive -- not defensive -- way, to attack other countries from Nicaragua and Panama to Iraq and Libya. These interventions created more global insecurity, disrupting the lives of ordinary people and raising tensions between nuclear-armed nations.
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US Weapons Responsible for Soaring Civilian Deaths in Yemen and Afghanistan
(International Rescue Mission & AntiWar.com & Reuters)

The US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket 164% just since June. A single nine-day period in August left nearly 500 civilians killed. In Afghanistan, a soaring number of US airstrikes -- nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of 2018 -- have left 149 civilians killed and 204 wounded. Women and children made up more than half of the casualties.
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The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
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Mass Murder: Made in America
(Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, and Laura Smith-Spark / CNN)

Last month, a CNN investigation found remnants of a US-made bomb at the scene of an airstrike that left dozens of schoolboys dead. Now, an independent Yemen-based human rights group called Mwatana has given CNN exclusive access to a trove of documents that show fragments of US-manufactured bombs at the scene of a string of other incidents since 2015, when the civil war began. In each of these cases, civilians were either killed or put at risk.
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ACTION ALERT: Pompeo's Push for Arms to Saudis: More Bombs for Yemen and Profits for Raytheon
(Win Without War & Lee Fang and Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

Commentary: You've probably never heard of Charles Faulkner but he's the reason Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied to Congress last week to keep US weapons flowing into Yemen. Before being appointed as Donald Trump's Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Faulkner worked as a lobbyist for Raytheon, the massive arms maker. Raytheon happens to have a $2 billion arms sale to the Saudis and UAE pending in Congress. Corruption doesn't get much more black and white than that.
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Pentagon Races to Empty Its Coffers by Month's End
(Frank Konkel / Defense One)

The federal government is primed to spend as much as $300 billion in the final quarter of fiscal 2018 as agencies rush to obligate money appropriated by Congress before Sept. 30. Because any unspent funds must be returned to the Treasury Department, the Pentagon is on a spending spree to burn through as much money as possible. But to spend all the money appropriated, they may have to obligate well over $200 billion more in the final quarter of fiscal 2018, which ends in two weeks.
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Pompeo Lied to Congress About Yemen To Protect Arms Sales
(Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Mike Pompeo's certification earlier this month that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen was an obvious sham. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo made the decision to lie for the Saudis and Emiratis because he feared it would hurt arms sales. The US should not be in the business of arming governments that we know will use them to commit war crimes, and that certainly applies to the Saudis and the UAE as long as the war on Yemen continues.
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