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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

Talk to, Don't Provoke, North Korea (Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)
There's little more we can do than hope that some cool heads around Donald Trump are telling him he'd be nuts to attack North Korea. I don't know who they might be. Still, we must hope. No military resolution of the standoff is available. A conventional US attack would be catastrophic, a nuclear attack far, far worse. Where, then, is the Trump from a year ago? You know, the one who said, "I would speak to him [North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un]. I would have no problem speaking to him."?

The Shame of Killing Innocent People (Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Sen. Rand Paul / Rare.us)
According the the UN Human Rights Commission, "At least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded since coalition military operations began [in Yemin] , 60 percent of them in coalition airstrikes." Between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis. The US Congress could put an end to US complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the US stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons.

ACTION ALERT: Test US Military Bases for Water Contamination (Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press)
On April 28, the EPA requested public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome (to polluters, of course). Details about opportunities for public comment and to register for an upcoming listening session (by telephone) are posted below. In 2016, the mizitary announced plans to examine hundreds of US bases to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water.

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering (Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)
According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.

Trump: Absolutely a Chance for "Major, Major War" With North Korea (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)
The United States continues to send wildly conflicting signs on their intentions toward North Korea. Massive US "war games" in the region and Trump administration talk of military buildups around the Korean Peninsula have fueled concerns about the US attacking North Korea outright. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and asks Chomsky about one of the most serious threats to the survival of the human species -- nuclear war.

Instead of Threats of War, Trump Should Make an Artful Deal: Halt US War Exercises in Exchange for a Halt to the North's Weapons and Missile Testing (Bruce Cumings / The Nation & John Delury / The Washington Post)
There is no way to hit North Korea without being hit back harder. There is no military means to "preempt" its capabilities. The prudent move would be to open direct talks with Pyongyang. Start by negotiating a freeze on the fissile-material production cycle, return of Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, and a moratorium on testing nuclear devices and long-range missiles. In return, the US should entertain Pyongyang's long-standing request for to halt its massive joint military exercises with South Korea.

Trolling for a Race War Through Alt-Right v. Alt-Left Conflict (Matthew Sheffield / Salon.com )
Despite being almost religiously devoted to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, the legions of online racists referred to as the "alt-right" have already decided to move on to their next big project: sparking widespread political conflict that they hope to turn into a nationwide race war. Today's far right has adopted the tactics of nonviolent civil disobedience to spread a message of hate. And radical fringe groups on the left are accommodating the alt-Right scenario by arming themselves and turning to violence.

Drought and War in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen (Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)
Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. International aid officials say it's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. And they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Visit to Site of MOAB Bombing: "It Was More of a Dud"
The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs. The 22,000 lb pound bomb, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, was supposed to send a "message" to other nations. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you'd think. Green trees were still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage. Tunnels used by the ISIS fighters appeared all but untouched. Many victims were anti-ISIS fighters.

Should We Bomb Syria (or Anywhere)? (Colin Beavan / Nation of Change)
Commentary: Critics of nonviolence say that option is the prerogative of the privileged. But actually it's the other way around. Can one actually admit to the "pragmatism" of force in one case without opening the door to the use of force at any scale in all cases? If you declare one war "just," haven't you agreed that every war -- to some degree or in some group's view -- is also in some way just?

The Pentagon Is the Leading Source of Fake News (teleSURtv )
It seems the Pentagon needs all it can to sugarcoat the U.S. and its aggressive foreign policy. The Department of Defense spent an average of more than $626 million annually on propaganda -- more than all other federal government agencies combined. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, from 2006-2015, the Pentagon was allocated 66 percent of the $1 billion annual federal spending on public relations. Pentagon employees account for 40 percent of the federal PR workforce.

US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press<)
US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away. The family, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Targets Protected Wilderness Areas -- A "Monumental Disaster" (Center for Biological Diversity & VoteVets & Greenpeace USA)
Donald Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America's public lands and oceans. No president has ever attempted to withdraw a monument named by a predecessor. Trump is expected to issue an executive order calling for a review of every national monument that's been protected by presidential proclamation since 1996. His goal is to turn these natural wonders over to special interests -- including mining and logging industries.

ACTiON ALERT: Tell Trump to Stop Threatening North Korea (Roots Action & The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)
Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war -- a war that could prove disastrous for the entire world. From all appearances, Trump has no clue as to the choices available. When North Korea tests missiles it breaks no laws. The US tests missiles all the time and the US launches nuclear-capable ICBMs. North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the US and South Korea would halt military exercises and other provocations along the shared border.

Escalation Nation: US Fires Nuclear-capable ICBM Over Pacific Ocean (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Fox News)
The test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile would be cause for angry condemned by the US as a dangerous provocation tantamount to an act of war. Not today, however, because the missile in question was test-fired by the US itself. A Minuteman III nuclear-capable ICBM was launched from the US at a target 4,000 miles away in the South Pacific. This provocation appears designed to underscore Washington’s ability to wipe out much of the planet, amid growing concerns about aggressive US warfare.

How US Media Is Preparing Country for Attack on North Korea (Matt Novak / Gismodo.com)
President Donald Trump continues to beat the drums of war, and the media are going along with him. Trump doesn't have any particular incentive to bomb North Korea or advocate for regime change in the country. It's not even clear that Trump knows the leader of North Korea's name. ut Trump is above all a man who likes to be liked. And so far, the actions that have won him the most praise have been when he dropped a bunch of bombs on Syria.

North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills As US Submarine Arrives (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Julian Borger / The Guardian)
In response to US provocations ranging from economic sanctions to massive military exercises on its borders, nuclear-capable bombers flying nearby and a US naval armada steaming towards its shores, North Korean has opted to ready 300 to 400 long-range artillery pieces as a clear reminder that North Korea remains capable of destroying large swaths of the South Korean capital. And, of course, both Pongyang and Washington possess nuclear weapons.

Trump's Aggressions in Syria Will Have Long-Term Consequences (Scott Lazarowitz / ActivistPost.com)
Donald Trump's short-sighted military actions in Syria are not based on rational thought but on emotionalism, his feeling terrible about the children and other innocent victims of the chemical attack in Syria this week. But this is purely selective emotionalism, given that he doesn't seem so concerned about all the innocent victims of his own drone bombings that he has been authorizing since he was sworn in as President.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Issues Ominous Order for Senate to Attend White House Meeting on North Korea (Julian Borger / The Guardian)
The entire US Senate has been ordered to the White House on Wednesday to be briefed by administration officials about the brewing confrontation with North Korea. Preemptive military action, not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, would be illegal, immoral and unwise. It could lead to a prolonged war in the Korean peninsula, and could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. Contact your senators to urge diplomacy to reduce tensions. Additional provocations only increase the risk of war.

Children of War: American Weapons Have Poisoned a Generation. (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative )
In 2010, seven years after the brutal US attack on Fallujah, "congenital malformations" were observed in 15 percent of all births. Heart defects were the most common, followed by neural tube defects, which cause irreversible and often fatal deformities such as anencephaly, in which the infant is born with parts of the brain and skull missing.

Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History (Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)
By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history

Murder as Messaging: Under Trump, US Foreign Policy Hits Violent New Lows (Derek Royden / Nation of Change)
In a 14-page response to the White House's assessment of the gas attack in Syria, Prof. Theodore A. Postol takes apart the government's case piece by piece. The main evidence offered involve commercial satellite images of a crater on a road north of the town that Postol was able to locate, "using Google Earth." In the process he discovered, "there is absolutely no evidence that the crater was created by a munition designed to disperse sarin after it is dropped from an aircraft."

Trump v. Kim and the Growing Threat of Nuclear War (Lawrence Wittner / AntiWar.com & The Guardian)
In recent weeks, the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea's continued nuclear weapons and missile tests, tweeted that "North Korea is looking for trouble." North Korea's Kim Jong Un responded by announcing that, in the event of a US attack, his country would respond by launching a nuclear strike at US forces massed on his country's borders.

US Airstrike Kills 8 Members of Fleeing Family in Syria; US Drone Kills 3 Civilians in Yemen (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press & Mohammed Mukhashaf / Reuters)
Reports from multiple local groups in Syria say that the family of eight, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings. Meanwhile, three Yemeni civilians were killed when a US drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle. The attack was part of the Trump administration's escalating war against an al Qaeda branch in Yemen.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.
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Trump: Absolutely a Chance for "Major, Major War" With North Korea
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

The United States continues to send wildly conflicting signs on their intentions toward North Korea. Massive US "war games" in the region and Trump administration talk of military buildups around the Korean Peninsula have fueled concerns about the US attacking North Korea outright. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and asks Chomsky about one of the most serious threats to the survival of the human species -- nuclear war.
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Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history
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Trump v. Kim and the Growing Threat of Nuclear War
(Lawrence Wittner / AntiWar.com & The Guardian)

In recent weeks, the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea's continued nuclear weapons and missile tests, tweeted that "North Korea is looking for trouble." North Korea's Kim Jong Un responded by announcing that, in the event of a US attack, his country would respond by launching a nuclear strike at US forces massed on his country's borders.
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On Earth Day, Stand Up to Trump's War on the Environment
(Jeff Tittel / Star-Ledger & Former Gov. James J. Florio / Star-Ledger )

This year's Earth Day is the most critical since the first one in 1970. Donald Trump is trying to roll back 47 years of protections. Before the first Earth Day, rivers caught fire, smog and air pollution clogged major cities and people wore masks. Some of our rivers were nothing better than open sewers. After 20 million people across the country came together and marched for the Earth, a law was passed to create the Environmental Protection Agency and people began to talk about the dangers of climate change.
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ACTION ALERT: Save the EPA; UnTrump the Budget -- EPA Chiefs Speak Out Against Trump
(The Climate Reality Project / EcoWatch & RootsAction.org)

Four former Environmental Protection Agency administrators -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- have in common. All of them have spoken out against the current administration's environmental policies. With military and climate wars destroying lives and environments, threatening the planet and creating enormous flows of desperate refugees, Donald Trump plans to strip $54 billion from human and environmental spending so as to increase already massive spending on the military.
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Trump v. Kim: Two Unhinged World Leaders Exchange Threats
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

With US warships heading to the Korean Peninsula, Russia has proclaimed it is "extremely worried" that the United States might follow through on recent talk of imposing a unilateral military solution on the Korean Peninsula. In a flurry of Twitter statements this morning, President Trump once again appeared to be threatening unilateral US action, accusing North Korea of "looking for trouble." As the US Armada approaches, North Korea has threatened nuclear retaliation in the event of a US attack.
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What Happens if the EPA Is Stripped of Its Power to Fight Climate Change?
(Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

Every year since 2009, a member of Congress has introduced a bill aimed at revoking or delaying the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. And every year, those bills have died. But the specter of an EPA rendered toothless on climate change by the will of Congress is certainly more likely than perhaps at any other point in the agency's history. Which raises the question, what happens if the EPA legally can't regulate greenhouse gas emissions?
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HUMAN IMPACTS

The Shame of Killing Innocent People
(Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Sen. Rand Paul / Rare.us)

According the the UN Human Rights Commission, "At least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded since coalition military operations began [in Yemin] , 60 percent of them in coalition airstrikes." Between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis. The US Congress could put an end to US complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the US stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons.
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ACTION ALERT: Test US Military Bases for Water Contamination
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press)

On April 28, the EPA requested public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome (to polluters, of course). Details about opportunities for public comment and to register for an upcoming listening session (by telephone) are posted below. In 2016, the mizitary announced plans to examine hundreds of US bases to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water.
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Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.
/know/read.php?itemid=19246

Trump: Absolutely a Chance for "Major, Major War" With North Korea
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

The United States continues to send wildly conflicting signs on their intentions toward North Korea. Massive US "war games" in the region and Trump administration talk of military buildups around the Korean Peninsula have fueled concerns about the US attacking North Korea outright. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and asks Chomsky about one of the most serious threats to the survival of the human species -- nuclear war.
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Drought and War in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)

Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. International aid officials say it's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. And they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
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US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press<)

US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away. The family, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.
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Children of War: American Weapons Have Poisoned a Generation.
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative )

In 2010, seven years after the brutal US attack on Fallujah, "congenital malformations" were observed in 15 percent of all births. Heart defects were the most common, followed by neural tube defects, which cause irreversible and often fatal deformities such as anencephaly, in which the infant is born with parts of the brain and skull missing.
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Murder as Messaging: Under Trump, US Foreign Policy Hits Violent New Lows
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change)

In a 14-page response to the White House's assessment of the gas attack in Syria, Prof. Theodore A. Postol takes apart the government's case piece by piece. The main evidence offered involve commercial satellite images of a crater on a road north of the town that Postol was able to locate, "using Google Earth." In the process he discovered, "there is absolutely no evidence that the crater was created by a munition designed to disperse sarin after it is dropped from an aircraft."
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LAND IMPACTS

ACTION ALERT: Test US Military Bases for Water Contamination
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press)

On April 28, the EPA requested public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome (to polluters, of course). Details about opportunities for public comment and to register for an upcoming listening session (by telephone) are posted below. In 2016, the mizitary announced plans to examine hundreds of US bases to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water.
/know/read.php?itemid=19245

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.
/know/read.php?itemid=19246

Drought and War in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)

Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. International aid officials say it's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. And they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
/know/read.php?itemid=19242

Visit to Site of MOAB Bombing: "It Was More of a Dud"

The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs. The 22,000 lb pound bomb, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, was supposed to send a "message" to other nations. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you'd think. Green trees were still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage. Tunnels used by the ISIS fighters appeared all but untouched. Many victims were anti-ISIS fighters.
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ACTION ALERT: Trump Targets Protected Wilderness Areas -- A "Monumental Disaster"
(Center for Biological Diversity & VoteVets & Greenpeace USA)

Donald Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America's public lands and oceans. No president has ever attempted to withdraw a monument named by a predecessor. Trump is expected to issue an executive order calling for a review of every national monument that's been protected by presidential proclamation since 1996. His goal is to turn these natural wonders over to special interests -- including mining and logging industries.
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Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history
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Donald Trump's War on the Environment
(Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

Analysis: Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Overshadowed by the implosion on health care and standstill on tax reform, the GOP drive to dismantle, defang and defund environmental laws, rules and science is yielding many of President Trump's most significant victories to date.
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Author and Conservationist Kuki Gallmann Shot in Kenya
(Tom Odula / Associated Press)

The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday. The 73-year-old Gallmann had been with rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service, assessing damage done to her property Saturday by arsonists who burned down buildings at one of Laikipia Nature Conservancy's tourism lodges.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

ACTION ALERT: Test US Military Bases for Water Contamination
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press)

On April 28, the EPA requested public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome (to polluters, of course). Details about opportunities for public comment and to register for an upcoming listening session (by telephone) are posted below. In 2016, the mizitary announced plans to examine hundreds of US bases to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water.
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Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.
/know/read.php?itemid=19246

Drought and War in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)

Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. International aid officials say it's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. And they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
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Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history
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Donald Trump's War on the Environment
(Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

Analysis: Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Overshadowed by the implosion on health care and standstill on tax reform, the GOP drive to dismantle, defang and defund environmental laws, rules and science is yielding many of President Trump's most significant victories to date.
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ACTION ALERT: Waterfalls in Antarctica; Trump Fiddles While World Melts
(Tim Radford / Nation of Change & Marlee Kokotovic / Nation of Change)

Scientists poring over military and satellite imagery have mapped the unimaginable: a network of rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and even a waterfall, flowing over the ice shelf of a polar continent with an annual mean temperature of -50C. In a world rapidly warming from the burning of fossil fuels -- that are adding ever more greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere -- researchers expect to observe an increase in meltwater on the south polar surface. Researchers have predicted the melt rates could double by 2050.
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ACTION ALERT: What an Earth Day! Now Let's Get Ready for the Climate March on April 29!
(League of Conservation Voters & The Democratic Legislative Campaign )

What an Earth Day! To change everything, we need everyone, and today was a true show of force! But now, we have less than a week to make the Peoples Climate March on 4/29 the biggest environmental protest in history. Here's what you can do to participate and help out.
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef Nearing Extinction
(Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed /The Guardian)

Mass coral bleaching -- a phenomenon caused by global warming-induced rises to sea surface temperatures -- has occurred on the Great Barrier Reef four times in recorded history. Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events is unprecedented for the reef, and will give damaged coral little chance to recover.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.
/know/read.php?itemid=19246

ACTION ALERT: Trump Targets Protected Wilderness Areas -- A "Monumental Disaster"
(Center for Biological Diversity & VoteVets & Greenpeace USA)

Donald Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America's public lands and oceans. No president has ever attempted to withdraw a monument named by a predecessor. Trump is expected to issue an executive order calling for a review of every national monument that's been protected by presidential proclamation since 1996. His goal is to turn these natural wonders over to special interests -- including mining and logging industries.
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Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history
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Donald Trump's War on the Environment
(Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

Analysis: Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Overshadowed by the implosion on health care and standstill on tax reform, the GOP drive to dismantle, defang and defund environmental laws, rules and science is yielding many of President Trump's most significant victories to date.
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The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope
(David Swanson's Earth Day Address / World Beyond War)

Commentary: A cost estimate for F-35 program (a plane that incinerates human beings when it works and itself when it doesn't) is $1.4 trillion.I have yet to hear anyone suggest that Trump is bombing various countries because he has some sort of intelligent plan to solve some problem. The closest I've heard to that has been the Nixonian theory that it's good to make the world's governments believe you are a nuclear-armed lunatic. But exactly how that is good has not been explained to my satisfaction.
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Fracking Comes to the Alaskan Arctic
(Scott L. Montgomery / EcoWatch & The Conversation)

Arctic lands and waters hold irresistible allure for global oil companies. Despite opposition from environmental groups and President Obama's 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters, exploration in Alaska has revealed massive new volumes of oil. This comes at a time of low oil prices, when many observers felt the Arctic would remain off limits.
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The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

All wars -- even the most malicious and aggressive -- are wrapped in humanitarian packaging. If humanitarianism really were the motive, there are many things the US could do besides bombing Syria and killing civilians, such as giving refuge and humanitarian aid. But the idea that a war can be justified by appealing to the vague imperative that we must "do something" is incredibly irrational and immoral.
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Resistance: New York Says 'No' to US-Canadian Fracked-Gas Pipeline
(Kimberly Ong / Natural Resources Defense Council)

New York State has blocked the Northern Access Project on April 7, a pipeline that would have carried fracked gas from Pennsylvania to Canada via New York. This is a huge victory not just for New Yorkers but for the entire planet. After a careful and exhaustive study, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation exercised its right under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act to deny certification to the proposed 24-inch diameter, 99-mile pipeline.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Instead of Threats of War, Trump Should Make an Artful Deal: Halt US War Exercises in Exchange for a Halt to the North's Weapons and Missile Testing
(Bruce Cumings / The Nation & John Delury / The Washington Post)

There is no way to hit North Korea without being hit back harder. There is no military means to "preempt" its capabilities. The prudent move would be to open direct talks with Pyongyang. Start by negotiating a freeze on the fissile-material production cycle, return of Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, and a moratorium on testing nuclear devices and long-range missiles. In return, the US should entertain Pyongyang's long-standing request for to halt its massive joint military exercises with South Korea.
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Trolling for a Race War Through Alt-Right v. Alt-Left Conflict
(Matthew Sheffield / Salon.com )

Despite being almost religiously devoted to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, the legions of online racists referred to as the "alt-right" have already decided to move on to their next big project: sparking widespread political conflict that they hope to turn into a nationwide race war. Today's far right has adopted the tactics of nonviolent civil disobedience to spread a message of hate. And radical fringe groups on the left are accommodating the alt-Right scenario by arming themselves and turning to violence.
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The Pentagon Is the Leading Source of Fake News
(teleSURtv )

It seems the Pentagon needs all it can to sugarcoat the U.S. and its aggressive foreign policy. The Department of Defense spent an average of more than $626 million annually on propaganda -- more than all other federal government agencies combined. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, from 2006-2015, the Pentagon was allocated 66 percent of the $1 billion annual federal spending on public relations. Pentagon employees account for 40 percent of the federal PR workforce.
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US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press<)

US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away. The family, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.
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ACTiON ALERT: Tell Trump to Stop Threatening North Korea
(Roots Action & The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)

Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war -- a war that could prove disastrous for the entire world. From all appearances, Trump has no clue as to the choices available. When North Korea tests missiles it breaks no laws. The US tests missiles all the time and the US launches nuclear-capable ICBMs. North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the US and South Korea would halt military exercises and other provocations along the shared border.
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Escalation Nation: US Fires Nuclear-capable ICBM Over Pacific Ocean
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Fox News)

The test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile would be cause for angry condemned by the US as a dangerous provocation tantamount to an act of war. Not today, however, because the missile in question was test-fired by the US itself. A Minuteman III nuclear-capable ICBM was launched from the US at a target 4,000 miles away in the South Pacific. This provocation appears designed to underscore Washington’s ability to wipe out much of the planet, amid growing concerns about aggressive US warfare.
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How US Media Is Preparing Country for Attack on North Korea
(Matt Novak / Gismodo.com)

President Donald Trump continues to beat the drums of war, and the media are going along with him. Trump doesn't have any particular incentive to bomb North Korea or advocate for regime change in the country. It's not even clear that Trump knows the leader of North Korea's name. ut Trump is above all a man who likes to be liked. And so far, the actions that have won him the most praise have been when he dropped a bunch of bombs on Syria.
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North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills As US Submarine Arrives
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Julian Borger / The Guardian)

In response to US provocations ranging from economic sanctions to massive military exercises on its borders, nuclear-capable bombers flying nearby and a US naval armada steaming towards its shores, North Korean has opted to ready 300 to 400 long-range artillery pieces as a clear reminder that North Korea remains capable of destroying large swaths of the South Korean capital. And, of course, both Pongyang and Washington possess nuclear weapons.
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WEAPONS OF WAR

The Shame of Killing Innocent People
(Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Sen. Rand Paul / Rare.us)

According the the UN Human Rights Commission, "At least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded since coalition military operations began [in Yemin] , 60 percent of them in coalition airstrikes." Between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis. The US Congress could put an end to US complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the US stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons.
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Trump: Absolutely a Chance for "Major, Major War" With North Korea
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

The United States continues to send wildly conflicting signs on their intentions toward North Korea. Massive US "war games" in the region and Trump administration talk of military buildups around the Korean Peninsula have fueled concerns about the US attacking North Korea outright. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and asks Chomsky about one of the most serious threats to the survival of the human species -- nuclear war.
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Instead of Threats of War, Trump Should Make an Artful Deal: Halt US War Exercises in Exchange for a Halt to the North's Weapons and Missile Testing
(Bruce Cumings / The Nation & John Delury / The Washington Post)

There is no way to hit North Korea without being hit back harder. There is no military means to "preempt" its capabilities. The prudent move would be to open direct talks with Pyongyang. Start by negotiating a freeze on the fissile-material production cycle, return of Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, and a moratorium on testing nuclear devices and long-range missiles. In return, the US should entertain Pyongyang's long-standing request for to halt its massive joint military exercises with South Korea.
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Visit to Site of MOAB Bombing: "It Was More of a Dud"

The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs. The 22,000 lb pound bomb, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, was supposed to send a "message" to other nations. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you'd think. Green trees were still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage. Tunnels used by the ISIS fighters appeared all but untouched. Many victims were anti-ISIS fighters.
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US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press<)

US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away. The family, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.
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ACTiON ALERT: Tell Trump to Stop Threatening North Korea
(Roots Action & The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)

Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war -- a war that could prove disastrous for the entire world. From all appearances, Trump has no clue as to the choices available. When North Korea tests missiles it breaks no laws. The US tests missiles all the time and the US launches nuclear-capable ICBMs. North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the US and South Korea would halt military exercises and other provocations along the shared border.
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Escalation Nation: US Fires Nuclear-capable ICBM Over Pacific Ocean
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Fox News)

The test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile would be cause for angry condemned by the US as a dangerous provocation tantamount to an act of war. Not today, however, because the missile in question was test-fired by the US itself. A Minuteman III nuclear-capable ICBM was launched from the US at a target 4,000 miles away in the South Pacific. This provocation appears designed to underscore Washington’s ability to wipe out much of the planet, amid growing concerns about aggressive US warfare.
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Children of War: American Weapons Have Poisoned a Generation.
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative )

In 2010, seven years after the brutal US attack on Fallujah, "congenital malformations" were observed in 15 percent of all births. Heart defects were the most common, followed by neural tube defects, which cause irreversible and often fatal deformities such as anencephaly, in which the infant is born with parts of the brain and skull missing.
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