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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.

 

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Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth (Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017)
War is humanity's deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th Century, an estimated 165 wars killed as many as 258 million people -- more than 6 percent of all the people born during the entire 20th century. WWII claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and 34 million civilians. In today's wars, 75 percent of those killed are civilians -- mostly women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

No War 2017: War and the Environment (David Swanson Remarks at #NoWar2017 conference on September 22, 2017)
What war and war preparations do to the earth has always been a hard topic to get at. Why would those who care about the earth want to take on the beloved and inspiring institution that brought us Vietnam, Iraq, the famine in Yemen, torture at Guantanamo, and 16 years of gruesome slaughter in Afghanistan? But the fact is that if war were moral, legal, and inexpensive, we would still need to abolish it because of the destruction that war and preparations for war do as the leading polluters of our natural environment.

US Has Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 17 in Libya (New China / Xinhua.net & AntiWar.com)
A total of 2,617 civilians have been killed in the US-led anti-terror operations in Syria since late 2014, a monitor group reported Saturday. The death toll includes 615 children and 443 women, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, for the first time since Donald Trump's inauguration, the US has carried out airstrikes inside Libya, bombing what they described as an ISIS camp within central Libya, southeast of Sirte. 17 people were killed, and the US claimed all were ISIS.

Monumental Greed: Trump/Zinke's Plan for Drilling the Wilderness (EcoWatch & Natural Resources Defense Council & The Sierra Club & The Grand Canyon Trust)
A leaked memo reveals how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke secretly proposed opening publicly held national monuments powerful corporations seeking to expand drilling, logging, commercial fishing and other activities for private profit. Despite receiving 2.8 million public comments in support of our national monuments, Zinke has announced plans to change the way at least 10 of these treasured areas are managed -- and to shrink the boundaries of at least four of them.

The US-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan (May Jeong / In These Times)
Investigative Report: In Afghanistan, residents of a village allege that dozens of civilian deaths were commited at the hands of a single US-trained strongman -- just one example of the "Afghan special forces" that the US has supported, armed and delegated to perform as its surrogate in America's longest-running war.

Under Trump, US Has Been Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace (AntiWar.com & Jennifer Wilson and Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy)
The candidate who once warned America about Hillary Clinton's hawkishness is turning into a war machine. US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs. In the last 193 days of the Obama presidency, there were 21 lethal counterterrorism operations in these countries. Trump has quintupled that number, with at least 92 such operations in Yemen, seven in Somalia, and four in Pakistan.

The Deadly Rain of Obama's Bombs (Medea Benjamin / The Guardian)
In 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs. This means that every day last year, the US military blasted combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs; that's three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. While most of these air attacks were in Syria and Iraq, US bombs also rained down on people in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. That's seven majority-Muslim countries.

The Corporate Beneficiaries of the Warfare-Welfare State (Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity & BitOfNews.com)
Commentary: Congress long ago abandoned another primary duty -- preventing presidents from launching military attacks without first obtaining a congressional declaration of war. The uncomfortable question raised by Congress's abrogation of these two key functions is whether a republican form of government is compatible with a welfare-warfare state.

Is Trump About to Repeat George W. Bush's Worst Mistake: Starting an Unnecessary War? (Michael H. Fuchs / The Guardian)
Commentary: In 2003, the US initiated perhaps the greatest strategic disaster in US history by diverting attention . . . to an unnecessary war in Iraq. That war resulted in hundreds of thousands dead and wounded, untold economic catastrophe, states in the Middle East in ruin, and the rise of ISIS. Donald Trump's first speech before the UN general assembly made clear that he wants to take America down a similar path by starting an unnecessary conflict with Iran.

Iran Is in Compliance: It's Trump Who Would Be Violating the Iran Nuclear Deal (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Win Without War)
Trump has called the historic Iran Deal an "embarrassment." But what's really embarrassing is Trump's lies about the nuclear deal -- said in front of an institution that the US helped build in the name of diplomacy and peace. If Trump breaks the deal and once again destroys our nation's credibility on the global stage, no one will trust us to honor our word in future diplomatic agreements -- which means that you can kiss diplomacy with North Korea goodbye.

Trump to Flood the World with Weapons While Don Jr. Lobbies for Silencers (Mike Stone and Matt Spetalnick / Reuters & Chris Carr / Everytown for Gun Safety)
The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for US gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers. Aides to Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department. While the State Department is concerned about international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses more on markets and profits.

Pentagon Ignores Trump's Orders: Moves Ahead with Obama-era Climate Preparation Plan (Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Alex Kirby / Climate Change Network)
Unlike his White House boss, Defense Sec. Jim Mattis does not believe that climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese. The Pentagon has warned for years that climate change is a "national security threat." Despite Trump's orders, the agency continues to take steps to help the military navigate and prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. Faced with loss of its coastal bases to rising seas, the department is still preparing for the effects of climate change -- even though Trump told them to stop.

Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine In Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma (Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)
We have these hurricanes, past and the coming ones, with extreme fires, storms, droughts, and massive floods -- 1,300 dead in South Asia now from floods -- and yet Fox, MSNBC, and CNN are hardly mentioning the word "climate change" when it comes to these horrific events, at the same time they are spending 24 hours a day reporting on these manifestations of climate chaos. This is the extreme world -- we're catching a glimpse of it -- that we've been warned about.

The Powerful Corporations that Influence Washington's Climate Policy (Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Climate Nexus )
For better or worse, corporations have a major influence on climate change policy. Koch Industries, a multinational owned by billionaires Charles and David Koch, has contributed hundreds of millions to candidates and lobbying over the last 25 years. The data shows the climate policy agenda is being driven by a small number of massive global corporations. Meanwhile, Investing giant Vanguard has voted to require ExxonMobil to include more detailed assessments of how climate policies impact its bottom line.

ACTION ALERT: ABC Silent on Climate Change (David Z. Morris / Fortune & Public Citizen & Fareed Zakaria / CNN)
As a brutal hurricane season continues to batter the Caribbean and the United States, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks it might be too late to save coastal cities from the effects of climate change. "I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water's edges, historically for commerce and transportation," deGrasse Tyson said.

California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change (Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)
San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.

51 Countries (and Counting) Ratify UN Nuclear Weapons Ban (AntiWar.com & World Beyond War & Susi Snyder / PAX & National Public Radio)
Nuclear weapons are terrifying. A blinding flash, a burning wind, the sound of a thousand thunderstorms, a cry for water too poisoned to drink, for help that isn't coming, only to end by begging for death. Those are the realities of nuclear weapons. We cannot allow these 15,000 doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children's future. Under the ban's language, it takes effect 90 days after the 50th nation ratifies it. Only the nuclear powers reject this ban.

Pentagon Builds First Permanent US Base in Israel (Judah Ari Gross / The Times of Israel)
For the first time in history, the US on Monday established an official, permanent military base in Israel: an air defense base in the heart of the Negev desert. Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force's Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. The "base within a base" will be run by the US military's European Command (EUCOM). It includes barracks, offices and support services.

The Risk of Nuclear War With North Korea: On the Ground in Pyongyang (Evan Osnos / The New Yorker )
Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation? Donald Trump's unhinged threats to launch a "preventive war" against North Korea risk abandoning the one thing that has prevented war in the past -- US restraint. Trump's new rhetoric of threats risks unleashing a spiral of hostility in which neither side intends to start a war but escalating intimidation leads to ever-more-aggressive behavior. Trump and Kim may goad each other into the very conflict that they are both trying to avoid.

Trump Calls for War Crime at UN Speech; Preaches Nationalism over Unity (Michael Harthorne / Newser & Sarah D. Wire / The Los Angeles Times & Julian Borger / The Guardian)
In his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly, President Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and its "rocket man" Kim Jong Un. ABC's chief foreign correspondent accused Trump of using "WWE rhetoric" to lob an "immoral threat" in front of the world's political leaders. Terry Moran says mulling the destruction of a country of 25 million people "borders on the threat of committing a war crime." The speech was greeted mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs

Trump Invites United Nations to Destroy His Enemies (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali / Reuters & The White House)
Donald Trump demanded that the UN Security Council come together and make more moves against North Korea, adding it "is an outrage" that any nations are trading with North Korea at all because of their "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons." In the course of criticizing North Korea, however, nuclear weapons were scarcely mentioned. Any conflict on the Korean peninsula could easily result in a degree of bloodshed unseen since the 1950-53 Korean War, which claimed the lives of millions of Koreans.

$700 Billion for DOD and Trump Wants a Big Military Parade, Too (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com &Richard Lardner / Associated Press & )
In an 89-8 vote, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion military spending bill. The bill still needs to be reconciled with the House version before it goes to the White House for signature. Meanwhile, Donald Trump wants to flaunt US military might in North Korea-style displays of force. Having added military vehicles to his inauguration, Trump now wants the US military to "come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue" with parades of weapons in DC and New York, as well.

ACTION ALERT: "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" St Louis Police Are Out of Control (Color of Change & Hayley Miller, Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post)
Commentary: Police are out of control in St. Louis and the Mayor has done nothing to stop them. Over the weekend of protests following the not-guilty verdict absolving Jason Stockley of accountability in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, police taunted protesters with Ferguson-era chants like "Whose streets? Our streets?" -- imitating the neo-nazi terrorists in Charlottesville. Police also fired at protesters with rubber bullets, trampled an older woman, and pepper-sprayed people who tried to help her.

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era (Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)
The US just experienced its largest rainfall event in memory. For the first time in recorded weather history, two category 4 hurricanes hit in a single season (not yet over). And San Francisco experienced an unheard of 106 degree day. This as the new face of homeland security: containing the damage to our seacoasts, forests, and cities caused by extreme weather events made all the more frequent and destructive by climate change. This is a "war" without a name, but it will be no less real for that.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Climate Change Could Extinguish Vital Parasites that Support Life on Earth
(Amy Goodman and Colin Carlson / Democracy Now!)

As the United States continues to deal with unprecedented floods and hurricanes, a new study has revealed climate change is also driving the mass extinction of parasites that are critical to natural ecosystems, and could add to the planet's sixth great mass extinction event that's currently underway -- about a third of all parasite species could go extinct by 2070 due to human activity. The loss could have profound ripple effects on the environment and might pave the way for disastrous health outcomes.
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7 Reasons We Face a Global Water Crisis
(Leah Schleifer / World Resources Institute & EcoWatch)

Droughts in Somalia. Water rationing in Rome. Flooding in Jakarta. It doesn't take a hydrologist to realize that there is a growing global water crisis. In August, water experts, industry innovators and researchers gathered in Stockholm to address our most pressing water issues. Climate change is warming the planet, making the planet's hottest regions even more scorching as clouds are driven from the equator and toward the poles At the same time, 21 million people worldwide are at risk of historic, and cataclysmic flooding.
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ACTION ALERT: Trump Rejects National Climate Report, Silences 50 Climate Experts
(The Conversation / EcoWatch.org & CREDO Action)

Commentary & Analysis: A scientific report done every four years has been thrust into the spotlight because its findings directly contradict statements from the president and various cabinet officials. If the Trump administration chooses to reject the pending national Climate Science Special Report, it would be more damaging than pulling the US out of the Paris agreement. Censoring experts for doing their jobs is an abuse of authority.
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Trump's Solution to Climate Change: Ban the Term
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian)

In a bold new strategy, the US Department of Agriculture -- guardians of the planet's richest farmlands -- has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding its employees from using the words. Under guidance from the USDA's director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes "climate change" and "climate change adaptation." Instead, the USDA's staff has been ordered to only use the phrases "weather extremes" and "resilience to weather extremes."
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ACTION ALERT: Stopping the March to War with North Korea
(Will Fischer / VoteVets & CREDO Mobile Petition & Emily Tamkin / Foreign Policy)

The threat of military conflict with North Korea is increasing by the day. This morning, President Trump tweeted that "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. But what's really missing from this conversation is being bold about diplomatic solutions. Donald Trump currently has the power to launch thousands of nuclear weapons at will. H.R. 669, the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, would stop Trump from starting a nuclear war.
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Can US Attack North Korea and Claim 'Self Defense'? Congress Cannot Stop Trump from Launching a Nuclear First-strike
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Dan Lamothe / The Washington Post)

The Congressional Research Service states the president "does not need the concurrence of either his military advisors or the US Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons" [and] "neither the military nor Congress can overrule these orders." Under the War Powers Act, the president need not seek congressional approval until 60 days after the start of a war. Attempts to stop a nuclear attack order until Congress declares war is unlikely to pass with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.
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Global Warming, the Tipping Point, and Environmental/Economic Justice
(SBS News & Kate Aronoff / The Nation)

Scientists report that world temperatures are likely to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius this century, surpassing a "tipping point" that a global climate deal aims to avert Al Gore's latest film draws climate change back into the political limelight, but fails to draw connections between environmental and economic justice. Seriously confronting the warming of our planet would essentially spell the end for free market capitalism.
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War and the Environment
(Peace Pledge Union)

Because war disrupts social structures, ecostructures are neglected and abused, with lasting and costly consequences. It's widely agreed that Sudan's 1988 famine was caused by its protracted civil war. The testing and manufacture of nuclear arms has been responsible for some of the most profound and persistent environmental damage to life on Earth. Meanwhile, the complex mixture of poisonous contaminants found on many military sites continues to infiltrate the land, air and water.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

US Has Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 17 in Libya
(New China / Xinhua.net & AntiWar.com)

A total of 2,617 civilians have been killed in the US-led anti-terror operations in Syria since late 2014, a monitor group reported Saturday. The death toll includes 615 children and 443 women, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, for the first time since Donald Trump's inauguration, the US has carried out airstrikes inside Libya, bombing what they described as an ISIS camp within central Libya, southeast of Sirte. 17 people were killed, and the US claimed all were ISIS.
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The US-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan
(May Jeong / In These Times)

Investigative Report: In Afghanistan, residents of a village allege that dozens of civilian deaths were commited at the hands of a single US-trained strongman -- just one example of the "Afghan special forces" that the US has supported, armed and delegated to perform as its surrogate in America's longest-running war.
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Under Trump, US Has Been Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace
(AntiWar.com & Jennifer Wilson and Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy)

The candidate who once warned America about Hillary Clinton's hawkishness is turning into a war machine. US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs. In the last 193 days of the Obama presidency, there were 21 lethal counterterrorism operations in these countries. Trump has quintupled that number, with at least 92 such operations in Yemen, seven in Somalia, and four in Pakistan.
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Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine In Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
(Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)

We have these hurricanes, past and the coming ones, with extreme fires, storms, droughts, and massive floods -- 1,300 dead in South Asia now from floods -- and yet Fox, MSNBC, and CNN are hardly mentioning the word "climate change" when it comes to these horrific events, at the same time they are spending 24 hours a day reporting on these manifestations of climate chaos. This is the extreme world -- we're catching a glimpse of it -- that we've been warned about.
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ACTION ALERT: ABC Silent on Climate Change
(David Z. Morris / Fortune & Public Citizen & Fareed Zakaria / CNN)

As a brutal hurricane season continues to batter the Caribbean and the United States, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks it might be too late to save coastal cities from the effects of climate change. "I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water's edges, historically for commerce and transportation," deGrasse Tyson said.
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California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change
(Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.
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ACTION ALERT: "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" St Louis Police Are Out of Control
(Color of Change & Hayley Miller, Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post)

Commentary: Police are out of control in St. Louis and the Mayor has done nothing to stop them. Over the weekend of protests following the not-guilty verdict absolving Jason Stockley of accountability in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, police taunted protesters with Ferguson-era chants like "Whose streets? Our streets?" -- imitating the neo-nazi terrorists in Charlottesville. Police also fired at protesters with rubber bullets, trampled an older woman, and pepper-sprayed people who tried to help her.
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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

The US just experienced its largest rainfall event in memory. For the first time in recorded weather history, two category 4 hurricanes hit in a single season (not yet over). And San Francisco experienced an unheard of 106 degree day. This as the new face of homeland security: containing the damage to our seacoasts, forests, and cities caused by extreme weather events made all the more frequent and destructive by climate change. This is a "war" without a name, but it will be no less real for that.
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LAND IMPACTS

Monumental Greed: Trump/Zinke's Plan for Drilling the Wilderness
(EcoWatch & Natural Resources Defense Council & The Sierra Club & The Grand Canyon Trust)

A leaked memo reveals how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke secretly proposed opening publicly held national monuments powerful corporations seeking to expand drilling, logging, commercial fishing and other activities for private profit. Despite receiving 2.8 million public comments in support of our national monuments, Zinke has announced plans to change the way at least 10 of these treasured areas are managed -- and to shrink the boundaries of at least four of them.
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Pentagon Ignores Trump's Orders: Moves Ahead with Obama-era Climate Preparation Plan
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Alex Kirby / Climate Change Network)

Unlike his White House boss, Defense Sec. Jim Mattis does not believe that climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese. The Pentagon has warned for years that climate change is a "national security threat." Despite Trump's orders, the agency continues to take steps to help the military navigate and prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. Faced with loss of its coastal bases to rising seas, the department is still preparing for the effects of climate change -- even though Trump told them to stop.
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Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine In Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
(Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)

We have these hurricanes, past and the coming ones, with extreme fires, storms, droughts, and massive floods -- 1,300 dead in South Asia now from floods -- and yet Fox, MSNBC, and CNN are hardly mentioning the word "climate change" when it comes to these horrific events, at the same time they are spending 24 hours a day reporting on these manifestations of climate chaos. This is the extreme world -- we're catching a glimpse of it -- that we've been warned about.
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ACTION ALERT: ABC Silent on Climate Change
(David Z. Morris / Fortune & Public Citizen & Fareed Zakaria / CNN)

As a brutal hurricane season continues to batter the Caribbean and the United States, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks it might be too late to save coastal cities from the effects of climate change. "I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water's edges, historically for commerce and transportation," deGrasse Tyson said.
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California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change
(Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.
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Pentagon Builds First Permanent US Base in Israel
(Judah Ari Gross / The Times of Israel)

For the first time in history, the US on Monday established an official, permanent military base in Israel: an air defense base in the heart of the Negev desert. Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force's Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. The "base within a base" will be run by the US military's European Command (EUCOM). It includes barracks, offices and support services.
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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

The US just experienced its largest rainfall event in memory. For the first time in recorded weather history, two category 4 hurricanes hit in a single season (not yet over). And San Francisco experienced an unheard of 106 degree day. This as the new face of homeland security: containing the damage to our seacoasts, forests, and cities caused by extreme weather events made all the more frequent and destructive by climate change. This is a "war" without a name, but it will be no less real for that.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect our Public Lands
(Sierra Club & Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10‚ÄČnational monuments created by his immediate predecessors, shrink the borders of four national monuments, and open six other national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing. Zinke's memorandum is silent on the fate of the remaining 11 monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea, which Bush created but Obama expanded to more than 582,578 square miles of land and sea in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

Pentagon Ignores Trump's Orders: Moves Ahead with Obama-era Climate Preparation Plan
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Alex Kirby / Climate Change Network)

Unlike his White House boss, Defense Sec. Jim Mattis does not believe that climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese. The Pentagon has warned for years that climate change is a "national security threat." Despite Trump's orders, the agency continues to take steps to help the military navigate and prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. Faced with loss of its coastal bases to rising seas, the department is still preparing for the effects of climate change -- even though Trump told them to stop.
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Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine In Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
(Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)

We have these hurricanes, past and the coming ones, with extreme fires, storms, droughts, and massive floods -- 1,300 dead in South Asia now from floods -- and yet Fox, MSNBC, and CNN are hardly mentioning the word "climate change" when it comes to these horrific events, at the same time they are spending 24 hours a day reporting on these manifestations of climate chaos. This is the extreme world -- we're catching a glimpse of it -- that we've been warned about.
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ACTION ALERT: ABC Silent on Climate Change
(David Z. Morris / Fortune & Public Citizen & Fareed Zakaria / CNN)

As a brutal hurricane season continues to batter the Caribbean and the United States, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks it might be too late to save coastal cities from the effects of climate change. "I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water's edges, historically for commerce and transportation," deGrasse Tyson said.
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California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change
(Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.
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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

The US just experienced its largest rainfall event in memory. For the first time in recorded weather history, two category 4 hurricanes hit in a single season (not yet over). And San Francisco experienced an unheard of 106 degree day. This as the new face of homeland security: containing the damage to our seacoasts, forests, and cities caused by extreme weather events made all the more frequent and destructive by climate change. This is a "war" without a name, but it will be no less real for that.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect our Public Lands
(Sierra Club & Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10‚ÄČnational monuments created by his immediate predecessors, shrink the borders of four national monuments, and open six other national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing. Zinke's memorandum is silent on the fate of the remaining 11 monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea, which Bush created but Obama expanded to more than 582,578 square miles of land and sea in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Engelhard and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Deployed to Houston to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief, US troops hadn't even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. This is the new face of homeland security -- containing the damage to US coasts, forests, and other areas wracked by extreme weather made all the more frequent and destructive thanks to climate change. It is a "war" the Trump White House fails to acknowledge.
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EPA Head Ignores Climate Change: Scott Pruitt Says It's Not the Time to Talk Climate Change
(Philip Bump / The Washington Post)

In an interview in March, Scott Pruitt denied the scientific consensus that human activity was driving the warmer climate -- a denial that suggested he would curtail the EPA's efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Once confirmed by the Senate, Pruitt got to work reshaping the agency in precisely that way. In April, the organization's page on climate change was removed; in May, a page focused on educating children was as well.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

The Powerful Corporations that Influence Washington's Climate Policy
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Climate Nexus )

For better or worse, corporations have a major influence on climate change policy. Koch Industries, a multinational owned by billionaires Charles and David Koch, has contributed hundreds of millions to candidates and lobbying over the last 25 years. The data shows the climate policy agenda is being driven by a small number of massive global corporations. Meanwhile, Investing giant Vanguard has voted to require ExxonMobil to include more detailed assessments of how climate policies impact its bottom line.
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California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change
(Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect our Public Lands
(Sierra Club & Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10‚ÄČnational monuments created by his immediate predecessors, shrink the borders of four national monuments, and open six other national monuments to mining, drilling, logging, and commercial fishing. Zinke's memorandum is silent on the fate of the remaining 11 monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea, which Bush created but Obama expanded to more than 582,578 square miles of land and sea in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Engelhard and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Deployed to Houston to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief, US troops hadn't even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. This is the new face of homeland security -- containing the damage to US coasts, forests, and other areas wracked by extreme weather made all the more frequent and destructive thanks to climate change. It is a "war" the Trump White House fails to acknowledge.
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Trump to Aim Oil-seeking Airgun Blasts on Atlantic Whales, Dolphins
(Mike Gaworecki / Mongabay)

The Trump Administration has taken steps to open up the US' Atlantic waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling, sparking fierce resistance up and down the coast. Oil exploration involves vessels armed with airguns blasting intense bursts of noise into the water every 10 to 12 seconds to determine what resources might lie beneath the ocean floor -- blasts so loud they can be heard underwater as far as 2,500 miles away. The blasting can go on for months. Such blasts can prove deadly to marine mammals.
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US Solar Industry Sees Phenomenal Growth
(Solar Energy Industries Association & EcoWatch)

The US solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1's total and represents an 8 percent year-over-year gain. Last year, solar companies added jobs 17 times faster than the rest of the economy and increased our GDP by billions of dollars.
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Climate Change Could Extinguish Vital Parasites that Support Life on Earth
(Amy Goodman and Colin Carlson / Democracy Now!)

As the United States continues to deal with unprecedented floods and hurricanes, a new study has revealed climate change is also driving the mass extinction of parasites that are critical to natural ecosystems, and could add to the planet's sixth great mass extinction event that's currently underway -- about a third of all parasite species could go extinct by 2070 due to human activity. The loss could have profound ripple effects on the environment and might pave the way for disastrous health outcomes.
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UK Unions to Vote on Public Ownership of Energy
(The Campaign Against Climate Change & Trade Unions for Energy Democracy)

As the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt, urgent action is needed. Yet UK Prime Minister Theresa May's weak and divided government puts deregulation first. And Donald Trump's outright climate denial protects the interests of fossil fuel oligarchs behind false promises of jobs for workers. But the Campaign Against Climate Change believes that another world is possible, with workers leading the transition to a low carbon economy.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

The US-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan
(May Jeong / In These Times)

Investigative Report: In Afghanistan, residents of a village allege that dozens of civilian deaths were commited at the hands of a single US-trained strongman -- just one example of the "Afghan special forces" that the US has supported, armed and delegated to perform as its surrogate in America's longest-running war.
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Under Trump, US Has Been Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace
(AntiWar.com & Jennifer Wilson and Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy)

The candidate who once warned America about Hillary Clinton's hawkishness is turning into a war machine. US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs. In the last 193 days of the Obama presidency, there were 21 lethal counterterrorism operations in these countries. Trump has quintupled that number, with at least 92 such operations in Yemen, seven in Somalia, and four in Pakistan.
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The Corporate Beneficiaries of the Warfare-Welfare State
(Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity & BitOfNews.com)

Commentary: Congress long ago abandoned another primary duty -- preventing presidents from launching military attacks without first obtaining a congressional declaration of war. The uncomfortable question raised by Congress's abrogation of these two key functions is whether a republican form of government is compatible with a welfare-warfare state.
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Is Trump About to Repeat George W. Bush's Worst Mistake: Starting an Unnecessary War?
(Michael H. Fuchs / The Guardian)

Commentary: In 2003, the US initiated perhaps the greatest strategic disaster in US history by diverting attention . . . to an unnecessary war in Iraq. That war resulted in hundreds of thousands dead and wounded, untold economic catastrophe, states in the Middle East in ruin, and the rise of ISIS. Donald Trump's first speech before the UN general assembly made clear that he wants to take America down a similar path by starting an unnecessary conflict with Iran.
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Iran Is in Compliance: It's Trump Who Would Be Violating the Iran Nuclear Deal
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Win Without War)

Trump has called the historic Iran Deal an "embarrassment." But what's really embarrassing is Trump's lies about the nuclear deal -- said in front of an institution that the US helped build in the name of diplomacy and peace. If Trump breaks the deal and once again destroys our nation's credibility on the global stage, no one will trust us to honor our word in future diplomatic agreements -- which means that you can kiss diplomacy with North Korea goodbye.
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Trump to Flood the World with Weapons While Don Jr. Lobbies for Silencers
(Mike Stone and Matt Spetalnick / Reuters & Chris Carr / Everytown for Gun Safety)

The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for US gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers. Aides to Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department. While the State Department is concerned about international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses more on markets and profits.
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Pentagon Builds First Permanent US Base in Israel
(Judah Ari Gross / The Times of Israel)

For the first time in history, the US on Monday established an official, permanent military base in Israel: an air defense base in the heart of the Negev desert. Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force's Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. The "base within a base" will be run by the US military's European Command (EUCOM). It includes barracks, offices and support services.
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The Risk of Nuclear War With North Korea: On the Ground in Pyongyang
(Evan Osnos / The New Yorker )

Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation? Donald Trump's unhinged threats to launch a "preventive war" against North Korea risk abandoning the one thing that has prevented war in the past -- US restraint. Trump's new rhetoric of threats risks unleashing a spiral of hostility in which neither side intends to start a war but escalating intimidation leads to ever-more-aggressive behavior. Trump and Kim may goad each other into the very conflict that they are both trying to avoid.
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WEAPONS OF WAR

US Has Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 17 in Libya
(New China / Xinhua.net & AntiWar.com)

A total of 2,617 civilians have been killed in the US-led anti-terror operations in Syria since late 2014, a monitor group reported Saturday. The death toll includes 615 children and 443 women, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, for the first time since Donald Trump's inauguration, the US has carried out airstrikes inside Libya, bombing what they described as an ISIS camp within central Libya, southeast of Sirte. 17 people were killed, and the US claimed all were ISIS.
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Under Trump, US Has Been Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace
(AntiWar.com & Jennifer Wilson and Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy)

The candidate who once warned America about Hillary Clinton's hawkishness is turning into a war machine. US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs. In the last 193 days of the Obama presidency, there were 21 lethal counterterrorism operations in these countries. Trump has quintupled that number, with at least 92 such operations in Yemen, seven in Somalia, and four in Pakistan.
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The Corporate Beneficiaries of the Warfare-Welfare State
(Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity & BitOfNews.com)

Commentary: Congress long ago abandoned another primary duty -- preventing presidents from launching military attacks without first obtaining a congressional declaration of war. The uncomfortable question raised by Congress's abrogation of these two key functions is whether a republican form of government is compatible with a welfare-warfare state.
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Trump to Flood the World with Weapons While Don Jr. Lobbies for Silencers
(Mike Stone and Matt Spetalnick / Reuters & Chris Carr / Everytown for Gun Safety)

The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for US gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers. Aides to Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department. While the State Department is concerned about international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses more on markets and profits.
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51 Countries (and Counting) Ratify UN Nuclear Weapons Ban
(AntiWar.com & World Beyond War & Susi Snyder / PAX & National Public Radio)

Nuclear weapons are terrifying. A blinding flash, a burning wind, the sound of a thousand thunderstorms, a cry for water too poisoned to drink, for help that isn't coming, only to end by begging for death. Those are the realities of nuclear weapons. We cannot allow these 15,000 doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children's future. Under the ban's language, it takes effect 90 days after the 50th nation ratifies it. Only the nuclear powers reject this ban.
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$700 Billion for DOD and Trump Wants a Big Military Parade, Too
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com &Richard Lardner / Associated Press & )

In an 89-8 vote, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion military spending bill. The bill still needs to be reconciled with the House version before it goes to the White House for signature. Meanwhile, Donald Trump wants to flaunt US military might in North Korea-style displays of force. Having added military vehicles to his inauguration, Trump now wants the US military to "come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue" with parades of weapons in DC and New York, as well.
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In this Korean Crisis, Trump's Bullying Tactics Aren't Working and Never Will
(Michael Payne / Nation of Change)

Many experts in world affairs believe that if it were not for America's highly aggressive military agenda that has been aimed at North Korea for many decades, that that nation would never have initiated a nuclear development program. More and more psychiatrists and associated mental health experts are issuing warnings about Trump's mental state. What's going to happen if this president, in some fit of rage, loses control and gives the order to launch an attack, possibly a nuclear one, on North Korea?
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The American Military: Deployed Everywhere and Winning Nowhere
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

In 2007, the Government Accountability Office found that the Pentagon could not account for nearly 30% of the weapons it had distributed in Iraq since 2004 -- about 200,000 guns. Similar stories could be told about Afghanistan, another country where US weaponry has disappeared in remarkable quantities. Someday, historians will have to ask one question above all: Why, year after year, in the face of obvious and repetitive failure, was no one in Washington capable of imagining another course of action?
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