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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.


Exclusive: The US Has More Military Operations in Africa than the Middle East
(Nick Turse / Vice.com)

Over the last three years, the United States has conducted more than 30 named operations and activities in Africa. In 2017, US troops carried out an average of nearly 10 missions per day -- 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements for the year -- across the African continent. There are now 34 US military outposts in at least African 33 countries.

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.

Black Internationalists Demand Closure of Hundreds of US Military Bases
(San Francisco Bay View & The Black Alliaince for Peace)

The United States operates more than 1,000 military facilities on six continents. This enormous presence embodies the US policy of Full Spectrum Dominance, which threatens democracy and self-determination for other nations. Black Alliaince for Peace reaffirms our commitment to this world-wide campaign and has launched a related campaign -- US Out of Africa! -- aimed at shutting down the Pentagon's Africa Command (AFRICOM) -- a US military program that is now present in 53 out of 54 African countries.

Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe"
(Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.

The Dire Environmental Impacts of Trump's Proposed Border Wall
(Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Documents have revealed that Interior Department officials downplayed federal wildlife experts' concerns about Trump's border wall and show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke felt obliged to "support the border security mission." Previously hidden documents reveal officials censored a key letter to US Customs and Border Protection citing a number of warnings by career biologists and wildlife managers about the potential impacts of the border wall on the area's rare cats and other animals.

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.

Can We Feed Humanity without Destroying the Planet?
(Tim Searchinger, et al. / World Resources Institute)

By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? Sustainably feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 is possible -- but it will require significant innovation and investment by the public and private sector.

Is Insect Extinction a Bigger Threat than Global Warming?
(Robert Hunziker / Transcend Media & John Lieff, MD / Searching for the Mind)

The Paris Accord is riding the wrong horse -- global warming is a long-term project compared to the insect catastrophe happening right now! An alarming loss of insects is likely to take down humanity before global warming hits maximum velocity. The worldwide loss of insects is simply staggering with some extinction reports of 75% up to 90%. And this is happening much faster than the paleoclimate record rate of the past five major extinction events.

As Glaciers Melt into the Sea Climate Denial Amounts to Mass Murder
(Mort Rosenblum / Reader Supported News & World Beyond War)

Commentary: Let's be clear before it is too late. Any government leader or corporate executive who flouts irrefutable evidence of climatic shifts is complicit in murdering the human race. Barack Obama bragging to a crowd in Texas of his great increases in fossil fuel production is part of a grand fictional enterprise in which eliminating humanity is praised by portions of humanity. Crocodiles and cockroaches will survive as temperatures rise, but humans will be among the first to go. When? Does it matter?

The 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused "Largest Extinction Event Ever" Scientists Report
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian UK)

Scientists have concluded that a mass extinction known as the "Great Dying" -- that occurred around 252 million years ago and marked the end of the Permian geologic period – was the result of rapid global warming caused by a huge spike in greenhouse gas emissions. The single greatest calamity ever to befall life on Earth, the Great Dying wiped out the vast majority of all marine and terrestrial life on the planet.

The Great Drying and the Great Dying: How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the Earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts at the same time it conducts its increasingly destructive assault of the planet.

CNN Fires Professor after Powerful Speech Calling for Palestinian Rights on UN Human Rights Day
(United National Antiwar Coalition Statement)

Temple University professor and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN after giving a powerful speech at the United Nations in support of Palestinian rights. The Nov. 29, 2018, UN meeting was to commemorate the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The meeting also fell on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when 700,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes by the newly declared state of Israel as hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed.

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sound a Planetary Alarm on Climate Change
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Jason Murdock / Newsweek)

The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time -- including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight.

Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg on Humanity's Two Existential Threats: Climate Change and Nuclear War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Paul Jay / The Real News)

World-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky says Republican leaders are dedicated to "enriching themselves and their friends" at the cost of the planet, and warns: "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form." And Daniel Ellsberg argues that massive reductions in ICBM's and transforming the economy away from the military-industrial complex are prerequisites for human survival.

Trump Says "Pull the Plug" on Syrian Peace Talks: Prefers Another Endless War . . . or WWIII
(Tom O'Connor / Newsweek & AntiWar.com & Laura Rozen / Al-Monitor)

Donald Trump came into office harshly critical of endless wars in the Middle East, but seems to be staring down the barrel of another such conflict in Syria. In addition to wanting ISIS defeated, the US wants Iran ousted, and all Shi'ite militias out of Syria. On top of that, they also want regime change, and a role in determining Syria's future. In the meantime, Trump's US envoy James Jeffrey wants the world to "pull the plug" on peace talks involving Syria and Russia.

AFRICOM: Uncovering the Pentagon's Vast "Bootprint" in Africa
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The US military has long insisted that it maintains a "light footprint" in Africa, and there have been reports of proposed drawdowns in special operations forces and closures of outposts on the continent, due to a 2017 ambush in Niger and an increasing focus on rivals like China and Russia. But through it all, US Africa Command has fallen short of providing concrete information about its bases on the continent, leaving in question the true scope of the American presence there.

Portrait of a Planet on the Verge of Climate Catastrophe
(Robin McKie / The Guardian UK)

As hundreds of politicians, government officials and scientists will gather in Poland for the annual UN climate conference, this year's will be a grim. As recent reports have made clear, the world may no longer be hovering at the edge of destruction but has probably staggered beyond a crucial point of no return. Climate catastrophe is now looking inevitable.

Two Presidents Bush; Two Iraq Wars; One Shared Goal: US Access to Oil
(Middle East Research and Information Project & History.com & Naval History and Heritage Command & Antonia Juhasz / CNN & Portside)

In 2000, Big Oil, including Exxon, Chevron, BP and Shell, spent more money to get fellow oilmen Bush and Cheney into office than they had spent on any previous election. The National Energy Policy Development Group, chaired by Cheney, brought the administration and the oil companies together to plot our collective energy future. In March, the task force reviewed list of targets, outlining Iraq's entire oil productive capacity. Planning for a military invasion was soon under way.

An Empire of Bases Poisons Water, Threatening Its Own Collapse
(Pat Elder / World BEYOND War)

Per-flouro octane-sulfo-nate or PFOS, and Per-flouro-octa-noic acid or PFOA, are the active ingredients in the foam routinely used to train soldiers to extinguish aircraft fires at US military bases around the world. The toxic chemicals are allowed to leach into surrounding soil to poison groundwater. The result is one of the greatest water contamination epidemics in human history. Doubt that? Click on Google News and enter: "PFOS PFAO Military Base."

US Military Bases Pollute Countries Worldwide
(RT News & The Associated Press & RT News)

Rivers and ponds near a US airbase in Germany are increasingly polluted by a toxic chemical believed to cause cancer. Water and soil around the base is contaminated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), a substance thought to cause cancer. The water at or around at least 126 military installations contains potentially harmful levels of perfluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancers and developmental delays for fetuses and infants, the Pentagon has found.

"I Don't Believe It": Trump vs. US on Climate Change
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is part of a continuing, multi-disciplinary, real-world examination of climate change that began in 1990. Produced by the 13 government agencies that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, the report warned that climate change is driven by human activity -- including the massive reliance on burning coal, oil and gas. If humans fail to take immediate action, a global catastrophe will strike civilization. Donald Trump's response: "I don't believe it."

The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

Dr. Gail Bradbrook, a mother of two boys, has seen enough of her government's complicity in pumping increasing amounts of CO2 and methane into an already overburdened atmosphere. A professor of molecular biophysics, her deep understanding of science has led her to confront the existential crisis facing humans. Acting on her love for her children and the disrupted world that is being left to them, she has channeled her horror about this crisis into action, co-founded the group, Rising Up!

UN Warns World Has Only Two Years to Halt Mankind's Destruction of Life on Earth
(Jonathan Watts / The Guardian & Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

The UN warns the world has two years to halt a 'silent killer' as dangerous as climate change, or face the collapse of human civilization. Humanity has virtually wiped out the majority of other living species on the planet. Now we must stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction. And there's not much time left to act.

Victory for Tanzania's Maasai
(The Oakland Institute)

For years, the Maasai of Loliondo, Tanzania have lived under intimidation, harassment, and violence -- simply for standing up for their land rights. Their homes have been burned. They are beaten and arrested. They suffer from hunger and starvation -- all for the benefit of foreign safari companies. Today, these communities celebrate a major victory!

ACTION ALERT: An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders
(World BEYOND War et al.)

Dear Senator Sanders: We write to you as US residents with great respect for your domestic policies. We support the position of more than 25,000 people who signed a petition during your presidential campaign urging you to take on militarism. We believe that Dr. Martin Luther King was correct to assert that racism, extreme materialism, and militarism needed to be challenged together rather than separately, and that this remains true today.

Listen to the Governor of Okinawa
(Alexis Dudden / Foreign Policy in Focus & Portside)

The first step the US can take to reduce the chance of a naval confrontation with China is to listen to the new governor of Okinawa -- home to over half of the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan and to US nuclear assets as well. By ending construction of a controversial military base in Okinawa -- scene of long0running protests -- the US can atone for its past conduct, honor the democratic desires of Okinawans, and begin to think more broadly about peace in the East China Sea and beyond.

Global War: To Infinity and Beyond
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Maj. Danny Sjursen / TomDispatch)

Commentary: There are about 800 American military bases worldwide (not counting, the more than 420 bases in Guam, Puerto Rico and the continental US). It is often said that -- in an Orwellian sense -- every nation needs an enemy to unite and discipline its population. Still, the US must stand alone in history as the only country to militarize the whole globe (with space thrown in) in preparation for taking on just about anyone. Now, that's exceptional.

The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the White House Climate Report
(Rachel Gutman / The Atlantic)

The National Climate Assessment, prepared by scientists at 13 federal agencies, traces the effects that climate change has already wrought upon every region of the United States, from nationwide heat waves to dwindling snowpacks in the West. In blunt and disturbing terms, it also envisions the devastation yet to come.

White House Study Warns Climate Change Will Cost US $500 Billion a Year. Trump's Response: "I Don't Believe It"
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress & The Huffington Post & Grist & USGS, Department of the Interior)

The White House stands accused of trying to "bury" a 1,700-page scientific report that concludes US temperatures will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless the use of fossil fuels is dramatically curtailed. It also confirmed that climate change is linked to outbreaks of deadly and costly wildfires, floods, and storms, and quantifies the staggering cost of Trump's climate science denial. The report projects our current path of unrestricted carbon pollution will devastate America.

The Dramatic Struggle for Our Planet and for Humanity in Henoko, Okinawa
(Joseph Essertier / World BEYOND War)

The US military has had bases in Okinawa for most of the last century and Okinawans have constantly struggled against making their islands into battlefields. Ever since the Battle of Okinawa, in which over 100,000 Okinawan civilians lost their lives (about one-third of the population), a large percentage of the population has opposed US bases and the vast majority of the current population now opposes the new base construction at Henoko. A crime against nature is about to be committed.

Gore Accuses Trump of Trying to
(Steve Franl / CBS News & Bill McKibben / The New York Review of Books)

Former VP Al Gore has blasted the White House for trying to "bury" a critical government report on climate change by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving. The National Climate Assessment directly contradicts Trump's claim that climate change is not "man-made." Bill McKibben adds: "We're running out of options, and we're running out of decades" and that means that climate change will cease to be a "problem" that can be "solved" and will become a calamity that can't be reversed.

Brazilian Amazon at Risk from "Trump of the Tropics"
(David Mack / BuzzFeed)

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is at its worst level in a decade, Brazilian officials announced Friday, amid concerns that logging in the world's largest forest will only increase once the country's anti-environment president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, takes office. The country's new far-right president-elect has vowed to open up more of the Amazon to logging. His campaign was backed by illegal loggers and miners who want to open the Amazon for more business.

Bolton to Meet with Brazil's New Far-right Leader. Mission: To Target Cuba and Venezuela
(Franco Ordonez / McClatchy)

President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton will meet next week with Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro to discuss a regional strategy in confronting Cuba and Venezuela. Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, who has been dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics," has called the leaders of those countries, along with Nicaragua, "clowns." Bolsonaro has also stated that the United States "looks forward to watching" these governments fall.

Alarming White House Report: US Scientists Rebuke Trump on Climate Change
(Seth Borenstein / The Associated Press & Axios.com)

White House Report Warns of Human-caused Climate Change As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of disasters are worsening in the US because of global warming. The National Climate Assessment directly contradicts the anti-environmental, pro-coal-and-carbon policies of Donald Trump.

Green New Deal: Young Progressives Are Forcing Democrats to Actually Do Something About Climate Change
(Matt Laslo / VICE)

Some of the Democratic Party's newly elected progressives are pushing leaders to embrace a Green New Deal that would, among other things, respond to climate change by ending US reliance on fossil fuels. Within days after the midterms, 10 House Democrats had already signed on to the call to put the nation on the path to a 100 percent renewable energy economy, build a national "smart" energy grid, and boost domestic manufacturing and exporting of emerging "green" technologies.

Trump's Response to Deadly Wildfires: Log the Trees
(Timothy Cama / The Hill)

The Trump administration is pointing to the deadly California wildfires to renew its call for Congress to boost the administration's ability to remove more brush and trees from federal forests. Ignoring the evidence that increasingly deadly wildfires are linked to climate change, Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the fires were caused by "radical environmentalists . . . [who] would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree."

US Bombs Continue to Kill in Laos 50 years after the Vietnam War
(Padraic Convery / Al Jazeera & Mark Landler / The New York Times)

This year's Thanksgiving celebration marks 50 years since the American military embarked on the biggest bombing campaign in world history -- decimating the small Southeast Asian country of Laos by dropping more than two million tons of bombs on it at the height of the Vietnam War. Half a century on, innocent lives are still being lost as the country struggles with the leftovers of the conflict.

US and South Korea to Scale Back Provocative Spring Military Exercises Aimed at the North
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

Though officials had previously been threatening a return to large-scale military exercises in South Korea, the Pentagon has once again agreed with South Korea to dramatically scale back a major exercise, in this case the spring 2019 war-games. This is Foal Eagle, which is usually one of the major Korea wargames for the US, and usually a big source of tensions with North Korea.

Our Planet Is Being Destroyed for Short-term Profit: It's Time to Join the Extinction Rebellion
(Bill McKibben / 350.org & Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

Commentary from Bill McKibben: "Every once in a great while, I write a piece that I think is important to share. This time it's an essay in this week's New Yorker. I warn you, it's not all easy reading. In fact, given the horrific fires still burning in California, an almost literal pall hangs over the words. But I want you to know I write it from a place of engagement, not despair. So do me the favor of reading this essay, and sharing it with others who might appreciate it. And then back to the fight!"

Anti-NATO Rally in Dublin Says US Empire Is Failing; It's Time to Change Course
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)

At the No US/NATO Bases conference, an overriding message was the breadth and depth of US empire and the impact of US and western imperialism around the world, including the environmental and health risks. The US empire consists of 800 US bases in 80 countries and US military personnel in more than 170 countries. In addition, the US uses economic war and sanctions to dominate other nations. This has brought misery to people around the globe.

ACTION ALERT: Close NATO's Global Empire of Bases
(Global Unity Statement / No NATO Bases.org)

We, the undersigned peace, justice and environmental organizations and individuals from around the world, endorse the following Statement of Unity and commit ourselves to working together in a broad-based international campaign to organize an International Conference Against all US/NATO Military Bases, with the goal of raising public awareness and organizing nonviolent mass resistance against all US, NATO and EU military bases, and their military missions around the world.

Green Party Urges International Criminal Court to Investigate Crimes against Palestinians
(Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance & The Green Party of the United States)

On November 29, 2018, members of the Green Party United States traveled to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to deliver a letter calling for a full investigation of Israel for war crimes it has committed against the Palestinians.The Green Party recognizes that the US is complicit in Israel's crimes by providing financial support, selling weapons and providing political cover. The letter was also signed by more than 1,000 organizations and individuals from the United States.

Demand the US End its Occupation of Africa!
(The Black Alliance for Peace)

October 1, 2018 marked 10 years since the United States African Command (AFRICOM) had been established. The purpose of AFRICOM is to use US military power to impose US control of African land, resources and labor to service the needs of US multi-national corporations and the wealthy in the United States. Today, there are 46 US bases on the continent well as military-to-military relations between the US and 53 of the 54 African countries. US Special Forces troops now operate in more than a dozen African nations.

ACTION ALERT: Lawless Trump to Open Arctic to Offshore Drilling
(Sabrina Shankman / InsideClimate News & Brandy Doyle / CREDO Action & & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The Trump administration has begun the process to open a large area of federal waters off Alaska to oil and gas drilling -- a plan that is already being challenged in court. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be accepting public comments about oil drilling in 65 million acres of offshore waters in the Beaufort Sea and hold a lease sale in 2019. In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama placed these water off limits to drilling. One of Trump's earliest acts was to overturn rule with an executive order.

Congressional Blue Wave's New Crusade: A "Green New Deal" for America
(E. A. Crunden / ThinkProgress & The People's Demands for Climate Justice )

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."

UK Climate Activists Block London's Bridges and Glue Hands to Entrance of Government Building
(Matthew Taylor and Damien Gayle / The Observer and The Guardian)

Protesters, including families and pensioners, blocked five of London's main bridges in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. The move was part of a mass civil disobedience campaign organised by Extinction Rebellion, which hopes to force governments to treat the threats of climate collapse and extinction as an existential crisis. The group is calling on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 -- or face a global catastrophe in as little as 12 years.

Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy for Human Survival
(Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. / Editorial, TRANSCEND )

Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.

US Soldiers Died for Nothing in WWI
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: "No Funding for Border Wall"
(CREDO Action & Courage to Resist & Don't Attack Iran)

Donald Trump was so desperate for votes that he manufactured a xenophobic crisis ahead of the midterms. In response, voters gave a diverse and progressive group of Democrats control of the House. The message to Trump was "Don't build that wall." The message to troops on the border: "Don't obey illegal orders." And now may be time to revive a 2007 bill that would call any preemptive US attack on the 70 million people of Iran "illegal and criminal -- a crime of the highest magnitude."

43 Years since the 'Green March': Morocco's Occupation of West Sahara

November 6 marks 43 years of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara, which displaced the indigenous Saharawis people who were forced into precarious living conditions in the forbidding Sahara desert. Living under occupation, the Saharawi people have been denied basic human rights and are subjected to frequent arrest, intimidation, detention, and torture.

War Crimes Committed by US Arms: How Do Weapons Manufacturers Sleep at Night?
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies / Foreign Policy in Focus)

The five largest US arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- owe much of their profits to the sale of weapons to three repressive nations -- Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt -- that have a long history of repressing their own citizens and killing civilians in neighboring countries. But nobody in the Big War lobby is losing any sleep over this relationship.

November 6: International Day to Protect Nature from War
(The United Nations & PAX for Peace, Conflict & Environment Observatory, et al.)

Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources -- timber, diamonds, gold and oil. A joint statement by civil society and academics on November 6 -- Environmental Conflict Day -- calls for governments to increase the protection of people and ecosystems by strengthening measures to enhance environmental security before, during and after armed conflicts.

The Risk of Extinction from Climate Change May Be Worse than the IPCC Predicted
(Arctic News Blogspot)

Commentary: According to the IPCC's latest report on global warming, things aren't looking good. But, instead of providing good advice, the IPCC bends over backward in efforts to maintain the oil-burning addiction. The Paris Agreement calls for all nations to keep the temperature rise below 1.5ºC. The IPCC should have honored this commitment. Instead, the IPCC report contrives to make it look as if temperatures are lower than they really are -- so polluters can be allowed to keep polluting.

Trump's Border Wall Threatens Butterflies, Birds, Botanicals, and Entire Bioregions
(Claire Harbage / National Public Radio & Melissa del Bosque / The Texas Observer & Jonathan Hilburg / The Architect's Newspaper)

The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wildlife center and botanical garden in South Texas, provides a habitat for more than 100 species of butterflies. It also sits directly in the path of the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion border wall. Construction of the wall will require nullifying 28 existing laws designed to protect public lands, wildlife and the environment. Trump has already begun to divide the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest US refuges, to build a levee wall.

Hydro Electric Firm, Honduran Military on Trial for Planning the Murder of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres

Berta Caceres -- a 43-year-old Indigenous Lenca, teacher, and feminist -- was known for her environmental activism, which had earned her the Goldman Prize. Caceres was murdered in 2016. The eight men accused of her murder include members of the Honduran military and executives of DESA, a company that wanted to build a hydroelectric plant that Caceres opposed. The alleged mastermind of the murder plot, DESA Executive President David Castillo Mejia, will face a separate trial.

US Supreme Court Sides with Kids over Trump on Climate Change Trial
(Reuters & RT News)

The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the US government of ignoring the perils of climate change. The administration now faces a high-profile examination of US climate change policy.

The Growth of Human Civilization Now Endangers the Planet
(James E. M. Watson, James R. Allan and colleagues / Nature)

Global conservation policy must stop the disappearance of Earth's few intact ecosystems. A century ago, only 15% of Earth's surface was used to grow crops and raise livestock. Today, more than 77% of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87% of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities. There is nothing to stop the slow erosion of these places from small-scale and often unplanned industrial activity. In our view, a bold yet achievable target is to define and conserve 100% of all remaining intact ecosystems.

Why Jair Bolsonaro's Presidency Threatens Disaster for the Brazilian Amazon
(Avaaz & Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

The extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected Brazil's president on Sunday in a victory that hands him a powerful mandate to enact a series of sweeping changes to the country's political, economic, social, and environmental order. His victory represents a profound setback for human rights and ecological preservation in the world's fourth largest democracy, with implications for the entire planet, particularly global climate stability.

ACTION ALERT: International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases
(World BEYOND War & No Foreign Bases.org et al.)

From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, the far-reaching story of the perils of US military bases overseas -- and what these bases say about America today. American military bases circle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War -- and nearly three-quarters of a century after the last battles of World War Ii -- the US still stations troops at some 800 locations in foreign lands. Join us in Dublin to strategize and organize.

Shut Down Creech! The Fourth Annual Vigil Against US Killer Drones
(Toby Blome / CODEPINK)

On October 4, 2018, as part of CODEPINK's week-long anti-drone protest at Creech Assassin Drone Base, 7 protesters and a couple of supporters bravely stepped across the base entrance road to temporarily "halt" the cruel and illegal Air Force "remote killing machine" located at a base in the beautiful Nevada desert. While holding large banners across the roadway, our voices repeatedly called out as loudly as we could muster: "STOP the murder, STOP the War Crimes," "The People Demand Peace!"

Super Typhoon Yutu: Climate Change Causes Worst US Storm Damage Since 1935
(Martin Petty / Reuters & Haidee V Eugenio and Doyle Rice, Pacific Daily News & USA Today)

Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands are preparing for weeks without power after being hit by the most powerful typhoon in half-a-century. People are in desperate need of immediate housing, food and other assistance. Despite the damage the US president continues to deny the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change. Ominously, 7 of the 10 strongest hurricane and typhoon landfalls have occurred since 2006.

Build that Wall . . . Around the South Pole!
(Reuters & RT News)

A group of researchers have devised an audacious proposal to stave off one of the worst effects of climate change -- by building a massive wall under the Antarctic ice sheet to keep it frozen place for the next millennium. It would constitute the largest geoengineering project in human history but if no dramatic action is taken, the world's oceans are set to rise ten feet. If all the ice were to melt, the planet's continents would vanish under 200 feet of rising water.

United Nations Meeting; Statement on War and Pollution
(Conflict and Environment Observatory & Toxic Remnants of War Network Statement)

Across the UN system, initiatives are underway to address the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts. The Security Council is exploring early warning and risk management in connection with climate change, resource conflicts and water scarcity. This statement is delivered on behalf of 15 organisations working to strengthen the protection of civilians and the environment from the impact of conflicts and military activities.

Trump's Supreme Court to 'Climate Kids/: You Have No Lawful Right to a Future
(Benjamin Hulac / E&E News & Climatewire)

The Supreme Court today halted a federal climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young people, handing the Trump administration at least a temporary victory in its long-running bid to knock down the case. The plaintiffs, 21 children and young adults, sued the government in 2015, arguing that it had violated their Constitutional rights to a safe and livable climate. They are asking for a court-ordered mandate for the government to phase out the burning of fossil fuels nationwide.

NASA Chief to Trump: 'No Reason to Dismiss' Recent UN Climate Report
(Timothy Cama / The Hill)

he head of NASA bucked President Trump this week, saying that he sees no reason to reject the findings of a major climate change report from the United Nations. Trump previously said he would review the dire report issued this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but he was also skeptical of it. "It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it," Trump said, seeming to mistake the detailed and extensive scientific report for a comic book.

14-year Gulf Oil Spill Could Be Worst in US History
(Kristin Hugo / The Independent & National Geographic & Diane Hoskins / The Hill)

Oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the last 14 years in what may soon become the worst oil spill in US history. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan disrupted an offshore drilling operation owned by Taylor Energy. Between 300 and 700 barrels leak into the Gulf each day. That's 12,600 to 29,400 gallons per day for 14 years, and it continues to this day, just 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Taylor Energy has argued that there's no evidence to prove any of the wells are leaking.

ACTION ALERT: Ryan Zinke, Interior's Corrupt and Unfit Secretary, Must Resign
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)

The evidence of corruption and incompetence just keeps piling up for Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Considered "the most scandal-plagued member" of Trump's cabinet, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke -- public lands-enemy number-one -- is facing a dozen federal investigations into shady business dealings, unethical behavior, violations of federal law and misuse of taxpayer money.

Politicians, Media and Scientists Call for Action on Earth's Climate Emergency
(The Climate Mobilization & The Portland Press Herald & The Guardian & The Young Turks & NYMagazine)

The publication of the IPCC's report on climate change has dramatically underscored the fact that we face an existential climate emergency, and only a WWII-scale climate mobilization can protect humanity and the natural world. The consequences of catastrophic warming will be political and even military, not just environmental.

12 Years to Catastrophe and a Bold Agenda to Save Planet Is Missing!
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)

Hundreds of mammal species have been wiped out due to human activity, planetary warming has sparked global insect die-off that is horrifying scientists, and United Nations experts are warning that the international community has just 12 years to transform global energy systems in order to avert climate catastrophe. But in Washington, Republicans and House Democrats are brushing aside widespread and growing public demands for urgent action in favor of "incremental steps and hearings."

An Act of Desperation: Trump Wants US Military Bases to Store, Export Oil, Coal
(Matthew Brown / Associated Press)

The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of US coal and natural gas to Asia, as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports. Trump's plan amounts to a "neo-colonial" end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports in their states in order to protect both local health and the global climate.

Trump Is Shaping Plans for "an Arab NATO"
(Khalid Al-Jaber / Al-Jazeera & Marwan Kabalan / Al-Jazeera)

The Trump administration is continuing to push forward with plans to establish a so-called "Arab NATO". The military alliance is supposed to include the six Gulf Cooperation Council members -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- in addition to Egypt and Jordan. The Middle East Strategic Alliance is meant to "serve as a bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism" while bringing "stability to the Middle East." The launch of MESA is set for early 2019.

America's Secret War on Yemen. Q: Why Yemen? A: It's About Oil
(Jack Dresser / CounterPunch and United National Antiwar Coalition)

Far too few Americans seem to be asking an obvious question, why is the United States supporting the genocidal Saudi war upon Yemen? Considering that Yemen's humanitarian crisis now exceeds every other disaster in the world, this vital question deserves an informed and serious answer incorporating the geography and history that Americans learn neither from their schools nor their media.

US War Crimes in Syria: Thousands of Civilians Killed by Coalition Bombs
(Hiba Dlewati / Associated Press & David Swanson / DavidSwanson.com)

Amnesty International has condemned the US-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge or investigate the number of civilian deaths cause in its attack on the Syrian city of Raqqa. Searchers have recovered 2,521 bodies from the battle for Raqqa -- most killed by US-backed coalition bombs -- and expect to find at least 3,000 more bodies. AI has previously accused the coalition of underreporting civilian deaths in the campaign to liberate Raqqa. So when is it "justified" to drop bombs on civilians?

Outside In: Trump's Plan to Remake the Middle East
(Ted Snider / Mondoweiss)

First Donald Trump cut US financial support for Palestine refugees by 50%. Trump then ordered the State Department to slash an additional $200 million of Palestinian aid. Next Trump shut down the PLO's Washington office and redefined "refugee" to include only those who lived in Palestine prior to Israel's 1948 expulsion. In short, now you have to be over 70 to be a refugee. Soon there will be no "refugees" -- problem erased by definition.

Ignoring Climate Change Warnings, Hurricane Trump Continues to Tear Apart the EPA
(Marianne Lavelle / InsideClimate News & Lisa Friedman / The New York Times)

Jeffrey Bossert Clark has repeatedly challenged the science underpinning US climate policy. He'll be defending the administration's policy rollbacks. At the same time, an EPA panel that advises the agency's leadership on the latest scientific information about soot in the atmosphere is apparently to be shut down next year at Donald Trump's order.

12 Years Left to Act: What Climate Failure Would Mean
(Bob Berwyn / InsideClimate News)

Another half-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures will dramatically increase risks to people and ecosystems they depend on, a new report shows. Stopping it means cutting emissions fast. Without a radical transformation of energy, transportation and agriculture systems the planet with confront unprecedented risks to human civilization and the ecosystems that sustain life on Earth.

Can Carbon Farming Save Our Planet?
(The Daily Beast, et al.)

In an apocalyptic report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the world the planet has 12 years, or until 2030, to reverse global warming. Without drastic change, the Earth is on track to see temperatures rise by almost 5 degrees C by 2100 -- far beyond the 2 degrees needed to contain global warming. Scientists are now working to figure out a technology that can pull carbon out of the air and convert it into useful products. Can "carbon farming" save us -- if we act in time?

China Has Sent 60,000 Soldiers to Plant Trees
(Laura Oliver / World Economic Forum & Xinhua News & Asia Times)

China has redeployed a record number of soldiers to fight pollution and climate change by planting new forests. In 2018, Beijing is on track to reforest an area of 84,000 square kilometers -- roughly the size of Ireland -- as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23% of total landmass by the end of the decade. China's has added 33.8 million hectares in the past five year and hopes to halt spreading desertification by building a "Great Green Wall" of vegetation.

Trump Dismisses UN Report That Sounds Climate Change Alarm; Trump's Supreme Court Writes Off the Planet's Future
(Lydia O'Connor / The Huffington Post & Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post & Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast)

Donald Trump sounded skeptical about the United Nation's dire new report on the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change, telling reporters that he wants to look into those who crafted it. Trump said the report "was given to me. And I want to look at who drew it" (appearing to mistake the report for a children's coloring book).

This Is the Way the World Ends: Will We Soon See Category 6 Hurricanes?
(Jeff Nesbit / The Guardian)

There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm -- yet. But a combination of warmer oceans and more water in the atmosphere could make the devastation of 2017 pale in comparison.

World Scientists Issue Stark Warning: A Final Call to Save the World From 'Climate Catastrophe'
(Matt McGrath / BBC News & Phil Mckenna / Inside Climate News )

A landmark report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world is running out of time to make the changes needed to stop a global climate catastrophe. To head off a mass-extinction, we need to take dramatic and costly action over the next decade. Instead, the Trump administration is promoting the dying coal and oil industries by rolling back regulations on the toxic emissions that threaten our existence.

World's Endangered Bees Enslaved by Capitalism and Climate Change
(Byard Duncan / Reveal News: The Center for Investigative Reporting)

The crime scene was a mess of boxes, some half-assembled, others scattered across patches of dried grass and partially gouged to raw wood. The victims scrambled about looking for food and water. There were thousands of them. Maybe millions. "What we had here was a chop shop of beehives. You had some beehives that were alive, and you had some hives that were dead." It was the largest bee heist in US history -- 2,500 hives, worth nearly $1 million, some stolen from orchards hundreds of miles apart.

After 17 Years, Afghanistan Continues to Prove
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Gulabuddin Ghubar /Tolo News & Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis (US Army, Ret.) / Townhall)

On the 17th anniversary of the US's involvement in Afghanistan, 49% of Americans say their country has failed to win the war. On this grim anniversary, ongoing Taliban attacks were reported in 14 of Afghanistan's provinces. The evidence that our war in Afghanistan is failing and cannot be won is dramatic and overwhelming.

As High Court Opens, SCOTUS Considers the Fate of a Frog
(Robert Barnes / The Washington Post)

The fate of the dusky gopher frog will be the first order of business for the Supreme Court as it opens its new term Monday. While politicians, the media, and the public strive to deal with the trauma of Brett M. Kavanaugh's High Court nomination, the justices will focus on a frog. The case pits Weyerhaeuser Company against the frog's legal defender -- the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

ACTION ALERT: No Military Exercise at Jeju Base Petition
(Association of Gangjeong Villagers against the Jeju Navy Base et al.)

The International Fleet Review set for the Jeju Naval Base in Gangjeong Village from 10 October 2018 will be the biggest event for the Korean Navy since the naval base was constructed. It will involve around 50 vessels and 20 aircraft from 45 countries. Gangjeong villagers and civil society organizations are determined to make Jeju Island "the Island of Peace," free of military activities. They are calling for an endorsement for the International Solidarity Statement against the International Fleet Review in Jeju.

US Planning BioWar with Virus-armed Bugs and Plants Used as Spies
(Josh Gabbatiss / The Independent & Erin Durkin / The Guardian )

Insects could be turned into "a new class of biological weapon" using new US military plans, experts have warned. The Insect Allies programme aims to use bugs to disperse genetically modified (GM) viruses to crops. Such action will have profound consequences and could pose a major threat to global biosecurity.

ACTION ALERT: The Most Destructive Force for Climate Change You've Never Heard Of
(Amazon Watch)

A company few have even heard of is one of the most destructive forces for climate change in the world. BlackRock, the world's largest investment firm, holds more shares in fossil fuel and other industries that cause climate change than any other company in the world. That means that BlackRock's portfolio constitutes a huge liability for putting the planet on a path towards runaway climate change.

The US Military Is The Worst Polluter on the Planet -- And It's Totally Unregulated
(Project Censored 2010)

The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet. Impacts include: uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference.

Regenerative Farming: The Next Stage of Organic Food -- and Civilization
(Project Censored & Ronnie Cummins / Organic Consumers Association)

Regenerative agriculture represents not only an alternative food production strategy but a fundamental shift in our culture's relationship to nature. As Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association and a founding member of Regeneration International, wrote, regenerative agriculture offers a "world-changing paradigm" that can help solve many of today's environmental and public health problems.

Costa Rica Sets an Example for the World: Carbon Neutral by 2021
(Fabiola Ortiz / In Depth News)

In the 1980s, Costa Rica was on the brink of an environmental crisis losing around 70,000 hectares of forests a year, the equivalent to 1.7 percent of the national territory. 22 years ago, Costa Rica introduced a national program to pay landowners to keep the forests standing for people and the planet. Today, the country hosts 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, more than half of its territory is covered with forests, and nearly all of the country's energy needs are met by renewable power sources.

US Air Force Seeks to Control 70% of Nevada's Desert National Wildlife Refuge
(Project Censored Award & Tay Wiles / High Country News)

The US Air Force wants to take control of nearly 70 percent of the 1.6-million-acre Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep and exclude the Moapa Band of Paiutes, whose ancestral lands span much of southern Nevada, and who rely on access to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge for traditional resources, including food and medicinal herbs

Koreans Join Forces to Begin Removing Landmines From Border
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & BBC News)

The Korean War began in 1950, and 68 years later a peace deal is still not finalized. There is hope, however, as troops from both Koreas are active along the demilitarized zone, removing some of the estimated 800,000 landmines buried around the area.

And, in Other News: US Stages Provocations Aimed at China and Russia, Triggering Reactions
(TIME Magazine & Reuters & TASS & Sputnik News & RT News)

With attention riveted on the Kavanaugh hearings, troubling military maneuvers by the Big Powers have received little attention. In one case, a US navy ship conducted a provocative 10-hour patrol in the South China Sea, sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese outposts. China responded by cancelling scheduled security talks with the US. The US threatened Russia with a naval blockade over gas pipeline project but has granted Russia permission to surveil US activities using a high-tech spy-plane.

Trump's EPA: Science Out, Politics In
(Mark Hand / ThinkProgress)

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to combine the Office of Science Policy and the Office of the Science Advisor, a move that critics contend is another example of the Trump administration trying to diminish the role of scientists at the agency. The merger would downgrade the science advisor's role by placing it into a position lower in the agency, according to experts.

ACTION ALERT: Ask The International Criminal Court To Investigate Israel's Crimes
(Popular Resistance & The Green Party of the United States)

Since the Nakba in 1947, Israel has displaced, brutalized and murdered Palestinians. Israel's biggest supporter, the US, regularly provides cover for these crimes. For these reasons, US citizens have a special responsibility to demand that Israel be held accountable for its war crimes. To that end, a letter is being circulated worldwide by Peace Action and the Green Party US calling on the ICC to investigate Israel's crimes against Palestinians. The letter will be delivered to the ICC in November.

ACTION ALERT: Support Senate Bill to Block the Trump/Bolton Push for War with Iran
(Win Without War & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War & Hon. Tom Udall / US Senate & CREDO Action)

Yesterday, at the United Nations, Trump demanded a roomful of world leaders get behind "regime change" in Iran. That's Washington-speak for war. We cannot let this terrible administration drag us into war with Iran. We've got to fight back the best and strongest way we know how: People power. Support Tom Udall's Senate bill to block a preemptive strike against Iran as illegal under the War Powers Act and the United States Constitution which states that only Congress can declare wars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Peace to Armageddon: The Israel-Palestine Nightmare
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Sandy Tolan / TomDispatch)

With the endless march of settlements, Israel's continued impunity, a fractured Palestine divided between the West Bank and Gaza, and a Trump administration empowering people who believe Armageddon is near, a solution to the Israel-Palestine nightmare may seem impossible. But maybe a just peace is coming sooner than you think. After all, who predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall or the end of apartheid in South Africa?

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

Commentary: While the wealthy remain safe in their bunkers, while the nationalists hide behind their borders, the rest of humanity will be left to starve, wither, drown, and burn. This is the world of Donald Trump. This is the future of Climate Fascism.

ACTION ALERT: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice. Marches Erupt in 95 Countries around the World
(Rise for Climate.org & Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

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

Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed by Poachers
(Emily Sullivan / NPR)

The carcasses of 87 elephants have been discovered near a Botswana protected sanctuary, killed and stripped for their tusks. The elephants were discovered by Elephants Without Borders, a conservation nonprofit. The organization said they "discovered the alarming rate while flying the Botswana government aerial [elephant] census."

Ecuador Ordered To Pay Exxon for Oil Spill Aftermath

Ecuador will be forced to pay economic reparations to the oil giant. The over 30,000 affected people in the Amazon haven't received any compensation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of oil giant Chevron and declared Ecuador guilty of violating a bilateral investment treaty signed with the United States in 1997, of withholding justice from the company, and for not providing Chevron with "just and equitable" treatment.

Keystone Pipeline Protesters Fear Federal Surveillance and Crackdowns
(Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News)

The US Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline will have no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a brief summary of its court-ordered reassessment while refusing to release crucial details about potential oil spills. With the Keystone XL pipeline expected to draw protests from indigenous and environmental activists the ACLU is worried that federal law enforcement agencies may be planning a massive surveillance and a militarized crackdown on protesters.

Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change
(Jade Begay and Ayse Gursoz / Independent Media Institute and Rainforest Action Network)

Even as the Trump regime rolls back regulations meant to protect Americans from pollution, the EPA has released a report that finds that people of color are much more likely to breathe toxic air than their white counterparts. Indigenous and politically marginalized communities are hardest hit by the climate crisis -- even though they are the least responsible for causing it. From Standing Rock to the pipeline fights across the US and Canada, Indigenous peoples are leading the resistance to fossil fuels.

US Prepares for Massive New Military Provocations along Russian Border
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Shawn Snow / Marine Corps Times)

In the latest of a series of major NATO wargames aimed at Russia, US Marines are in Sweden to gear up for an amphibious wargame across Sweden and Norway. Described as NATO's largest military exercise in over a decade, it will involve 40,000 NATO troops and dozens of warships. Moscow has objected that this latest in series of NATO "war-games" is an act of war, adding: "This demonstration of military potential will unfold in the immediate proximity to Russian borders and has a clear anti-Russian nature."

Dublin Conference Seeks to Close Hundreds of US Military Bases Around the World
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

The US spends about five times what China does on its military. These costs include maintaining a global garrison that reaches almost every country on Earth, including 800 -1,000 major military bases outside the US. The bases typically evict the local residents and anger neighboring communities generating noise, pollution, and crime -- including physical and sexual violence. On November 16-18 Dublin Ireland will be the site of a conference to discuss efforts to close down US and NATO military bases worldwide.

Future of Diego Garcia: Hearings of the Chagos Case Against the UK
(Lindsey Collen / LALIT & Talk Nation Radio & Roland Oliphant / The Telegraph & Larry Luxner / The Washington Diplomat & Harriet Alexander / The Telegraph)

The Diego Garcia (Chagos) case against Britain is coming up at the International Court of Justice (IJC) at the Hague on September 3-6. It is quite exciting that some light is finally being shed on this British-US land-grab of 1965 -- which lead to the expulsion of the local populations and the creation of a massive US military base. Hearings will be streamed live and on demand in English and French on the ICJ site as well as on UN Web TV, the official UN site.

ACTION ALERT: Social and Ecological Imperatives of War Abolition & WBW's 2018 #NoWar Conference: Sept. 21-22
(Greta Zarro / World BEYOND War )

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

New Bill Offers Aid to Vets Injured During 1966 Clean-up of Nuclear Bomb Accident
(Leo Shane III / Military Times & Dave Collins / The Associated Press)

Veterans exposed to radioactive debris more than five decades ago haven't made much progress in the courts to have their illnesses recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so now they're hoping Congress can intervene. A bill sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal would force VA to offer care to vets involved the 1966 cleanup of a calamitous nuclear-bomb accident in Palomares, Spain,that may have exposed more than 1,600 American service members to deadly levels of radiation.

War and Nature: SEJ 17th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment
(Society of Environmental Journalists)

Pro Publica's series "Bombs In Our Backyards" did exactly what it set out to do, to expose the menace lurking in the nation's neighbourhoods -- the US military, which ironically, is charged with defending the nation. In a sweeping series, journalist Abrahm Lustgarten revealed the military as the biggest polluter not only in the United States, but surely on the planet.

Wildfires Exploding WWII Bombs
(James Hetherington / Newsweek & George Winston / War History Online & Adam Higginbotham / The Smithsonian Magazine)

Record heat waves and widespread droughts have left their scars this summer -- from massive wildfires across Siberia to devastating blazes in Greece that left more than 85 people dead. In Germany, firefighters are now encountering a new challenge: WWII-era ammunition being set off by the flames. More than 70 years after being dropped in Europe, the ordnance is still inflicting harm and mayhem.

US Stepping Up Armed Drone Operations in Niger
(Ibrahim Ahmed / VOA News & VICE News)

The US Air Force is months away from completing the construction of an air base in Niger for armed drones that will target militant groups operating in the region. To date, the Air Force has spent approximately $86.5 million on the construction project at Nigerien Air Base 201. The total estimated construction cost, including FY19 planned projects, is $98.5million. Critics warn: "This trend raises some concerns about foreign powers taking roots in the Sahel to pursue national interests that are not always clear."

Revisiting War's Impact on the Syrian Residents of Eastern Ghouta
(Al Jazeera & World Food Program USA & BBC World News )

After a fierce seven-week offensive that left much of Eastern Ghouta in rubble, and an alleged chemical attack, the Syrian army regained control of the areas, which have been held by opposition fighters since 2012. Over the course of 30 days, the war claimed 1,473 civilians lives, including 301 children and 185 women. Syria's state news agency SANA says that "terrorists" are using civilians as human shields. About 400,000 residents of Ghouta have been under siege by Russian-backed Syrian forces since 2013.

It's Time to Rethink the Institution of War
(Dr. Hakim / AntiWar.com & Brian Cloughley / AntiWar.com)

It's frustrating that whereas all human beings wish to live meaningful lives, we seem helpless in the face of a few individuals waging wars and exploiting resources. But we can do something about this insensible status quo. Ordinary folk in the People's Peace Movement are showing us how by taking one barefoot-step at a time, traveling to the Northern areas of Afghanistan to persuade fellow Afghans -- whether they're with "insurgent groups" or with the US/NATO/Afghan forces -- to stop fighting.

NYC's Plan to Protect Climate Targets Big Oil and Trump Tower
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post )

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

Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery Dies at 94
(Haaretz & Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun & Uri Avnery / Gush Shalom)

The peace community grieves and mourns the passing of Uri Avery, the founder and leader of Israel's peace movement, Gush Shalom Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. Two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for the Rabin Square to attend a demonstration against the "Nation State Law." A few hours later, he wrote a sharp article against that law. You can read Uri's last article below.

Long-buried WWII Bombs Discovered in France, Poland, England, and Hong Kong!
(Agence France-Presse & The New York Times et al.)

A French fishing trawler netted a World War II bomb containing nearly a ton of explosives off a stretch of the Normandy coast where the June 1944 D-Day landings that led to the liberation of occupied France took place. In Germany, a 1,100-pound WWII-era bomb was found one mile from downtown Berlin. In June, a WWII-era bomb was discovered at a US military base in Stuttgart. In February, a WWII bomb was found in the Thames. In May, people were evacuated when a WWII bomb was unearthed in Hong Kong.

The Earth Is Experiencing an Insect Armageddon
(Living on Earth / Public Radio International & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) / US House of Representatives & Jessica Else / The Garden Island)

The disappearance of bees and butterflies has concerned scientists and the public for years, but a study from Germany confirms that the abundance of all flying insects has dropped over 75% since 1989. Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex in the UK, discusses the probable causes with host Steve Curwood, and says the problem is so serious, loss of insects could lead to an "ecological Armageddon."

Big Oil's War on America's Endangered Water Supply
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress)

An alarming new study reveals fracking is quite simply destroying America's water supply. The natural gas released in the fracking process, is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Methane emissions are responsible for about a quarter of the human-caused global warming we're suffering today. Thanks to fracking, we are losing potable water forever in many semi-arid regions of the US, while simultaneously producing more carbon pollution that, in turn, is driving ever-worsening droughts in those same regions.

ACTION ALERT: Say NO to Trump's Pro-polluter Environmental Rollbacks
(Democratic Climate Action & Emily Holden / Politico)

Trump's official climate plan reinforces what we've known about the president all along: He is anti-environment to the core. We need concerned Americans to step up NOW and make their voices heard on Trump's destructive agenda: a whole range of extreme, anti-environment actions with absolutely no check from the federal government. That means already dangerous weather could get even more dangerous, high temperatures could rise even higher and the costs to respond to catastrophes could get even costlier.

Illuminating the Dark History of Washington's Plan for
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

It is not possible to grasp the preposterous idea that covert military geoengineering is taking place on a planetary scale without our consent unless we understand its historic context, its roots. What is the cultural, political, even civilizational background that has given rise to the outrageous possibility of deliberately altering -- or "dominating" -- an entire Earth system, such as the climate, or the ionosphere?

67 Years After America's Atomic Holocaust, Japan's Survivors Still Suffer
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Americans need to acknowledge the holocaust their leaders unleashed on Japan's civilian population. "Some walked or crawled. Some made it to hospitals where others could hear their exposed bones clacking on the floor like high heels. The dead sounded metallic when thrown into trashcans and trucks, sometimes with their children crying and moaning for them nearby. The black rain fell for days, raining death and horror. Those who drank water died instantly. Those who thirsted dared not drink."

Wildfires Increasing Threat to Planet: Trump Won't Act but California's Governor Just Might
(Amy Goodman, Michael Mann and Michael Brune / Democracy Now! & Michael Brune / Medium.com & )

Even as we deal with the Trump administration's cascade of corruption, the climate-change clock keeps ticking. The math is merciless: If we don't accelerate a phaseout of fossil fuels, today's wildfires, droughts, and extreme weather will seem mild compared to what's coming. We can't count on Washington to tackle this problem. The solution? Take the challenge to the one state that's got the political, moral, and environmental clout to challenge Trump's devastating denial of a visible, existential danger.

Trump's "Space Force" No Match for Meteor that Crashed Near US Base in July
(Ellen Mitchell / The Hill & News.com.au)

Defense Secretary James Mattis, who originally opposed plans for a military "space force" now states that he "absolutely" supports the creation of a new space branch for the military. But the proposal for an expanded US military designed to "dominate" the Earth would have been helpless against a meteor-strike like the 2.1 kiloton impact that nearly hit a US military base in Greenland in July. Maybe that explains why the Pentagon has made no mention of the near-miss.

Caribbean Nations Blame Trump for Weather War
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

As warming temperatures caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, leaders in the Caribbean are pleading with Donald Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. Caribbean states and territories have criticized the Trump administration for dismantling the US' response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise threatening the future of island nations.

ACTION ALERT: The World Is Disappearing in Flames: Can We Protect Half to Save the Planet?
(Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone & Avaaz: The World in Action)

"Our future," James Lovelock observed, "is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail." By 2020, two-thirds of wild animals will be gone. Life is being extinguished as fast as when the dinosaurs disappeared because humanity is taking a chainsaw to the tree of life. Our best chance to save our ecosystems and 80-90% of all species is giving them enough safe space to thrive -- by keeping half the Earth intact.

Trump Plan to Dump Immigrant Families at Toxic Waste Sites
(E.A. Crunden / ThinkProgress)

Environmental and health advocates want more information about the Trump administration's plans to house detained immigrants, including children, at two Texas military posts with a history of toxic contamination. Under Trump's plan, detained immigrants would be kept near or on toxic waste sites currently slated for government cleanup.

Climate Change and War: Why a Waring Planet Is a Warming Planet
(Stacy Bannerman / Common Dreams)

Commentary: The big environmental organizations seem to have tacitly agreed that the US military is the one entity we won't mention when we talk about the biggest contributors to climate change. Yet the Pentagon uses more petroleum per day than 175 of the world's 210 nations and generates more than 70% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. We cannot cure this man-made cancer on the climate without addressing the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by US foreign policy.

ACTION ALERT: The Appeal of the Hibakusha, Japan's A-bomb Survivors
(Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)

The Hibakusha Appeal is a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The average age of the Hibakusha is now over 80 years old, yet the threat of a global nuclear war seems to be growing larger each day. The horrors of "Hell on Earth" that the Hibakusha have experienced should never be repeated again. Signatures will be collected until 2020, or until such a treaty is realized.

The Real Face of Climate Change!
(Kyla Mandel / ThinkProgress & Damian Carrington /The Guardian)

This summer, much of the world has endured record-breaking heat -- the type of which science tells us is what we can expect from climate change. Unrelenting extreme weather is leading to some unprecedented and shocking events, including record temperatures in Europe, tornadoes in Virginia and Massachusetts, the hottest rainfall on Earth and what many are calling a "fire tornado" with an unprecedented 143 mile-per-hour windspeed.

US-Backed Saudi Airstrike on Family With Nine Children Shows "Clear Violations" of the Laws of War
(Iona Craig and Shuaib Almosawa / The Intercept)

On May 14, a 500-pound, US-made bomb was dropped near a tent in Yemen. Instead, was a nomadic family including 9 sleeping children. Once again, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen demonstrated how officers in charge of daily air raids were ignoring their own procedures aimed at minimizing civilian casualties. Specialists in international humanitarian law say the incident described in the document shows "clear violations" of the laws of war.

US Continues Preparations for War in the Arctic
(Matthew Cox / Military.com & Todd South / The Army Times)

As Russia makes moves in the Arctic, some say the Army needs to put more resources into the cold weather fight. Lawmakers want the Pentagon to submit a report to Congress on whether the US military services have the equipment and training they need to survive in cold-weather combat. Conferees want the report presented to the congressional defense committees "not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act on current cold weather capabilities and readiness of the Armed Forces."

Daniel Ellsberg Unmasks the Existential Danger of the Nuclear Doomsday Machine
(Paul W. Rea / Environmentalists Against War)

Researcher, writer, and activist Daniel Ellsberg is internationally recognized for blowing the whistle on the outrageous violence in Vietnam. But late in 2017, Ellsberg delivered another disturbing expose -- one that reveals the persistent and growing danger of nuclear weapons. "The Doomsday Machine" emerges from Ellsberg's insider knowledge that atomic weapons on hair-trigger alert for over 60 years ca still -- in less than a half hour, by intent, mistake or a simple error -- bring an end to nearly all life on Earth.

Stop Weapons Testing on the Potomac! A Long Shot vs. the Big Shots
(Pat Elder / Pat Elder for Congress & The Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers)

Commentary: The MK-46 30 mm gun is tested in the Potomac River, not far from my house. The crabs and fish hate it and so do I. Six miles of the river will be shut down for testing on Wednesday, August 1, from Dahlgren down to Swan Point on the Maryland side, and Colonial Beach on the Virginia side. It's loud, it's dangerous, it's poisonous, and it's unnecessary. I'm running for Congress as a Green against Steny Hoyer because issues like this are never addressed by the Democrats or Republicans.

US Secret Wars in Africa Rage on Despite Talk of Downsizing
(Nick Turse /The Intercept)

Last October, four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger. Since then, talk of US special operations in Africa has centered on missions being curtailed and troop levels cut. Analysts have already stepped forward to question or criticize the proposed cuts. According to figures provided by US Special Operations Command, 16.5 percent of commandos overseas are deployed in Africa. More US commandos are deployed to Africa than any other region of the world except the Middle East.

Wildfires Raging Worldwide Detonate WWII Bombs in Germany
(Deutsche Welle)

The EU says that it is currently involved in the biggest joint mission to fight wildfires in the bloc's history -- with fires raging in Sweden, Greece, England, Germany and Latvia. Meanwhile, a rare forest fire near Potsdam, outside Berlin, has caused some World War II munitions to explode, hampering firefighters. The fire is now reported to be under control.'

Big-Oil GOP Decrees Which Animals Must Perish to Protect Polluters' Profits
(Jake Bullinger / Guardian UK)

Republicans have been trying to whittle away the Endangered Species Act since Donald Trump took office. Under new proposals, wildlife managers would limit protections for threatened species, consider the economic costs of protecting a species, and de-emphasize long-term threats such as climate change. These Republican-led changes to the Endangered Species Act would put plants and animals across America at risk. Here are the ones you should be most concerned about.

Profits over Planet Trump Ramps Up Attacks on Land, Air, Rivers, Oceans, Climate
(McClatchy News & E&E News & The Hill)

California and like-minded states are girding for a legal battle with the Trump administration on whether those states have gone too far in controlling greenhouse gases from automobiles, a prospective case that is sure to reach the US Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Trump's team continues to target protected wilderness and ocean sanctuaries, which are being opened to drilling and mining operations. At the same time, farmers are being encouraged to expand activities that pollute land, air, and water.

New Openness at EPA but Same Policies: New Obstacles at Interior
(The Society of Environmental Journalists)

Now that Andrew Wheeler has started settling into office at the EPA, many are asking what his new regime means. On the one hand, he may be easier on journalists than departed head Scott Pruitt, whose tenure was marked by exclusion and secrecy. On the other hand, he is expected to continue Trump's anti-environmental agenda. Meanwhile, journalists have written Interior Secretary Zinke urging him to drop plans to interpose political appointees between reporters and the scientists they need to interview.

ACTION ALERT: War on Wildlife: Trump's Plan to Destroy the Endangered Species Act
(Max Matza / BBC & Friends of the Earth)

The Trump administration has proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with keeping hundreds of species from going extinct. The change would eliminate automatic protections for threatened plant and animal species, and make it easier for species to be removed from the list. The proposed change is the latest in a series of White House efforts to remove environmental regulations designed to protect vulnerable species and their habitat. Environmentalists have reacted with outrage.

Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base
(TIME Magazine & The Korea Times & Newsweek & The South China Morning Post)

The new US military base in South Korea is the Pentagon's largest. Built over the protests of local villagers, who were forcibly removed to create the huge $10.8 billion complex, Camp Humphreys features more than 650 buildings – including a 310-000-sq-ft shopping mall, four schools, five churches, a sports complex and an 18-hole golf course. While it is home to nearly 45,000 American troops and contractors, South Korea is footing the bill for 92% of the annual operating costs.

Losing the Serengeti: The Maasai Land that was to Run Forever
(The Oakland Institute)

This report -- based on field research, never publicly-seen-before documents, and an in-depth investigation into Tanzania's land laws -- is the first to reveal the complicity between Tanzanian officials and foreign companies as they use conservation laws to dispossess the Maasai, driving them off their lands and creating a stifling map of confinement. The violent evictions began on August 10, 2017 and were set to last for two weeks. Maasai villages were destroyed to "preserve the ecosystems and attract more tourists."

Trump's Oil Dreams: For Mountains and Wildlife, It's the Pits
(Zack Colman / Reveal News & Elizabeth Shogren / Reveal News)

Ten thousand feet up, it's possible to see all of Colorado's North Fork Valley -- sloping mesas with snow-dusted mountains, the land below resembles a vintage pioneer landscape. But if Donald Trump has his way, this sweeping vista could soon be replaced by an invasion of oil and gas pumps. Trump's administration is opening vast stretches of public land to energy companies and, in the case of North Fork, up to 95 percent of the valley's forests and fields could be handed over to drillers.

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza
(AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Al Jazeera & Haaretz)

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip -- a measure that human rights groups denounced as 'morally depraved.' Meanwhile, Israel's army has begun drills to prepare to for a "large-scale" attack to conquer all of Gaza. Israel is said to have warned Hamas it is prepared to embark on the military campaign if arson kite launches don't cease by Friday.

The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures
(Peace From Harmony.org)

What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.

Israel Exchanges Intense Fire with Hamas Militants in Gaza
(Aron Heller / Associated Press & Al Jazeera)

The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.

Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week
(Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.

New Poll Shows Germans Want US Troops Out of Germany
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Jon Stone / The Independent & Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams / The Ron Paul Institute)

A new poll for is showing German voters are growing resistant to the current level of spending on the military in their country, as well as the number of US troops that Germany is playing host to -- 35,000! The poll shows that, even as officials fret Donald Trump was threatening to pull US troops out of Germany, voters actually would welcome the US departure, with only a hair over a third of the Germans wanting US soldiers to stay.

Bulldozing Palestine, One Village at a Time: One Village Has Already Been Destroyed 119 Times
(Mariam Barghouti / Al Jazeera & The United Nations)

Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedoin village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem. Since 2017, the whole Bedouin village has been threatened with demolition by the Israeli authorities. Between 2008 and 2014, some 6,000 Bedouins were forcefully displaced and the area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements. Just last year, the Bedouin village of al-Araqib was destroyed for the 119th time by Israeli forces -- even though its residents carry Israeli citizenship.

Searching for Common Ground: Both Russia and the US Are Guilty
(An An Open Letter from The Nation & Robert Scheer / TruthDig )

Concerned about growing tensions between two nations with large quantities of nuclear weapons, an important statement by scores of progressive voices faults Russia for attempting to influence US elections but fails to mention Washington's long history of meddling in other nations' politics -- including sabotaging Mikhail Gorbachev's reform efforts while promoting the rise of Boris Yeltsin. The rape of Russian resources by a new class of billionaires was a US export conflating capitalism with freedom.

Remembering Bolivia's Eco-politics. From 2009: A Plan to End Capitalism and War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Judy Rebick / Rabble.com)

In 2009, indigenous activist Evo Morales attended the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen -- as the elected president of Bolivia. Morales laid out a detailed plan for reinventing his country's social, political and environmental landscape. The goal has not yet been realized in Bolivia but Morales' "Ten Commandments to Save the Planet" still remain inspiring as guideposts for action.

Fanning the Flames -- The Environmental Impact of Gaza's Incendiary Kites
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

The 8th July marked 100 days since the first homemade incendiary kites were launched over Israel from Gaza. It also saw Israel promising punitive measures against Gaza in retaliation. As tensions continue to escalate, this blogs looks at the impact of Palestinian incendiary kites on the environment.

ACTION ALERT: With Pruitt Out, What's Next? Trump Targets the Endangered Species Act!
(Liz Butler / Friends of the Earth & Tiffany Finck-Haynes / Friends of the Earth US & 350.org)

You wrote to your Member of Congress. You made phone calls. You took to the streets. And it worked -- last week, Scott Pruitt lost his job as EPA Administrator. This is a huge victory for people and the environment. But our environmental protections are still at risk. A new bill was just introduced in Congress that would overhaul and dismantle the Endangered Species Act. This bill would be a disaster for bees, butterflies, birds, wolves and other valuable wildlife. We can't let that happen.

Jared Kushner's Middle East Fantasy
(Philip Gordon and Prem Kumar / The Atlantic & Robert Fisk / The Independent)

Commentary: In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, Donald Trump's son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive -- or deeply cynical. Given the risks of escalating violence and the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza, Jared Kushner's desire to move forward even in the face of long odds is understandable. Unfortunately, his interview also revealed that he is living in a fantasy world and is preparing an approach more likely to compound the current problems than to resolve them.

"No to War -- No to NATO": Counter Summit July 7-8, 2018
(No to NATO.org)

NATO's role as a nuclear-armed alliance continues to risk a global atomic war. NATO is pressing its members to spend 2% of GDP on military budgets to fund wars and aggression, even though EU member states submit to strict austerity policies. When NATO members meet in Brussels, a counter summit will greet them. Questions we want to discuss at the counter summit include: How we can organize more effective opposition and what new strategies can be employed for the peaceful conversion of NATO?

US Bombs Are Killing Civilians in Yemen and Making New Enemies for America
(Jane Ferguson / PBS News Hour)

War rains down from the sky in Yemen, where an aerial bombing campaign by Saudi-led and American-backed coalition hammers much of the north. The US military supports the campaign against the Houthi rebels with logistics and intelligence, and sells the Saudis many of the bombs it drops on that country. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson smuggled herself across front lines to report this series.

Man-Made Drought Threatens to Ravage Iraq
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent)

As Iraq begins to recover from 40 years of wars and emergences, its existence is being threatened by the rapidly falling water levels in the two great rivers on which its people depend. It was on their banks that the first cities were established cities 8,000 years ago and where the flood stories of Gilgamesh and the Bible were first told. Such floods are now a thing of the past -- the last was in 1988 -- and each year the amount of water taken by Iraq's neighbours has been rising.

Behind the Secret US War in Africa
(Wesley Morgan / Politico)

American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs. "Once you start these things, they're hard to turn off. Some of them pan out, and some of them don't," said a former White House official.

Oil Drilling Plan Threatens Endangered Gorillas in Congo National Park
( & Chloe Farand / The Independent)

Democratic Republic of Congo's government has announced it has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks -- home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species -- to oil drilling. Earlier proposals to allow oil exploration in the parks met fierce resistance from environmental activists, who say drilling would place wildlife at risk and release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing global warming.

US Ends 70-Year Military Presence in South Korean Capital
(AntiWar.com & The Associated Press )

The US military has formally ended a 70-year presence in the South Korean capital of Seoul with the opening of a new military headquarters further south in the city of Pyeongtaek. The relocation (which has been planned for some time) places the new base out of the range of North Korean artillery -- a threat that is now is clearly lessened with North Korea in talks to relocate its artillery and with peace talks underway.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Trump: No Drilling in the Great Lakes; No Mining in Yellowstone Park
(Hon. Debbie Stabenow / US Senate & Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)

The Great Lakes are under attack like never before. Today, in a new executive order, Donald Trump os trying to dismantle protections to open the Great Lakes to drilling. Yellowstone National Park is facing one of its biggest threats since it was established nearly 150 years ago. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is considering whether to open up more than 30,000 acres of public lands at the northern gateway of America's oldest and most iconic national park to aggressive gold, silver and other mineral extraction.

War Games Between South Korea and United States
(Associated Press)

The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Here is a brief explanation of US-South Korea military exercises.

Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)

Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.

Farming as Resistance in Guatemala
(Trina Moyles / YES! Magazine<)

Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.

Notes from Paraguay: Return of the Colorado Party and A Forgotten War in South America
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & A Global World & Nikolas Kozloff / Al Jazeera)

June 12 was a national holiday in Paraguay. Chaco Armistice Day, commemorates peace – and the end of a bloody war between Paraguay and its neighbor Bolivia. The conflict erupted over the control of the Chaco region, a contested area that was believed to harbor immense stores of untapped underground oil. The surprising part of the story involves the covert involvement of the US government and, allegedly, the role of major US oil companies in fomenting the conflict.

ACTION ALERT: Troops at Risk from Burn Pits: The VA Must Be Held Accountable
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

"For the nearly 3 million troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, burn pit exposure has proven to be prevalent and has contributed to cancer diagnoses, respiratory illness, and neurological and pulmonary damage. There's a registry for veterans who have been affected, but too many veterans are not yet on that registry, with some being rejected care and not receiving the support they deserve. We must do more." -- Hon. Tulsi Gabbard.

Construction of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank Has Tripled Under Trump's Watch
(Al-Jazeera & Agence France-Presse )

The Israeli government has approved the construction of 2,070 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank. According to Israeli organisation Peace Now, 14,454 settlement units in the West Bank have been approved since US President Donald Trump took office, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration.

Hurricane Maria's Deadly Aftermath: The Tragic Failure of Washington's Response
(Carolina Moreno / Huffington Post)

An extensive Harvard study has found that about 4,645 people -- not the 64 officially reported -- died as a result of Hurricane Maria, and it provided some damning details about life on the island after the storm. Most of the deaths occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Data from this large-scale survey also revealed some sobering information about what life has been like for those trying to manage their health on the island in the wake of the storm.

ACTION ALERT: Say NO to US/NATO Military Transports Through Eastern Germany
(Potsdam Peace Coordination & Jungwelt)

Between May and June 2018, over 100 US military convoys are set to cross the eastern German state of Brandenburg and head toward Eastern Europe. The NATO exercise will take place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with 18,000 military personnel from 19 countries. According to NATO propaganda, US soldiers and NATO troops are training to protect the Baltic States from the "aggressor Russia." Join the international protest opposing this latest example of NATO's aggressive provocations.

The US Has Military Bases in 80 Countries. It's Time to Close Them All
(Alice Slater / The Nation & Canadian Dimension)

On the weekend of MLK Day, Baltimore University hosted more than 200 peace, environment, and social-justice activists to launch a Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases. In a series of panels over two days, speakers from every corner of the globe described the extraordinary cruelty and toxic lethality of US foreign policy -- despite King's warning more than 50 years ago that "a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

A Fiscal Conservative's Cure for Imperialism: End Foreign Aid -- to Everyone
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

Commentary: Americans have only lived under a federal income tax system since 1913. The law requires them to send a certain portion of their income to the US Treasury. Washington then uses a portion of those seized monies to send money or armaments to foreign governments. We call it "foreign aid" but in actuality it is nothing more than government-to-government welfare. The Israeli government then uses the "foreign aid" to underwrite its merciless programs and deadly operations aimed at the Palestinians.

Humans 0.01% of Life Have Destroyed 83% Wild Mammals
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

A groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it -- as well as our disproportionate impact. Humankind is simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth. While the world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Israel's Deadly Attacks on Gaza's Protesters
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / MoveOn.org & Mark LeVine / Tikkun & Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun & the Network for Spiritual Progressives)

Commentary: B'tselem, the Israeli Human Rights organization, has called on young Israeli soldiers to recognize that they have an obligation in International Law to reject the orders to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilians -- even if some of those civilians attempt to cut down the border fence, burn tires or throw Molotov cocktails. A new petition calls on the US Congress to condemn Israel's armed violence against unarmed Palestinians and encourage both sides to recommit to finding a nonviolent solution.

The Global Pact for the Environment: Protecting Nature from the Devastation of Armed Conflicts
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

How would a new legally binding international instrument that seeks to define the principles of environmental law influence ongoing efforts to strengthen the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts?

ACTION ALERT: Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Growing in the US and Around the World
(NuclearBan.US & The International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN))

This Treaty, which prohibits the development, testing, production, deployment, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, was adopted by 122 countries at the UN on 7 July 2017. The US and other nuclear weapon possessor states boycotted the negotiations and have been pressuring other countries not to sign the Treaty. Activists in the US want cities, states, businesses, universities, faith communities, and individuals to defy the US and join the rest of the world to ban nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

Big Stake in Syria War -- For the 1% and the 99%
(Bruce Lesnick / Socialist Action & United National Antiwar Coalition)

The US and its Gulf and NATO allies have been fighting a war of aggression against Syria for over five years. Plans to replace the Syrian government with one more subservient to the needs of US corporate interests began well before that. The Pentagon has spent $41.1 billion in Syria since 2001, according to a study by Brown University. US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar have funneled huge additional sums to ISIS and Al-Qaeda affiliated "rebels" in Syria since at least 2011.

Oil Tankers Threaten an Environmental Disaster off the Coast of Yemen
(The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

Oil infrastructure often poses environmental risks during conflicts and Yemen is no exception. On March 7, the Yemeni government called for international assistance in dealing with a potentially serious oil pollution threat in the Red Sea. The case has served to highlight the wider threat from terrestrial and marine oil pollution in Yemen's civil war and the risks it poses to the Red Sea's ecology. But dealing with the threat will be impossible without cooperation between the warring parties and the international community.

Can Palestinians Be Killed? Can Israelis Kill Them? Or Do They Only "Die"?
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment )

Social media is being scathing about the diction chosen by the New York Times, CNN and even the London Guardian to speak of the some 55 peacefully protesting Palestinians whom Israeli snipers cold-bloodedly shot dead on Monday and the some 2700 whom they wounded, half of those with live fire. The headlines or lead paragraphs spoke of Palestinians "dying" -- as though they had mysteriously and unexpectedly contracted the unusual disease of bullet penetration.

Gaza Violence Troubles the Region and Alarms the World
(BBC World News)

There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace. Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday. The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity," while Israel accused Hamas of placing their own people in the line of fire.

Jerusalem Embassy: Why Trump's Move Was Not about Peace
(BBC World News)

Analysis: Trump's move to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a gift to conservative orthodox Jews dominating Mr. Trump's inner circle and Christian evangelicals like Vice-President Mike Pence. Trump also sided with Israel in its response to the deadly violence on the Gaza border, accusing Gaza's Hamas leaders of "intentionally and cynically" provoking Israel in an attempt at "gruesome propaganda." But, unlike European countries, Trump did not call on the Israeli army to exercise restraint.

ACTION ALERT: Proposed GOP Farm Bill Is a War on Nature
(Peter Stocker / Friends of the Earth & Derrick Z. Jackson / Environmental Health News )

The GOP's Farm Bill doubles down on a failing food system that harms our health, decimates soil and pollinators, pollutes our air and water, and accelerates climate chaos. Big Ag and the Republicans are fighting hard to pass this disastrous bill. For both humans and wildlife, the Republican reauthorization of the Farm Bill would usher in the weakest federal protections against pesticide abuse since Silent Spring.

41 Palestinians Killed as Protesters Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba
(Chloe Benoist / Middle East Eye)

At least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, with tensions running high in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. The Nakba -- or catastrophe -- saw 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Their descendants now include more than two million in the occupied Palestinian territory, who have been calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and the right to return to their homeland.

World Leaders Condemn Israel's Brutality in Gaza Massacre
(Al Jazeera )

At least 58 Palestinians were killed on Monday in Gaza and more than 2,700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along the border fence with Israel. Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians and wounded about 12,000 people. Turkish leader Erdogan declared: "What Israel has done is a genocide." The UN HR High Commissioner has expressed concern, stating: 'Israeli Live Fire in Gaza Must Stop.'

ACTION ALERT: Protest US Israel Attacks on Palestine
(American Friends Service Committee)

Today, as the US and Israel celebrate the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank continue to protest the systematic denial of their rights. Israel soldiers have killed at least 105 while more than 10,000 protesters have been injured -- 166 critically. Washington offers Israel full support for its violent repression of the largely non-violent Gaza protests. You can ask your representatives to hold Israel accountable for its violence against Palestinian protesters.

War Extinctions Ravaging Africa: Animals at Risk
(University of Granada & Phys.org)

An international study involving researchers from the University of Granada has established that the escalation of armed conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel region is leading to a dramatic population decline of species such as the African elephant and dorcas gazelle. The research paper calls for greater emphasis on environmental factors in the peace process initiatives that aim to bring an end to the conflicts.

Military Aircraft Crashes: A Growing Threat to Civilians Around the World
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

The US military maintains bases in at least 80 countries around the world. The military "doesn't give a damn" about the damage it does, both at home and abroad, but that this isn't big news. They've got a huge fraction of the population sucked into the nearly religious belief that the military is important to their safety . . . it isn't. It's for wrecking other countries and other cultures. Its core competency is death and destruction in the name of Wall Street."

Billions in Extreme Weather Damage and FEMA Plan "Forgets" to Mention Climate Change
(Kate Yoder / Grist & Ryan Grenoble / Huffington Post)

In 2017, an unprecedented string of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires cost the US a record-shattering $306 billion -- four times more than average over the past decade, adjusted for inflation. In March, after a year of record-shattering natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released its long-term strategic plan. And that 37-page document somehow neglected to mention climate change. The official explanation: We forgot to mention it.

Borderline Profits: The Military Industrial Complex Stands to Make Millions Off Trump's Militarized Border
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Todd Miller / TomDispatch)

The Border Patrol has increased from a force of 4,000 in the early 1990s to 21,000 today and operates like "a standing army on American soil." The monoliths of the military-industrial complex -- including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Elbit Systems -- have long been tailoring their technologies to homeland security operations. They are now deeply involved in the increasingly lucrative "border market." As one vendor put it many years ago, "We are bringing the battlefield to the border."

Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
(John LaForge / CounterPunch & ZeroHedge)

The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the "second worst" nuclear power disaster in history. Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl. Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew apart and burned for 40 days, spreading fallout across the Northern Hemisphere. Fukushima was much worse.

Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War & RootsAction)

Commentary: (1.) There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. (2.) If the US government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about North Korea and the rest of the world choosing not to have nuclear weapons. (3.) The longer the world has nuclear weapons, and the more countries that have them, the greater the likelihood of nuclear war. And 97 more reasons.

Amnesty International Calls for Global Arms Embargo on Israel As Civilian Casualties Rise on Gaza Border
(Ori Lewis / Reuters & Amnesty International)

Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians along the border with the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents on Sunday, the Israeli military said. As of 26 April, the total number of injured is estimated at 5,511 -- 592 children, 192 women and 4,727 men -- with 1,738 injuries from live ammunition. Amnesty International has called for a worldwide arms embargo on Israel in response to the country's disproportionate response to mass demonstrations.

ACTION ALERT: Tell EPA's Scott Pruitt: "Stop Your War on Science"
(CREDO Action & Madison Dapcevich / Forbes & ILF Science)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt's escalating war on science has a clear goal: ending the regulations that protect us from smog, pesticides, climate change and other dangerous threats to our health and the environment. Pruitt and the rest of the Trump regime are willing to risk human lives to make their friends a little richer. Pruitt must go. Instead of throwing out hallmark research, much of it funded by taxpayers through the EPA, Pruitt should be following the guidance of real scientific experts.

Radioactive Soil on the Loose: How a Clean-up Became a Cover-up
(J.K. Dineen / San Francisco Chronicle)

The scandal involving cheating in the $1 billion cleanup at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has until now focused on allegations of what was left behind at the site: radioactive dirt dumped into trenches to save the time and expense of testing and disposing of it properly. But former shipyard employees and environmentalists say that toxic waste removed from the site is of just as great a concern.

Cluster Bombs Are Back -- and America and Russia Can't Get Enough
(Michael Peck /The National Interest)

Cluster weapons -- those mini-bombs that have maimed and killed many civilians -- are back. Russia has just unveiled a "stealth cluster bomb" and the Trump administration has scrapped plans to eliminate cluster weapons by 2019 -- despite 103 nations signing an international treaty to ban such weapons. So far, 120 nations have joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and 103 have actually ratified it. Unfortunately, the two biggest arms exporters in the world -- America and Russia -- have yet to join.

Combating Militarism on Earth Day
(Steve Fake / Just World Educational)

On April 19, as a prelude to Earth Day, Just World Educational hosted a live Facebook discussion on its Earth Day Appeal, "To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism!" The Live discussion featured Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation and National Co-convener of United for Peace and Justice, and Gar Smith, the director of Environmentalists Against War, a member of the coordinating council at World Beyond War, and editor of The War and Environment Reader.

On Earth Day: "Why We Oppose War and Militarism"
(Environmentalists Against War)

On February 20, 2003, Environmentalists Against War (a global coalition of antiwar organizations) held a press conference at the San Francisco office of the Sierra Club to announce its opposition to the George W. Bush administration’s imminent attack on Iraq. A joint statement -- signed by more than 100 environmental, antiwar, and social-justice organizations from around the world -- enumerated 11 reasons to reject war and militarism.

For Earth Day: Protecting Nature from War
(The United Nations Environment Programme)

"The environment continues to be the silent victim of armed conflicts worldwide. The toll of warfare today reaches far beyond human suffering, displacement, and damage to homes and infrastructure. Modern conflicts also cause extensive destruction and degradation of the environment. Environmental damage, which often extends beyond the borders of conflict-affected countries, can threaten the lives and livelihoods of people well after peace agreements are signed."

Native Americans on US-Mexico Border Block Trump's Troops
(Jorge Rivas / Splinter News & The Tohono O'odham Nation)

There's at least 75 miles of the US-Mexico border where National Guard troops can't go, no matter what President Donald Trump says. The Tohono O'odham Nation says its people have inhabited what is now southern and central Arizona and northern Mexico since "time immemorial -- in other words, way before any borders were put in place.

Pentagon Report Warns: Climate Change Is Destroying Critical Military Facilities
(Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics / Department of Defense)

The Pentagon's "Climate-Related Risk to DoD Infrastructure Initial Vulnerability Assessment Survey" provides stunning evidence of the impact climate change is wreaking on America's military assets. Buildings and coastal bases in the US and around the world have been damaged by massive and repeated flooding, extreme winds have toppled critical electric lines, hurricanes have destroyed piers and pipelines, airfield runways are crumbling into the sea, and wildfires have devastated inland air force bases.

We Have No Word for 'Wall': Native Americans on US-Mexico Border Block Trump's Troops
(Jorge Rivas / Splinter News & The Tohono O'odham Nation)

There's at least 75 miles of the US-Mexico border where National Guard troops can't go, no matter what President Donald Trump says. The Tohono O'odham Nation says its people have inhabited what is now southern and central Arizona and northern Mexico since "time immemorial -- in other words, way before any borders were put in place.

An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism!
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations in the US and around the world to express support for the statement that follows. We are hoping to gather as many individual signatures and organizational endorsements as possible between now and Earth Day, April 22.

Rising Seas Threaten Half of US Bases: Pentagon Warned of Climate Change 52 Years Ago
(Sammy Roth / USA TODAY & Dana Nuccitelli / The Guardian)

Military leaders are sounding another alarm about the dangers of climate change, saying in a new report that half of US military sites have already been affected by floods, wildfires, droughts and other weather extremes that are exacerbated by rising global temperatures. It's not like the Pentagon wasn't warned: In 1965, US president Lyndon Johnson's science advisory committee sent him a report predicting climate change that was being triggered by "Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuels -- the Invisible Pollutant."

World War II Bomb Forces Evacuation of 26,000 Residents in Germany
(Deutsche Welle )

More than 26,000 people were forced to flee their homes as bomb disposal experts worked to dismantle a massive WWII British bomb in the small German city of Paderborn. The 1.8-ton bomb was discovered in a garden just 80 centimeters below the surface. In some German towns, a average of a half-dozen WWII bombs are still being unearthed -- every year.

For Third Week in a Row, Israeli Forces Fire Live Ammunition at Unarmed Protesters in Gaza, Injuring Hundreds

Over half of the 2 million people who live in Gaza are refugees. Gaza has often been called the largest open-air prison because of the decade-long blockade imposed by Israel and enforced both by Israel and Egypt. Despite international condemnation, including warnings by the UN Human Rights Council against the use of lethal force against civilians, who pose no immediate threat to life, Israeli authorities and politicians have praised the army's actions and vowed to continue repressing protesters to "protect" their border.

The US Now Has 8 Military Bases, 2 Airfields and 7,500 Ground Forces Inside Syria
(Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor & BBC World News & Agnes Helou / Defense News)

A military bases race is underway between Russia and the US as each nation seeks to expand its presence in Syria and counter asymmetric threats. For the first time, it has been revealed that 5,508 US-paid contractors are currently working inside Syria helping 2,000 US soldiers build military outposts throughout the country. Unlike Russian troops and contractors, the Americans were never invited into the country.

Nicaragua Reminds the US of its Debts
(Chuck Kauffman / NicaNotes)

Passage by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee of the NICA Act brought a rebuff by the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega and a reminder of the US's own unpaid debt to Nicaragua. The US owes Nicaragua an estimated $17 billion -- plus 31 years of interest -- for its illegal Contra War to overthrow the Sandinista government in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan and continued under George H. W. Bush. Read the Nicaraguan government's response to the congressional committee's action.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Rolls Back Wilderness Protections
(Rhea Suh / Natural Resources Defense Council)

The Trump administration is fast-tracking a sham planning process for our illegally redrawn national monuments. Speak up now to stop this latest attack on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Lawmakers Are Trying to Criminalize Pipeline Protesters for "Conspiracy"
(Justine Calma / Grist & Steve Hardy / The Advocate & Nikhil Swaminathan / Grist)

Efforts to prosecute environmental activists with felony or eco-terrorism charges have intensified since Standing Rock. Those tensions are coming to a head in Louisiana and Minnesota, where newly introduced bills seek to make it a felony to plan to trespass, damage, or disrupt pipeline operations -- even if the individuals didn't physically participate or go through with the action.

ACTON ALERT: No Dow Chemical Shills at EPA; Remove Scott Pruitt from EPA
(CREDO Action & Bess Levin / The Atlantic & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

Once again, Donald Trump's contempt for the environment is on full display with his recent nomination of Peter Wright, a lawyer for Dow Chemical and a former Monsanto employee, to head up the EPA office that oversees chemical spills at Superfund sites. Dow Chemical is eager to profit from sales of a toxic chemical "originally derived from a nerve gas developed by Nazi Germany." Meanwhile, Trump's EPA chief Scott Pruitt faces mounting pressure to resign amid ballooning scandals.

Israeli Snipers Murder 17 Protesters at Gaza Border during Massive Land Day Demonstration
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment & Ma'an News Agency)

Commentary: The Israeli army indiscriminately opened fire on the protesters with live ammunition, killing at least 17 and wounding dozens (perhaps hundreds). Hundreds were also sickened by military-grade tear gas. There is no reason to think that the Israeli troops were in danger or received deadly fire themselves. There was rock throwing toward the fence that imprisons the Palestinians. This was more like a US police shooting of an innocent, unarmed victim.

Burlington Vermont Votes to Block F-35 Fighter Jets
(The Burlington Peace and Justice Center)

Burlington's City Council voted 9-3 to block USAF plans to base F-35 fighter jets at Burlington's International Airport. The vote came three weeks after the voters approved a citizen initiative to cancel the planned F-35 basing. Noise from the F-35 can damage hearing, children's cognitive abilities, and trigger heart attacks in adults. Nearly 3,000 local homes would become unlivable do to the increased noise. Meanwhile, the F-35 drains $1.4 trillion from health care, education, affordable housing, and infrastructure.

Revealing the Pentagon's Unaddressed Burn Pit Perils
(Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News Investigative Unit Exclusive)

Fox News has discovered pits as large as football fields existed next to a number of military bases during the Iraq War; makeshift junkyards, many ignited by jet fuel, left to smolder 24 hours a day. More than 130,000 vets have reported exposure; Will Carr reports from Los Angeles.

From Venezuela to Ghana, a Call for Activists to Confront and Reject US Warmongering
(Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace & Seth Kwame Awuku, Esq. / MyJoyOnline)

Commentary: We need an independent movement to address both the economic needs of poor and working people and the escalating attacks on the Black community, immigrants, women, unions, the LGBTQ community, refugees, Muslims, the physically and mentally challenged, youth, students, the elderly, Mother Earth -- all of us.

Leaked Memo: EPA Shows Workers How To Downplay Climate Change
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent employees a list of eight approved "talking points" on climate change from its Office of Public Affairs -- guidelines that promote a message of uncertainty about climate science and gloss over proposed cuts to key adaptation programs. The talking points boil down to the sort of climate misinformation that Trump-appointee EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has long trumpeted.

Scientists Warn: The Destruction of Nature Is as Dangerous as Climate Change
(Jonathan Watts / The Guardian UK)

Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world threatens food and water security of billions of people, major UN-backed biodiversity study reveals. Among the standout findings are that exploitable fisheries in the world's most populous region -- the Asia-Pacific -- are on course to decline to zero by 2048; that freshwater availability in the Americas has halved since the 1950s and that 42% of land species in Europe have declined in the past decade.

The Fight to Save the EPA & the Struggle to Block Arctic Drilling
(John R. Platt / The Revalator & NationOfChange & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch )

Saving the EPA could be a tough task considering the recent actions by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, which include rolling back regulations for clean air and water, recommending the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, removing climate change from official policies (and from EPA web pages), and extending the use of toxic pesticides. But direct action by Greenpeace/Norway "kayaktivists" has halted drilling for oil in the waters of the Arctic.

On the 15th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq, a Call for Reparations
(The Center for Constitutional Rights)

The Center for Constitutional Rights has challenged US militarism abroad for decades,litigating cases challenging torture and extrajudicial killing by private military contractors during the Iraq war since 2004. CCR has also sought accountability for US torture in Iraq by filing cases in foreign courts under universal jurisdiction laws. On March 19, 2018, the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, CCR and its partners in Iraq campaign continue to call for reparations and accountability for the US invasion of Iraq.

Happy Equinox: Remembering Doug Tompkins
(Tom Butler / The Foundation for Deep Ecology & FDE Founder Doug Tompkins)

To mark both the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and the birthday of Douglas R. Tompkins (born on this date in 1943), it seems fitting to circulate some words from Doug. Many of us enjoyed his "rants from the southern listening post."

The Pentagon Continues Its Unwelcomed Occupation of Okinawa
(Jon Letman / Truthout)

What the US frames as protection is, in fact, only another form of occupation by a foreign military (the US) that invaded Okinawa decades ago. Okinawans have never given their permission to have bases here, nor have they been asked. More than 72 years after World War II ended, Okinawa remains a "dual colony of the US and Japan." The US says its offering Okinawa "protection." From what? one local jokes: "It would be terrible to be occupied by a foreign power; they might confiscate your lands and build bases on them!"

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to End the US-Backed War in Yemen
(Mokhtar Alkhanshali / MoveOn.org & Mokha Foundation )

For three years, the US has been providing military support to a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has has only escalated and led to one of the worst humanitarian situations in the world. Over 42,000 people have been harmed, and over 18 million people in Yemen require humanitarian aid. But there is hope. Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy are calling on Congress to exert its constitutional authority and end this inhumane destruction of millions of lives for geopolitical games. A vote is imminent.

ACTION ALERT: Pressure Builds for Clean-up of Military Pollution of Lake Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

On behalf of concerned residents, US Senator Tammy Baldwin has requested and recently received an update on the Army's pending cleanup of mercury-contaminated sediments at Gruber's Grove Bay on Lake Wisconsin. The contamination was caused by the direct discharge of industrial wastewater from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant during active production years.

Citizens and Children Are Suing Trump to Save the Planet
(Bob Egelko / The San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)

A federal appeals court has given a go-ahead to an unprecedented suit by 21 young people who accuse the federal government of endangering their future, and the planet, by failing to act against global warming. Meanwhile, another legal challenge -- Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump -- would block Trump's anti-regulatory executive order which would require repealing two existing public safety rules for every new regulation introduced.

Israel Complains about Violation of Its Sovereignty While Being a Serial Violator
(David Morrison / Open Democracy)

From 1 July to 30 October 2017, Israel violated Lebanon's airspace 758 times for a total of 3,188 hours. On 10 February 2018, a single unarmed Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria (and was shot down by an Israeli helicopter). It is not clear that the entry into Israeli airspace was deliberate. The Director General of Israel's Intelligence Ministry said that the incursion "was not an attack".

War Threatens Our Environment
(World Beyond War)

A major motivation behind some wars is the desire to control resources that poison the earth, especially oil and gas. Oil can be leaked or burned off, as in the Gulf War, but primarily it is put to use in all kinds of machines polluting Earth's atmosphere, placing us all at risk. The interplay of war with oil goes beyond that, however. The wars themselves, whether or not fought for oil, consume huge quantities of it. One of the world's top consumers of oil, in fact, is the US military.

Honduran Businessman Arrested in Death of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres
(Al Jazeera & Global Witness)

Honduran police have arrested a construction executive for his alleged role in the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres. Global Witness alleges those involved in the killings include some of the country's elite, including serving and former members of the military, politicians, and business leaders. Meanwhile, tens of millions of US dollars intended for social programs have been directed to the police and military -- both of which have been implicated in violence against land and environmental activists.

ACTION ALERT: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism! An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

Our five organizations, CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations around the US to express support for the statement that follows.

Long before Trump's "Big Lie" Tactics, The Pentagon Saw Climate Change as a Real Threat
(Johanna Peace / Inside Climate News)

In 2009, long before the rise of Donald Trump, a spate of Pentagon reports and intelligence studies made headlines for their common conclusion: Climate change is a real threat to national security. In response, the Pentagon set a goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2015. (An earlier 2007 executive order by President Bush required federal agencies to reduce their energy intensity.) The administration's internal aim was to produce 25 percent of the military's electricity from renewables by 2025.

Top Military Brass Warn The Pentagon Is Losing the Battle Against Climate Change as Bases Worldwide Begin to Flood
(Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News & John H. Cushman, Jr. / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News & The Weather Channel & Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News)

A growing number of US military sites are being damaged by sea level rise fueled by climate change, and that will threaten the military's ability to protect vital national security interests if the Pentagon and Congress don't take faster action, a panel of retired admirals and generals warns in a new report. The retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks.

Is War Ever Justifiable? The Video Debate: Round 2
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Pete Kilner / US Army (Ret))

To build a movement powerful enough to influence the US oligarchy, we do need this debate, we do need a clearer understanding that no war can ever be justified, and therefore that dumping over a trillion dollars a year into preparing for a possible just war has to stop. After all, 3 percent of that money could end starvation on Earth, 1 percent could end the lack of clean water, a bigger chunk could give us a chance against climate change (rather than serving as the leading cause of climate change).

Scientists Raise Alarm: Arctic Melting Is in Overdrive
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Justin Mikulka / Desmog Blog)

Over the past few days, many climate scientists took to social media to express dismay over the Arctic's unseasonably warm temperatures and record-low sea ice. At the height of winter, the region is clocking temperatures normally seen in May. "The northernmost permanent weather station in the world -- just 440 miles from the North Pole -- has warmed to 43°F today" and this warming comes "in the middle of months-long darkness during what is normally the coldest time of the year."

Normalizing Nukes in the Age of President Strangelove
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Rajan Menon / TomDispatch)

In the Trump era, the Pentagon is calling for new, more "useable" nuclear weapons. Why? To give the commander-in-chief more "flexibility" in conducting "small" and "limited" nuclear attacks -- on declared "enemies" that have not attacked the US, on countries that threaten Washington's allies, on countries that commit "aggression" in the form of cyber-attacks. Hack the US and expect thermonuclear "fire and fury." This new game plan for nuclear war is a "road to hell paved with the worst intentions imaginable."

How Trump and Pruitt Are Destroying the EPA
(Peter Fimrite /The San Francisco Chronicle)

Lynda Deschambault knew her career at the Environmental Protection Agency had taken a hard turn in July when her supervisor told her during a performance review to "be as invisible as possible." The next month, she took early retirement. The request, she said, was jarring for a woman who had spent two decades enforcing pollution laws and the cleanup of toxic lands for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. Managing Superfund sites is not a position that lends itself to blending in.

Britain's House of Lords Debates Nuclear Risks and Abolition
(The Basel Peace Office & Alyn Ware / In Depth News & Abolition 2000)

From May 14-16, the United Nations General Assembly will hold its first ever High-level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. This conference has become even more important in light of increased nuclear risks, which led the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on January 25 to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes to Midnight.

The Death of Syria: "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation"
(Rawya Rageh, Alia Malek, Wendy Pearlman and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

There truly are no words to describe the extent of the horrors that we're seeing in Syria -- the malnutrition, the deprivation, the massacres. So many external players sort of robbed people of their dreams and their hopes and their ability to bring about the basic reforms and democracy they were asking for. No one in Syria was asking for this kind of civil infighting. And this just shows you the lengths to which the Syrian government and its supporters were willing to go just to maintain the rule of one man in power.

Court Determines Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Service Members
(Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News)

The tens of thousands of US military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke from burn pits -- and who were then denied proper treatment -- may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling. A judge has ruled that open-air burn pits -- where thousands of chemicals were released into the air when trash and other waste were incinerated at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are connected to lung disease.

The Environmental Consequences of the Use of Armed Drones
(Doug Weir and Elizabeth Minor / Reaching Critical Will & Toxic Remnants of War)

To date, debate over the implications of the growing use of armed drones has focused on human rights, on the expansion of the use of force into new contexts, and on the imbalances created by the newfound ability to project violence at a distance. Largely missing from the debate over the use of drones are concerns about the environmental and derived humanitarian impacts of drone operations. For starters, the use of these explosive weapons has the capacity to generate toxic remnants.

A Secret Nuclear-Powered US Military Base to Be Revealed as the Arctic Melts
(Kate Lunau / Motherboard @ VICE.com)

At the height of the Cold War, the US built a top-secret nuclear missile site beneath the Greenland ice sheet. The US abandoned the base, believing it would remain a secret but, as the Arctic melts, the base -- and its wastes -- are coming back to haunt the present. The question of who should take responsibility for Camp Century's radioactive wastes has become a political hot potato. At this point it isn't clear exactly who is responsible for cleaning it up.

14 Environmental Programs Eliminated in Trump's Budget Proposal
(John R. Platt / The Revelatory)

President Trump released his proposed federal budget for 2019 on Monday, and in the process pushed for the complete elimination of more than a dozen key environmental programs. These include, but are not limited to, areas of the government focusing on climate change, public lands and energy efficiency. Trump's proposal also drastically slashes the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies critical to a sustainable future.

Demanding Justice: Indigenous Women In Guatemala Battle Canadian Mining Giant
(Heather Gies / Upside Down World)

Elena Choc Quib, a unilingual Q'eqchi' speaker from a remote village in rural Guatemala, never imagined travelling outside her country, let alone boarding a plane to Toronto. But everything changed when she and 10 other women were gang raped during a violent eviction more than a decade ago, allegedly on behalf of a formerly Canadian-owned nickel mine.

Remembering Vietnam 50 Years On
(Peter Berres / The Lexington Herald-Leader & Jordan Travis / The Traverse City Record-Eagle & Alastair Crooke / Consortium News)

January 30 was the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, an attack by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces that inflicted heavy losses on US and South Vietnamese militaries and lead to the Pentagon's ignominious retreat from the country. 50 years on, military planners appear to have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War -- still focusing on war's "winnability" rather than questioning whether it makes sense to engage in it all.

Iran Claims "No Permanent Bases" Inside Syria: The US Has Built At Least 8
(Muraselon: The Syrian Reporter & Agnes Helou / Defense News & Inside Syria Media Center)

Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian dismissed media reports claiming that Tehran has set up military bases in Syria, but meantime, confirmed the country's advisory role. Meanwhile, a military "base race" is underway between Russia and the US as each nation seeks to expand its presence inside Syria. While Russia was invited into Syria; the US occupies the country illegally and is in further violation of international law by constructing US-controlled bases inside Syria.

ACTION ALERT: Stop NBC's Winter Olympics Whiteout
(Public Citizen & Kendra Pierre-Louis / The New York Times & Henry Fountain / The New York Times)

Jessie Diggins is a cross-country skier on the American women's team. Diggins is also an advocate for climate action. Yesterday, another Olympian spoke out about the need for immediate climate action. The New York Times told this story. But NBC -- the official network of the Winter Olympics -- did not. In fact, NBC has been silent on the ways climate change is impacting the Winter Olympics and its athletes. We no longer can talk about winter without talking about global warming.

The War You've Never Heard Of: AFRICOM The US Invasion of Africa
(Nick Turse / Vice News & Nick Turse / The Intercept)

Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for US Army Special Operations Command revealed 116 missions were being carried out by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe. Today, according to US military documents, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions in Africa alone. There are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East -- 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries.

Trump's Arctic Oil Plan Violates Law, Could Lead to Extinction of Polar Bears
(Sabrina Shankman / InsideClimate News & Zahid Mahmood / CNN)

A new study warns that polar bears are starving as a result of fossil-fuel-driven climate change and could face extinction faster than previously thought. Meanwhile, Earthjustice and other groups warn that a proposed National Petroleum Reserve lease sale failed to consider how burning the fossil fuels might impact climate change. There is also concern that the areas made available for leasing included the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, which is among the largest and most ecologically significant wetlands in the world.

America's Second Great Sin: Beyond Slavery Lies the Holocaust of Native Americans
(Reed Lannom / The Orlando Sentinel & Indian Country Today)

A campaign must be started immediately to remove all statues of and monuments to US Supreme Army Gens. William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan for the following reasons: In the 28-year span of the Plains Indian Wars from 1862 to 1890, the same top military leaders who commanded the Union Army in the Civil War were also the top military commanders in the US Army's war of genocide against the Plains Indians. And Abraham Lincoln cannot be given a pass.

FEMA to Abandon Puerto Rico: Bernie Sanders Proposes Billion-dollar Program to Solarize the Island
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Senator Elizabeth Warren & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & EcoWatch)

As parts of Puerto Rico continue to struggle to recover four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it will shut off food and water aid to the island as of Jan. 31. A third of Puerto Rico residents are still without electricity and lack access to clean water. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a $146 billion recovery package that could lead the way for Puerto Rico to become a leader in solar power and other sustainable energy.

Remembering Investigative Journalist Robert Parry
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Norman Solomon / The Nation)

In 1995, award-winning investigative journalists Bob Parry launched a unique journalistic space called Consortiumnews, where he worked intensely as publisher, editor, and writer for the next 22 years. Last month, he died suddenly following a stroke. He will be missed. What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment. He refused to take on faith the official story, whether from governments or news outlets.

Is Trump Plotting a "Bloody Nose" Attack against North Korea: If So, It Would Be a War Crime
(Michael Schmitt and Ryan Goodman / Just Security)

As tensions de-escalate on the Korean Peninsula, the international legal debate over the so-called "Bloody Nose Strategy," which involves "a limited military strike against North Korean sites without igniting an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula" has moved in the other direction. Our best assessment is that it would amount to a violation of the prohibition on the use of force set forth in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and customary international law. It would also likely fit the definition of a crime of aggression.

Forget Trump's Border Wall. A $14-Billion Sea Wall Is Needed to Protect Houston
(Steve Campion / KTRK Eyewitness News & Diana Budds / CO Designs & Fault Lines / Al Jazeera English)

When Hurricane Ike reached the Houston-Galveston area in 2008, it pushed a 19-foot storm surge into the Galveston Bay, causing $29 billion in damage and releasing more than 500,000 gallons of crude oil. Refineries around Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel process 40% of the US' petroleum and half of its jet fuel. Without the construction of a protective sea wall, flood waters could cause a massive disaster, spilling millions of gallons of oil and chemicals into local rivers, the bay, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The US Maintains More Than 800 Overseas Bases and Has a Military Presence in 172 Foreign Countries
(Alice Slater / The Nation)

On the Martin Luther King Day weekend, Baltimore University hosted more than 200 peace, environment, and social-justice activists to launch a timely new initiative -- the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases. Ajamu Baraka, Green Party vice-presidential candidate and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Peace, opened the meeting reminding us that Rev. King, in his historic anti-war speech more than 50 years ago at Riverside Church, called the US "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

Questioning Washington's Foreign Bases: An Imperial Occupation that Encircles the World
(Ann Garrison / Counterpunch)

Last year, a divided Congress approved a military spending bill of $700 billion, more than either the President or the Pentagon had requested. Hundreds of billions will go to maintain and arm nearly 1,000 overseas US military bases and US troops in more than 175 foreign countries. The US is the largest, most lethal military power in human history -- with seven geographic commands spanning the globe. The annual cost of these bases -- approximately $156 billion -- diverts funds that could improve lives inside the USA.

The Rise of Walls in a Warming World
(Todd Miller / San Francisco Chronicle)

In 2015, 400,000 people living in what has become Honduras' "dry corridor" planted seeds and waited for rain that never came. What came instead was an extreme drought that stole their livelihoods. Central America has become ground zero for climate change in the Americas. The coming climate upheavals, which also include superstorms and sea level rise, are predicted to leave unprecedented numbers of people with no other choice but to move. And, increasingly, walls are rising to block their flight.

Trump Presidency Spurs Mass Resignations at National Park Service
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Darryl Fears / The Washington Post)

Nine out of 12 members of the National Park Service's advisory board abruptly resigned on January 15. The resignations come after the Department of the Interior announced its plan to open the nation's coastline to offshore drilling. Three days before, the Trump administration announced it would strike the Canada lynx from the endangered-species list -- despite a 2016 assessment that warned the species would die out in its northern range by the end of the century without federal protection.

Wilderness at Risk as Trump Desecrates the US Interior Dept.
(Elizabeth Kolbert / The New Yorker & Jane Kay / The Reveal)

Commentary: "Nearly all Trump's Cabinet members have shown disdain for the regulatory processes they're charged with supervising. And, when it comes to conflicts of interest, they seem, well, unconflicted . . . . In the decades to come, one can hope that many of the Trump Administration's mistakes -- on tax policy, say, or trade -- will be rectified. But the destruction of the country's last unspoiled places is a loss that can never be reversed."

Nuclear War and Extreme Weather Lead List of Top 2018 Threats
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & USA Today & The World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum's 13th annual Global Risks Perception Survey reveals that the risk of wars -- both limited and major -- are both increasing substantially. The report predicts that 2018 could see a 79% increase in the risk of state-on-state military conflict. The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply. Top risks for 2018 include threats from extreme weather, economic inequalities, cyber attacks, and nuclear weapons.

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.

Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in Assault on Biodiversity and Indigenous Communities
(Subhankar Banerjee, Nermeen Shaikh and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters but spared Florida after complaints from Florida's Republican Governor -- triggering protests from every other coastal state.

ACTION ALERT: Help Create the Largest Protected Area on Earth: The Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

On December 1, 2017, the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area -- a land sanctuary covering 1.5 million square kilometers -- came into force. Now the Antarctic Ocean needs protection. Greenpeace writes: "We are calling for the creation of the biggest ocean sanctuary in the world, to protect the fragile and amazing wildlife in the Weddell Sea, like the irreplaceable penguins, whales and seals that call it home. But we simply can't do it without your help. And we want you to come along for the journey!"

New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Destructive EPA Budget Cuts
(Rhea Suh / NRDC Action Fund)

Donald Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, along with their anti-environment allies in Congress, are pushing for bone-deep cuts to EPA funding that would make critical environmental cleanups nearly impossible. Congress must pass a new spending bill by January 19 to keep the government running -- and Trump and his cronies are using this deadline as an excuse to force their extreme anti-environment agenda into law. Ask your representatives to stand up for environmental protections.

It's Time to Bury the Monroe Doctrine
(David Swanson /World Beyond War & No Foreign Bases)

The US policy of antidemocratically and often violently seeking to dominate the nations to its south, in the name of preventing some other force from doing so, has seen its shelf-life expire. The Monroe Doctrine -- as evolved and abused over the centuries -- ought to be buried.

UN Sanctions Iran but Not US for Yemen Weapons
(Cesar Chelala / CommonDreams & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

While the US actively supplies weapons that kill civilians in Yemen, Iran has been accused of failing to halt the transfer of "component." Health facilities in Yemen continue to be hit by Saudi bombs and health and humanitarian workers are increasingly targeted. In a scene out of Guernica, one survivor described a Saudi airstrike killed at least 63 civilians: "It was like something out of Judgment Day. Corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes."

The Pentagon's Sprawling Empire of Bases: A US Military Land and Sky Grab
(Carol Miller / Space Alert! )

How many new and expanded military bases is the Pentagon building and why is it so difficult to answer this question? While the media has paid some attention to global base relocation and expansions around the world, the massive military expansion within the US has remained mostly under the radar. There are many land, air, and sea space expansions underway in the US itself and every expansion destroys fragile and important ecosystems, harms protected species, range animals, wildlife and people.

January 12-15 Conference: Close All US Military Bases on Foreign Soil
(Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases)

The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. Foreign nations that allow US bases on their soil serve as client states of Washington and are controlled through the economic power of the US, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The US has used regime change tactics, including assassination and military force, to keep its empire intact.

US Special Ops Now at War in 149 Countries -- from Afghanistan to Somalia
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

There is no persuasive security rationale for having US Special Operations forces involved in an astonishing 149 countries, given that the results of these missions are just as likely to provoke greater conflict as they are to reduce it, in large part because a US military presence is too often used as a recruiting tool by local terrorist organizations.

ACTION ALERT: Words and Deeds: Challenging War -- on Billboards and in Baltimore
(World Beyond War & The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases)

The US maintains a costly global empire of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world. The annual cost of these bases to the American taxpayers is approximately $156 billion. The support of US foreign military bases drains funds that can be used to fund human needs and enable our cities and States to provide necessary services for the people. Devoting just 3% of US military spending could put an end to starvation everywhere on Earth.

Mega-Dams May Be History in the Brazilian Amazon!
(Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch)

Hydroelectric dams have caused great damage to indigenous and traditional communities and the environment, but they are only one of many serious Amazon threats -- new roads, railways, waterways, mines and other infrastructure all result in great destruction. While the just-announced shift in hydropower policy is important, experts agree that major changes are needed before one can talk of a real conservation breakthrough in the Brazilian Amazon.

Guam's Military Perspective: Let The Public Be Damned
(Harry Brill / The Berkeley Daily Planet)

Guam, which is a possession of the United States, has been making the news in response to military threats by North Korea. North Korea's warning was triggered by military threats from President Trump. It is probably unlikely that either nation will attack the other. On the other hand, Trump does not need the approval of Congress to launch an assault even with the deployment of nuclear weapons.

The Pentagon's Kadema Air Base Called "World's Most Dangerous Airport"
(The Peace Report / Veterans for Peace & Jon Mitchell / The Japan Times)

The Kadema Air Base on Okinawa Island is the largest US Air Force installation in Asia. Equipped with vast runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base and adjoining arsenal cover 46 square kilometers. Over the years, accidents and neglect have polluted local land and water with hazardous chemicals -- including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos and dioxin -- while US officials hid this information, putting at risk the health of US service members and 184,000 civilians living nearby.

Is Rebuilding after "Victory" Possible? Restoring Mosul Will Take Time, Money, and Will

Nearly every city or town in formerly ISIS-occupied territory needs repair. The longer it takes, the longer many of those who fled the fighting remain uprooted. While 2.7 million Iraqis have returned to lands seized back from the militants, more than 3 million others languish in refugee camps. Worst hit is Mosul. The UN estimates 40,000 homes there need to be rebuilt or restored. Returning residents face billions in construction costs and decades of rebuilding, but the source of financial aid remains uncertain.

A Deadly Legacy of Pollution Haunts Overseas US Military Bases
(Whitney Webb / Mint Press & John Lindsay-Poland and Nick Morgan / The Institute for Policy Studies)

Producing more hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined, the US Department of Defense has left its toxic legacy throughout the world in the form of depleted uranium, oil, jet fuel, pesticides, defoliants like Agent Orange and lead, among other pollutants.

Three-day Conference on US Foreign Military Bases Begins January 12
(Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases)

The United States maintains the highest number of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world). There are US military bases in every Persian Gulf country except Iran. US foreign military bases are NOT in defense of US national, or global security. They are the military expression of US intrusion into the lives of sovereign countries on behalf of the dominant financial, political, and military interests of a Western ruling elite.

Is Rebuilding after "Victory" Possible? Restoring Mosul Will Take Time, Money, and Will

Nearly every city or town in formerly ISIS-occupied territory needs repair. The longer it takes, the longer many of those who fled the fighting remain uprooted. While 2.7 million Iraqis have returned to lands seized back from the militants, more than 3 million others languish in refugee camps. Worst hit is Mosul. The UN estimates 40,000 homes there need to be rebuilt or restored. Returning residents face billions in construction costs and decades of rebuilding, but the source of financial aid remains uncertain.

Honduran Election Fraud Follows Decades of Corruption Funded By US Drug War
(Danielle Marie Mackey / The Intercept)

Olancho is gorgeous, with elevated cloud forests flush with orchids and fresh water that tumbles down majestic cliffs, spilling into lowland rainforests or emerald rolling pastures and valleys. But a sinister history lies below the surface and reveals itself only indirectly. A satellite image of a preserved rainforest that traverses the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve reveals a cemetery of hacked trees. The extent of the carnage was almost certainly too big and had happened too fast to be funded by anything other than drugs.

The 10 Most Ridiculous Things Media Figures Said About Climate Change and the Environment in 2017
(Kevin Kalhoefer / Media Matters for America / Research)

When it comes to climate change denial, various pundits and media sources unleashed a storefront of fake news during 2017. Here is a short-list of some of the most outlandish whoppers.

Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: The Madness of America's Nuclear Weapons
(William J. Astore / AntiWar.com)

Daniel Ellsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, is a shattering portrayal of the genocidal nature of US nuclear planning during the Cold War -- and that threat of worldwide genocide (or omnicide, a word Ellsberg uses to describe the death of nearly everything from a nuclear exchange that would generate disastrous cooling due to nuclear winter) persists to this day.

ACTION ALERT: For the Sake of a Single Tree
(Neil Cohen / Solartopia.org)

When we found the unedited report from the arborist hired by the city, we were stunned to discover that he actually wrote a GLOWINGLY SUPPORTIVE report about this tree -- but that the city's staff for some reason chose to cut, paste, and rearrange the arborist's written narrative in order to HANG the tree.

The US Is Building Its Biggest Overseas Base -- In South Korea
(Jon Letman / The Diplomat)

Now in the final stage of a massive base expansion, when completed around 2020, Humphreys will have tripled in size to nearly 3,500 acres -- roughly the size of central Washington, D.C. -- making it the largest overseas American military base in the world, capping off over a dozen years of transformation and consolidation of the US military footprint in South Korea.

ACTION ALERT: 1000 Days of War: Stop the Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen
(Win Without War)

December 20, 2017 marks 1000 days of Saudi Arabia's intervention into Yemen's civil war. Thanks to this disastrous war -- that is waged with the support of the US, UK, and France -- millions of Yemeni civilians are on the brink the largest famine the world has seen in decades as millions more face outbreaks of preventable diseases like cholera and diphtheria, and indiscriminate violence. Add your name to a statement on the need to end the war and find a political solution to this man-made disaster.

Carbon Colonialism: The Failure of Carbon Offset Projects in Uganda
(Anuradha Mittal / The Oakland Institute)

As the One Climate Summit began in Paris, the Oakland Institute's new report, Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources' Carbon Offset Project in Uganda, exposed the false solutions to climate change promoted by some Western corporations and institutions in Africa. In Uganda, one major carbon-offset project -- supported by a number of international financial institutions -- illustrates how climate change is increasingly misused as a pretext for imposing a new form of "carbon colonialism" in Africa.

The Planet's Shrinking Wilderness -- Ignored at Our Peril
(Wildlife Conservation Society & Science Daily)

The majority of remaining wilderness areas are in the deserts of Central Australia, the Amazon rainforest in South America, the Tibetan plateau in central Asia, and the boreal (snow) forests of Canada and Russia. These ecosystems play a key role in regulating local climates, sequestering and storing large amounts of carbon and supporting many of the world's most culturally diverse and marginalized communities. Maps of these critically important wilderness areas are now freely available online.

Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch Have Set Our Future on Fire
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Climate Nexus / EcoWatch)

Commentary: The fires of hell roared through the City of Angels, dispatched by the lords of darkness. Blasted by 80-mile-an-hour winds that turned palm trees into giant torches. In one of those ironies so glaringly obvious that fate seems to be commanding that humans pay attention, one of the properties scorched by the LA fires belonged to Rupert Murdoch, the founder of Fox News, a lavish donor to the GOP, a close confidant of Donald Trump, and a major purvey of "fake news" about the "hoax" of global warming.

The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights
(Patrick Blanchfield / New Republic)

In her brilliant and devastating new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, writer and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues that America's obsession with guns has roots in a long, bloody legacy of racist vigilantism, militarism, and white nationalism. What the Second Amendment guarantees is instead something else: "the violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers . . . as an individual right."

Bombs in Our Backyard: Investigating One of America's Greatest Polluters
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica)

The Pentagon has poisoned millions of acres and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health. Its oversight of thousands of toxic sites has been marked by defiance and delay. Now ProPublica has published data on 40,000 hazardous sites across the country polluted by US military operations. Journalists and activists can use the data to find local stories.

Bombs in Our Backyard: Dangerous Pollutants in Military's Open-Air Burn Sites
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica)

The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins. Washington appears to have significantly underestimated the amount of lead, arsenic and other toxic pollutants sent into the air from uncontrolled burning of hazardous waste at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia. The plumes drift directly towards an elementary school and residents a little more than a mile away.

ACTION ALERT: A Peoples' Peace Treaty for the US and North Korea
(World Beyond War & NationofChange)

Mainstream US media depicts North Korean Kim Jong-Un as crazy and his country as an insane asylum, but there is logic in their fear of "regime change"-- a fear that only negotiations can address. Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war, concerned US peace groups have come together to present a People's Peace Treaty to Washington and Pyongyang.

The Dome: An Abandoned US Nuclear Waste Site Could Be Swamped by Rising Seas
(The Australian Broadcasting Corporation & Mark Willacy / ABC News)

The Runit Dome, an 18-inch-thick concrete dome in the oceans of the Republic of the Marshall Islands contains highly toxic waste from 67 US nuclear weapons tests conducted in the South Pacific from 1946-58. Now, the dome (intended to last for hundreds of years) is cracked and leaking and rising sea levels due to climate change threaten an even greater catastrophe.

Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.

UN Security Council Members Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Move
(AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera & Rebecca Savransky / The Hill)

Donald Trump's "Jerusalem declaration" has been roundly criticized worldwide, with Israel seemingly the only nation to endorse it. Even there, the declaration sparked massive protests among the Palestinian population under Israeli occupation, who see Trump's move as effectively ending the peace process. At least 31 Palestinians hurt in Israeli army fire on Thursday as anger over the White House move sweeps West Bank and Gaza.

The Rollback: Trump's Toxic War Benefits Polluters, Endangers the Public
(Californians for Pesticide Reform & Al Jazeera)

Since US President Donald Trump entered the White House, there is one achievement he can't be denied. He has made good on a campaign promise to repeal hundreds of "job-killing" federal rules, often following recommendations from powerful industries. The US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement -- essentially breaching the promise to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions -- and has begun to roll-back environmental protections designed to reduce toxic emissions from industrial polluters.

How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the Potomac River is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the US military's massive oil consumption. Not only does the home of war-making sit near rising waters -- rising first and foremost because of the impacts of war-making -- the waters of the Potomac and of the Chesapeake Bay into which it flows, and the tides of which raise and lower the waters of the Pentagon Lagoon each day -- are heavily polluted by war preparations.

US Raises Tensions in Korean Peninsula; Builds Mega-Base in South Korea
(David Axe / The Daily Beast)

While Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un wage an escalating war of words over Pyongyang's nuclear-weapons program, the US military is quietly transforming its forces on the Korean Peninsula, expanding their ability to wage war with the North. The centerpiece of the transformation is Camp Humphreys, a sprawling new installation south of Seoul where the majority of the roughly 30,000 US troops in South Korea will soon be based.

ACTION ALERT: War on the Bees -- Stop the Monsanto-Bayer Mega-merger
(SumOfUs & Robert-Jan Bartunek and Ludwig Burger / Reuters & Brad Plumer / Vox.com)

Bayer and Monsanto have filed a merger request with antitrust authorities in Europe and the US. If they succeed, we'll face a nightmare scenario: more bee-killing neonics in our fields, more toxic glyphosate on our plates, more corporate control over our food supply. Regulators can still stop this merger, but they’re getting hammered by corporate lobbyists pressuring them to back off. That's why we need to move fast -- antitrust regulators have a limited amount of time to take action, and the clock is ticking.

Polar Bears Massing on Russian Island -- A Sign of Arctic Change
(Maria Antonova / Agence France-Presse)

Climate change means ice, where polar bears are most at home, is melting earlier in the year and so polar bears have to spend longer on land, scientists say. This might wow tourists but means the bears, more crammed together on coasts and islands, will eventually face greater competition for the little food there is on land. Locals are also at risk from hungry animals venturing into villages.

The Deadliest Year on Record for Global Land Defenders
(The Oakland Institute & Global Witness)

Three times as many land protectors were killed in 2012 than 10 years previously, with the rate doubling to an average of two people a week in the past four years. 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for land rights defenders. 153 activists have been assassinated so far this year -- and those are the ones we know of. Thousands more face displacement, violence, intimidation, and arrest -- all for standing up for their right to live on their land.

Cuba Verde: Can Cuba's Low-carbon Ecological Adaptations Endure?
(Bill Weinberg / Earth Island Journal)

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia cut off the flow of cheap oil and ended the guaranteed prices for Cuban sugar, devastating the island's economy. As food supplies dwindled, malnutrition became alarmingly common. The country's leaders responded by implementing a number of petroleum-free alternatives aimed at making the country self-sufficient. With cars few and far between, bicycles became nearly ubiquitous on Havana's streets. Urban gardens sprang up on unused patches of land.

Fidel Castro's Enduring Environmental Legacy
(teleSUR & Agence France-Presse)

Fidel Castro's commitment to education and health care stand out as monumental achievements for Cuba. While he emerged as a stalwart of anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism, his commitment to environmentalism and Cuba's achievements in the area gets less attention. Cuba is one of the few developing countries that has shown a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability -- despite a number of obstacles such as the long-standing US blockade.

Oil and Gas Industry Is Causing Texas Earthquakes, a 'Landmark' Study Suggests
(Ben Guarino / The Washington Post)

An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, the number of strong quakes increased four-fold. The tremors have multiplied along with a recent increase in natural gas extraction -- including fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, but other techniques as well -- which produces a lot of wastewater that is injected deep into the ground where it can work its way into dormant faults, triggering quakes.

ACTION ALERT: Welcome to the Swamp: EPA on the Corporate Chopping Block
(Chris Riotta / Newsweek & CREDO Action)

Wall Street billionaires, corporate lobbyists and far right conservatives flooded the White House almost immediately after Donald Trump's presidential victory, according to records of visitor logs the White House was forced to reveal following a Freedom of Information lawsuit. Meanwhile, Trump's climate-change-denying EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, is moving to replace independent scientists on EPA advisory boards with representatives of the fossil fuel and chemical industries.

Appeal to Congress: End US Support for Saudi War in Yemen
(Mark Weisbrot / The Hill)

The New York Times editorial board recently took an unusual position of denouncing what it called "war crimes" by a US ally, in a war in which the United States is actively participating militarily. "Saudis try to starve Yemen into submission," was the headline, and it was no exaggeration. Nearly seven million people, including millions of children, are facing famine owing to blockades of food and medicine and Saudi-coalition bombings carried out with military assistance by the United States.

US Strikes on Taliban Opium Labs Won't Work, Say Afghan Farmers
(Mohammad Stanekzai and Girish Gupta / Reuters)

On Monday, US Army General John Nicholson announced a "new strategy" of attacking opium factories, saying he wanted to hit the Taliban "where it hurts, in their narcotics financing." But as US and Afghan forces pounded Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country's largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade.

Trump Targets Appalachia; Plots to Plunder America's Wilderness
(Nigel Sizer / The Rainforest Alliance & Adam Federman / The Nation & Adam Federman / The Nation & Kate Aronoff / The Nation)

The Appalachian woodlands, an ecological treasure covering 61,500 square miles of the country's southeast, are now threatened by the Trump administration's unsustainable commercial energy and timber exploitation. A leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the DOI plans to prioritize "energy dominance" over conservation. Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior is poised to open up millions of wilderness acres to commercial drilling and mining -- from Utah's red-rock country to Alaska's frigid coastal waters.

Fight Terrorism: Stop Bombing Cities and other Populated Areas
(Action On Armed Violence & Reaching Critical Will / Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

When used in populated areas, explosive weapons cause great harm to individuals as well as to communities. According to Action on Armed Violence, between 80 and 90% of the people injured or killed are civilians in incidents where explosive weapons are used in populated areas. The use of these weapons also damages and destroys critical infrastructure such as housing, schools, hospitals, and water and sanitation systems, resulting in devastating long-term effects on people's lives far beyond the conflict itself.

Are US Leaders Planning to Make Nuclear Weapons "Usable"?
(Tom Engelhardt and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Under existing nuclear doctrine, as imagined by the Obama administration back in 2010, this country was to use nuclear weapons only "in extreme circumstances" to defend the vital interests of the country or of its allies. However, for Donald Trump, a man who has already threatened to unleash on North Korea "fire and fury like the world has never seen," such an approach is proving far too restrictive.

When Starvation Is Used as a Weapon: 60 Minutes, Barred from Yemen, Still Got the Footage
(Brit McCandless Farmer / Sixty Minutes @ CBS)

The Saudi-led blockade of Yemen isn't just targeting food supplies. As 60 Minutes found, it's also stopping reporters. Discover how the network's producers got this week's footage of the widespread humanitarian calamity the US-backed Saudi war is having on the desperate men, women and children of Yemen.

Weathering the Heat: The Desertification of Northern California
(Alastair Bland / The East Bay Express)

In 2003, Europe sweltered in 100-degreeheat that killed between 35,000 and possibly 70,000 people. Seven years later, a similar hot spell killed 55,000 people in Russia. Five years later, record heat killed more than 2,000 people in India and Pakistan. In the decades ahead, as temperatures rise and droughts intensify, Northern California's climate, vegetation, and wildlife may begin to look more like Southern California does today.

Noam Chomsky: Trump Represents Severe Threats to "Organized Human Life"
(Lucien Crowder and Noam Chomsky / Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

Noam Chomsky, a noted linguist and a pointed criticic of US foreign policy speaks with Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's senior editor Lucien Crowder about the Trump administration's policies on climate change, nuclear modernization, North Korea, and Iran -- and about an intensification of "the extremely severe threats that all of us face." According to Chomsky, the US, under Trump and the Republican Party, is racing toward disaster.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump from Gutting Climate Efforts, Clean Car Standards, Solar Energy, Net Energy Metering, Solar Roofs . . .
(Union of Concerned Scientists & NRDC & Rainforest Action Network & Food and Water Watch)

Tell Scott Pruitt to do his job to protect our health and stop ignoring the growing risks from climate change. Push back against Trump's efforts to kill clean car standards that would double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. Pressure two of the biggest banks on Wall St. -- JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo -- to say NO to the Keystone XL pipeline. Bombard Trump's Department of Energy with support for solar power.

ACTION ALERT: New Film on Jane Goodall; New Campaign to Save Orangutans from PepsiCo
(Rainforest Action Network & Gar Smith / Berkeley Daily Planet)

Every year, thousands of acres of rainforests in Indonesia are burned to make way for palm oil plantations. The oil is used in major brand products including those from snack food giant PepsiCo. As the forests go up in flames, and the smoke enters the sky, hope fades for the survival of orangutans. Help us convince PepsiCo to stop its part in this destruction. And look for a stunning new film on the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. It has been called "the greatest documentary of the year."

Climate Change Threatens Natural Treasures

Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands -- nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report has said. Released during the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, the study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature stated that the number of sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014.

Trump-frackers Target Nevada Wilderness and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
(Center for Biological Diversity / EcoWatch & Nation of Change & Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post)

Three conservation groups filed an administrative protest Monday against an enormous Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction, scheduled for Dec. 12, that would allow fracking on more than 600 square miles of Nevada public lands. The protest says the BLM has violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act by failing to analyze the risks of drilling for oil and fracking with dangerous chemicals on such a massive scale.

JPMorgan Chase: The Bank that Is Destroying the Earth for Oil
(Amazon Watch)

Despite the urgent imperative to keep at least two thirds of all fossil fuels in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, many governments and companies continue to recklessly expand fossil fuel activities across the globe. And, in the lead, is a major US-based bank -- JPMorgan Chase. Customers should be troubled that banks are financing fossil fuel projects that are harming our planet's environmental sustainability and communities that have been stewards of our planet for generations.

Colombia, an Example to the World, Balances Conservation and Development
(Justin Catanoso / Mongabay)

Colombia, under the leadership of President Juan Santos, has more than doubled its national conserved area -- an extraordinary achievement for any country. In an exclusive interview with Mongabay, Luis Gilberto Murillo, Colombia's minister of the environment and sustainable development, tells how that goal was achieved, and what it will take to keep those conserved lands and waters protected for all time.

Road-building and Nature: Highways to Extinction?
(William Laurance and Irene Burgues Arrea / James Cook University & Science Daily)

We are living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history. In the next 3 years, paved roads are projected to double in length in Asia's developing nations; in the next three decades, the total length of additional paved roads could approach 25 million kilometers worldwide -- enough to encircle the planet more than 600 times. This global explosion of new roads is rife with economic, social, and environmental dangers.

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna: Stop All Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Now
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

For more than two years, Congress has remained quiet as the United States backed a brutal war in Yemen, supporting a coalition that has killed thousands and starved the country into one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. Earlier this year, Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a resolution that condemned the war and would have used a provision of the War Powers Act to halt US support for Saudi Arabia. Khanna's resolution was fervently opposed by House leadership -- both Republicans and Democrats.

Time Is Running Out for the Planet
(Bill Moyers and Bill McKibben / Moyers & Company)

Bill McKibben's calling has been to wake up Americans to the once creeping, now billowing threat of global warming. For 30 years climate change has been his beat -- first as a journalist, then as an environmentalist and now as a leader of a global movement to win a race against time. In his latest book, Radio Free Vermont, he turns to humor for inspiration. Sixteen books of first-rate journalism and now a novel -- a meditation on the state of the world as experienced in the state of Vermont.

Governments Can No Longer Ignore War's Impact on Planet
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist)

Since its inception in 2001, the UN's International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict has mainly served as a reminder of how the environment remains a forgotten victim of warfare. However, in recent years there have been signs that the global community is slowly beginning to address its collective blind spot over the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts -- and the price that people and ecosystems pay for our indifference.

ACTION ALERT: Peace Strike for Colombia
(Alliance for Global Justice & teleSUR)

A National Strike for Peace in Colombia has been called in Colombia to demand steps to protect peace accords that are in danger of failure. The strike was called at the end of a particularly bloody October, with 23 activists killed in 23 days. We demand that Colombia's government end the violence and fulfill commitments to crop substitution programs in Tumaco. Demand that the White House support voluntary eradication and stop encouraging violence against rural Colombians.

International Environmental Conflict Day: Protecting the Planet, Protecting People
(The Toxic Remnants of War Network & United Nations & The Guardian)

The United Nations' International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict takes place on November 6. The international community must face up to the reality that protecting the environment from conflict is vital to protect people.

November 6: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
(The United Nations & Civil Society Statement)

On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.

Pentagon: Only Way to Destroy North Korea Nukes Is Ground Invasion -- With Millions Dead
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Yuliya Talmazan and Associated Press)

In response to a letter from two Democratic congress members asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea, the Pentagon replied the only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion. Pentagon planners conceded that such an act of aggression would "at the very least," cause "millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting."

White House OKs Report Warning Climate Change Is Caused by Humans
(Jean-Louis Santini and Kerry Sheridan / Agence France-Presse & Executive Summary / US Global Change Research Program )

The US government has released a major scientific report that says climate change is "extremely likely" to be caused by human activity and will get worse without major cuts to carbon emissions. The findings of the federally mandated report were approved by the White House, even though they are starkly at odds with the position of Donald Trump, who has labeled global warming a Chinese hoax and named Scott Pruitt. a fossil fuel ally, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Donald Trump's Budget Undercuts Wild Biodiversity Worldwide
(William H. Funk / Mongabay)

Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would make 32 percent across-the-board cut to already underfunded global programs to combat wildlife trafficking and aid African and Asian nations in protecting elephants, rhinos, tigers, pangolins and other endangered wildlife. The loss of iconic wildlife could directly impact poor communities in Africa and Asia. Hostility from Trump and many in the GOP is likely to target wildlife conservation programs for further and larger reductions in years to come.

Resistance and Resilience in Palestine 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
(The Oakland Institute)

2017 marks 70 years since the Nakba -- the Catastrophe -- which resulted in the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land and homes; 50 years since the Six-Day War and Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which laid the foundation for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. On this day, the Oakland Institute documents Palestinian resistance and resilience in an extensive series of nine reports and multimedia materials.

Spreading the Message of "No US Military Bases in the World"
(Ann Wright / OpEd News & Ann Wright / Consortium News & Ann Wright / CODEPINK)

Though the US government denies that it runs an empire, the truth is it maintains a bristling global network of more than 800 overseas military bases in more than 80 foreign countries -- a global empire unprecedented in world history. In many cases, these costly installations give rise to local anger because of displacement, pollution, prostitution and abuse of the local populations. Retired Col. Ann Wright discusses the problem based on her 40 years of experience in the Army and State Department.

ACTION ALERT: Block Trump's Racist, Climate-denying Nominee for USDA Chief Scientist
(CREDO Action & Friends of the Earth & Miranda Green / CNN )

The Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to vote next week on the nomination of racist, climate-denier Sam Clovis to serve as Donald Trump's "chief scientist" at the USDA. Clovis is an extreme right-wing activist and conservative radio host with no science background or agricultural expertise. In addition, recent news reports indicated that Clovis may have played a key role in the Trump campaign's communications with Russia. Make a call now to oppose his confirmation.

Pruitt Purges Scientists from EPA Panels, Eases Restraints on Dangerous Chemicals
(Michael Biesecker / Associated Press & Matthew Brown / Associated Press)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more "diverse views." Pruitt recently overruled experts that recommended banning sales of a top-selling pesticide after peer-reviewed studies showed it damaged children's brains. The Trump administration has halted review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: asbestos, flame retardants, and toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants.

Destroying Raqqa in Order to Save It: Now Who Will Rebuild It?
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change & IRIN News)

The 300,000 people who once called Raqqa home won't be able to return with winter fast approaching. Reconstruction in Raqqa -- and in other cities that fell to ISIL -- will be removing the vast amounts of ordinance, including unexploded coalition bombs and artillery shells. Washington has made it clear that it isn't interested in 'nation building.' The massive amounts of money needed to rebuild so many cities in Iraq and Syria will probably lead most of the country's coalition partners to take a similar position.

The Shadow War in the Sahara
(Al Jazeera News)

Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. The Sahara holds vast oil and natural gas deposits, the most strategic nuclear ore, and coltan, gold, and copper are abundant in the continent. But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.

Trump Calls Climate Change a "Hoax": The GAO Calls It a "Budget-Busting" Calamity That Will Only Grow
(Michael Biesecker / Associated Press & Andrew Taylor / Associated Press)

A Government Accountability Office report released Monday said the federal government has spent more than $350 billion over the last decade on disaster assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance. That tally does not include the massive toll from this year's three major hurricanes and wildfires, expected to be among the most costly in the nation's history. The GAO predicts these costs will only grow in the future, potentially reaching a budget-busting $35 billion a year by 2050.

Trump Bans Three EPA Scientists from Speaking about Climate Change Dangers
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly barred three agency scientists from publicly discussing their climate change research just days before they were scheduled to speak at a Rhode Island Conference. The researchers were booked to appear at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed workshop, an event highlighting the health of New England's largest estuary, where temperatures have risen 3 degrees Fahrenheit and water has risen up to seven inches over the past century.

Startling Evidence: Egypt's Mighty Empire Destroyed by Climate Change, Volcanoes
(Joe McCarthy / Global Citizen & Alicia McDermott / Ancient Origins)

Building the pyramids was challenging feat. But so is mitigating climate change. In many ways, ancient Egypt had a lot of parallels to modern life. It was an economically diverse, culturally vibrant and unequal place forced to deal with a phenomenon that people today know all too well: climate change. Research shows how climate change and volcanic eruptions triggered a chain reaction of drought, famine, instability and social conflict that lead to the collapse of the mighty Egyptian Empire.

Senate Votes to Open Arctic Wilderness to Oil Drilling: Sierra Club Halts Oil Trains in California
(Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post & Monica Vaughan / The Tribune-News)

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there. In other news, the plan by Phillips 66 to transport crude oil by rail to its Nipomo Mesa refinery is dead, environmental groups say, after the company agreed to drop its lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County.

Call for Global Action Against Military Bases: Polluting Foreign Countries Around the World
(CODEPINK & John M. Broder / Los Angeles Times)

For decades, determined activists around the world have been resisting occupation, militarism, and foreign military bases on their lands. As we resist together to abolish war and stop the desecration of Mother Earth, we create a world where every human life has equal value and a safe environment in which to live. Today we invite your organization to plan an anti-militarism action in your community as part of the first annual global week of actions against military bases.

Standing Rock: One Year Later
(Liz Blood / Sierra Magazine and EcoWatch)

A little over a year ago, Morgun Frejo, a member of the Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Navajo nations, began camping at Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock. The Missouri River is sacred to both his Pawnee and Otoe-Missouria tribes and Frejo recalls elders in both tribes telling him stories of its importance as a child. He lived at Standing Rock from mid-August 2016 to late February 2017, just before the camp was evicted and closed by the National Guard and local law enforcement.

Climate Change Is Our New Reality
(Brian Calvert / High Country News & The National Geographic Channel)

Climate change is no longer a hypothetical threat. This summer, it showed up in force. Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf Coast, dumping trillions of gallons of rain on Houston and causing so much damage it will take years for Texas to recover. Other superstorms devastated Florida and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, heatwaves killed trees, dried soil and triggered massive wildfires out West. The country is full of people determined to address climate change. If only that were true of our national leaders.

We Need a Green Army to Respond to Climate Change Impacts at Home
(David Helvarg / Insight @ San Francisco Chronicle)

The enormous toll of our expanding wildfires, hurricanes, and floods has stretched our first-responder system to the limit. And it's only going to get worse. Now is the time to redirect some of the hundreds of billions of dollars that Congress lavishes on the Pentagon to support and expand the government's disaster response organizations and capabilities within the US -- including the Coast Guard, US Forest Service, NOAA, FEMA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trump Names Climate-Denier Kathleen Hartnett-White to Head White House Environmental Council
(Steve Horn / DeSmogBlog)

Kathleen Hartnett-White, an outspoken advocate of fossil fuels, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and of exporting oil and gas to the global market currently works as a fellow-in-residence at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which receives funding from ExxonMobil, the Heartland Institute, Koch Industries and others. Hartnett-White will go through a US Senate confirmation hearing process, during which she will likely face questions about her past record of denying climate change and promoting fossil fuels.

Trump Lies as Global Warming's Victims Die: And Big Media Weathercasters Fail to Mention Climate Change
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Nation of Change)

Scientists have found a direct link between climate change, super-hurricanes and the wildfires in California yet the corporate TV weather reporting aids and abets Trump's misinformation by consistently ignoring the role of climate change in this string of disasters.

Divest from Oil and Coal: Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action (Oct 23rd-25th)
(Divest the Globe And the Action Network)

For far too long, banks have operated in the shadows -- financing the very industries that are driving climate disaster and violating Indigenous rights. The time has come to finally hold these financial institutions across the world accountable. The fossil fuel divestment movement that struck like wildfire at Standing Rock has now been taken global. Will you join #DivestTheGlobe?

GOP Uses Climate Change to Attack Environmental Laws
(EcoWatch / Center for Biological Diversity)

The House Natural Resources Committee has used the pretext of "catastrophic" wildfires to build support for legislation that would curtail protections for endangered species and limit science-based review of environmental harms to expedite logging projects. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider three bills designed to limit environmental reviews on a variety of logging and forest-management projects on public lands. Timber companies would be the only winners if these terrible bills pass.

US Military Bases Spread Like Cancer Across the Globe
(Col. Ann Wright (US Army, ret.) / Peace in Our Times)

Statement: "Here in the city of Guantanamo, I want to apologize to the people of Cuba for the military base the US forced on Cuba in 1898, 119 years ago, the military base outside the US that my country has occupied the longest in its history. Secondly, I want to apologize for the purpose of the US Naval Base Guantanamo. I apologize that for 15 years, since January 11, 2002, the Guantanamo prison has been the site for the illegal and inhumane imprisonment and torture of 800 persons from 49 countries."

Agent Orange and the Continuing Vietnam War
(Bill Fletcher, Jr. / Full Disclosure & BlackVoiceNews)

In a 2009 visit to Vietnam, I asked a retired colonel in the Vietnam People's Army about the notorious toxin "Agent Orange." I asked when the Vietnamese first realized the long-term dangers associated with the herbicide. His answer was as simple as it was heart-wrenching: "When the children were born." Despite the official assurances that the use of Agent Orange was both safe and humane, the truth was: it was chemical warfare. And it is not an exaggeration to suggest that it was genocidal.

Bombs in Our Backyard: How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica)

The military is one of the country's largest polluters, with an inventory of toxic sites on American soil that once topped 39,000. At many locations, the Pentagon has relied on contractors like US Technology to assist in cleaning and restoring land, removing waste, clearing unexploded bombs, and decontaminating buildings, streams and soil. One contractor, US Technology, won some 830 contracts -- worth more than $49 million -- to dispose of toxic wastes at Army, Air Force, Navy and logistics bases.

Ken Burns' Vietnam War Film Skirts Devastating Civilian Toll
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The $30 million TV documentary, "The Vietnam War," provides lots of great vintage film footage, 25,000 stunning photos, a solid Age of Aquarius soundtrack, and plenty of striking soundbites. Maybe this is what Burns means by "triangulation." The series seems crafted to appeal to the widest possible US audience. But as far as telling us "what happened," I don't see much evidence of that. Combatants are not the main participants in modern war. Modern war affects civilians far more and far longer than combatants.

Ridding Vietnam of Unexploded Ordnance: The Essential Work of Project RENEW
(Chuck Searcy / Conversations on Vietnam Development & Peace in Our Times (Veterans for Peace))

For most Americans, the Vietnam War ended in 1975. But for too many Vietnamese, the war didn't end then. They continued to suffer death, injury, and lifetime disabilities from munitions that remained on the surface or just under the soil. These weapons posed a constant danger to unsuspecting residents throughout the country. In 2001, Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs reported that more than 100,000 Vietnamese had been killed or injured nationwide by bombs and mines.

PBS Revisits Vietnam: Whose "Truth" Matters Most When We Recount the War?
(Camillo Mac Bica / Common Dreams & Veterans For Peace)

Much has been written about the American War in Vietnam. In September 2017, PBS debuted a highly anticipated, 10-episode, 18-hour, "definitive documentary" directed by respected documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The goal, according to the directors, was to "create a film everyone could embrace." Hopefully, the filmmakers will resist the urge to perpetuate what many historians and vets see as a Government-sponsored effort to sanitize and mythologize the US involvement in this tragic war.

Ken Burns' Vietnam War Film Skirts Devastating Civilian Toll
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The $30 million TV documentary, "The Vietnam War," provides lots of great vintage film footage, 25,000 stunning photos, a solid Age of Aquarius soundtrack, and plenty of striking soundbites. Maybe this is what Burns means by "triangulation." The series seems crafted to appeal to the widest possible US audience. But as far as telling us "what happened," I don't see much evidence of that. Combatants are not the main participants in modern war. Modern war affects civilians far more and far longer than combatants.

How Trump Tramples Honest EPA Scientists with Harassment and Censorship
(PBS News Hour & The Washington Post & Reuters & QZ.com & E&E News & The New York Times)

The Interior Department's former top climate policy official has filed an official complaint charging the Trump administration is threatening public health and safety by trying to silence honest scientists. Meanwhile, Trump's EPA has chastised scientists who linked super-hurricanes to climate change, calling it "an attempt to politicize an ongoing tragedy." And the person who handles EPA grants is a political operative who has said he doesn't want to see the phrase "climate change" in grant applications.

Toxic Chemicals Discovered in Drinking Water Near Army Base in Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Cease Fire Campaign & Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWA)

CSWAB petitioned the Wisconsin DNR today to develop drinking water Health Advisory Levels for toxic compounds that have been detected in groundwater at US Army Reserve Fort McCoy and other Wisconsin sites that used industrial fire-fighting foams. The petition is the first step in securing enforceable standards and cleanup. Approximately two thirds of the people living in Wisconsin rely on groundwater for their drinking water.

Trump's Climate Denialism Is Killing Us
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Laila Lalami / The Nation)

The horrors hurled at Houston and the Himalayan lowlands were heartbreaking. How many times must we see this disaster movie -- Hurricanes Harvey in 2017, Sandy in 2012, and Katrina in 2005 -- before we intervene to change the ending? Multiply the death and destruction in Texas a hundredfold to comprehend the devastation in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, where 16 million children "are in urgent need of life-saving support." This is murder, even if Trump's willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it.

San Juan's Mayor Rebukes Trump over Failure to Address Puerto Rico's Climate Crisis
(Katherine Krueger / Splinter News & Justin T. Westbrook / Jalopnik.com)

Donald Trump took a break from feuding with the NFL last night to tweet about the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but the mayor of San Juan says the president only muddled matters by equating the lack of food, water, and shelter for millions with the island's debt crisis. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has denied a request to grant a waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to ease the shipping of food, fuel and other hurricane relief supplies despite previous waivers earlier this year.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Tweets While Puerto Rico Dies
(Perry O'Brien / Common Defense & Environmentalists Against War & Climate Hawks)

Puerto Rico -- an island of 3.4 million people -- has been without power for a week. 60% of their population is stranded without drinkable water. And 90% of their cell phone towers are down. This is a full-blown humanitarian crisis. And Trump isn't doing enough to help. According to White House sources, Trump doesn't plan to submit an aid request to Congress until the second week of October. Dragging his feet on this will cost innocent lives. Tell Trump Not to Abandon Puerto Rico.

Puerto Ricans Describe 'Horror In The Streets' After Hurricane Maria
(Hayley Miller / The Huffington Post & Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post)

We've heard devastating stories in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, but not nearly enough about the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. The US territory was slammed by the tropical storm mere days ago. As 3.4 million residents continue to scramble to safety, the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, has called for more federal aid. Many residents do not have access to water, power or roads. It's been described as "apocalyptic."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 national 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.

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.

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.

ACTION ALERT: Demand Fossil Fuel Companies Pay for Hurricane Destruction!
(Naomi Ages / Greenpeace USA & Max Greenwood / The Hill & Sarah van Gelder / Yes! Magazine)

Right before Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, and while Texas was still recovering from Harvey, EPA chief Scott Pruitt grabbed the media stage to deny climate change yet again. He said it's "insensitive" to talk about climate during a hurricane! We can't sit back and make Pruitt's fossil fuel industry backers happy. Fossil fuel-fueled climate change made Harvey and Irma stronger. And that's why the oil and gas giants must be made to pay for the costs of fighting wildfires and recovering from hurricanes.

Military Defies Trump's Orders: Pentagon Plans for Addressing Climate Change
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Unlike his White House boss, Defense Sec. Jim Mattis does not believe that climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese. The Defense Department has warned for years that climate change is a national security threat and, despite President Trump's orders, the agency continues to take steps to help the military prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. In an unprecedented act of defiance, the Pentagon is continuing to prepare to deal with the effects of climate change -- even though Trump told them to stop.

NASA Celebrates: Prepares to Contaminate Saturn with Deadly Plutonium
(Karl Grossman / Nation of Change)

The crashing of the nuclear power-energized Cassini space probe into Saturn -- a process that began on April 22, Earth Day -- will culminate on September 15. The probe -- containing more deadly plutonium than has ever been used on a space device -- will then reach Saturn's atmosphere and disintegrate as it plummets to Saturn. NASA has insisted that nuclear power is needed for deep space missions beyond the orbit of Mars. However, that has been proven false by NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft.

New Study: Greenhouse Emissions Linked to Fossil Fuel Companies
(Dan Rather / Facebook & Farron Cousins / Nation of Change)

The data provided in this report could likely become one of the most valuable tools in the fight to hold corporations accountable for the harm they have caused to the planet. Documents have shown that ExxonMobil knew about the damage that fossil fuel emissions were causing to the environment in the 1970s and covered up the damage that fossil fuel companies were inflicting on the planet. This cover-up could result in lawsuits against the oil giant.

Climate Denialism Was Literally Killing Us While Exxon Hid the Truth
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Connor Gibson / EcoWatch)

Multiply the death and destruction Hurricane Harvey a hundredfold to comprehend the scale of devastation in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, where a staggering 16 million children "are in urgent need of life-saving support" after "torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding." Meanwhile, a breakthrough study from Harvard reveals how Exxon covered up its climate-disrupting pollution with an extensive propaganda campaign designed to destroy public trust in climate change science.

Deforestation Has Double the Effect on Global Warming Than Previously Thought
(Aristos Georgiou / International Business Times & Rainforest Alliance)

In the fight against climate change, much of the focus rests on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and developing alternative energy sources. However, the results of a new study suggest that far more attention should be paid to deforestation, the effects of which make a much larger contribution to climate change than previously thought. Forests are home to two-thirds of the world's plants and animals. In the biodiversity-rich tropics, deforestation results in the extinction of an estimated 100 species per day.

Bill McKibben on Hurricanes and the Dangerous New Planet We Have Created
(Democracy Now & The Huffington Post & The New York Times)

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded over the Atlantic. Houston -- the nerve center of the world hydrocarbon industry -- has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history. The Pacific Northwest is aflame with wildfires raging over hundreds of thousands of acres. Suddenly, our once-familiar planet is melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We have, in effect, created a new, and increasingly dangerous planet.

In the Wake of Hurricane Harvey: Now Is the Time to Talk About Climate Change
(Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)

The World Meteorological Organization has declared that Hurricane Harvey's devastation is linked to climate change. All past US rainfall records have been shattered and the devastating storm is expected to bring even more rain to Louisiana and Texas in the coming days. And yet, the corporate networks have avoided linking the record-breaking storm to climate change. We examine storm coverage with Naomi Klein, best-selling author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Why US Bases Make Okinawa, Guam Nuclear 'Targets'
(Jon Letman / Al Jazeera)

The pattern remains predictable: a defiant North Korean missile test followed by provocative war games, then another missile launch, more angry threats and warnings, followed by counter-threats and new sanctions, and now a sixth nuclear test and more severe warnings. The island of Guam has come into sharp focus with North Korea's announced plans to fire four Hwasong-12 ballistic missiles near the US territory in response to Donald Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang.

Hundreds of South Korean Villagers Protest Installation of US THAAD Missiles
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Associated Press & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

Public opposition to the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System missile defense system near a South Korean farming village has grown into major protests, with demonstrators coming out in force after the announcement the government was letting the US install four additional launchers. Some 38 people, including six police officers, were injured after thousands of police were sent to remove hundreds of protesters from a road leading to a former golf course where the THAAD was to be set up.

We Can't Be Silent on Climate Change or The Unsustainability of Capitalist System
(George Monbiot, Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh / Democracy Now!)

It is not only Donald Trump who censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are obvious, most reports on Hurricane Harvey made no mention of the human contribution to it. In 2016, the hottest year on record, the US was hammered by climate-related disasters yet the total combined coverage for the entire year on the evening news on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News amounted to 50 minutes. The issue of our lives has been blotted from the public's mind.

Climate Breakdown: We Can No Longer Ignore the Science and the Evidence Before Us
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Nation of Change & Marlene Cimons / Nation of Change)

Climate breakdown is happening before our eyes. At the same time, the anti-science movement in the US which includes government officials, industry and others who deny climate change exists, provides cover for elected officials to do nothing or act inadequately on the urgent reality of climate chaos so that corporations continue to threaten the planet. There are 100 companies responsible for 71 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Good government would hold them responsible.

Hurricane Harvey's Lesson: Climate Change Has Become More Powerful than Government
(Charles P. Pierce / Esquire Magazine)

Commentary: Once, long ago, the conservative activist Grover Norquist famously said that he wanted to shrink "government" to a size at which it could be drowned in the bathtub. Well, people actually are drowning in Houston now, and so is the political philosophy that reached its height when Ronald Reagan said in his first inaugural that government wasn't the solution, but the problem itself. We all moved onto a political flood plain then, and we're being swept away.

US Infrastructure Collapsing While Govt. Pours Billions into 'The Black Hole of War'
(Michael Payne / Nation of Change)

The more taxpayer dollars that are sucked into that black hole of war the more cracks appear in the foundation of America, its national infrastructure, at the center of almost everything that goes on in America; from the transportation of goods to massive refineries shut down by Hurricane Harvey. Washington's ongoing obsession with war -- together with the massive costs of the US, military empire -- are contributing to a massive, widespread deterioration that is happening across America.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Appointment of Climate-Denying Non-Scientist to Head NASA
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress & RL Miller / Climate Hawks)

Donald Trump just nominated an anti-science climate denier to run NASA. Jim Bridenstine is not a scientist. He's a member of Congress with no experience in space. And he has an ugly history of anti-science rants. On the House floor in 2013, Bridenstine demanded President Obama apologize for dedicating federal resources to studying climate change, citing junk science and outright lies to justify his assertion that climate change isn't real.

Oil Company Files Suit to Destroy Greenpeace Calling it an "Eco-Terrorist Organization"
(Amy Goodman, Annie Leonard, Tara Houska, and Antonia Juhasz / Democracy Now!)

The company that owns the Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has sued Greenpeace International, Earth First! and other environmental groups, accusing them of inciting "eco-terrorism" for their protests targeting construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The lawsuit is part of a well-organized corporate crackdown on environmental activists who dare to challenge the fossil fuel industry by exposing the reality of human-driven climate change.

Trump and Zinke Plot to Extinguish America's Parks and Monuments
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change)

Commentary: The quietness with which the Secretary of the Interior is doing his job might have the effect of making him, and others like Scott Pruitt (EPA) and Rick Perry (Dept. of Energy), who are taking a similar tack, that much more dangerous, as they proceed to gut their agencies and the regulations they're supposed to enforce. As the person in charge most federal lands (and programs involving the country's native peoples), Zinke is well-placed to open wild lands to oil, timber, and mining interests.

ACTION ALERT: Houston Hurricane -- A Harbinger of Climate Change
(Jim Hightower / Our Revolution)

Devastating floods along the Gulf Coast and across the world this week are not isolated incidents -- they are our new climate reality. We need members of Congress to take radical steps to combat the worst effects of climate change now before things get even worse. Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Pramila Jayapaul, Raul Grijalva and many others have introduced legislation to transition our energy economy off of dangerous fossil fuels to renewable energy.

ACTION ALERT: Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts; Condemn Trump's Denial of Climate Change
(Reggie James / Sierra Club & Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post & Petition / The Daily Kos)

Commentary: Our hearts are with those in Texas and Louisiana whose lives were affected by this horrific disaster. Meanwhile, for Donald Trump, Hurricane Harvey proved a golden opportunity to promote himself. Nearly every chance he gets, Trump brags about the size of his hurricane. He has repeatedly worn his own campaign merchandise (which is on sale at his website) to Hurricane Harvey events. Trump made no mention of the dead, suffering or displaced nor did he express any sympathy for them.

US Launches Missile Intercept Test; Calls for Bombing in the Waters Off Hawaii
(Missile Defense Agency News & William Cole / Honolulu Star-Advertiser & Jessica Else / The Garden Island)

The Missile Defense Agency and US Navy sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones successfully conducted a missile defense flight test during a test off the coast of Hawaii. The US missile successfully intercept a medium-range ballistic missile using SM-6 guided missile. Meanwhile, the National Marine Fisheries Service has approved a five-year USAF plan for bombing practice at sea off Kauai. The munitions used are expected to increase impacts on whales and dolphins in the local waters.

Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan
(Book Review by Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)

After 16 years of writing about it, I thought I knew a lot about the war in Afghanistan, but Scott Horton's new book, "Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan," revealed how much I didn't know. Did you know that the Taliban tried desperately to surrender, offering to turn over Osama bin Laden to the country of Washington's choice -- but that George W. Bush would have none of it? In July 2001, the Taliban warned the White House that an attack on US soil was coming. The Bush team ignored the warning.

2017 NoWar Conference Will Feature Powerful Film on What War Does to the Earth
(David Swanson / Talk Nation Radio & Scarred Lands Film.com)

Alice and Lincoln Day have produced an amazing film about the impact of war on the natural environment, which fits perfectly with World Beyond War's upcoming conference on that theme. "Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives" was produced between 2006 and 2007 in Australia, California, Vermont, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. The film will be screened at the 2017 No War Conference set for September 22-25 at the American University in Washington DC. (See event details below.)

ACTION ALERT: Help Move Your Government To Ratify the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
(Abolition 2000)

Democracy broke out at the UN this summer when 122 nations working closely with Civil Society adopted a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on July 7, 2017 after three weeks of negotiations; mandated by the UN General Assembly. For the first time in history; nuclear weapons will be ruled unlawful and prohibited; just as the world has done for other weapons of mass destruction such as biological and chemical weapons.

How Climate Change Likely Heightened Hurricane Harvey's Fury
(Craig Welch / The National Geographic & Michael E Mann / The Guardian)

While scientists maintain that no single weather event can be solely attributed to climate change, two centuries of fossil-fuel burning has altered temperatures enough to almost certainly make hurricanes worse. And there is another way that oil exploitation has led to increased coastal flooding. Some sea level rise attributed to climate change actually is due to coastal subsidence caused by activities such as oil drilling, which has cause some coastal lands to sink more than 6 inches over the past few decades.

Trump Administration Declares War on Bears -- Cubs Included
(Charles P. Pierce / Esquire Magazine)

It appears that the US Department of the Interior has decided to turn the National Parks into free-fire zones, the equivalent of taxpayer-funded game ranches similar to the one at which Dick Cheney once ventilated his friend's face. Under a new Trump administration bill, the National Park Service would be prevented from regulating the hunting of bears and wolves in Alaska wildlife preserves, including the practice of killing bear cubs in their dens.

Toxic Armories: National Guard Inaction Exposes Communities to Lead Poisoning
(Rob Davis / The Oregonian)

An award-winning four-part series reveals the disturbing extent of neighborhood lead pollution from National Guard sites across the US. An 18-month investigation has revealed that hundreds of armories were routinely contaminated by dangerous amounts of lead dust. In two Oregon armories, parents unwittingly let infants play on neurotoxin blanketed floors with lead levels 10 times higher than the federal safety standard. The Pentagon knew about the danger for nearly two decades but failed to address the problem.

Hurricane Harvey Triggers Chemical Clouds over Houston: Climate Deniers Close Ranks
(The New Republic & Ellie Shechet / The Slot)

There are huge public health risks from pollution releases during any hurricane, but the risk is particularly high with Harvey. The plants in the area hit directly by the storm "are responsible for roughly 25 percent of the United States' petroleum refining, more than 44 percent of its ethylene production, 40 percent of its specialty chemical feed stock and more than half of its jet fuel."

The Uninhabitable Earth: Climate Change Could Trigger Famine and Economic Collapse Sooner Than You Think
(David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine)

Commentary: If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. It is, I promise, worse than you think. Absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

When Climate Change Starts Wars
(John Wendle / Nautilus Magazine)

The American Meteorological Society has reported that the warming rate in Central Asia has been twice the average global warming rate over the same period, and larger than any previous decade. As the region heats up, it faces increasing political instability and violence. Violent ethnic disputes over natural resources make armed conflict as a result of climate change more likely in a region that has seen hundreds killed in two pogroms over the past 27 years, in part fueled by fights over territory and water.

Uninhabitable Planet: Humanity Is Getting Very Close to Extinction
(Nathan Curry / VICE )

Commentary: With "Doomsday Preppers" the highest-rated show on the National Geographic Channel, the general public seems to be getting ready for societal collapse. Recent climate data suggest we may have already tripped several irrevocable, positive feedback loops -- as temperatures soar, the permafrost is melting, arctic ice is falling into the sea. The link between climate change and human extinction is basically this: the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans if the average temperature goes up by 4° to 6°C.

Warming Arctic Spurs Battles for Riches, Shipping Routes
(Frank Jordan / Associated Press)

As climate change pushes the cold and ice a little farther north each year, it is spurring talk of a gold rush for the Arctic's abundant natural resources, prized shipping routes and business opportunities in tourism and fishing. The Arctic, including the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is among the last regions on earth to remain largely unexplored. In April, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse Obama-era restrictions on oil drilling.

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.

Trump's EPA Budget Cuts Slow Uranium Cleanup in Navajo Nation
(Autumn Spanne / Reveal News (The Center for Investigative Journalism))

More than 500 abandoned Cold War uranium mines remain near the Navajo reservation, now home to about 175,000 people. Thousands of these families unwittingly used water from contaminated wells and springs to drink, bathe, hydrate their livestock and irrigate their gardens. Now, EPA head Scott Pruitt has proposed a 30 percent reduction in grants to fund tribes' environmental protection and a 30 percent cut to the Superfund program that funds cleanups of the nation's most toxic sites.

War on the Biosphere: Trump Disbands Climate Committee
(Chas Danner / New York Magazine & The Independent)

In yet another move that indicates the White House does not take the threat of climate change seriously, the Trump administration has disbanded a federal advisory panel that worked to translate the government's climate data into insight for policymakers and the private sector. The 15-member Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment was tasked with helping public and private-sector officials integrate the findings of the National Climate Assessment into their long-term planning.

Authors Confront the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
(Rose Aguilar and Malhe Razazan / Your Call Radio & the Kirkus Review)

June 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. After visiting the occupied territories, renowned novelists and essayists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman marked the anniversary by inviting international writers to bear witness to the human cost the Israeli occupation. They appeared on KALX's Your Call radio to talk about their new book, Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.

Peace Volunteers Pave Way for Palestinian Homecoming After 20-year Displacement
(Jim Haber / Waging Peace)

A new project in the rural hills of the West Bank, called Sumud: Freedom Camp, is the latest sign of a resurgence of strategic, nonviolent organizing in Palestine that is creating strong bonds between Palestinians and Jewish activists from Israel and around the world. I traveled to Palestine in May with a delegation organized by the Center for Jewish Nonviolence to help a unique coalition of Palestinians, Israelis, Jews and international justice seekers standing in solidarity with the village of Sarura.

Trump's War on Alaska's Bears Triggers Increase in Orphaned Cubs
(Filipa Ioannou / San Francisco Chronicle)

Last year, under President Obama, the US Fish and Wildlife Service put new restrictions on hunting in Alaska's 16 wildlife refuges -- which span more than 76 million acres -- but they were nullified in April by the Trump administration at the urging of the National Rifle Association and other groups. The new rules allow for practices like shooting bears from helicopters and planes. As a result, there has been a disturbing increase in the number of emaciated, orphaned bear cubs.

How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the river on whose bank it sits is not limited to the impact of global warming and rising oceans (fueled by the military's massive oil consumption). The Pentagon also directly poisons the Potomac River in more ways than almost anyone would imagine. A cruise down the Potomac from its source in the mountains of West Virginia to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay encompasses six Superfund sites created by the Pentagon's reckless disregard for the Potomac's fragile watershed.

Trump Slashes Science Budgets; EPA Vet Resigns in Dismay
(Marla Cone / The Reveal & EcoWatch and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

The Trump administration has proposed a series of drastic cuts to science research at federal agencies across the US, with the Environmental Protection Agency slated to bear the brunt. A recent budget proposal aims to eliminate more than $30.6 billion (nearly 21 percent) of research and development funding in fiscal year 2018. Elizabeth Sutherland, a 30-year EPA senior official, has resigned, calling Trump's EPA appointee Scott Pruitt "the leading candidate for worst boss in the world."

Trump's War on AlaskaBears Triggers Increase in Orphaned Cubs


Is Trump's Ill-considered Threat to Nuke North Korea Just Another Diversion?
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News)

Analysis: Donald Trump's outrageously irresponsible remarks threatening unspecified military action against North Korea belie a far more complex military and geopolitical reality. North Korea may be "isolated" politically and economically, but the Hermit Kingdom sits in a very crowded and strategically sensitive neighborhood -- sandwiched between two superpowers, China and Russia. A nuclear option is so implausible that it seems more likely that the implied threat is merely Trump's latest diversionary tactic.

Washington's Long History of Attacking North Korea
(Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)

The North Korean people have seen their share of "fire and fury" at the hands of the US military. Almost 70 years ago, Harry Truman unleashed America's savage vengeance during the Korean War. More napalm was dropped on Korea than on Vietnam and with much more devastating effect. Gen. MacArthur called the US destruction of North Korea's targeted cities and populations "a slaughter such as I have never heard of in the history of mankind."

ACTION ALERT: Call for Global Action Against Military Bases -- 7 October 2017
(NoDalMolin, CODE PINK & Hambastagi)

Determined activists around the world have been resisting occupation, militarism, and foreign military bases on their lands for decades. These struggles have been courageous and persistent. Let’s unite our resistance into one global action for peace and justice. This fall, during the first week of October, we invite your organization to plan an anti- militarism action in your community as part of the first annual global week of actions against military bases.

13 US Agencies Confirm Burning Fossil Fuels Is Driving Climate Change and Extreme Weather
(Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein / Associated Press)

Directly contradicting Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal agencies concludes that the United States is already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, with a stark increase in the frequency of heat waves, heavy rains and other extreme weather over the last four decades.The report calls the long-term evidence that global warming is being driven by human activities "unambiguous . . . . There are no alternative explanations." Plus: Trump names climate denier to Ag Dept. post.

On 72nd A-bomb Anniversary, Hiroshima Highlights Japan's Refusal to Join UN Nuclear Bomb Ban
(Sophie Jackman / The Japan Times)

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui marked the 72nd anniversary of its atomic bombing by calling on the central government to support a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This year's ceremony at Peace Memorial Park near ground zero follows last month's adoption -- by 122 UN members -- of the world's first treaty to comprehensively ban nuclear weapons. But Shinzo Abe, Japan's pro-US leader, has joined forces with the world's nuclear weapon states and refused to participate in the UN treaty.

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.

The Truth About North Korea: Why the US Should Stop Provoking the DPRK
(John Laurits / JohnLaurits.com)

Commentary: The US dropped 635,000 tons of bombs and 32,557 tons of napalm on North Korea, destroying 5,000 schools, 1,000 hospitals, 600,000 homes, and killing 3 million North Koreans. Pyongyang has reason to fear a foreign invasion -- for 70 years the US and South Korea have staged annual military exercises aimed at invading the North. North Korea has repeatedly offered to halt nuclear missiles tests in exchange for an end to the joint military exercises on the DPRK's border. So far, the US has refused.

Senate Bill Would Criminalize Free Speech and Jail US Foreign Policy Critics for 20 Years
(Aniqa Raihan / AntiWar.com & Grant Smith / AntiWar.com)

The proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for American citizens to express support for campaigns to boycott Israel and would impose a penalty of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. The bill has bipartisan support, with 32 Republicans and 15 Democrats signed on as cosponsors. The has called the bill a "direct violation of the First Amendment." A 1982 Supreme Court decision upholds the right to support peaceful boycotts to "bring about political, social, and economic change."

Senior Officials Resign from EPA to Protest Scott Pruitt
(Sam Knight / Nation of Change & Kristin Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

An inside look at the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda was proffered in the resignation of a 30-year veteran of the Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Southerland announced this week that she was leaving her post at the agency, where she served as a senior executive with both the Water and Superfund programs. On her way out, she sent a lengthy farewell message to her colleagues criticizing Pruitt's anti-regulatory, polluter-friendly policies.

Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters Treated Like Terrorists: Behind the Secret Surveillance Operation at Standing Rock
(Rose Aguilar and Sana Saleem / KALX & Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, and Alice Speri / The Intercept)

Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The way TigerSwan discusses protesters as "terrorists," their direct actions as "attacks," and the camps as a "battlefield," reveals how the protesters' dissent was not only criminalized but treated as a national security threat.

Pentagon's US Burn Pits Are More Dangerous than Feared
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica & CSWAB)

The federal government appears to have significantly underestimated the amount of lead, arsenic and other dangerous pollutants that are sent into the air from uncontrolled burning of hazardous wastes at Pentagon sites inside the US. The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins.

Abolishing War: America's Foreign Bases Assure Private Profits, Not National Defense
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com)

The main purpose of the US "defense" establishment since World War Two has been to move as much money as possible from your pockets to the bank accounts of politically connected "defense" contractors. Foreign bases are an easy way to blow large amounts of money in precisely that way. Shutting down those foreign bases and bringing the troops home are essential first steps in creating an actual national defense.

ACTION ALERT: Close All Overseas US Military Bases
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance & AntiWar.com)

The Pentagon's imperial reach includes a global real property portfolio that consists of nearly 562,000 facilities, located on over 4,800 sites worldwide and covering more than 24.9 million acres in 42 nations. The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is a new campaign focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. We urge you to endorse this campaign.

Goodbye Nuclear Power; So Long, Oil and Gas
(Harvey Wasserman / Progressive.org & Kate Aronoff / Nation of Change)

Two of the last four commercial nuclear power plants under construction in the US -- at the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina -- have been cancelled. A decision on the remaining two in Georgia will be made in August. The US may soon be free of all new commercial reactor construction for the first time since the 1950s, marking the definitive death of the dream of "too cheap to meter" radioactive energy. Most teens now see the fossil fuels as bad for society while jobs with oil and gas companies are unappealing.

Burning Raqqa: America's War Against Syria's Civilians
(Laura Gottesdiener & Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

The US is now one of the deadliest warring parties in Syria. In May and June, the US-led coalition killed more civilians than the Assad regime, the Russians, or ISIS, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. The US-led coalition has bombed or shelled: at least 12 schools, a health clinic, an obstetrics hospital, residential neighborhoods, bakeries, at least 15 mosques, cars carrying civilians to the hospital, a funeral, water tanks, at least 15 bridges, a refugee camp, and an Internet cafe in Raqqa.

Where There's Smoke, There's Danger: The Pentagon's Domestic Burn Pits
(Kelly Macias / The Daily Kos)

Though the face of the mainstream environmental movement is largely white, environmental justice is an issue of pressing concern for people of color. There is a direct link between race, class, and environmental issues and black people are on the forefront of our nation's environmental crisis -- with exposure to lead paint, and the chance of living in proximity to landfills and toxic waste sites disproportionately affecting our community.

Trump Plan Could Open California's Giant Sequoia Monument to Logging
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

The largest living things standing on the planet, California's giant sequoias have a lineage stretching back to the Jurassic period. But their survival is now in question owing to plans being hatched in Washington. As the Trump administration continues to roll back protections on public lands, timber industry advocates are pushing to reduce federal defenses for California's giant trees.

ACTION ALERT: Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

If war were moral, legal, defensive, beneficial to securing freedom, and inexpensive, we still would be obliged to make abolishing it our top priority -- solely because of the destruction that war and preparing for war inflict on our natural environment. The Pentagon is the world's leading consumer of petroleum and a major polluter. The funds spent on F-35 fighter jets could convert every US home to clean energy. Join us in Washington, DC on September 22-24 for a meeting to unite environmental and peace activists.

Trump's New Interior Pick Loves Oil, Hates Wildlife
(Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post & Eric Dexheimer / American-Statesman)

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs once likened proposed Endangered Species Act listings to "incoming Scud missiles" headed for her state's oil and gas-rich economy. Combs, also a former state representative and agriculture commissioner, regularly sparred with the US Fish and Wildlife Service over species listings. In 2015, she petitioned to have protections removed for an endangered songbird native to central Texas, claiming the bird jeopardized military readiness.

US-backed Massacre Leaves Mosul a Graveyard of Rubble and Body Parts
(Middle East Eye)

Iraqi soldiers received a brutal, final order in last days of battle with IS -- kill anything that moves. The results can be found crushed into rubble. Hundreds of corpses lie half-buried in the broken masonry and rubble that was once a bustling, historic quarter. The stench of decaying flesh, which comes fast in the 50C summer heat, overwhelms the senses. Feet are the most distinguishable remains; there are many poking from the rubble.

The Environmental Impact of Trump's Border Wall and Dirty Energy Plans
(Emily Flitter / Reuters & Jessica Corbett / Nation of Change & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

The US Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots. Meanwhile, as Senate Democrats stay silent on an energy bill that environmentalists call "a pro-fracking giveaway to oil and gas interests that would commit America to decades more of dangerous fossil fuel dependence," Sen. Bernie Sanders is being hailed for speaking out against it.

An Inconvenient Sequel: "It Is RIGHT to to Save Humanity! It Is WRONG to Pollute This Earth!"
(Steve Inskeep / Morning Edition)

Former Vice President Al Gore helped shape the conversation about climate change with An Inconvenient Truth. Now he's back with a sequel -- called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, due out next month -- and it follows Gore as he continues the crusade he made famous with that first film. The movie shows Gore standing in Miami floodwater, flying over imploding boulders of ice in Greenland and in Paris -- trying to push the climate agreement over the finish line.

Government Whistleblower Sounds the Alarm as Alaskan Villages Are Threatened by Climate Change
(John Light / The Washington Post & Joel Clement / Washington Post )

The rapidly warming Arctic means that dozens of villages inhabited by Alaskan native peoples need to relocate -- but the money isn't there. Meanwhile, a scientist looking for a way to help Alaska Natives whose villages are sinking was reassigned by the Trump administration to a job collecting royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.

Trump Ignores Climate Change as Seas Threaten to Swallow Alaskan Villages
(John Light / The Washington Post)

Even as the Trump administration struggles to determine how fully to lean into its climate denial, Americans in the Arctic are facing the disruptive effects of three record-breakingly warm years following decades of rising temperatures, rising seas and melting permafrost. The planet's poles are warming at roughly twice the rate of everywhere else, and in the Arctic, evidence was especially clear.

Apocalypse in the Arctic: All Hell Breaks Loose as the Tundra Thaws
(Jeremy Plester / The Guardian & Kevin Loria / Business Insider & The Siberian Times)

Strange things have been happening in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. A recent heat wave in Siberia's frozen wastes has triggered a massive melting of the region's permafrost and triggered outbreaks of deadly anthrax, which hadn't been seen in the region for 75 years. At the same time, local residents -- and scientists -- have been startled by the appearance of large methane-filled craters and a the region has been rocked by series of violent explosions.

How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans

A detailed new report by ProPublica reveals how the US military continues to engage in unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country, and how this practice is harming nearby communities. The story, which is "the first in a series examining the Pentagon's oversight of thousands of toxic sites on American soil," exposes how "outdoor burning and detonation is still the military's leading method for dealing with munitions and the associated hazardous waste."

Open Burns, Ill Winds: Bombs in Our Backyard
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica & PBS News Hour)

More than 30 years ago, Congress banned US industries from disposing of hazardous waste in "open burns" because uncontrolled incineration created unacceptable health and environmental risks. Companies that had openly burned waste for generations were required to install incinerators, filters, and smokestacks to meet strict limits on emissions. The Pentagon and its contractors received a temporary reprieve to continue burning military waste. That exemption has remained in place ever since.

'Liberation' from Militants Leaves Devastation in Mosul
(Susannah George  / Associated Press & Jugal K. Patel and Time Wallace / The New York Times)

There was a smell of death in Mosul's Old City when Ayman Hashem came back this week to see what happened to his home. His neighborhood was unrecognizable. "All that's left is rubble and the bodies of families trapped underneath," the 23-year-old said.

Bombing the Rubble: America's Empire of Destruction
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch )

If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It's been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean. In recent weeks, another major city in Iraq has officially been "liberated" -- meaning: more than a million people were uprooted and major portions of the ancient city were turned into rubble.

Interior Selling off Public Lands as Farmers Raise Solar Panels to Block Oil Pipeline
(Greenpeace & Phil McKenna / Nation of Change)

The Interior Department are currently reviewing the status of national monuments, marine sanctuaries, and protections from offshore oil and gas drilling, potentially opening up new drilling activity in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Meanwhile, Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is meeting almost exclusively with fossil fuel lobbyists, ignoring the voices of people in this country.

ACTION ALERT: Donald Trump vs. the Grand Canyon: Mining America's Natural Monuments for Dirty Profits

Donald Trump may do something far worse to the Grand Canyon than build a Trump Tower in it. According to The Guardian, powerful mining interests and allied officials in Arizona and Utah are urging a receptive Trump administration to lift the Obama-era ban on mining uranium in the area around the Grand Canyon -- a proposal that would pose a serious threat to the groundwater and anyone who drinks it.

The UN and Gaza after 50 Years of Occupation: Conference in New York
(Helena Cobban / Just World Books)

Commentary: On June 29-30, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People convened a highly informative conference in New York to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The UN has been involved in Israeli/Palestinian affairs almost since the organization's founding in 1945. Until 1967, UN peacekeepers oversaw Gaza's boundary. In the past week, two UN reports have detailed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Mosul Counts Cost of Airstrike Campaign Against ISIS
(Patrick Cockburn / The UNZ Review)

"There were very few Daesh [ISIS fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them," says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. "We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people."

Inspiring Water Win in New Zealand
(Greenpeace New Zealand )

With our rivers crashing, farmers urgently need cleaner ways of farming. The good news is that sustainable solutions exist. Watch our beautiful new short film: The Regenerators: A Better Way of Farming Related update: Hawke's Bay Regional Council appears to have hammered the last nail in the coffin of the Ruataniwha Irrigation Dam. Councillors confirmed that they will not be using the Public Works Act to grab the land needed to make the dam a reality.

ACTION ALERT: Our Greenest US Senators and Trump's New Threat to America's National Monuments
(Alexandra Jacobo / Nation of Change Staff & The Center for Biological Diversity)

The administration is threatening to roll back protections for 11 marine monuments and sanctuaries. Now for some good news: Check out which Senators have the best environmental records. The list is made up entirely of Democrats and no Republicans. Are you surprised?

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action & Matt Egan / CNN & Alaska Wild.org)

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. But If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling -- for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry. Only Congress can vote to hand over this iconic landscape to the fossil fuel industry, and it is currently working out the details of the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes Trump's proposal. We must pressure Congress to protect ANWR's 19 million acres.

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry.

122 Nations Set to Approve Nuclear Weapons Ban: US Boycotts Meeting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Edith M. Lederer / The Associated Press)

After protracted international talks, an estimated 129 nations are set to sign a global ban on nuclear weapons -- the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than 20 years. Unfortunately, it won't involve any actual disarmament. Why? Because every single nuclear weapons-having nation on the planet (Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, and the US) has boycotted the effort, along with the entire NATO alliance -- except for the Netherlands.

Trump's Administration Pursues Radical Expansion of Offshore Oil Drilling
(Shiva Polefka / ThinkProgress)

New offshore oil drilling in Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific may be the next phase in Donald Trump's new "energy dominance" strategy. Despite the risk of massive oil spills, mounting bipartisan opposition, and growing public concern, Trump's Department of Interior is moving forward with offshore drilling plans. EarthJustice attorney Erik Grafe has vowed: "We will resist this attempt to sacrifice the health of our coastal communities, wildlife and climate all for the benefit of the oil industry."

In India, 1.5 Million Volunteers Plant 66 Million Trees in 12 hours
(Lorraine Chow / Nation of Change & teleSURtv & Chris Baynes / The Independent)

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh set a new Guinness World Record after 1.5 million volunteers planted more than 66 million tree saplings in just 12 hours along the Narmada river. The effort bested the state of Uttar Pradesh's previous record-breaking feat, when 800,000 participants planted 50 million trees in one day in July 2016.

ACTION ALERT: Cease Fire Campaign -- Stop Burning Military Toxics
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger )

The history of CSWAB is an inspirational story of how ordinary people can create extraordinary good. Our challenge -- to assure that the Pentagon fulfills its commitment to the complete cleanup of toxins that have placed ecological and human health at risk -- has been no small task. Environmental cleanup of the 7,400-acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant will be the largest such project in the history of the state of Wisconsin; expected remediation costs have been estimated to be as high as $250 million.

Out of Sight: The Toxic Footprint of America's Prisons
(Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren, and Maureen Nandini Mitra / Earth Island Journal and Truthout)

The plight of US prisoners is a nationwide problem inextricably linked to power imbalances within the criminal legal system. A special investigation by Earth Island Journal and Truthout reveals how the toxic impact of prisons extends far beyond any individual prison, or any specific region in the United States. Though some prisons provide particularly egregious examples, mass incarceration in the US impacts the health of prisoners, prison-adjacent communities, and local ecosystems from coast to coast.

Moral Injury of War: The Invisible Wound of Empire
(Nozomi Hayase / CommonDreams)

Commentary: With the failure of the Democratic establishment, the crisis of liberal democracy is now seized by a new rise of power. The US empire with Trump as commander-in-chief has renewed its vow toward colonial domination. With nationalism and militarism in full swing, Trump's America aims to radically alter the future of this country. A similar trend is happening with US ally, Japan, where the ultra right is pressing to renounce the country's anti-war constitution and revive Japan's prewar imperialism.

Civilian Victims of the US-Led Airstrikes Are Routinely Ignored by Pentagon
(Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed News)

The US-led air campaign against ISIS in Iraq has taken a devastating toll on civilians, with very little accountability. BuzzFeed News visited seven sites in Mosul where witnesses say that innocent people were killed by airstrikes from the US and its allies. Most incidents in which civilian casualties are likely are never fully investigated. Witnesses, victims, and their relatives are "not automatically" contacted and coalition investigators rarely, if ever, visit sites.

Is Giant Sequoia National Monument Next on Trump's Hit List?
(Jason Mark / Sierra Magazine & EcoWatch)

When Donald Trump ordered Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to review national monuments established since 1996 and larger than 100,000 acres to determine whether they should be rescinded or reduced in size, California's national monuments seemed relatively safe. Now a new proposal would slash the Giant Sequoia National Monument by two-thirds. Conservationists say the idea ignores the biological necessity of protecting entire ecosystems. For the sequoias to thrive, the surrounding forests also have to thrive.

The Return of Famine as a Weapon of War
(Alex de Waal / The London Review of Books)

In its primary use, the verb 'to starve' is transitive: it's something people do to one another, like torture or murder. Today's famines are all caused by political decisions, yet journalists still use the phrase 'man-made' as if such famines were unusual. In Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen -- four countries wracked mass starvation -- the main culprits are wars that result in the destruction of farms, livestock herds and markets, and 'explicit' decisions by the military to block humanitarian aid.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Coal Mining Assault on Pristine Roadless Forest

In one of the first opportunities to push back against the devastating on-the-ground impacts the Trump administration's fossil fuel agenda will have on our public lands, the Forest Service is asking to hear from the public -- until July 24 -- on a plan to bulldoze pristine roadless forests in Colorado for coal mining. The Forest Service wants to give Arch Coal, the nation's second largest coal company, the right to expand its mining into 1,700 acres of the Sunset Roadless Area -- lands that belong to all Americans.

Filmmaker Sebastian Junger Probes the Nature of ISIS and its Atrocities in Syria
(Rosa Furneaux / The East Bay Express)

Analysis: The idea that people have of ISIS is that they're psychopaths. Which they are. But they were murderous psychopaths for a very rational reason. Why was ISIS was committing atrocities in public. What was the thinking? I suddenly realised, that's us. That's Europe. That's everybody. We've all done that -- used public violence to cow the population and send a message. The awful lynchings of black men in the south were done in the town square -- and everyone was there to see it.

Pentagon Terrorism: US Airstrikes Killed 472 Syrian Civilians in Past Month
(Alexa Liautaud / VICE News & Airwars)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014. The new deaths brought the overall civilian toll from the coalition's campaign to 1,953, including 456 children and 333 women.

Seeing Through the Wall: 50 Years After the 1967
(Angela Alston / Seeing Through the Wall & Peter Beaumont / The Guardian / http://olddogdocumentaries.org/shop/seeing-through-the-wall/)

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-day War, fought from June 5-10 1967, which saw Israeli forces capture east Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories as well as the Golan Heights and Sinai in a series of lightning advances. For Israelis and for Jews around the world, the 1948 War of Independence was a miracle -- and a new beginning for a suffering people. For Palestinians, it turned out to be a catastrophe. Both narratives are authentic. Need we choose one over the other?

Poor Countries Do More to Protect Wildlife
(Mike Gaworecki / Nation of Change)

Poorer countries tend to be more active in protecting biodiversity than richer nations. African countries Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, together with South Asian nation Bhutan, were the top five megafauna conservation performers, for instance. Norway came in at sixth, the top-ranked developed country, followed by Canada, which came in at eighth. The United States ranked nineteenth, lower than countries like Malawi and Mozambique that are among the least-developed in the world.

Plastic Pollution in Antarctica 5 Times Worse than Expected
(Lorraine Chow / Nation of Change & Paul Buchheit / Nation of Change )

As many as 51 trillion microplastic particles -- 500 times more than stars in our galaxy -- litter our seas, seriously threatening marine wildlife. The Southern Ocean, which covers approximately 8.5 million square miles and represents 5.4 percent of the world's oceans, is under increasing threat from fishing, pollution and the introduction of non-native species.

ACTION ALERT: World Refugee Day -- The Worst Refugee Crisis in World History
(CNN & United Nations & Amnesty International USA)

June 20 was World Refugee Day. We are in the midst of the world's worst refugee crisis in history. More than 65 milliion people are now counted as forcibly displaced by the United Nations. That's like the entire population of the UK or France, or about as many as everyone in New York State, Texas and Florida -- all forced from their homes. Just over one-third are refugees, people forced to flee their countries because of persecution, war, or violence.

The US Military Is the World's Biggest Polluter
(Whitney Webb / Mint Press News & EcoWatch)

In May 2017, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the US Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact -- that the US Department of Defense is both the nation's and the world's, largest polluter.

The Six-Day War at 50
(Richard N. Haass / The Project Syndicate & The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Commentary: The world is about to mark the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria -- a conflict that continues to stand out in a region with a modern history largely defined by violence. The war lasted less than a week, but its legacy remains pronounced a half-century later.

India's Rising Temperatures, Already Deadly, Are Going to Get Worse
(Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

India is now two and a half times more likely to experience deadly heat waves than a half-century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Even if countries are able to meet the Paris Agreement goals in curbing climate-warming carbon emissions, that would still only limit the global temperature rise to an estimated 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Donald Trump's pledge to exit the Paris treaty won't help.

How US Accidentally Bombed Switzerland in WWII
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

On the first of April, 1944, the United States committed an act of war against the nation of Switzerland. Though it was April Fool's Day, the citizens of the Swiss town of Schaffhausen found nothing funny about sixty tons of high explosive descending without warning on their heads. Nor were the US and Swiss governments amused.

Colombian Gov't Sells Out Indigenous Peoples' Drinking Water To Western Mining Interests
(MintPress News Desk & Caleb T. Maupin / Mint Press News)

Colombia's Wayuu people have struggled to live without water since 2011, as a dam built that year has diverted the tribe's only water source to a coal mine that consumes an astounding 17 million liters of water a day. The Wayuu say 14,000 children have died since the dam was built.

How US Accidentally Bombed Switzerland in WWII
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

ACTION ALERT: An Unprecedented Threat: Trump's Decision on the Paris Climate Accord
(Michael Brune / EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / The Union of Concerned Scientists & Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis / Washington Post)

Donald Trump is about to announce whether he'll keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement. It is abundantly clear that the Trump and his administration doesn't treat climate change as a real threat. He is willing to cede US leadership in the fight against climate change to other countries. That's why it is necessary to redouble our efforts to protect science -- and fight for science-based policies that protect us all.

Environmental impact of US-Australian Talisman Sabre Military Exercises
(Justin Tutty / Darwin No Waste Alliance & Australian Departmentof Defense & Ruby Jones / Australia Broadcasting Corporation)

Analysis: Critics have expressed growing concerns about the impacts of "Talisman Sabre," a joint US-Australian military exercise set to begin in June 2017. Environmentalists fear the "unmanaged risks stemming from the unprecedented changes of a growing foreign military presence" including Special Forces, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force maneuvers, urban operations, air and maritime operations, the firing of live ammo and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.

Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)

Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?

Trump's Border Wall Threatens 93 Endangered Species
(The Center for Biological Diversity / CommonDreams)

Donald Trump's border wall threatens 93 endangered and threatened species, including jaguars, ocelots, Mexican gray wolves and cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, according to a new study by the Center for Biological Diversity. The study also found that 25 threatened or endangered species have designated "critical habitat" on the border, including more than 2 million acres within 50 miles of the border.

Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed: Trump Order Could Open Up Area Larger Than Yellowstone to Drilling
(Greenpeace / EcoWatch & Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg)

Areas set aside by the Obama Administration as natural wonders now are under review. Critics say Donald Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections. An investigation by Greenpeace, published Wednesday by Bloomberg, has revealed that more than 2.7 million acres of iconic US land could be at risk from fossil fuel exploration following Donald Trump's decision to review the protection on dozens of national monuments.

Trump Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed
(Greenpeace / EcoWatch)

Areas set aside by Obama as natural wonders now under review. Critics say Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections.

The Resolute Forest Products Paper Company Wants to Wage War on Ancient Boreal Forests
(Colin Beavan / Yes! Magazine)

An avaricious paper company is clearcutting critical boreal forests but when Greenpeace published a critical report revealing the scope of damage caused by Resolute Forest Products, the company responded by suing Greenpeace for $300 million. You probably haven't read about this in the New York Times, Washington Post, or LA Times. Why? Because Resolute provides the paper for the nation's biggest newspapers and publishers. So it's up to independent media to speak out.

Targeting a Living Icon: The Rhino Wars
(Al Jazeera & Clinton Wright / The National Geographic)

A war is currently being fought between nations across the world. A war with human casualties on both sides -- but without anyone truly realizing what is at stake. We are in the midst of what can loosely be termed the Second Rhino War. The Second Rhino War is mankind's third attempt at eradicating rhinos from our planet.

Trump's War on Clean Energy and the EPA
(Andrea Germanos / EcoWatch & CommonDreams)

According to a draft of the government's 2018 budget proposal, he Trump administration is planning to gut the US Department of Energy's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program -- with a proposal to slash it by 70 percent. Support for sustainable transportation would be cut nearly 70-percent. Energy efficiency programs would be cut 79%. The cuts are so draconian that observers predict the plan is unlikely to win congressional approval.

US Soldiers Fighting Multiple "Shadow Wars" in Africa
(Nick Turse / VICE News)

Six years ago, a conservative estimate claimed Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces were engaged in116 missions across the globe. Today, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions in Africa alone -- 1,700 US military troops spread out across 20 countries. Special operations forces were deployed to at least 32 African nations in 2016.

North Korea Wouldn't Have Nukes Today if We'd Kept Our Word in the Past
(Bruce Cumings / The Nation & Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com & The Burning Platform)

The standard neocon-cold war liberal line is that the North Koreans, in league with Moscow and Beijing, launched a war of aggression on June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops poured across the disputed What this truncated history leaves out is that, in doing so, they preempted South Korea's own plans to launch an invasion northward. Sixty years after the non-ending of the Korean war -- there is, to this day, no peace treaty. The lesson of that conflict is that involvement in other peoples' civil wars is never to our benefit, or theirs.

A Murderous History of Korea
(Bruce Cumings / The London Review of Books)

This April, Kim In-ryong, a North Korean diplomat at the UN, warned of "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment." A few days later, Donald Trump stated that "we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Even a relatively "contained" nuclear war would threaten the survival of the world's population. We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to face the history of its actions targeting North Korea.

The Globalization of Misery and the Destruction of Mosul
(Tom Engelhardt / Nation of Change Op-Ed)

Commentary: In mid-October 2016, the US-backed Iraqi army first launched an offensive to retake Mosul from the militants of the Islamic State in a campaign that was expected to "take weeks or even months." By the end of January 2017, after 100 days of fierce fighting, only the eastern part of Mosul was marginally back in government hands. US air power has repeatedly caused civilian deaths as hundreds of thousands of desperate and hungry inhabitants try to survive in the battle-scarred city.

Fukushima Wildfire Covers Japan in Radioactive Smoke
(Beyond Nuclear & Deutsche Welle)

A raging wildfire in the Fukushima radiation zone not far from the March 2011 Japan nuclear power plant disaster, demonstrates that a nuclear accident has long-term and on-going effects that can worsen over time. The fire, which began on April 21, s being fought from the air with helicopters spraying water. The range of radioactive contamination could be expanded as smoke from the forest fire lofts radioactivity into the air and spreads it to regions that were not contaminated by the nuclear accident.

ACTION ALERT: The Dakota Pipeline Is Already Leaking: Write to the 17 Banks Funding Polluting US Pipelines
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & James Trimarco / Nation of Change)

On April 4, Energy Transfer Partners' not-yet-operational Dakota Access pipeline leaked a bathtub-full of shale oil at a pump station in Spink County, South Dakota. The leaks prove that the water protectors have been right all along: Pipelines leaks all the time. The pool of tar left behind is just a warning of what's to come. Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks has identified 17 as worst offenders.

ACTION ALERT: How to Save 27 National Monuments that Trump Wants to "Unprotect"
(Michael J. Dax and Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz / Nation of Change)

Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have made "monuments" out of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands to protect them from development, and no president has ever "unprotected" them. The Trump administration has now singled out 27 national monument areas to do just that. The Trump administration wants to know how you feel about your national monument lands. A public comment period opens May 12.

Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump Foreshadows the Collapse of the Struggling Nuclear Power Industry
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

The collapse of a tunnel at a massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse. Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists has warned that "collapse of the earth covering the tunnels could lead to a considerable radiological release . . . this a potentially serious event."

The Korean War Forgotten, Unknown, and Unfinished
(H. Patricia Hynes / Truthout)

The American war in Korea lasted three years, one month and two days and ended in a stalemate on July 12, 1953, at 10:12 am. Fighting continued for 12 more hours, with even more "blood and treasure" on all sides wasted in the intense, deadly fireworks of frustrated, war-wearied soldiers. Americans at home had tired of the deadlocked war and they disconnected from it; American soldiers fighting in it did not understand its historical roots. And now, the menace of nuclear war embodies its toxic legacy.

ACTION ALERT: 500,000 Children Face Death from Famine in Yemen. So Ask Ivanka to Tell Her Father to Watch This Video
(Robert Naiman / Just Foreign Policy & Max Bearak / CNN)

It this how foreign policy works these days? Faced with another looming humanitarian disaster -- the deaths of half-a-million children in Yemen -- we no longer resort to phone calls or letters to the Oval Office? Instead, we sign a petition to plead with the president's daughter to persuade him to watch an eight-minute video to learn what is happening to the people (and the "beautiful babies") in Yemen. Well, if that's what it takes, it's worth the effort.

There's No Such Thing as 'Limited' Nuclear War
(Sen. Dianne Feinstein / The Washington Post)

Last month, it was revealed that a Pentagon advisory committee authored a report calling for the United States to invest in new nuclear weapons and consider resuming nuclear testing. The report even suggested researching less-powerful nuclear weapons that could be deployed without resorting to full-scale nuclear war. This is terrifying and deserves a swift, full-throated rebuke.

US Nuclear Escalations Endanger the World
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers -- Russia and NATO in Europe, and the US, North Korea and China in Asia -- Washington has quietly upgraded its nuclear weapons arsenal to create, according to three leading American scientists, "exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike."

Worried World Urges Trump Not to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement
(Oliver Milman, Jonathan Watts and Tom Phillips / The Guardian)

Donald Trump's scorched-earth approach to environmental protections has shocked current and former government officials overseas who are waiting nervously to see whether the US will destabilize the Paris Climate Agreement. With Trump already peeling away pollution reducing rules imposed by President Obama, alarmed officials around the world are warning Trump – a notorious climate-change denier -- not to reverse historic global climate protection efforts.

Hanover Prepares Mass Evacuation of 50,000 Following Discovery of 13 Buried WWII Bombs
(Al Jazeera)

German authorities in the town of Hanover are preparing the second-biggest mass evacuation in decades ahead of major bombs disposal operation. More than 50,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes to allow bomb squads to remove 13 WWII bombs uncovered at a construction site. Hanover was a frequent target of Allied bombing in the latter years of the war. On October 9, 1943, some 261,000 bombs were dropped on the city.

Rebuilding 'Liberated' Mosul Will Take Many Years and Billions of Dollars
(Ahmed Aboulenein / Reuters & Patrick Cockburn / The Independent)

It could take five years to rebuild the bombed-out Iraqi city of Mosul starting with replacement of destroyed water, electricity and fuel systems. But the Iraqi government lacks the billions of dollars needed to restore the devastated city. While the capture of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria has been presented as the death knell for ISIS, the rebel forces are simply withdrawng to the countryside. Meanwhile, the Iraqi and Syrian armies do not have enough troops to guarantee their long-term control over the "liberated" territory.

Open Burning at US Military Sites Inflames Activists in Nearby Towns
(Dan Ross / FairWarning.org)

The open burning and open detonation of hazardous waste explosives is banned in many countries, including Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Likewise, in this country, private industry long ago was forced to abandon the primitive disposal practice. But the US military and Department of Energy have been allowed to continue the open burning and detonation of explosives and, in a few cases, even radioactive wastes under a 1980 exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills Oil over Wetlands; Judge Says Companies Can Keep Oil Spills Secret
(Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

Energy Transfer Partners -- the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline -- has spilled drilling fluid into two pristine Ohio wetlands this month. The company spilled as much as 2 million gallons of drilling fluid on April 13, and as much as 50,000 gallons a day later and 100 miles from the first spill. Meanwhile, federal judge has ruled that the pipeline's developer can keep some information about spill risks secret from the public.

Stop the Chemical Warfare on our Soil
(David R. Montgomery / Nation of Change)

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn't necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential to restore degraded soils to feed the world using fewer agrochemicals.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

US Killing More Civilians Under Trump: 200 Killed in a Single US Attack on Mosul
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, W.J. Hennigan / The Los Angeles Times)

The number of civilian casualties has risen in recent months as the US-lead coalition has undertaken the heaviest bombing since the war began, targeting densely populated west Mosul. On March 17, a US-led coalition was responsible for an airstrike in the west Mosul neighborhood of Aghawat Jadidah that local civil defense officials said killed more than 270 -- the highest civilian death toll from an airstrike, among the deadliest incidents in modern warfare. Most civilian deaths are never investigated by the US military.

America's Misadventures in the Middle East
(Chas Freeman / The American Conservative)

About 4 million Muslims have perished since 1990 as a direct or indirect result of US policies and interventions. Since the turn of the century, the death toll among the Muslims of the Middle East from the US "Global War on Terror" is at least 1.3 million and perhaps as many as 2 million people, the vast majority of them civilians. Terrorists, whether home-grown or imported, are "over here" because Americans are "over there" killing, wounding, and humiliating their kin, their loved ones, and others of their faith.

Street Turned to Rubble Shows Cost of Fight for Iraq's Mosul
(Mstyslav Chernov and Felipe Dana / Associated Press)

Two houses are all that remain standing on the street with no name in western Mosul, just blocks from the front lines of the battle to retake Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State group. The once-bustling neighborhood has been reduced to rubble, its sidewalks piled high with a jumble of concrete, bricks and metal.

Trump Authorizes Chemical War on California Children

The administration's rejection of the science on chlorpyrifos, widely used in California's Central Valley, means its use will continue -- and Latino residents are worried their children's health issues will worsen along with it.

In Africa, 20 Million People Face Starvation because of War
(Max Bearak and Laris Karklis / The Washington Post<)

This year, as South Sudan slipped into famine, desperate populations in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were each on the verge of their own famine. Starvation now threatens 20 million people -- more than at any time since World War II. As defined by the United Nations, famine occurs when a region's daily hunger-related death rate exceeds 2 per 10,000 people. The persistence of such severe hunger, even in inhospitable climates, would be almost unthinkable without war.

Karzai Calls Trump's Bomb a Human and Environmental "Atrocity"
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Ellen Mitchell / The Hill)

While the current Afghan government tries to defend the US use of the MOAB "Mother of All Bombs" last week against the Nangarhar Province, former President Hamid Karzai was extremely critical of the action, calling it an "immense atrocity" against fellow human beings. Karzai called the bomb "a violation" of Afghanistan's "sovereignty," and "a disrespect to our soil and environment." Trump, meanwhile, called the operation "another successful event.

As Trump Strikes Syria, We Should Revisit the History Lessons of US Intervention in Central America
(Daniel Alvarenga / Remezcla)

Dismissing the perils of Trump's election by suggesting that "We survived Reagan" overlooks the fact that hundreds of thousands of people didn't survive Reagan's interventions and proxy wars. If we want more people to survive this new administration, we need to study the ramifications and unintended consequences that our military interventions of the US's involvement in Central America that are still relevant in our current political context -- invasions, coups, drones, the arms trade and death squads.

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.

Israel's Next War Is Always 'Inevitable'
(Larry Derfner / Opinion: The New York Times)

Commentary: Israelis have learned to accept that one war follows another, every two or three years. "An Inevitable Conflict in Gaza," ran a newspaper headline earlier this month. What hardly any Israelis will consider (and virtually no influential voices in the West will publicly suggest) is that Israel -- not Hezbollah in Lebanon, nor Hamas in Gaza, nor the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria -- is provoking the next war. Israel, not its militant Islamist or brutal Syrian enemies, is the aggressor in these border wars.

The Standoff Between Trump and Green Groups Just Boiled Into War
(Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

The first shots have been fired in what's likely to be a long, bitter war over the environment between conservationists and President Trump. It started Wednesday when a broad coalition of groups sued the Trump administration in federal court, barely 24 hours after the president signed an executive order that lifted a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land. Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, Montana's Northern Cheyenne Tribe and others call the directive illegal.

Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just One Famine, but Four
(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, 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. It's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. One powerful lesson from the last famine in Somalia was that famines were not simply about food. They are about something even more elemental: water.

Mosul Battle Shows Attacking Militants in Urban Area Puts Civilians at Risk
(Dan Perry and Susannah George / Associated Press)

As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry? Now the growing controversy over the high number of civilian casualties believed caused by recent US airstrikes has touched on a major part of the answer: The militants are mingled among tens of thousands of civilians in Mosul.

The US and Russia Are Actively Preparing for War in the Arctic
(NBC Nightly News & CNN & Pravda)

Some 300 US Marines are due to be based in Norway on a rotational basis for a year as part of a package of measures intended to reassure one of NATO's most easterly members. Although they'll be about 621 miles from the Russian border, they plan to bolster the readiness of tanks and weaponry "pre-positioned" in underground caves for use against Russia. It's a "war without Article 5," referring to the central tenet of NATO, which is premised on the concept of a "collective defense."

The Rise of Trump and Warring Kleptocrats Are Destroying America
(Chris Hedges / TruthDig & Earthbound)

Commentary: "The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the deconstruction of the administrative state'."

The Horrors of the Sudan War Haunt Ugandan Refugee Camps
(Peter Lykke Lind / Al Jazeera)

In the Bidibidi settlement in northern Uganda -- one of the largest refugee settlements in the world -- the adult victims of Sudan's ongoing war are surrounded by clay huts, filled latrines and naked children. The settlement is home to 272,000 South Sudanese; some of the 800,000 who, according to the United Nations, have escaped to Uganda. Here are some of their stories, as told to Al Jazeera.

Climate and Washington Are Both Taking a Turn for the Worse
(Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & Vinnie Wishrad / League of Conservation Voters)

Arctic ice has set a new record winter low and a record Midwest drought has triggered the worst wildfires in US history -- two million acres burned. Climate change demands action but, instead, Donald Trump's appointees spent the last week dismantling 40 years' worth of hard-fought environmental laws and regulations. Meanwhile US governors and big city mayors are demanding Washington address climate change and on April 29, a People's Climate March will challenge America's Polluter-in-Chief.

UN Warns: The 'Worst Is Yet to Come' in Mosul
(AntiWar.com & Stephanie Nebehay and Patrick Markey / Reuters & Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey / Reuters)

Early in the Iraqi government's invasion of Mosul, a decision was made to tell the civilian population not to flee. At the time, this was meant to allow them to target those fleeing as ISIS fighters, and to make up for the lack of preparation to absorb civilians for the long period of time such a fight was going to take. Iraq is rethinking that decision now, after five months of fighting and a growing humanitarian crisis. UN officials are now warning, with some 400,000 trapped in western Mosul, the worst is yet to come.

Child Victims of Mosul Overwhelm Emergency Hospital
(FRANCE 24 English & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Angus MacSwan / Reuters)

There have been thousands of civilian casualties in Mosul during a campaign to drive Islamic State fighters from what was once their main stronghold. The large numbers of the civilian casualties in the battle for Mosul are the result of US and coalition airstrikes, with locals claiming some 3,500 killed in airstrikes over the five-month-long battle. A US attack just last night killed around 230 civilians in just three buildings. As these strikes continue to escalate, so too are the number of victims flocking to the field hospitals.

Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel?
(The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)

Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.

US Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants' Brains
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

For decades, the US Navy, by its own admission, has been conducting war game exercises in US waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals -- including lead and mercury -- that are harmful to both humans and wildlife.

New Zealand River Wins Historic "Human Right" to Exist and Thrive
(Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian)

After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand's Maori tribe has won legal protection and recognition for Whanganui river, the country's third-largest river. Under the new ruling, the Whanganui must be treated as a living entity.

Presence of US Military Base in Okinawa Means Jail Without Trial for Protestors
(Anna Field / The Washington Post)

After five months in detention without trial, one of the leaders of Okinawa's movement against the expansion of US military bases in the southern Japanese island prefecture has been released. Hiroji Yamashiro, a 64-year-old who leads the Okinawa Peace Action Center, is one of the most vocal opponents of the construction of new Marine Corps facilities in Okinawa. The overwhelming majority of Okinawans oppose the base.

Trump's Budget: America First; Americans and the Environment Last
(Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump's first budget makes his antipathy to the environment -- and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power -- clear. In addition to slashing funds to the EPA, he wants massive rollbacks in auto fuel efficiency standards and billions in new investments in nuclear weapons. These cuts hand $54 billion to the Pentagon while crippling air and water protections by ending restrictions on industrial emissions. Adding insult to injury, Trump would add $120 million to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.

Veterans Administration Paying Victims of Contaminated Lejeune Water

On March 4, the Veterans Administration began providing disability benefits to Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members affected by the toxic chemical contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC. The offer only applies to victims who were residents from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 and who are now sick and dying from a short list of eight diseases, including leukemia, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, and Parkinson's disease.

UN: World Facing 'Greatest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945'
(BBC World News & Alastair Leithead / BBC News)

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, according to Stephen O'Brien, the United Nation's humanitarian chief. More than 20 million people face the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Without coordinated global efforts, more than 20 million people face starvation and famine. UNICEF has warned 1.4 million children could starve to death this year. $4.4 billion is needed by July to avert disaster.

US Rejects China's Call to Halt Provocative War Exercise if N. Korea Halts Provocative Missile Tests
(AntiWar.com & Al-Jazeera & The Associated Press)

The US on Wednesday rejected China's proposal for a halt to joint US-South Korean military exercises if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities. It called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un irrational and demanded "positive action" before the US can take his regime seriously. Meanwhile, the US military added to regional tensions by beginning to deploy its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea. China opposes the THAAD system, which it sees as a provocative military threat to its security.

Trump's "Racist" Environmental Protection Cuts

Donald Trump's proposal to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency has been criticized as an attack on the environment that will have a racist impact among the poor and communities of color. The proposal would remove EPA's environmental justice office, a division tasked with bridging gap in pollution that afflicts black, Hispanic and low-income areas much more than areas occupied by wealthier and white residents.

Public Citizen Is Suing Donald Trump for Endangering the Environment
(Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)

A new lawsuit, Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump, takes direct aim at Trump's most brazen gift to Big Business yet. Via a unilateral directive issued on his second week in office, Trump decreed that for any new regulation enacted, two or more existing public protections would have to be eliminated. Trump's executive order mandated the elimination of existing rules for the purpose of offsetting the costs of new rules -- while ignoring the benefits -- even if the existing rules are entirely unrelated.

Stealing Yemen's Oil as Millions Starve
(Matthew Allen / Russia Insider & Sputnik News)

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity. The Saudis and French are illegally siphoning 63% of Yemen's oil as millions of Yemenis suffer from food shortages as Washington wages yet another US-backed "war for democracy and Western values."

Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa
(Jon Mitchell / The Asia-Pacific Journal (Vol. 14, Issue 9, Number 1))

Located in the center of Okinawa Island, Kadena Air Base is the largest United States Air Force installation in Asia. Equipped with two 3.7-kilometer runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base sprawls across 46 square kilometers of Okinawa's main island. Now, newly revealed documents have exposed a massive cover-up of accidents and neglect that have polluted local land and water with hazardous legacies of arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and dioxin.

Trump Plots to Destroy the Environmental Protection Agency
(John Flesher, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey / Associated Press & Democracy Now!)

The Trump administration plans to slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press. Under the tentative plan from the Office of Management and Budget, the agency's funding would be reduced by roughly 25 percent and about 3,000 jobs would be cut -- about 19 percent of the agency's staff.

Annual Massive US-South Korea War Exercise Risks Provoking Response from North Korea
(Al Jazeera)

North Korea has warned of a "merciless" response if its territorial boundaries are violated during large-scale military drills involving US and South Korean forces. Pyongyang on Thursday reacted to the start of the annual war games with its typical fiery rhetoric, but recent missile and nuclear tests by the North give the usual threats an added weight.

Trump Seeks Massive 9% Military Spending Hike: GOP Hawks Slam Plan as Insufficient
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

President Trump today unveiled some new details on his budget priorities, seeking a 9% increase, or about $54 billion, in increased military spending for next year, with a series of plans to reduce domestic spending to try to cover the different. The State Department and the EPA are both said to also be marked for substantial cuts in the range of tens of billions of dollars.

ACTION ALERT: Stand against Trump's Anti-environment Agenda
(The Natural Resources Defense Council & Kristen Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

Donald Trump has promised to expand oil and gas drilling, kill the Clean Power Plan and roll back some of our most fundamental environmental protections. It's up to us to show President Trump that we are ready to act -- in and out of court -- against any attempts to derail the progress we've made and force us down a path toward climate chaos. Urge Trump not to threaten our wildlife and wild places or reverse our progress in fighting climate change.

Standing Rock Is Burning -- but Our Resistance Isn't Over
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & Michael Sainato / The Observer)

Just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, water protectors set their makeshift and traditional structures ablaze in a final act of prayer and defiance against Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline, sending columns of black smoke billowing into the winter sky above the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. The majority of the few hundred remaining protesters marched out, arm in arm.

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Says Destruction of the EPA Is "Justified"
(Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post & Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones)

Donald Trump's new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt, recently told a gathering of conservatives that those who want to eliminate the EPA are "justified" in their beliefs, adding: "I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS." Pruitt's statement was seen as a signal of the White House's intent to roll out a series of executive actions gutting the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and a host of Clean Energy programs.

Trump's Terrorism Fearmongering vs. The Facts
(A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner / The New York Daily News & the Cato Institute)

When it comes to "fake news," what's disturbing is how loose with the facts Donald Trump has been when it comes to talking about terrorism. Speaking at a law enforcement conference, he stated that terrorism is "a far greater threat than people in our country understand. Believe me." Trump's claims, however, are unsubstantiated, strongly refuted by the data, and even contradicted by his own administration.

Trump Targets the Endangered Species Act
(Christina Nunez / The National Geographic)

A 43-year-old law protecting wildlife is in danger from opponents in the new administration. The 1973 law protects more than 1,600 plant and animal species species by designating them as threatened or endangered, preserving habitat and outlawing hunts. Foes of the Endangered Species Act now see an opportunity to weaken it. Donald Trump has called the nation's environmental rules "out of control" and placed .a freeze on pending regulations including protections for a rare, endangered species of bumblebee

Emails Reveal Pruitt's Behind-the-scenes Collaboration with Oil and Natural Gas Interests
(Jeremy Diamond and Rene Marsh / CNN)

In June 2013, a top lobbyist at Devon Energy, an Oklahoma-based oil and natural gas giant, sent one of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's top officials a draft letter objecting to proposed federal regulations on fracking. Two months later, Pruitt (now head of the Environmental Protection Agency), signed a nearly identical version of that letter and sent it to Interior Secretary. More than 7,500 pages of recently revealed emails from Pruitt's office reveal frequents exchanges with polluting energy firms over many years.

Scott Pruitt and the the 4 Pols Behind Koch Plan to Kill the EPA
(Alex Kotch / DeSmogBlog & Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists)

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz turned heads when he introduced a bill on Feb. 3 to "completely abolish" the US Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. Gaetz's bill (H.R. 861) came the day after a Senate committee voted to confirm Scott Pruitt -- a fossil fuel-friendly climate-change denier who has sued the EPA 14 times -- to head the agency. Gaetz and his three fellow sponsors have all benefited from campaign donations from the Koch brothers, oil, gas and coal companies and large electric utilities.

Trump to Roll Back Obama's Climate, Water Rules
(Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson / The Washington Post)

Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at curtailing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures. While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an unmistakable signal that the new administration is determined to promote fossil-fuel production and economic activity even when those activities collide with some environmental safeguards.

Thousands of Emails Detail EPA Head's Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry
(Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson / The Washington Post & Steve Horn, Sharon Kelly and Graham Readfearn / DeSmogBlog)

The Center for Media and Democracy has obtained previously unreleased emails from the office of former Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, who was recently sworn in as the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. According to the email record, Pruitt regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities to discuss how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they call government"overreach."

Report: US Secretly Used Nuclear Weapons in Syria
(Daniel McAdams / AntiWar.com & Foreign Policy Magazine & Doug Weir / The Ecologist)

The recent confirmation that the US used radioactive ammunition in two attacks in Syria in 2015 raises a number of troubling questions: Why was DU used; will it be used again; what will be done to address the health and environmental risks posed by radioactive contamination? DU is known to cause cancers and birth defects. Despite vowing not to use DU weapons in Syria, the US has now admitted that it has fired thousands of deadly rounds during airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas.

Troubling Questions Posed by US Use of Depleted Uranium in Syria
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist & the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons)

News that the US had used radioactive depleted uranium weapons to attack targets inside Syria first broke last October. But it was not clear at the time where the weapons had been used or what the US was shooting at. The news emerged shortly before the UN voted on a sixth DU resolution to control the use of these deadly weapons. The US was one of only four countries to vote against the text. On November 16 and 22, 1,490 DU rounds and 3,775 rounds, respectively, were used to destroy 399 fuel tankers

Lowest Rainfall in Over 50 Years Is Latest Threat to Children in Syria and Region
(The United Nations International Children's Fund)

Parts of Syria are suffering their lowest levels of rainfall in more than half a century, placing more than 4 million children in the war-torn country at even greater risk. In 2014, a UNICEF report warned that "water scarcity in Syria is now so acute that it may soon drive more civilians to leave their homes, adding to the 6.5 million people already displaced by the conflict."

Trump Prepares to Destroy the EPA
(Rebecca Leber / Grist & Amy Davidson / The New Yorker)

Scott Pruitt, Trump's choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency, was expected to sail through Senate -- possibly as soon as Friday -- despite Democrats' protests that he is unfit to lead an agency that he has repeatedly sued. Meanwhile a cache of documents that might show whether Pruitt was too compromised to deserve the job was due to be released in a few days. So why did Senate Republicans insist on rushing the confirmation vote before the requested document could be released to the public?

Five Things Scott Pruitt Can Do to Cripple the EPA
(Annie Snider / Politico & Wenonah Hauter / EcoWatch)

Donald Trump vowed to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Senate has just confirmed his man to do it -- climate denier Scott Pruitt. The new administrator and President Donald Trump are expected to move quickly to begin unraveling the agency's rules on water and climate change. Meanwhile, the White House completed its pipeline trifecta Thursday by rubber-stamping the Enbridge-Spectra merger after approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and reversing the blocked Keystone XL pipeline.

The 4 Koch-funded Pols Behind the Plan to Kill the EPA -- and What to Expect from Scott Pruitt
(lex Kotch / DeSmogBlog and EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists)

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz turned heads when he introduced a bill on February 3, 2017 to "completely abolish" the US Environmental Protection Agency. Gaetz's bill came the day after a Senate committee voted to confirm Scott Pruitt (a fossil fuel-friendly attorney general who has sued the EPA 14 times) to head the agency. Meet the four GOP reps who have raked in cash from some of the biggest corporations peddling fossil fuels, including Koch Industries, Duke Energy, Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Former US Ambassadors and Reform Jewish Movement Deplore Trump's Pick for Israel Envoy
(Amir Tibon / Haaretz & Judy Maltz / Haaretz)

David Friedman's 'extreme positions' make him 'unqualified for the position of US ambassador to Israel, according to former American envoys to Israel -- Thomas Pickering, Dan Kurtzer, Edward Walker, James Cunningham and William Harrop -- who cite Friedman's financial support of a radical West Bank settlement and his questionable condemnations of prominent US Jewish groups. Israel's Haaretz newspaper proposes 10 questions that Friedman needs to address.

Greenwashing Wars and the US Military
(Ann Wright / Consortium News)

In September 2016, a congress of major conservation groups soft-pedaled criticism of the US military and other war-makers despite the massive damage they inflict on humans, animals, plants, cultural sites and the environment. Retired Col. Ann Wright asks: "How can you conserve nature when you are bombing nature in wars of choice around the world, practicing military operations in areas that have endangered species . . . and bombing islands into wastelands?"

Green Groups File Sweeping Lawsuit AccusingTrump of Usurping Congress's Powers on Regulations
(Chris Mooney / The Washington Post & Donald J. Trump / The White House & William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

Three advocacy groups -- Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Communications Workers of America -- have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit challenging Donald Trump's executive order requiring two federal regulations to be "identified for elimination" for every new one added -- arguing that the order fundamentally takes over Congress's powers to enact laws to protect public health, safety, and the environment.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Wages War on Bumblebees; Protect the EPA
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

Donald Trump has been accused of targeting Muslims, media outlets and even department stores in his first month in the White House. Now, the US president may have doomed a threatened bumblebee. According to environmental groups, an executive order freezing new regulations for 60 days could push the rusty-patched bumblebee towards extinction. Pollinators are small but mighty parts of the natural mechanism that sustains us and our world.

Yellowstone National Park Sends Hundreds of America's Last Wild Buffalo to Slaughter
(Buffalo Field Campaign & EcoWatch)

Under continued pressure from Montana livestock interests, Yellowstone National Park is sending hundreds of America's last wild buffalo -- the National Mammal of the US -- to slaughter. Upwards of 400 more wild bison have also been killed by hunters along Yellowstone National Park's boundary.

Trump's Pipeline and America's Shame
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

Commentary: The Trump Administration is breaking with tradition on so many fronts that it seems noteworthy when it exhibits some continuity with American custom. And so let us focus for a moment on the news that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will resume -- a development that fits in perfectly with a national cultural tradition going back to the days of Plymouth Rock: repressing Native Americans.

Leaked Memo: Trump Plans to Free US Firms to Trade with Warlords
(Lee Fang / The Intercept)

The leaked draft of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their purchase of rare "conflict minerals" -- tantalum, gold, tin, and tungsten. Critics claim suspending the rule would be "a gift to predatory armed groups seeking to profit from Congo's minerals."

About That Intel 'Treasure Trove' From Trump's Botched Yemen Raid
(Daniel McAdams / AntiWar.com & Idrees Ali / Reuters)

The initial triumphalist reporting Donald Trump's Yemen raid gave way to a darker reality: US military cover had been blown before the attack, the mission was poorly planned, an American was killed, at least a dozen innocent women and children were killed, millions of dollars in US military equipment destroyed, and the great "treasure trove" of intelligence seized at the compound turn out to be "old news.

Drought Threatens Wildlife in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve

Crocodiles and hippos are dying as the Mara and Talek rivers, which traverse the game reserve, are drying up. Wildebeests and zebras are crossing the dry riverbeds, heading to Tanzania to seek greener pastures. Conservationists have raised the alarm, saying that the drying-up of the rivers, whose source is in the depleted Mau Forest, is one of a series of ominous signs that could lead up to an ecological disaster.

Honduras Elites Blamed for Violence against Environmental Activists
(Nina Lakhani / The Guardian)

An investigation by the anti-corruption group Global Witness accuses high-ranking Honduran politicians and business tycoons of orchestrating a wave of violence targeting environmental activists. Since the 2009 coup, at least 123 environmental activists -- including Goldman Prizewinner Berta Cameras -- have been murdered on orders from the country's elites who have terrorized communities with impunity. Most victims are members of indigenous communities opposing mega-projects on their land.

Solomon Islanders Struggle with Lethal Legacy of World War II
(Julian Ryall / Deutsche Welle)

Seven decades after Japan and the United States fought over these South Pacific islands, local residents are unearthing bullets and bombs that still have the capacity to kill and maim. The haul to date, on one small patch of the island, includes a number of 155 mm artillery rounds that would have been fired from US howitzers. This August marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Pacific campaign.

The Environmental Impacts of Trump's Rulings
(The Center for Biological Diversity & Emma Foehringer Merchant / Grist & Brian Palmer / EcoWatch)

Donald Trump's desire to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, would perpetuate human suffering, harm border communities and halt the cross-border movement of jaguars, ocelots, wolves and other wildlife. The wall would be particularly harmful to highly endangered jaguars. Trump has vowed to solve problems we don't have. His America First Energy Plan would "decrease our dependence of foreign oil" by killing US jobs in clean alternative energy and subsidizing costly. dirty, old-fashioned fossil fuels.

Chiquita Made a Killing From Colombia's Civil War. Will Their Victims Finally See Justice?
(Matt Kennard and Nick MacWilliam / In These Times)

On Dec. 6, 1928, Chiquita -- then the United Fruit Company -- got the Colombian police and army to massacre hundreds of banana workers striking for better conditions. Colombians still refer to the "masacre de las banners." UFC is infamous throughout the region for lobbying Washington to lead a CIA-instigated military coup in Guatemala in 1954, that overthrew a democratically elected president, installed a military dictatorship, and unleashed a civil war that took the lives of a quarter-million poor Colombians.

A Bad Day for the Environment in Senate -- With Many More to Come
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

The Trump Administration had imposed a comprehensive gag order on employees of the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a leaked memo, "no press releases," "no blog messages," and "no social media will be going out," and "no new content can be placed on any website" until further notice -- perhaps an attempt to camouflage the other big EPA announcement, which was that the agency's grants and contracts had been temporarily frozen, effectively halting its work.

Earth to Pruitt: At a Confirmation Hearing, Denialism Stands while Temperatures Rise
(Elizabeth Kolbert / The New Yorker)

Either it was a cleverly engineered plan or some kind of cosmic joke: just as the confirmation hearing for Scott Pruitt, the climate denier who is Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, was getting under way Wednesday, on Capitol Hill, two federal agencies -- the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- announced that 2016 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began, in 1880.

Prepare for Trump's Program of Disaster Capitalism
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept)

Commentary: We already know that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on "radical Islamic terrorism," trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It's a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks. All this is dangerous enough. What's even worse is the way the Trump administration can be counted on to exploit these shocks politically and economically.

45,000 Years Ago, Humans Wiped Out Australian Megafauna

Some 45,000 years ago. Australia was populated by an extraordinary range of megafauna -- including 1,000-pound kangaroos, 2-ton wombats, 25-foot-long lizards, 400-pound flightless birds, 300-pound marsupial lions and Volkswagen-sized tortoises. More than 85 percent of the continent's massive mammals, birds and reptiles went extinct shortly after the arrival of the first humans

For Leopards in Iran and Iraq, Land Mines Are a Surprising Refuge
(Peter Schwartzstein / National Geographic )

Few parts of the world look more hostile to big cats than the rugged wilderness that flanks the northern Iran-Iraq frontier. Laced with land mines and roamed by packs of dedicated poachers, it's an environment seemingly calculated to imperil even the most fleet-footed animal. Yet this is the place the world's largest leopard calls home. Because land mines keep people out of the Persian leopard's last habitats. This creates a conundrum since redefining the area would leave the cats more vulnerable.

West Antarctica Is Breaking Up: Global Floods Could Follow
(The Daily Kos )

A berg the size of Scotland is poised to break off the Larsen ice shelf in West Antartica at any time. West Antartica is quite literally cracking up. The culprit is anthropogenic climate change, a steady rise in global temperatures produced by accumulating industrial emissions. Climate change is particularly virulent near the poles. Meanwhile, the ice shelves of South Antarctica, located in the Bellingshausen sea, are in rapid melt. A 17 mile crack threatens to put the Larsen C ice shelf at risk of collapse.

At Paris Meeting, Major Powers Warn Trump Over Middle East Peace While Israel Bombs Gaza
(Reuters & teleSURtv & The International Middle East Media Center / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)

Some 70 countries reaffirmed on Sunday that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations. At the same time that diplomats from many countries issued an implicit warning to Donald Trump about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli tanks hit targets inside occupied Gaza.

Native Activists Protest War on Yellowstone's Grizzlies
(Matthew Brown / Associated Pres)

A deluge of opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes, conservation groups and some scientists is tying up a decision on lifting protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National park.

Vo Quy, Father of Environmental Conservation in Vietnam
(Mike Ives / The New York Times)

Over a half-century career, Dr. Vo Quy was known for his pioneering studies on Vietnam's wildlife and his efforts to restore tropical habitats that had been destroyed by defoliants during the Vietnam War. He often used his stature as one of Vietnam's leading naturalists to advocate policies, including the country's first biodiversity action plan, that sought to balance economic development with environmental protection.

Thawing Arctic Is Turning Oceans into Graveyards
(Steve Connor / The Guardian & Associated Press & Lars Ostenfeld / The Guardian)

In November 2016, Canada's Hudson Bay was as ice-free as on a summer's day. Polar bears could be extinct here by mid-century. If the bears are in trouble, so are we. NASA research shows that ice-free summers are now imminent, posing a peril to us all. Unfortunately, the US strategy offers no solution to address threat of greenhouse gases on decline of sea ice habitat.

Israeli Witness in Gaza: No Water, No Electricity and Children Dying Unnecessarily
(Ayelett Shani / Haaretz)

Salah Haj Yahya, 50, who lives in Taibeh, runs a mobile clinic on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights and leads medical teams going to Gaza. We met at a Tel Aviv cafe, on a Thursday morning. "We're the only ones going there from Israel, with the approval of the IDF and security services," he says. ""Gaza is cloaked in desperation. You feel it the minute you cross the border. It's like traveling to another world. You see thousands of destroyed houses, factories in ruin, sewage flowing through the streets."

Syria's War Has Caused a Drinking Water in Damascus
(Ben Hubbard / The New York Times)

For millions of Damascus residents, long-term concerns about the direction of the war in Syria have been replaced by worries about where to get enough water to do the dishes, wash clothes or take a shower. For nearly two weeks, the Syrian capital and its vicinity have been afflicted by a water crisis that has left taps dry, caused long lines at wells and forced people to stretch whatever thin resources they can find.

No 'Spolis of War' in Aleppo: A Once Great City Has Been Reduced to a Frozen Hell of Rubble
(Lisa Barrington / Reuters)

Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction "beyond imagination", a top UN official told Reuters from the Syrian city. People returning face appalling conditions. "It is extremely, bitterly cold here," said Malik. "The houses people are going back to have no windows or doors, no cooking facilities."

World War Three, By Mistake
(Eric Schlosser / The New Yorker)

George W. Bush, while running for President in 2000, criticized the US Nuclear Aresnal's launch-on-warning option. Barack Obama, while running for President in 2008, promised to take Minuteman missiles off alert. Launch-on-warning has also been opposed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn. And yet the Minuteman III missiles still sit in their silos today, armed with warheads, ready to destroy the planet in a matter of minutes.

3,000 Years Ago, Nimrud Ruled the Mideast. Now Blown to Pieces
(Lori Hinnant / Associated Press)

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone. The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history.

Environmental Catastrophe: Iraqi Oil Fires Still Burning after 4 Months
(Gareth Davies / The Daily Mail)

The battle to liberate the Iraqi city is leaving a lasting legacy of environmental damage and health risks. ISIS set fire to the oil wells in the Qayyarah area in a last-ditch attempt to confuse coalition soldiers in August. Four months later and the flames are still spewing plumes of thick, black smoke into the air near Mosul. It has caused havoc with farmers who are not able to sell sheep because the animals have turned black.

UN Security Council Condemns Israeli Settlements, US Abstains
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Zaid Jilani / The Intercept)

For the first time in 36 years, the United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution criticizing the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, calling them an obstacle to the two-state solution, and calling on Israel to reverse the expansions of the settlements. The vote was unanimous, 14-0, with only the United States abstaining.

US Return of Okinawa Training Area Faces Harsh Criticism from Local Residents
(Ayako Mie / Japan Times & Jon Hetman / Truthout)

The return of about 4,000 hectares of the Jungle Warfare Training Center, was reached following the gang rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl by three US military service members. The US agreed to partially return the land to Japan in exchange for allowing the construction of six helipads in the remaining areas. From the beginning, the reversion process met fierce opposition from local residents and environmental groups.

Obama 'Permanently Bans' Oil Drilling in Millions of Acres of Ocean
(BBC World News & Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press)

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters. Mr. Obama designated areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as "indefinitely off limits" to future leasing. The move is widely seen as an attempt to protect the region before Mr. Obama leaves office in January. Supporters of president-elect Donald Trump could find it difficult to reverse the decision.

How Media Did and Did Not Report on Standing Rock
(Tristan Ahtone / Al Jazeera)

Native American issues are only media sexy when natives with painted faces and horses are around. It's been entertaining to watch the press crowd come out to Indian Country. They didn't want to, of course, but after a few months of US security forces using tear gas, rubber bullets, mace, water cannon and concussion grenades on indigenous protesters intent on stopping an oil pipeline, they had to. When the mainstream media finally showed up en masse, the scene played out like a revisionist western movie.

Donald Trump's Israel Ambassador Is Hardline Pro-settler Lawyer
(Judy Maltz / Haaretz & Peter Beaumont and Julian Borger / The Guardian)

Donald Trump has named as his ambassador to Israel a pro-settler lawyer who has described some US Jews as worse than concentration camp prisoner-guards. David Friedman opposes two-state solution, backs undivided Jerusalem as capital and has acted for Trump's failing hotels.

US Losing the War on Terror in Afghanistan -- Unless It Legalizes the Opium Trade
(Abigail Hall-Blanco / Quartz)

According to a recently released report by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production in Afghanistan has risen by 43% in the last year. The country's drug trade employs some 2.9 million people -- 12% of the Afghan population -- and generates approximately $68 billion in revenue a year. This increase comes despite the fact that drug eradication policies have been a cornerstone of US policy in Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001.

US to Build $1.6 Billion Idaho Facility for Warships' Nuclear Waste
(Keith Ridler / The Associated Press)

A $1.65 billion facility will be built at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle fuel waste from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships, the Navy and US Department of Energy announced. Officials said the new facility is needed to keep nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines deployed.

Why We Should Close America's Overseas Military Bases:
(John Glaser / TIME Magazine)

America's overseas military bases are largely taken for granted in today's foreign policy debates. The US maintains a veritable empire of military bases throughout the world -- about 800 of them in more than 70 countries. Many view our bases as a symbol of our status as the dominant world power. But America's forward-deployed military posture incurs substantial costs and disadvantages, exposing the US to vulnerabilities and unintended consequences.

Foreign Military Bases and the Global Campaign to Close Them
(Wilbert van der Zeijden / The Transnational Institute)

There are more than a thousand foreign military bases worldwide which have become the infrastructure for imperial wars and have severe social and environmental impacts locally that have prompted growing resistance. Foreign military bases are found in more than 100 countries and territories. All these facilities undermine international peace and security while causing social and environmental problems at a local level. There are 450 No-Bases Network campaigns working to close foreign military bases.

Obama Calls for Rerouting Dakota Oil Pipeline; GOP Vows to Retaliate
(NBC News & Caroline Kenny and Gregory Krieg / CNN )

Celebrations, tears of joy, chanting and drumming rang out among thousands of protesters at the Standing Rock site after the Army Corp of Engineers announced it will look for an alternate route for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

Why Did the EPA Water Down Fracking Dangers?
(Susan Phillips / National Public Radio & Jon Hurdle / StateImpact )

New documents have emerged that show the EPA downplayed the risks of fracking in a landmark report on the process used to extract oil and gas from shale. The last minute changes made by the EPA are documented in a story by the public radio show Marketplace and APM Reports.

The Military Annihilation of Aleppo
(Al Jazeera)

Residents of Syria's Aleppo are at risk of extermination and the clock is ticking on the besieged city as winter sets in, a top UN envoy told the Security Council. UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Stephen O'Brien has urged access to residents of eastern Aleppo as at least 45 civilians died while attempting to flee the fighting.

ISIS Oil Fires Trigger Environmental Catastrophe in Iraq
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & CNN & Daily News & Andrea DiCenzo / Al Jazeera)

In the months leading up to the telegraphed Iraqi invasion of the major ISIS city of Mosul, ISIS had ample time to set up myriad defenses. Among these was setting fire to oil wells, aiming to provide a cloud of smoke that would hinder US airstrikes. 19 wells were set on fire and, after 100 days, only three have been sealed. Extinguishing the rest could take months and cost millions. Meanwhile, the smoke is complicating the air war, and also sickening people on the ground.

The Destruction of Mosul and its People
(Zaid al-Ali / Al Jazeera & Zena Tahhan & Salam Khoder / Al Jazeera & Caroline Malone / Al Jazeera)

With its vastly superior numbers, armaments, funding and international support, the military will push ISIL out of its last redoubts within Iraq's territory, possibly before the end of this year. It is inevitable that Mosul will suffer significant physical damage in the coming weeks and months. And Mosul's residents at at risk from Iraq's notorious Popular Mobilization Units, who have unnecessarily damaged property and infrastructure and committed horrific abuses against ordinary citizens.

ACTION ALERT: 2,000 US Vets to Dakota. Declare Standing Rock a National Monument
(Charley Lanyon / New York Magazine & CREDO Action & The Ring of Fire Network)

More than 2,000 US veterans are headed for North Dakota this weekend to form a human shield around besieged oil-pipeline protesters. More than 7,000 people are camped out in support of the Standing Rock Sioux in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens tribal lands. President Obama can end this standoff now -- before Donald Trump closes in on the White House -- by declaring Standing Rock a national monument, forever protecting its cultural sites.

Barack Obama's Surprising Toxic Legacy of Carbon Pollution
(Asaf Shalev, Michael Phillis, Elah Feder and Susanne Rust / The Guardian)

President Barack Obama has staked his environmental legacy on his administration's reputation as the most progressive on climate change in US history. However, an obscure US agency has spoiled his record by promoting overseas fossil fuel emissions -- effectively erasing gains expected from Obama's Clean Power Plan and fuel efficiency standards. The US Export-Import Bank has poured more than $33 billion into fossil fuel projects that will lead to a massive increase in global carbon emissions.

UN Warns of Food and Water Shortages in Mosul as Iraq Cuts Supplies
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed / Reuters )

Six weeks into the Iraqi invasion of Mosul, only a portion of the city's east has actually fallen. The battle is expected to continue for months more, with Iraqi officials saying the overall battle could last six months. It's only now that the humanitarian ramifications of this protracted offensive are being considered.

Trump Being Urged to Abolish 260 Million Acres of National Monuments
(Dan Zukowski / EcoWatch)

US Rep. Rob Bishop, a fierce anti-public lands Republican in Utah, is urging President-elect Donald Trump to abolish national monuments created by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. More than 270 million acres of American land and waters are potentially at risk -- an area two and a half times the size of California. The action would be unprecedented. No president in history has undone the creation of a national monument by a predecessor.

Veterans Head To Standing Rock To Support 'We The People'
(TheRealNews & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Hundreds of veterans are preparing to join the Water Protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota on December 5 to peacefully protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. "My first duty as a marine is to protect the people of the United States," Gulf War veteran Michael Markus said. "That's why I'm here, to protect the people, protect the water, protect future generations."

Standing Rock Is Our Civil Rights Event
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian & Josh Fox / Democracy Now!)

We're seeing a scene as explosive as the Freedom Rides or the bus boycotts play out in real time on the high plains of the Dakotas. In the 1960s, the US government sent helpers to protect integration efforts. Why not do more to protect the Dakota Pipeline protesters today?

US Admits It Has Used Radioactive Weapons in Syria
(International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons & Samuel Oakford / IRIN News)

The US has admits that it fired radioactive Depleted Uranium weapons on two occasions in Syria in November 2015, contrary to earlier claims. The Pentagon's justification for use was unclear after target analysis triggering calls for full disclosure and demands to extend harm-reduction measures. Russia took advantage of the news to distract attention from its own conduct in the conflict.

Africa's Elephants Are Becoming War Refugees
(Christine Dell'Amore / National Geographic & Adam Cruise / National Geographic)

A national park in Botswana is struggling to support the staggering number of animals fleeing from poaching in other countries. To avoid ivory poachers in neighboring Namibia, Zambia, and Angola, elephants are fleeing in astounding numbers to Chobe, where illegal hunting is mostly kept in check. But while Chobe offers some protection, it's increasingly dry ecosystem is buckling under the pressure of supporting so many of the six-ton animals, which each eat 600 pounds of food daily.

Parks at Risk: Trump's Interior Secretary Could be an Oil Baron, Sarah Palin, or Trump's Son

Drilling in the massive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Oil wells inside Yosemite National Park? Uranium mines in the Grand Canyon? These are some of the possibilities emerging under a Trump administration as leading candidates for Secretary of the Interior reportedly include Sarah Palin, various oil company executives, and Donald Trump, Jr.

What Would a Trump EPA Look Like? Environmental Leaders on Hope And Progress in the Age of Trump
(Grist Staff)

Donald Trump, a climate denier who has promised to gut the Paris accord, scrap the Clean Power Plan, bring back coal, and roll back pollution restrictions is our next president, and the civil and human rights of so many in this country are threatened. Hateful, violent acts committed in his name continue to populate the news. As we've done before in similar times, we've turned to politicians and other green leaders to ask how we keep working toward climate action, sustainability, and social justice? And what gives them hope, inspiration, or determination in such a trying time?

Fidel Castro's Green Revolution
(Robert Bradley Jr. / Master Resource.org & Rachel Cernansky / TreeHugger.com)

Fidel Castro (1926-[2016]), one the great wealth destroyers and wealth averters of the last fifty years. Fidel Castro combined Marxism-Leninism with environmentalism. He railed against industrialization on environmental grounds, most recently criticizing Canadian oil-sands development. Cuba gets a lot of attention for sustainable practices it has adopted over the last few decades. Cuba is home to the Caribbean's largest and best-preserved wetland area and is a model for urban sustainability.

Secret Former US Nuclear Launch-site in Greenland Threatened by Melting Ice
(Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press)

A once-secret US base designed to attach Russia with nuclear missiles was abandoned years ago but the clean-up was never completed. With the arctic melting due to climate change, an array of abandoned equipment, chemical waste and radioactive pollution -- intended to remain buried under the ice for centuries -- may start to resurface before the end of this century. Greenland is now urging Denmark to remove the remains of Camp Century and several other abandoned US military bases.

How Many Police Are Needed to Subdue a Peaceful Protest?
(Thomas Dresslar / ACLU & Steve Horn / DeSmog Blog & The Huffington Post)

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill -- the Emergency Management Assistance Compact -- creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents repressing the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. As of November 7, the assault against the Native protests had engaged law enforcement personnel from from 24 counties, 16 cities and 9 states.

UN Investigates Human Rights Abuses at Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

A United Nations group is investigating allegations of human rights abuses by North Dakota law enforcement against Native American protesters, with indigenous leaders testifying about "acts of war" they observed during mass arrests at an oil pipeline protest. Protesters who have raised concerns about excessive force, unlawful arrests and mistreatment in jail where some activists have been held in cages.

300 Injured; Young Woman Has Arm Blown Off as Media Ignore Standing Rock Protests
(Democracy Now! & Paul Gottinger / Reader Supported News & Prolific The Rapper)

Sunday's attack at Standing Rock included police firing rubber bullets, mace canisters and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures. As many as 300 people were injured in the attack. 21-year-old activist Sophia Wilansky is in critical condition and has been undergoing a series of surgeries, after reportedly being hit by a concussion grenade during the police attack against water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota Sunday night.

The Environmental Impact of Black Friday Shopping
(Green Business Watch)

Because the holidays are a time of excess, they have a major environmental impact. One 1999 study concluded that Black Friday was 50 times worse in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than Cyber Monday. The best way to minimize your environmental impact is simply to consume less: that's a gift your planet can live with.

Thousands Around the World Rally Against Dakota Pipeline
(Scott Galindez / Reader Supported News)

On November 15, more than 200 actions took place around the world in solidarity with water protectors at Standing Rock. The actions were called by Native American leaders around the country. Standing Rock activist Fred Lemere fears that one of Trump's first acts will be to send troops to rough up Indian people at Standing Rock and clear them away from the path of the pipeline. He said the protest will need 50,000 not 5.000 people to go to Standing Rock and defend the land.

What Trump and the GOP Would Do: Wars on Porn and National Forests
(National Public Radio & Jenny Rowland / ThinkProgress & The Greanville Post)

Commentary: Trump's plan for his "first 100 days," outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington; protecting American workers; and restoring rule of law. He also laid out his plan to introduce 10 pieces of legislation to repeal Obamacare, build a wall at the Southern border, and rebuild America's "depleted" military. Meanwhile, the GOP platform calls coal a "clean" energy source and calls for the abolition of national parks and forests. How much of this is likely to happen?

The Standing Rock Protests Are About the Constitution; Snipers Kill 11-year-old Girl
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

The numbers of activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota continue to swell. The mainstream media continue to ignore it. National politicians continue to pretend that nothing is happening. And the local police continue to douse protestors in pepper spray, beat them, arrest them, and charge them with felonies for exercising their Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

US-Backed War Is Pushing Yemen to the Brink of Famine
(TIME Magazine)

Drowned by the noise of the US presidential election and overshadowed by the conflict in Syria and Iraq, war and hunger have quietly ravaged Yemen. Yemen's 18-month civil war has killed about 10,000 people, and now it is pushing the country to the brink of famine. More than 21 million Yemenis -- 80% of the population -- are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.

A Small Unreported Victory at Standing Rock
(Desiree Kane / YES! Magazine & William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

On October 27, a colonial force of 250 armed with military weapons prepared to attack the campsite of oil pipeline protesters. The soldier-police faced off on a bridge against 40-50 veterans armed with only prayer. And the Natives won. Meanwhile, in Washington, the president equivocates. "We're monitoring this closely," Barack Obama says. "We're going to let it play out for several more weeks...."

$10 Million Spent to Brutalize Pipeline Protestors to Protect Texas Oilman's $3.8 Billion Project
(teleSURtv & Angelo Young / Salon & Protect Mother Earth)

North Dakota has spent $10 million in tax dollars to fund an armed police crackdown against the thousands of Native Americans and allies impeding the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Journalists have been arrested and shot. Nonviolent protestors have been tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and abused. Yet, despite the protests and outcry, Energy Transfer Partners and CEO Kelcy Warren remain bullish on the $3.8 billion project.

US Hypocrisy: Bombing of Aleppo Is No Worse Than What Happened in Gaza and Iraq
(Gareth Porter / AntiWar.com)

The Russian-Syrian bombing campaign in eastern Aleppo, which has ended at least for the time being, has been described in press reports and op-eds as though it were unique in modern military history in its indiscriminateness. In fact, many of the Syrian and Russian airstrikes are not all that dissimilar from the major US bombing campaign waged in Iraq in 2003 or the indiscriminate air campaigns that have characterized Israel's recent assaults on densely populated cities in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

Military Memorial, Wildlife at Odds in New Battle of Midway
(Caleb Jones and Josh Lederman / Associated Press & The Republic)

The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in World War II's Pacific theater. The remote atoll where thousands died is now a delicate sanctuary for millions of seabirds, and a new battle is pitting preservation of its vaunted military history against the protection of its wildlife.

Dakota Pipeline Is the New Keystone -- With Police Dogs and Donald Trump
(Bill McKibben / The New York Times & Sam Levin / The Guardian & Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

The Native Americans who have spent months in peaceful protest against an oil pipeline along the banks of the Missouri are standing up for tribal rights, clean water, environmental justice and a working climate. And it's time that everyone else joined in. Meanwhile, Donald Trump's close financial ties to Energy Transfer Partners, the operators of the controversial pipeline, have been laid bare: Trump has invested in ETP and has received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from its chief executive.

The US' Guantanamo Prison Base Is Destroying the Cuban Ecosystem

The US prison base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is destroying the local ecosystem and cutting off locals of profit from their biologically rich resources, according to researchers. Scientist Mario Montero Campello says that the rich ecosystem could have brought valuable research and revenue to the impoverished bay. Meanwhile, instead of preparing to close the facility, the United States Navy will spend $240 million to build new facilities at the military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Al Gore Calls for Justice at Standing Rock
(Al Gore / EcoWatch & Mark Trahant / YES Magazine & Dan Zukowski / EcoWatch)

Commentary: "I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have witnessed inspiring and brave acts by Native Americans and their allies who are defending and trying to protect their sacred sites and the safety of their sole source of water."

Cost of the Human War on Earth: 58% of Wildlife Eradicated in Past 46 Years
(Jeremy Hance / The Guardian & Rebecca Morelle / BBC News)

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, according to a biodiversity report, but is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren't even told about its victims?

Police Viciously Attack Peaceful Protesters at Dakota Access Pipeline
(Jihan Hafiz / The Intercept)

On October 22, just before dawn, hundreds of people gathered to march toward the Dakota Access pipeline construction site near Standing Rock, North Dakota. Native American organizers lit sage and prayed for protection from police brutality before setting off on the 8-mile trek. Dozens of officers, backed by military trucks, police vans, machine guns, and nonlethal weapons, violently approached the group without warning. “Don’t move, everyone is under arrest,” boomed the loudspeaker of the military vehicle.

Why Are We in Somalia? A Military Intervention with No Purpose for US
(By the Editorial Board / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & The Real News)

American forces have now beefed up their presence in Somalia, where the US has been involved since 1992, in an attempt finally to gain victory over a Somali force called al-Shabab, "the Youth," on behalf of a coalition with Somali and African Union forces. Among the six wars in the region that the administration of President Barack Obama has kept the US involved in -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen -- it is perhaps hardest to find a rationale for America's long and expensive involvement in Somalia.

Life Under Siege -- We Live in Aleppo: Here's How We Survive
(Omair Shaaban / The Washington Post)

Commentary: "There weren't any bombs today, or the day before. That's good, because it means you can leave your apartment, see your friends, try to pretend life is normal. Still, you don't know when the attacks will resume or how much worse they'll be when they do. The war here has been going on for more than four years. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled, and thousands more are dead, including many of my friends. My wife and I are among about 250,000 people trapped in eastern Aleppo...."

The Perpetual Killing Fields: A Return to South Sudan
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

Commentary: "The world is awash in killing fields, sites of slaughter where armed men have laid waste to the innocent, the defenseless, the unlucky; locales where women and children, old and young men have been suffocated, had their skulls shattered, been left gut-shot and gasping. Over the last century, these blood-soaked sites have sprouted across the globe: Cambodia, the Philippines, the Koreas, South Africa, Mexico, Lebanon, Rwanda, Bosnia, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria . . .."

Mali and the US Fight for Sahel's Resources
(Al Jazeera)

Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard of the 21st century. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position. But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.

Documentary Filmmakers Face Decades in Prison for Videotaping Oil Pipeline Protests
(Sam Levin /The Guardian)

Filmmakers Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges for covering Native American protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was recently charged with trespassing for reporting on the protests and filming oil company attacks on unarmed activists. First Amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press.

In the Battle for Mosul, Civilians Face 'Impossible Choice'
(Teo Kermeliotis / Al Jazeera)

As Iraqi armed forces and their allies move to reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIL fighters, humanitarian agencies are warning that the lives of an estimated 1.5 million civilians are in grave danger. While it is uncertain whether Iraqi forces will achieve their promised "victory," two things are certain: Hundreds of innocent civilians will die and a major urban center will be reduced to rubble.

Environmental Victory in El Salvador; Environmental Leader Killed in Brazil
(teleSURtv & Nika Knight / Common Dreams)

A little-known World Bank tribunal has ruled against corporate power, rejecting Canadian-Australian gold mining giant OceanaGold's claim that El Salvador interfered with its profits when it pulled the plug on a proposed gold mine. Meanwhile, Latin America remains the most dangerous region in the world for land defenders and environmentalists. The latest victim: Brazilian activist Luiz Araujo, well known for his aggressive enforcement of deforestation laws in the Amazon.

The US Just Bombed Yemen -- and No One's Talking about It.
(Moustafa Bayoumi / The Guardian)

Commentary: "What if the United States went to war and nobody here even noticed? The question is absurd, isn't it? And yet, this almost perfectly describes what actually happened this past week. We need answers from the candidates on how they would deal with a deadly conflict in Yemen -- one of the Middle East's poorest countries. We're not getting them."

ACTION ALERT: First Amendment Under Fire at Pipeline Protest: Reporters and Filmmakers Face Prison Terms
(Jane Kleeb / Our Revolution & Nick Visser / The Huffington Post)

Deia Schlosberg, a documentarian arrested while filming an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota, has been charged with three felony charges -- and could face decades in prison if convicted. Meanwhile, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! In September, Goodman covered the protests involving thousands of Native American protesters and filmed troubling footage in which heavily armed guards used pepper spray and attack dogs against the nonviolent activists.

ACTION ALERT: It's True: The Presidential Debates ARE Rigged
(Lilia Tamm Dixon / The Open Debate Coalition)

PresidentialOpenQuestions.com invited America to suggest questions to be asked of the presidential candidates. More than 3.6 million votes were cast on more than 15,800 suggested questions. During the debate, the moderators cited this history survey but only asked one of the least-important questions -- a question that had received only 13 votes.

ACTION ALERT: US Military Vets Still Dying from Burn-pit Exposures
(Leo Shane III / Military Times & Burn Pit Families & The Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization)

Veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan are begging US leaders to focus attention on their crippling health problems. Burn pits are this generation's Agent Orange, but we are seeing deaths happen after three or five years, instead of decades later. A new petition asks Pres. Obama to use his final months in office to "speak out and educate the American people" about the long-term health effects of burn pits and to increase research into health and medical impacts of exposure to burning hazardous wastes.

Afghan Opium Trade Thrives Under US Plan While Islamic State Succeeds in Eradicating Poppy Fields
(Reuters & Noor Zahid / Voice of America)

Opium production in Afghanistan increased this year to one of the highest levels on record as efforts to eradicate the crop in a country that provides much of the world's heroin collapsed, the United Nations said Wednesday. Now the opium industry has a new enemy: Islamic State. Afghan opium farmers in areas under IS control report that IS has eradicated poppy crops in eastern parts of the country. The opium poppy is considered Haram [prohibited in Islam] and villages where it was grown have been destroyed.

The American-made Catastrophe in Yemen
(C. J. Werleman / Middle East Eye)

While US officials condemn Russian war crimes in Syria, the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen is committing the same -- but the media is silent. Where John Kerry condemned Russia's attack on the aid convoy, and was reported by most major media outlets, the US-led attack against civilians in Yemen went widely unnoticed.

Iraqis to Sue US for Illegal, Devastating 2003 US Invasion

In the wake of the recently approved US 9/11 bill, an Iraqi group is lobbying the country's parliament to sue the United States over the 2003 invasion that ousted late President Saddam Hussein, killed and displaced millions of people and unleashed a major sectarian conflict in Iraq and the region over the past 16 years. The Arab Project in Iraq hopes to form an independent legal body to seek compensation from the US over civilian deaths and damage to property caused during and after the invasion.

Bolivia Ends Its Drug War by Kicking Out the US DEA and Legalizing Coca
(Simeon Tegel / Vice.com)

Under its "Coca Si, Cocaine No" program, Bolivia has legalized coca growing, replacing a strategy of forced eradication with one of regulated production. The biggest benefit has been the end of the climate of fear. "There used to be all kinds of conflict before," a former coca farmer and mother of four said. "Now it couldn't be more different. The soldiers would abuse us, especially the women, sexually. Now, there is respect on both sides. No one exceeds their cato. Some people don't even have front doors."

Pentagon Accused of Destroying Civilian Bridges in Syria, Killing Civilians in Afghanistan
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & John Davison and Michelle Nichols / Reuters & Pamela Constable / The Washington Post)

With more and more US airstrikes not only failing to hit their announced targets but actually hitting the wrong people, the Obama Administration is having growing criticism and questioning about their policies, with the UN warning the US to adhere to its obligations under international humanitarian law.

Militarized Police Threaten and Arrest Dakota Pipeline Water Protectors
(The Daily Kos & teleSURtv)

In April 2016, Native peoples began protesting the 1,172-mile, four-state, Dakota Access Pipeline, calling the DAP a threat to sacred lands and water. On September 28, 2016 the Water Protectors' caravan was met with armored vehicles, helicopters dropping tear gas and police armed with military-style rifles. Videos show that, as the resisters are confronted, the militarized police start locking and loading their weapons as the protesters raise their hands in unison and yell that "We are not armed. We are praying!"

Pentagon Report Reveals US Created ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's Government
(Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Nafeez Ahmed / Medium)

Historical background: "While speculation was rife that, just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this. Now a declassified US government document shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad."

A Legal Precedent: First War Crimes Conviction for Destroying Temples
(Camila Domonske / National Public Radio)

A militant has been found guilty of a war crime for intentionally destroying cultural sites -- a first for the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ahmed al-Faqi al-Mahdi has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the destruction of nine mausoleums and the door of a mosque in the Malian city of Timbuktu in 2012.

US Climate Change Costs Hit $67 Billion: Rising Heat Threatens Life on Earth
(Associated Press & Juan Cole / Informed Comment & Erin Auel and Alison Cassady / EcoWatch)

This year is on pace to smash last year's record for the hottest year. The summer of 2016 was hotter than any summer since at least 1016 AD and there is "compelling evidence" that this past summer was hotter than at any point in the past 100,000 years. Arctic ice levels this year were the second-lowest in recorded history and extreme weather events – wildfires, floods, drought and hurricanes – cost the US $67 billion in disaster relief between 2005 and 2015.

US Ivory Trade Drives A War on Elephants That Is Leading to Extinction
(Samantha Page / ThinkProgress)

By the time today's children are grown adults, there may be no more wild elephants on the African continent. With only 400,000 elephants left there, and 30,000 to 40,000 lost to ivory poachers every year, the population's prognosis is dire, according to the newest African Elephant Status Report. The United States is the world's second-largest ivory market, after Asia.

The Situation in Aleppo Is Catastrophic.
(Al Jazeera)

Syrian and Russian air raids are ongoing against Aleppo city. Air strikes and all different kinds of rockets have hit different districts. Residents speak of "ferocious bombardment" as at least 91 people are killed. Meanwhile, nearly two million and left without food or water. "What we are suffering can't be expressed by words in any language. We don't have water to give our children . . . the roads have been cut off by rubble. In the hospitals, there are three-four people on one bed."

No War 2016 Summit in Washington, DC -- Real Security Without Terrorism
(World Beyond War, Code Pink, International Peace Bureau, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Jane Addams Peace Association, Veterans For Peace, United for Peace and Justice and many others)

The historic #NoWar2016 conference -- which is being convened at the American University in Washington, DC from September 23-25 -- is full to capacity, but you can still sign up here to be part of the protest at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. on September 26, 2016. Among those speaking at the three-day event are: Dennis Kucinich, Kathy Kelly, Harvey Wasserman, Medea Benjamin, David Swanson, Leah Bolger, Mel Duncan, Jodie Evans, Gar Alperovitz, Gareth Porter, John Kiriakou, and Jeremy Corbyn (by video)

One in Three Saudi Air Raids on Yemen Hit Civilian Sites, Data Shows
(Ewen MacAskill and Paul Torpey / The Guardian)

More than one-third of all Saudi-led air raids on Yemen have hit civilian sites, such as school buildings, hospitals, markets, mosques and economic infrastructure, according to the most comprehensive survey of the conflict. Pressure on UK and US roles in the Yemen war is set to increase as survey shows the full range of non-military targets attacked by US-backed Saudi Arabian forces.

The Lion Queens of India: The Unlikely Protectors of the Gir Forest
(Sanchari Pal / The Better India)

India's Gir forest is the sole home of the Asiatic lion in the wilderness and is one of the most important protected areas in the world. Thanks to some amazing conservation efforts by the government over the years, the number of endangered Asiatic lions has risen to 523! Much of the credit for the increase goes to Gir's forest guards and its animal rescue team -- who are all women!

CEOs Can Now Be Prosecuted Like War Criminals at the Hague
( teleSURtv & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The International Criminal Court has announced it will now hold corporate executives and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes. Meanwhile, four of the largest US chemical companies have been accused of selling billions of dollars worth of harmful isocyanate chemicals but intentionally concealing their dangers to consumers over the past several decades.

The Bayer Monsanto Merger: A Campaign for Control of the World's Food
(teleSURtv & The ETC Group)

The confirmation that Monsanto and Bayer have agreed to a $66 billion merger while at least three more game-changing mergers are in play (and flying under the radar). Anti-competition regulators should block these mergers, and particularly in the emerging markets of the Global South. "These deals are not just about seeds and pesticides, but also about who will control Big Data in agriculture," says Pat Mooney of ETC Group, a Canadian NGO that monitors agribusiness.

UK-based Multinational behind Attacks on Native American Protesters at Dakota Pipeline
(Telesur & Global Research)

G4SP, a UK-based security multinational, admitted to having personnel deployed at "remote sites" where Native Americans are defending their lands from the planned $3.8-million Dakota Access pipeline that they say would pollute the drinking water of millions. G4SP has been under fire for providing services to Israeli prisons and settlements, expanding across Afghanistan and Iraq, operating juvenile detention centers, and handling deportations from the US.

80 Million Unexploded US Bombs in Laos: Obama Pledges Bomb Removal Assistance
(BBC World News & Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press)

Half a century ago, the United States turned Laos into history's most heavily bombed country, raining down some two million tons of ordnance in a covert, nine-year chapter of the Vietnam War. Declaring a "moral obligation" to heal the wounds of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged help to clear away the 80 million unexploded bombs the US dropped on Laos a generation ago -- more than 10 for every one of the country's 7 million people.

ACTION ALERT: Unarmed Dakota Pipeline Protesters Withstand Dogs and Mace, Drive Back Enbridge Security
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Amy Goodman / Democracy now! & Josh Nelson / CREDO Action & Matt Agorist / MintPress News )

The bulldozers returned to the site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project Saturday. The protesters, anchored by Standing Rock Sioux tribal activists, rallied quickly to defend “the land.” The result was a chaotic confrontation between the all-white private security forces armed with mace and attack dogs and an unarmed multi-ethnic coalition of Americans determined to stop them in their tracks.

US and China Accept Climate Treaty; Antarctic Ice in Massive Meltdown; Ecuador Going 100% Renewable
(The Climate Reality Project & Futurism.com & TheCivilEngineer.org)

The US and China -- which together make up about 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions -- have become the first major economies to formally accept the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, alarmed researchers report nearly 8,000 polar lakes have appeared across Antarctica between 2000 and 2013 -- a sign of potential ice-sheet collapse. In a hopeful sign, Ecuador continues to produce more than 99% of its electrical energy from renewables -- for a third year in a row.

War on Elephants: Africa's Iconic Creatures Facing Extinction because of Poaching
(Al Jazeera & David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek / CNN)

The continent's savanna elephants are in danger of being wiped out as poaching thrives. New research warns that many of Africa's elephant populations may go extinct in as little as a decade.

An Oil Pipeline and a River: A Tale of Two Standoffs
(Winona LaDuke / Yes Magazine & Michael McLean / Jacobin Magazine)

It's 2016, and the weight of US corporate interests has come to the Missouri River, the Mother River. This time, instead of the Seventh Cavalry, or police dispatched to assassinate Sitting Bull, it is Enbridge and Dakota Access Pipeline. The federal response to Lakota protests against the Pipeline couldn't be more different than their reaction to this year's Bundy occupation. The pipeline decision has been delayed to Sept. 9. Thousands of indigenous activists continue protests.

What's Really behind the War in Syria? Another
(Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. / EcoWatch)

Commentary: Every violent US intervention has resulted in a catastrophic blowback far more costly to our country than any of the problems our meddling intended to solve. Our mischief has not made America safer. The only winners have been the military contractors and oil companies who pocketed historic profits. We have compromised our values, butchered our youth, and killed hundreds of thousands of innocents in fruitless and costly adventures abroad.

Who Would Win If the Pentagon Fought the Whole World?
(Logan Nye / We Are the Mighty.com & Scout.com)

How would the US hold up if it wound up going to war with the rest of the world? All at once? It's the big fight, the heavyweight championship -- the US against the world. The whole world. And not just traditional rivals. In this scenario, the US has to fight off its allies like the United Kingdom, France, and South Korea as well. So if it's the US against the world, who's going to win? In short, America would stomp them.

Colombia and the FARC: A Half-century of War Has Left Deadly a Legacy of Landlines
(The Economist & The Miami Herald & Associated Press)

Colombia's half-century civil war may finally be resolved. A peace accord was announced on August 24, after four years of talks in Havana. Over 52 years,the war killed 220,000 people and left large swaths of the country salted with landlines. Colombia is second only to Afghanistan in the number of landmine victims. The peace deal with the FARC rebels offers a chance to end the landmine scourge. The US and Norway have pledged to help Colombia become landmine-free by 2021.

Costly Nuclear Accident in New Mexico Covered Up
(Ralph Vartabedian / The Los Angeles Times)

When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in nearby communities and quickly reported the site was resuming operations. Early federal statements gave no hint that the blast that caused massive long-term damage to the dump -- a facility crucial to the nuclear weapons cleanup program -- ranked among the costliest nuclear accidents in US history.

Brazil and the Olympics: Environmental Symbolism Cannot Offset the Murder of 23 Environmental Activists
(AIDA & Global Witness & TheLipTV)

Commentary: Last year, Brazil was the world´s most dangerous country for environmental activsts. At least 50 were killed. So far this year, 23 have been assassinated. The Amazon, where I was born, is the epicenter of these crimes. While the opening ceremony focussed on two issues critical issues -- deforestation and climate change -- It would have been stronger if the Amazon's indigenous people hadn't been portrayed only as relics from Brazil's past.

Secret Documents Confirm Obama DID 'Found' ISIS
(Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Nafeez Ahmed / Medium)

There now is abundant evidence that the US has supported the creation and growth of select "jihadist" movements, from the Taliban during the Russian presence in Afghanistan to rebel fighters in Syria. In Syria, the strategic goal is to depose Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of the construction of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline that would dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant source of fossil fuel energy.

In Palestinian, Trees and Boats Are Targets
(Ma'an News)

Israeli settler bulldozers under the protection of Israeli army and intelligence forces uprooted hundreds of olive trees from Palestinian lands in the village of Iskaka in eastern Salfit. Villagers were taken by surprise when the convoy stormed the village and uprooted the olive trees without giving prior notice. Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened live fire at Palestinian fishermen in waters off the coast of the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

War in Yemen Continues to Destroy the World's Poorest Country
(Yara Bayoumy / Reuters & The Associated Press)

The cost from damage to infrastructure and economic losses in Yemen's civil war is more than $14 billion so far, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters. The conflict has killed more than 9,000 people, displaced 2.4 million, and destroyed much of the already limited infrastructure in the Arab world's poorest country, where more than half the population is suffering from malnutrition.

How Gaza's Electricity Crisis Is Becoming Israel's Water Catastrophe
(Shlomi Eldar / Al-Monitor)

The inability to treat wastewater in the Gaza Strip because of a lack of electricity is threatening to contaminate the water supplies of Gaza as well as Israel unless the long-standing problem is immediately addressed.

Russia Hosts the 2016 International Army Olympics
(Al Jazeera & the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)

The International Army Games 2016 kicked off just outside Moscow earlier this month, with more than 3,000 military personnel from 20 different countries participating. The Games include 23 field, air and marine-based events and feature 121 teams from Russia and 19 other countries.

ACTION ALERT: Google Maps Erases Palestine from the Face of the Earth
(Causes.com & The Washington Post)

After years of fear-mongering over the hyped Iranian "threat"* to "wipe Israel off the map," Google has just done just that to Palestine. (The "threat" stems from a mistranslation of a speech that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini gave in the 1980, in which he said: "This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the arena of time.") 137 counties and the UN recognize the state of Palestine and Google should, too!

Hiroshima Mayor's Appeal: "Please, everyone, shout loudly that we don't need nuclear weapons."
(Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi)

Today, the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Matsui Kazumi of Hiroshima delivered this year's Peace Declaration at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Seventy-one years later, over 15,000 nuclear weapons remain, individually much more destructive than the one that inflicted Hiroshima's tragedy. "Is it not time to honor the spirit of Hiroshima and clear the path toward a world free from that "absolute evil," that ultimate inhumanity?"

Life among Barrel Bombs for Aleppo's Children
(Olivia Alabaster & Zouhir Al Shimale / Al Jazeera & Samer Abboud / Al Jazeera)

The psychological trauma of being trapped in a war zone lasts long after the conflict ends. Regardless of how many civilians manage to leave besieged Aleppo in the coming days, the psychological scars left on the city's children may never heal. Some 300,000 civilians remain in the opposition-held part of the city, 60 percent of whom are women and children. For the more than 400,000 residents who remain in Aleppo, the immediate future is bleak.

US Navy Sued over Plans for War Games on Pacific Islands
(Caleb Jones / Associated Press and ENews & The Center for Biological Diversity)

Community members and the earthJustice environmental group have sued the US Navy, the Department of Defense and the Secretary of Defense over a plan to turn two Pacific islands into live-fire testing sites for training exercises. The Pentagon's plan calls for using the islands of Tinian and Pagan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for military war games.

Human-caused Species Extinctions Worldwide Now Threaten Human Life
(Ian Johnston / The Independent)

Animal and plant species are declining so quickly that world biodiversity loss could soon start to threaten much of the planet's ability to support human life. Experts analysed nearly 2.4 million records about more than 39,000 species at 18,600 different places around the world and discovered that for 58.1 percent of the world's land surface, the loss of biodiversity was serious enough to call into question its ability to sustain the 5.3 billion people who live there.

Okinawa Protests Erupt as US Helipad Construction Resumes
(Ayako Mie / Japan Times)

Hundreds of riot police and protesters clashed as construction of US helipads resumed in Okinawa's Northern Training Area, a key condition for the partial return to Japan of a large parcel of land being used by US forces. Local residents have complained about the noise made by the crash-plagued Osprey tilt-sing aircraft and the environmental impact construction will have on the area.

Dueling Plans for US Nuke Arsenal: 10 Senators Demand De-escalation
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Brendan McGarry / DODBuzz & US Senate)

In competing letters this month to the Obama administration, US lawmakers dueled over plans to upgrade the military's nuclear arsenal. A group of 10 Democratic senators urged the president to restrain spending on nuclear weapons and to adopt "a policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons, and canceling launch-on-warning plans." A bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton's VP nominee, Tim Kaine -- have called for increasing nuke funds.

"Eco-Militarism"?: Taking up Arms to Defend Elephants
(Azzedine Downes and Faye Cuevas, Esq. / International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Elephants are still being killed for their ivory at a frightening rate -- an average of one every 15 minutes. And all the killing continues to fuel the illegal wildlife trade. The transnational organized crime networks that run the illegal wildlife trade are sometimes known to traffic drugs, weapons and humans as well. In order to defeat that network, IFAW decided to build its own army to enforce laws to protect elephants.

The Republican Party Platform Would Sink Our Planet--Literally
(Mark Schlosberg / Food and Water Watch & Jordain Carney / The Hill)

The policies in the Republican Party's platform would be a disaster for our environment and the climate. The GOP held its convention in a state that has experienced earthquakes and pollution from fracking, a state whose governor turned a blind eye to the impacts of fracking and welcomed truckloads of fracking waste from Pennsylvania. So it is not surprising that the Party Platform takes us 180 degrees in the wrong direction on energy and the environment.

The Big Boom: Nukes And NATO
(Conn Hallinan / Foreign Policy In Focus and AntiWar.com)

It's been 71 years since atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and humanity's memory of those events has dimmed. But the world has little idea of what we face today. The bombs that obliterated those cities were tiny by today's standards. If the Hiroshima bomb represented approximately 27 freight cars filled with TNT, a one-megaton warhead would require a train 300 miles long. Each Russian RS-20V Voevoda intercontinental ballistic missile packs 10 megatons.

ACTION ALERT: Ban Cluster Bomb Transfers to Saudi Arabia -- And Everywhere Else
(Just Foreign Policy & No Clusterbombs.org & The Cluster Munition Coalition)

A White House decision to suspend cluster munition transfers to Saudi Arabia should be made permanent and extended to cover all such munitions. The White House suspended sales of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia following concerns over civilian harm from their use in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been conducting military operations since March 2015. Urge the US Senate to oppose the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Toxic and Deadly, the Human and Environmental Toll of Open Burning
(Daniel Ross / TruthOut)

Because the open burning of old munitions is highly toxic, it is banned in Canada and many European countries. But not in the US. Now, a decades-long effort to end the practice is moving ahead. In the meantime, bases across the US continue to dispose of tons of small arms cartridges, rockets, mortars, artillery shells and tactical missiles by burning them in the open, causing toxic clouds to blow over surrounding communities and contaminating the soil and groundwater.

Action Alert - Appeal for Solidarity with Okinawan Anti-Bases Movement - Takae
(Joseph Gerson / American Friends Service Committee)

There is deep concern about potential consequences of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election victory, including the abandonment of Japan's pacifist constitution, encouragement for the US' first-strike nuclear war-fighting doctrine, and support for the US move to build yet another military base in Okinawa -- a so-called helipad to serve as bases for Osprey warplanes -- that would devastate the rare, near-pristine mangrove forests in Takae.

GOP Platform Targets Parks and Forests
(Jenny Rowland/ ThinkProgress )

The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party's official principles and policies. Along with provisions on pornography as a "public health issue" and LGBT "conversion therapy" is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of America's national forests and public lands.

The Price of "Victory": Fallujah in Ruins
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative)

The liberation last month of the Sunni city of Fallujah from a two-year ISIS stranglehold was celebrated as a rare victory by Iraqi forces and their US backers. But the city lies ravaged. Fallujah looks post-apocalyptic. The only people in Fallujah right now are fighters. Shia fighters, Iraqi forces, and non-uniformed Shiite militia raising their own flags in the city. The very people the US helped to "liberate" are being abused all over again.

UK Claims It Is 'Not Responsible' for Cleaning Up Radioactive Wastes It Left in Iraq
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist &Toxic Remnants of War Network)

The UK government has disclaimed any duty to decontaminate the toxic, radioactive ash left behind by its DU munitions - -- or even monitor the impacts on human health. The UK and the US position is that assessing harm, and the costly and technically challenging task of clearance, is the sole responsibility of the country they attacked - -- arguments they also used to make for removing landmines and cluster bombs.

South Korean Villagers Protest US Missile System
(Choe Sang-Hun / The New York Times & PressTV News)

Villagers rallied under a sweltering sun to condemn the choice of their county, Seongju, which is about 135 miles southeast of Seoul, the capital, for the so-called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, known as Thaad. South Korea and the US say the powerful missile and radar system is needed to defend the country -- and US troops stationed there -- against North Korean missiles, but residents fear it will threaten their health and ruin their agricultural economy.

ACTION ALERT: Army Base Poisoning Michigan's Water and Air
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB))

For years, the Badger Army Ammunition Plant has been flooding surrounding land and waters with ead, copper, arsenic, ammonia, nitroglycerine, PCBs and methylmercury – the most toxic form of mercury. Meanwhile, in communities across America, open burning and detonation of hazardous waste explosives results in the uncontrolled release of toxic heavy metals, energetic compounds, perchlorate, nitrogen oxides, dioxins and other carcinogens to the environment.

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind
(Vandana Shiva / Common Dreams)

A recent report from the US National Academy of Science, titled "Gene Drives on the Horizon," warns: "One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance." Gene Drives have been called "mutagenic chain reactions," and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear world. The London Guardian has described Gene Drives as the "gene bomb."

UN Preparing Principles to Guid Environmental Protection After Conflicts
(Doug Weir / Toxic Remnants of War Project )

The UN's International Law Commission is trying to see whether it's possible to translate the environmental behavior of militaries, governments and international organizations into legal principles that could guide their actions before during and after armed conflicts.

State Dept: Israel Systematically Seizing Palestinian Land
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Jerusalem Post)

In an unusually harsh public criticism, State Department spokesman John Kirby criticized Israel for systematically seizing Palestinian land for the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, insisting that such moves are "fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution."

Russia Accused of War Crime: Dropping Phosphorus and Thermobaric Bombs on Residents of Allepo
(Daily Sabah & Yalibnan.com)

Footage of Russian warplanes targeting civilians in Syria's second largest city of Aleppo on June 8 shows the use white phosphorus -- an incendiary and toxic chemical banned by the international treaties. Its usage constitutes a war crime. Moscow is also dropping what appear to be fuel-air bombs, described by one arms expert as "a mini nuclear bomb" next to residential areas. Former British Army explosives expert Major Chris Hunter called it "a very, very irresponsible act."

Palestinians Say Israel Caused their Summer Water Shortage
(Mohammed Daraghmeh and Daniella Cheslow / Big Story & Alex Traiman/ Jewish and Israel News )

As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps. Israel admits it's been forced to cut water supplies to the parched area, saying that nearby Jewish settlements have also been affected. But Palestinian areas appear to have been hit much harder, and both sides are blaming each other.

Clinton Campaign Turns Democratic Platform into a Pro-oil, Pro-corporate, Pro-war Wish List
(Bill McKibben / Politico)

The DNC has abandoned its progressive claims. In a series of 7-6 votes, Clinton's delegates on the Platform Committee struck down proposals for carbon tax, a fracking ban, any effort to keep fossils in the ground, measures to mandate that federal agencies weigh climate impacts, and a plan to keep fossil fuel firms from taking private land by eminent domain. Bill McKibben reports only one pro-environment victory: "We did, however, reach unanimous consent on more bike paths!"

The High Toll of Obama's Low-cost Wars
(Greg Jaffe and Loveday Morris / The Washington Post)

The White House is on the verge of releasing a long-delayed accounting of how many militants and civilians it has killed, primarily with drones. In his final months as president, Obama has touted his toughness even as he has worried openly about the toll American airstrikes take on innocent civilians. As one deadly bombing in Iraq shows, even the most surgical of strikes can result in unintended consequences.

Israel Covets Golan's Water and Now Oil
(Jonathan Marshall / Consortium News & Nafeez Ahmed / Middle East Eye)

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is defiantly asserting permanent control over the occupied Golan Heights, a determination strengthened by Israel's extraction of water and now possibly oil from the land. On June 1, Israeli police arrested an Israeli journalist for "incitement to violence and terrorism" after the reporter exposed Israel's plans to seize oil from the Golan Heights, a 460-square-mile region of Syria seized by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967.

Casualties of War
(Lori Freshwater / Earth Island Journal)

It seemed there was an unusually high number of rare cancers and diseases afflicting current and former residents of several neighborhoods that Coldwater Creek ran through, including St. Ann. The most likely cause, the news reports and websites she scanned indicated, was the creek, which had been contaminated by radioactive waste from the World War II era.

Now Underway: Rehearsals for World War III
(Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com & Conn Hallinan / Foreign Policy in Focus)

The US and Russia are moving inexorably toward WW III. NATO's Operation "Anakonda 16" involves 31,000 troops (14,000 of them American) engaged in a war game "to secure an Allied victory in World War III." The upcoming NATO summit is expected to approve stationing increased numbers of US troops in eastern Europe – along Russia's border. One critic warns: if Hillary Clinton gets into the White House, "you can be sure the tensions with Russia will reach fever pitch."

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Obama Acts to End the War on Elephants
(Katie Pohlman / EcoWatch)

President Obama, along with the US Fisheries and Wildlife Service, has announced regulations banning nearly all commercial elephant ivory trade in the US. This landmark decision, coming from the country with the second-largest market for ivory, should have a significant impact on the trade. The ban helps fulfill Obama's 2013 executive order to combat wildlife trafficking.

ACTION ALERT: Corporate Trade Deals Destroy the Environment: How About a TPP for the People?
(CREDO Action & The Sierra Club & David Korten / YES! Magazine)

If Congress passes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the massive corporate power-grab "trade" deal championed by President Obama, it would grant more foreign corporations powers to challenge US safeguards to our air, water and climate. Current trade agreements have been of, by, and for transnational corporations but growing opposition is giving us the opportunity to change that in our next-generation agreements.

An Unprecedented Act: Iraqi Leader Halts Planned Assault on Fallujah because of Risk to 50,000 Civilians Trapped in City
(Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Carlo Munoz / The Washington Times)

The UN Children's Fund issued a warning to Iraqi troops and ISIS militants in the battle for Fallujah to spare an estimated 20,000 children, among the tens of thousands of civilians trapped by the fighting in this city west of Baghdad. Shortly thereafter, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi halted military operations to retake the city over concerns the city's 50,000 inhabitants would be caught in the crossfire. A remarkable act. In war, the lives of innocent civilians are rarely a concern.

The Truth about the Pentagon's Military Base at Diego Garcia
(David Vine / International Forum on Globalization)

Between 1968 and 1973, US officials conspired with their British colleagues to remove the native Chagossians from their ancestral home on the islands of Diego Garcia, carefully hiding their expulsion from Congress, Parliament, the UN, and the media. During the deportations, British agents and members of a US Navy construction battalion rounded up and killed the islanders pet dogs -- gassing the howling animals with exhaust piped in from US military vehicles.

Global Climate Change Threatens to Create More Refugees
(Barın Kayaoglu / Al-Monitor & Andy Rowel / Oil Change International)

New reports are warning of the possibility that global warming could worsen the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa. Several studies are warning that climate refugees could become the leading export of the Middle East and North Africa region by 2050. If world leaders ignore the promises they made at the Paris Climate Change Summit in December 2015, average summer temperatures soon will increase by 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit).

ACTION ALERT: Act Today to Ask the Senate to Halt Open Burning of Toxic Military Waste
(Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Suzanne Yohannan / Superfund Report)

On May 26, US Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI-Dem) filed an amendment (S.2943) to the National Defense Authorization Act requiring an independent scientific review of safer alternatives to open burning, detonation and incineration of the Pentagon's hazardous waste munitions. The current practice of incinerating these toxic explosive chemical wastes involves burning in open-air pits, resulting in immediate, downwind and downstream pollution.

Questions Grow over US Role in Death of Honduran Eco-Activist Berta Caceres
(Democracy Now!)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has returned from a visit to Honduras. Johnson's visit comes as a growing number of activists in Honduras and in the United States are calling on the United States to stop funding the Honduran military, over accusations that state security forces have been involved in human rights violations, extrajudicial killings -- and the murder of internationally renown environmentalist Berta Caceres.

Conflict, the Environment and Humanitarian Action
(The Toxic Remnants of War Project & Turkey International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

This week the much anticipated but also disputed World Humanitarian Summit begins in Istanbul. Its aim is to find ways to improve the global system of humanitarian assistance for the challenges posed by conflict, natural disasters, climate change and displacement. Conflict-related environmental damage is a growing cause for concern for humanitarian actors and civil society in war-torn countries.

Climate Change Threatens Cherished Sites around the Planet
(Seth Shulman / Catalyst Magazine & Union of Concerned Scientists)

Ancient buildings, wilderness, and historic in virtually every nation -- from the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef – are now at risk from unprecedented climate-driven storms and floods. In the US, much of America's natural and cultural heritage – from the Statue of Liberty and Mesa Verde National Park – face imminent threats from climate change and extreme weather events.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Obama to Meet with Governor Onaga of Okinawa
(CODEPINK & Women for Peace)

The US has had a presence in Okinawa since the end of WWII and currently 33 US military facilities and about 28,000 US military personnel remain on the island. Crimes against Okinawans by US military personnel and damage to the environment caused by the presence of US military bases have been occurring for over 70 years. It is not too late for Obama to honor the request of Governor Onaga to meet and talk about the destructive US bases in Okinawa.

The Birds and the Bees Are Dying from Climate Change
(Reuters & Oliver Milman / The Guardian & Lisa Palmer / e360)

More than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct owing to climate change and pollution. More than a quarter of US honeybee colonies were wiped out over the winter. More than half of beekeepers suffered unsustainable losses from mite infestations and harmful land management. Now scientists have identified a new culprit behind the frightening decline of bee populations -- soaring levels of carbon dioxide.

An Iraqi Doctor's Plea for the Children and People of Her Country
(Souad Al Azzawi / BRussels Tribunal & CounterCurrents & Global Research)

For two decades, the American occupation has violated children's rights on all levels -- health care, education, social security, family unity, separation of children through detention, imprisonment and exile. The US and the UK have been waging continuous wars to occupy this oil rich country, attacking civilians with conventional, non-conventional, and banned weapons -- such as cluster bombs, napalm bombs, white phosphorous and Depleted Uranium weapons.

'Unprecedented Destruction' of Kurdish City of Cizre
(Tom Stevenson and Murat Bayram / Deutsche Welle)

A Turkish human rights group reveals that Turkey's army turned the Kurdish city of Cizre into a 'war zone' where more than 200 civilians were killed and more than 10,000 homes were destroyed. Cizre, once a thriving, populated and prosperous city, now lies in ruins. Residents of Cizre, in Turkey's volatile southeast, have slowly been returning to the city which has been laid waste by a protracted military campaign targeting Kurdish militants.

Rebuilding Gaza: Humanitarian and Reconstruction Needs
(ANERA: American Near East Refugee Aid)

For 51 days in the summer of 2014, Gaza experienced the worst destruction and displacement since the start of the Israeli occupation in 1967. "Operation Protective Edge" killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians. 11,231 were injured, with 10% suffering permanent disabilities. One year after the last war there are few signs of rebuilding. More than eight years of blockade and three wars in seven years have made Gaza unlivable for the besieged residents.

Climate Change Summed Up in a Single, Startling Animation
(Richard Gray / Daily Mail Online)

An animation created by a climate scientist at the University of Reading shows month-by month temperature changes between 1850 and 2016. The graphic reveals a clear warming trend that has got greater in recent years.

Massive Global Die-Offs: The Industrialized World's War on Nature
(Michael Snyder / ActivistPost & Erin Blakemore / The Smithsonian Magazine & Catherine J. Frompovich / ActivistPost)

Why are millions upon millions of dead sea-creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world? It is certainly not unusual for fish and other inhabitants of our oceans to die. This happens all the time. But over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet. Other mass die-offs have killed millions of land mammals, reptiles and insects.

Destroying a City to 'Save It': US Bombs Have Obliterated Ramadi
(Elizabeth McLaughlin and Justin Fishel / ABC News)

It was one of the biggest cities in Iraq -- the capital of Anbar Province and a strategic hub for travelers going west to Syria and Jordan. Once a bustling city along the banks of the Euphrates with a booming population of nearly 850,000, Ramadi is now a ghost town. Buildings, roads and waterways have been destroyed. Hidden mines and unexploded ordnance threaten anyone who tries to return.

Iraq 'Victory' Leaves the City of Ramadi Destroyed
(Susannah George, Desmond Butler and Maya Alleruzzo / The Associated Press)

When Iraqi forces backed by US-led warplanes wrested Ramadi from Islamic State militants after eight months, it was heralded as a major victory. But the cost of winning Ramadi has been the city itself. More than 3,000 buildings and nearly 400 roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed between May 2015, when Ramadi fell to IS, and Jan. 22, after most of the fighting had ended. Over roughly the same period, nearly 800 civilians were killed in clashes, airstrikes and executions.

How the GOP's New Budget Targets America's Environment
(Amanda D. Rodewald / The Hill)

House Republicans have released a new fiscal plan titled "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." But, if enacted, the GOP budget plan would significantly erode many regulations, rules and mandates designed to protect our environment, while at the same time expanding oil, coal and gas development likely to a carry hefty environmental toll. Like Donald Trump, the House members are preparing to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

Greenpeace: US to Use Global Trade Deal to Evade EU's Environmental and Public Health Protections
(Arthur Neslen / The Guardian & Stuart Jeffries / The Guardian)

Trade deal talks between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with "irreconcilable" differences. According to documents leaked by Greenpeace, the two sides are at odds over US demands that the EU break promises it has made on environmental protection. "These leaked documents give us an unparalleled look US demands to circumvent EU protections for environment and public health. The EU position is very bad, and the US position is terrible."

'Catastrophic' Radiation Leak at Washington State's Hanford Nuclear Reservation
(Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams & Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek & )

A leak at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state has prompted warnings of "catastrophic" consequences, as workers attempt to clean up more than eight inches of toxic waste from one of 28 underground tanks holding radioactive materials leftover from plutonium production. Alarms on the site began sounding on Sunday, leading workers to discover 8.4 inches of toxic waste in between the inner and outer walls of tank AY-102, which has been slowly leaking since 2011.

Hanford Warnings from 2014: Fired Whistleblowers, Cracking Containers, Failing Dam
(RT News & USA Today & Associated Press & Northwest Public Radio)

"Significant construction flaws" have been found in at least 6 of the 28 double-shelled radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear waste complex in Washington State. The operators were warned of the problems in 2014. Now concerns are rising as "huge amounts" of radioactive fumes have continued to pour from the damaged containment vessel for "more than two weeks," sending growing numbers of plant workers to local hospitals.

The Pentagon vs. Palestine: Gaza Needs Peace, Jobs, Security and Water
(Washington Newsletter / Friends Committee on National)

The hypermilitarized US approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to change. US military aid to Israel --now 20% of Israel's military budget -- is part of the problem. President Obama's 2017 budget allocates $3.1 billion in military assistance to Israel -- more than twice the aid to any other country. In Gaza, with the world's highest unemployment rate, families spend a third of their income on water. Gaza's drinkable water could run out by the year's end.

South Sudan's Broken Oil Industry Is Increasingly Becoming an Environmental Hazard
(Wim Zwijnenburg /Toxic Remnants of War Network )

The environment has long been a factor in violent conflict in South Sudan, especially with respect to control over oil. PAX's Wim Zwijnenburg asks whether tackling the health and environmental risks from South Sudan's oil industry could help boost the legitimacy of a unity government.

ACTION ALERT: Largest Civil Disobedience in History of the Environmental Movement Underway from May 4-16
(350.org & Break Free.org)

2015 was the hottest year ever recorded and the impacts of climate change are already hitting communities around the world. From rising sea levels to extreme storms, the need to act on climate change has never been more urgent. Starting today, a global wave of peaceful direct actions lasting for 12 days will take place across six continents targeting the world's most dangerous fossil fuel projects, under the banner of "Break Free."

Jordan Grapples with the Environmental Consequences of Its Refugee Crisis
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist &Toxic Remnants of War Network)

The massive flow of refugees fleeing the violence and atrocities of the Syrian conflict is creating huge political and logistical challenges for neighbouring countries. Amidst the urgency of the humanitarian response, the environmental footprint of these population surges has been less visible but, as Jordan is discovering, failing to address the impact of migration during response and recovery could have serious health, environmental and political consequences.

The US Is Killing More Civilians in Iraq and Syria Than It Acknowledges
(Paul Wood / Global Post)

In almost a-year-and-a-half of bombing Iraq and Syria, the United States admits to killing just 21 innocent people. An independent monitoring group says the real figure could be more than a thousand. "You build in your countries and destroy in ours?" asked Abdul-Aziz al Hassan, who lost his father in the bombing at al Gharra. "Is this how you bring democracy? Stop it. Really, stop it. People are tired."

War and Environmental Collapse
(David Swanson / Excerpt From "War Is A Lie" (Just World Books, 2016))

Our planet will not survive nuclear war. It also may not survive "conventional" war, of the sorts the US government now wages. Intense damage has been done by wars and by the preparation for wars. War's environmental impact falls into four areas: "production and testing of nuclear weapons, aerial and naval bombardment of terrain, dispersal and persistence of land mines and buried ordnance, and use or storage of military despoliants, toxins, and waste." We must end war.

Crash and Burn: Capitalism Versus the Planet
(Kate Aronoff / Jacobin Magazine)

Commentary: Paths to economic growth have historically involved digging up and burning massive stores of carbon held in fossil fuels. For centuries, their fumes have produced the energy needed to build factories, plan modern cities, and increase living standards. Calls to find new paths to prosperity are met by cries from the Right that pit growth against environmental stewardship.

ACTION ALERT: The 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl: Nearly 1 Million Deaths
(Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch & Celine Mergan / Greenpeace International)

When Chernobyl blew up 30 years ago, it exposed two basic lies that had been used to promote nuclear power: (1) that a commercial reactor could not explode and (2) that the industry's radiation would kill no one. It has been estimated that 985,000 people have died from Chernobyl's fallout. Here's a short list of 30 ways these two tragic flaws are killing us all.

War on the Amazon: Ecuador's Aggressive Amazonian Oil Push
(Kevin Koenig / Amazon Watch)

Ecuador has announced construction has begun on the first of 276 planned wells, ten drilling platforms, and multiple pipelines and production facilities in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini oil field, which overlaps Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. the slated drilling frenzy is part of a larger, aggressive move for new oil exploration as the country faces daunting oil-backed loan payments to China, its largest creditor.

Keep Kazakhstan Nuke-Free
(Alice Slater / New Age Peace Foundation & President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan)

"Under the IAEA auspices,"President Nazarbayev writes, "Kazakhstan is to host the Low-Enriched Uranium Bank on its territory, which will allow countries to develop civilian nuclear energy." The anti-war movement must condemn the "inextricable link" between nuclear weapons and nuclear power -- and should oppose this new misguided global measure to make Kazakhstan the locus for producing toxic radioactive enriched uranium for "peaceful" nukes.

US Undecided on Vetoing UN Resolution Against Israel's Illegal West Bank Settlements
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Tovah Lazaroff, Herb Keinon, Danielle Ziri / The Jerusalem Post & Haaretz Editorial)

The US State Department insists the Obama Administration has not taken any position on the potential veto of an upcoming UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, and the Security Council is expected to simply reiterate that fact. The US vetoed an anti-settlement resolution in 2011, the only veto cast by the US during President Barack Obama's tenure.

Fukushima Fallout: Radioactive Boars. In Chernobyl, Wildlife Is Flourishing
(Richard Lloyd Parry / The Times & Travis M. Andrews / The Washington Post & Sarah Kaplan and Nick Kirkpatrick / The Washington Post)

Communities in northern Japan are being overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars, which are rampaging across the countryside after being contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that turned a huge swath of Ukraine into a "No Man's Land," wildlife is flourishing -- largely because of the absence of human activity.

Vietnam Redux: US Deploys B-52 Bombers to Destroy Islamic State
(Andrea Shalal / Reuters & Hana Levi Julian / The Jewish Press)

For the first time in 25 years, America has sent B-52 bombers to the Middle East to fight the war on terror: this time, against Da'esh (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. "The B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh and defend the region in any future contingency," said Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Brown. The Pentagon says the bombers would drop one or two munitions in an area, rather than use carpet-bombing.

Making Sense of Shifting Alliances in the Mideast--and Their Impact on the US and Israel
(Uri Avnery / Tukkun Magazine)

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor of Tikkun Magazine writes: "Once again Avnery gives us the larger view of the conflicts in the MidEast and helps us understand how distorted the framework that the Western media presents about what is actually happening and the impact of the West in that area. Is the idea that the U.S. should stop trying to be the policeman of the world really so crazy, given the actual realities of what we've been doing and how destructive our impact has been?"

War and Environmental Collapse
(David Swanson / War Is a Lie)

Book excerpt: "The environment as we know it will not survive nuclear war. It also may not survive "conventional" war, understood to mean the sorts of wars the US government now wages. Intense damage has already been done by wars and by the research, testing, and production done in preparation for wars. . . . [W]ars have damaged the earth, both intentionally and -- more often -- as a reckless side-effect."

Irradiated Iraq: The Nuclear Nightmare We Left Behind
(Barbara Koeppel / The Washington Spectator)

We invaded Iraq to destroy its non-existent weapons of mass destruction. To do it, we fired these new weapons, causing radioactive casualties. In the 1991 Desert Storm campaign, the US military fired weapons containing depleted uranium. Within two years, grotesque birth defects began to spiral. Babies with two heads. Or missing eyes, hands, and legs. Or stomachs and brains inside out.

US 'Engagement' Poses a Threat to Cuba's Ecological Farming Revolution
(Miguel Altieri / The Conversation)

President Obama's trip to Cuba has accelerated the warming of US-Cuban relations. Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investments that can help Cuba develop its economy and improve life for its citizens. But in agriculture -- where Cuban farming has become a leading example of successful ecological agriculture (aka "agroecology") -- US corporate investments and business intrusions could destroy Cuba's hard-won sustainability.

The Case Against Bombing ISIS
(Greg Shupak / Jacobin Magazine)

When ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrendous attacks in Brussels, President Obama said the US "can and will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world." More bombing was on the way. The anti-ISIS campaign is just the latest phase of US imperialism in the Middle East. To date, US-led airstrikes against ISIS have killed at least 1,044 civilians in Iraq and Syria. Even "collateral damage" cannot rationalize such deaths.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Bayers' War on Bees
(Kristin Brown / The League of Conservation Voters)

A new UN report has found that many species of wild bees, butterflies, and pollinators could be moving toward extinction. STOP mass bee deaths this spring! Join us in helping to save the bees before it's too late! Tell Bayer: stop producing bee-killing pesticides.

What Are Foreign Military Bases For?
(World Beyond War )

If you're like most people in the United States, you have a vague awareness that the US military keeps lots of troops permanently stationed on foreign bases around the world. But have you ever wondered and really investigated to find out how many, and where exactly, and at what cost, and to what purpose, and in terms of what relationship with the host nations? "Base Nation," a wonderfully researched new book, six years in the works, answers these questions.

ACTION ALERT: A Call to Halt Arms and Aid to Saudi Arabia
(CODEPINK, Campaign for Peace and Democracy et al.)

The March 5-6 Summit on Saudi Arabia and US-Saudi ties ended with a vote to launch a campaign to end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. The execution in January of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, an opponent of both Sunni and Shiite sectarianism and an advocate of a non-violent strategy, is only the most recent example of the barbarity of the Saudi dictatorship. The government carried out at least 157 executions in 2015, many of them by grisly beheadings.

Japan PM Suspends Work on US Base on Okinawa
(Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press & Abby Martin / Breaking the Set)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to temporarily suspend work on moving a US Marine base on Okinawa and will resume talks on the contentious relocation plan. Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga last year withdrew permission for the work -- which involved filling in part of a bay to create off-coast runways for Futenma air station, which is now in a more densely populated area on the island.

ACTION ALERT: Another Eco-Activist Is Murdered in Honduras
(Carys Afokos / SumOfUs.org & Nina Lakhani / The Guardian)

On March 4, Berta Caceres, co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH) murdered by gunmen who entered her home in the middle of the night. Carceres had received death threats for opposing the Agua Zarca Dam. Now, another COPINH member has been found dead after his arrest by Honduran police. The latest death comes amid growing fears for the safety of environmental activists and their family members across Hondurdas.

Narendra Modi's War on India's Environment
(Rohini Mohan / Al Jazeera America)

India's Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in May 2014 in a massive wave of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his agenda of economic development for all. In under a year, the BJP has begun to undo policies intended to preserve fair land acquisition, environmental protection and tribal rights. Modi has called these laws -- al designed as safeguards to protect people, the environment, and tribal rights -- "roadblocks" to economic growth.

Agro-Bombs in Our Backyard: Big Ag's Dangerous Fertilizer Blasts
(Anna Lappe / Civil Eats)

Organic agriculture offers more than safe food. It might also lead to a less perilous food chain. Three years ago, an explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant killed 15 people and injured another 260. More than a thousand communities nationwide are home to similar fertilizer production facilities that store fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate -- the agricultural chemical that caused the deadly explosion.

War on Indonesia's Forests
(Stephen Wright / Associated Press)

Indonesia's anti-graft commission says government agencies have agreed on a plan to combat corruption in the forestry industry that costs the state billions of dollars in lost revenue and is behind fires that pollute Southeast Asia. The attempt to address a longstanding environmental crisis comes after a study by the anti-corruption commission estimated that the commercial value of undeclared logging was $60.7 billion to $81.4 billion between 2003 and 2014.

Guam: The Tip of America's Spear
(Michael Lujan Bevacqua, PhD / Space Alert (GNAWNPS))

For more than 110 years, the United States has held Guam, an island in the western Pacific, as an "unincorporated territory" -- a colony. Guam is often called "the tip of America's spear," only 212 square miles, 29% of that land mass is US Air Force and Navy bases. Since the end of World War II, the UN has insisted the US support the decolonization of Guam. Now the Pentagon plans to introduce 60,000 more troops and dependents and dredge a beautiful coral reef.

America's Empire of Foreign Bases: Bankrupting Our Nation and 'Doing More Harm Than Good'
(David Vine / TomDispatch & The Nation)

The US garrisons the planet unlike any country in history -- from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that around 800 US bases encircle the planet. Seventy years after World War II and 62 years after the Korean War, there are still 174 US "base sites" in Germany, 113 in Japan, and 83 in South Korea. Hundreds more dot the planet in around 80 countries.

Will We Ever Stop Our War-Hungry Government?
(Bruce Gagnon / The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space)

Activists from all over Sicily have been protesting against a US Navy base for six years. In addition to their refusal to have their community used as a base for war making they also have grave concern over the health effects of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from the three massive satellite dishes. Meanwhile protests continue over Pacific Ocean Navy bases in Okinawa and South Korea's Jeju Island -- the "Island of Peace."

The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk
(Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone)

At some point, climate denialism will flip into climate panic, and the demand for law and order will prevail (as will calls for quick and dangerous techno-fixes like geo-engineering to cool the planet and stop the rising seas). The US military is the only force on Earth with the ability to police, process, feed and move refugees on a mass scale. But this picture could turn dark fast -- one of the biggest long-term threats climate change poses is to civil liberties and freedom.

ACTION ALERT: Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Food Safety Petition
(Kimberly Roberson / Change.org)

We are in the midst of an ongoing and seemingly incomprehensible radiation crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in Japan. Particulates in the form of radioactiive iodine and other radioisotopes from Fukushima have traveled across the US as far as Massachusetts. Here in the US, we are STILL not receiving honest, accurate and consistent information from our government. The EPA must expand the monitoring of air, rain water, and milk.

ACTION ALERT: Remember Fukushima on March 11 and Unplug Nuclear Power
(Unplug Nuclear Power.com & Robert Hunziker / CounterPunch & RT News)

March 11, 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Fukushima site continues to leak thousands of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean and surrounding environment every single day. There are many events marking the disaster -- From blockading bridges to delivering letters of protest to Japanese embassies around the world, people are taking power into their own hands and sending a clear message: NO NUKES!

February Shock: Global Temperatures Surpass 'Tipping Point', Planet at Risk
(TeleSUR & Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & )

Scientists believe a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius will lead to irreversible climate change. Last week, Northern Hemisphere temperatures rose more than 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" for the first time in recorded history and, quite possibly, the first since human civilization began 100,000 years ago. Climate protesters are the planet's antibodies -- its immune system kicking in. The earth is running a high fever. The time to fight it is right now.

Native Community Works to Restore Former Pentagon Ammo Plant in Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB))

The 2016 field season is shaping up to be a busy year on the Ho-Chunk Nation lands at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Activities planned include continuing to monitor and inventory wildlife and forestry resources; invasive species management; and removal of unwanted infrastructure. The Nation has worked on multiple tribal lands since 2001 to promote the installation of conservation practices and the restoration of multiple streams, wetlands and prairie habitats.

Honduran Activist Berta Caceres Died in Gustavo Castro Soto's Arms; Now His Life is in Danger
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

Honduras is still reeling from last week's assassination of Berta Caceres, one of the country's most well-known environmental leaders. Gustavo Castro Soto witnessed Berta Caceres' shooting and sustained two bullet wounds himself during the assault. Now, human rights activists say the Honduran government is detaining Castro without cause and refusing him permission to return to his native Mexico. At least 110 environmental and land defenders have been killed in Honduras since 2010 in the wake of a US-supported coup.

ACTION ALERT: Mass Arrests at Seneca Lake Climate Protest
(Sandra Steingraber / EcoWatch & Obama Climate Legacy)

The fight over the fate of the Finger Lakes received national attention today when best-selling author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, joined the opposition. McKibben was arrested this morning with 56 area residents as part of an ongoing civil disobedience campaign against proposed gas storage in Seneca Lake's abandoned salt caverns. Join us in urging President Obama to secure his Climate Legacy by keeping fossil fuels safely in the ground.

Washington Planning to Declare War on Grizzlies
(Matthew Brown / Associated Press & Associated Press)

The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for hundreds of Yellowstone-area grizzlies, opening the door to future hunts for the fearsome bears across parts of three states for the first time since the 1970s. Hunting within Yellowstone National Park would still be prohibited. But the proposal could allow animals to be taken in surrounding parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Historic Case: On March 7, Marshall Islanders Call on World Court to Enforce Global Nuclear Disarmament
(Rick Wayman and Sandy Jones / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Jackie Cabasso / International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons)

On March 7, 2016, the International Court of Justice, the world's highest court, will begin hearings in The Hague, on the preliminary objections raised by the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan in the nuclear disarmament cases brought by the Republic of the Marshall Islands. These unprecedented lawsuits aim to hold the nine nuclear-armed states accountable for violating international law by failing to respect their nuclear disarmament obligations under the 1968 NPT.

Extreme Weather Spreads Radioactive Waste over Washington State
(Annette Cary / Tri-City Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency has called the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation "alarming" after a Nov. 17 windstorm. The contamination had blown from the 618-10 Burial Ground and contamination spread beyond Route 4, the public highway from Richland. The DOE has until the third week of April report on its loss of control of radioactive material and how it plans to prevent a recurrence.

Ramadi Reduced to Rubble
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Stephen Kalin / Reuters)

The Iraqi military has been touting its "liberation" of the Anbar capital city of Ramadi, in an offensive that began in December and continued well into February, as a key achievement in the war on ISIS. But UN officials describe the level of destruction in Ramadi as "staggering," saying the city is in far worse condition than anywhere else in all of Iraq. The main hospital is destroyed outright, as is the train station, and the city lost 64 bridges and virtually its entire electricity grid.

Israel Destroys More Homes in the West Bank
(Al Jazeera & Emily Mulder / Al Jazeera & Dalia Hatuqa / Al Jazeera)

A United Nations report says a total of 41 structures including a school were destroyed south of Nablus displacing 36 Palestinians. Israel has issued more than 14,000 demolition orders against Palestinian-owned structures in Area C between 1988-2015. Palestinians say the cost of losing a home doesn't surpass the value of life cheapened by decades of Israeli occupation.

Amidst the Debris: The Environmental Impact of the Conflict in Syria
(PAX for Peace)

The ongoing conflict in Syria is likely to have a disastrous impact on the environment and public health, according to a new study published by PAX. Four years of fighting has left cities in rubble and caused widespread damage to industrial sites, critical infrastructure and the oil industry. Pollution from these forms of damage is likely to result in acute and chronic risks to civilians and will have a long-term impact on the environment that they depend on.

ACTION ALERT: Goldman Environmental Prizewinner Berta Caceres Assassinated
(Just Foreign Policy & Sen. Patrick Leahy & National Public Radio & The Goldman Environmental Prize)

Honduras has lost one of its most courageous indigenous leaders, Berta Caceres. Caceres was the General Coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. In 2015, she won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her activism and leadership. She was assassinated on March 2. Urge Congress to press the Honduran government for an independent investigation of those responsible for the assassination.

Libya: How Hillary Clinton Destroyed a Country and Obama Plans a Re-run
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

After US-lead military intervention in Libya lead to the collapse of the Libyan government, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was eager to take credit for the "liberation" of yet another Muslim country -- by Western powers acting in concert. But, as many predicted, Libya fell apart rather quickly. Meanwhile, our would-be President had already moved on -- she was too busy plotting regime change in Syria to be bothered with the unraveling of Libya.

The Media Are Misleading the Public on Syria
(Stephen Kinzer / Boston Globe)

Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the city of Aleppo is the latest reason why. Americans are told that the virtuous course is to fight the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian partners. This is convoluted nonsense, but Americans can't be blamed for believing it. We have almost no real information about the combatants, their goals, or their tactics.

How a Pink Flower Defeated The World's Sole Superpower: Washington's Wasted War in Afghanistan
(Tom Engelhardt and Alfred W. McCoy / TomDispatch)

After fighting the longest war in its history, the US stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How could the world's sole superpower have battled for 15 years, deploying 100,000 of its best troops, sacrificing the lives of 2,200 soldiers, spending more than $1 trillion on military operations, a record $100 billion more on "nation-building" and helping raise, fund, equip, and train an army of 350,000 Afghans, and still not be able to pacify one of the world's most impoverished nations?

US-Saudi Coalition Bombs Are Killing Civilians and Obliterating Yemen's Architectural Heritage
(Iona Craig / The Intercept)

In addition to the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen's long war, US-made bombs dropped by fighter jets from a Saudi Arabian-led coalition are pulverizing Yemen's architectural history, often referred to as a living museum. These airstrikes are tearing villages apart, forcibly displacing thousands and erasing the country's inimitable heritage, possibly in violation of international humanitarian law, according to the world heritage body, UNESCO.

Armed Conflict Is Wiping Out Wildlife in Libya and Syria
(Fred Pearce / The New Scientist)

Across the Middle East and parts of North Africa civil war, poaching, and the struggle to find food and firewood, are extinguishing native wildlife.The northern bald ibis is now extinct in the Middle East. The last member of this species -- a ringed female called Zenobia -- was last seen in Palmyra in 2014, a few months before ISIS fighters showed up. Gazelles, cranes, flamingos, bustards and herons are being killed for food. In Libya, rare elephants are being killed for ivory.

Beijing 'Within Its Rights' to Deploy Air Defense Missiles in the South China Sea
(Sputnik News & Jin Kai / The Diplomat)

Any move by China to deploy defensive missiles on islands in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea would be well within its rights, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. Meanwhile, The Diplomat observes that the United States' criticisms of China in the South China Sea are misleading -- likely intentionally so.

'Open the Land': The Shawnee Aim for a Return to Ohio
(Kevin Williams / Al Jazeera America)

Attempts to right a wrong exacted on the Shawnee Tribe almost 200 years ago are running into headwinds and government inertia in Ohio as the Native American nation seeks to reclaim its lost homeland. But there are signs the marshy bottomland from the often overflowing Great Miami River may someday see a Native American nation officially return to Ohio for the first time, with the Shawnee reclaiming a tiny slice of their lost territory.

The United States' $7 Billion Fight Against Poppy Production in Afghanistan Has Completely Failed
(Azam Ahmed / The New York Times)

The US has spent more than $7 billion in the past 14 years to fight the runaway poppy production that has made Afghan opium the world's biggest brand. Tens of billions more went to governance programs to stem corruption and train a credible police force. But in Helmand Province the swollen bulbs of opium are growing thick and high -- within sight of official buildings -- a clear sign of a local narco-state that is administered directly by Afghan government officials.

Big Coal from China Wages War on Australia's Koalas

A Chinese-owned project could kill hundreds of the marsupials in one of Australia's most fertile agricultural regions. If the Shenhua coal mine goes ahead at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains, it will destroy 847 hectares of koala habitat, displacing an estimated 262 koalas. It's a clear case of Carbon versus Koalas.

The Mystery of Khost: Did US Drone Kill 14 at Afghan Funeral?
(The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

Using the UN's figures, the civilian death rate from US airstrikes in Afghanistan is now at its highest rate since 2008. This has raised concerns that military targeting is becoming less accurate, or that there might have been an unannounced change in the rules of engagement. Bureau research shows that, on average, a civilian was killed every fourth drone or jet strike in 2015 -- up from one in 11 attacks the year before and the first time the casualty rate has risen since 2011.

Burn Pits: The Biggest Iraq War Scandal that Nobody's Talking About
(Liam O'Donoghue / Salon.com & Newsweek)

When the US military sets up a foreign base, it disposes of the thousands of pounds of daily waste by burning the garbage in open air "burn pits." The waste includes "tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses." Thousands of soldiers have contracted cancers and died from exposure to the more than 250 military burn pits operated in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Siege Warfare in Syria Revives Debate over Ancient Tactic
(Associated Press)

Sieges were widely used for centuries as a military tool -- from Jerusalem to Leningrad and Sarajevo -- and aren't defined outright as a war crime. However, recent images of emaciated civilians in blockaded areas, such as the Syrian town of Madaya, have prompted global outrage. The United States says President Bashar Assad is violating the rules of war with what it calls a policy of "surrender or starve."

US Military to Assess and Manage Risks of Climate Change
(Susan Grigsby / The Daily Kos & Editorial / Investors Business Daily)

The military is capable of doing a competent job of protecting the environment at the same time that it is training its forces for combat. They can multi-task with the best of them. Which is why the uproar on the right over a new pentagon directive -- stressing the need to address climate change -- is rather insulting to our military forces. And yet, corporate sounding boards like Investors Business Daily have criticized the DoD while insisting that "global warming is purely hypothetical."

What's Next for Syria? A Call to Stop Bombing a Nation and Arming Endless Conflict
(Simon Lewis / TIME Magazine & Vitaly Naumkin / Al Monitor & The US Peace Council)

Syria's five-year-old war has claimed 470,000 lives -- 11.5% of Syria's people have been killed or injured. There are three scenarios for the war-torn country: gradual reconciliation through the Geneva dialogue; a military victory by President Bashar al-Assad or; a major war involving global powers. It's time to: Stop bombing Syria's economic infrastructure in the name of fighting ISIS, Stop injecting foreign fighters into Syria, Stop funding and arming the combatants in Syria.

Plan Colombia: 10 Billion US Dollars Spent; 7 Million Colombians Dead
(Megan Alpert / Foreign Policy & Daniel Kovalik / TeleSURtv & Dan Kovalik / The World Report)

Plan Colombia's 15th anniversary was celebrated in Washington February 11. President Juan Manuel Santos came to DC to praise Colombia's US-backed $10 billion "war on drugs." Washington's military approach to America's drug-addiction left Colombia marked by massacres, mass graves, and death squads. Bullets were supposed to cut cocaine exports 50% by 2006. Today, however, after 15 years of war, Colombia remains the world's No. 1 cocaine producer.

Russian-backed Aleppo Offensive 'Kills Hundreds'; Siege Threatens 300,000
(Al Jazeera America)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports the Syrian government's offensive in Aleppo has killed 500, many killed in airstrikes on cities. Russia denies that its bombers have targeted civilians. Hundreds of thousands in rebel-held areas under threat of starvation as government forces advance. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch says joint operations using banned cluster-bomb munitions have killed nearly 40 civilians since January 26.

Will Global Warming Heat Us Beyond Our Physical Limits?
(Cheryl Katz / National Geographic)

If we don't cut greenhouse gases, it's not just storms and rising seas we'd have to worry about. The heat alone could kill a lot of us. Last June in Pakistan, a heat wave killed more than 450 people in the port city of Karachi, where this man received medical treatment. Temperatures stayed around 113 F (45 C) for three days.

Fifteen Years Later: The "Great Success" of Plan Colombia
(Lisa Taylor / Upside Down World)

Signed in 2000, Plan Colombia was a $1.3 billion initiative to support Colombia's counterinsurgency and counternarcotics efforts by "fighting the War on Drugs from a supply side perspective." 71% of the funds went to military aid -- training troops, supplying weapons, and chemical spraying to destroy coca crops. The US has spent almost $10 billion on Plan Colombia but the drug trade continues to flourish. Meanwhile, 80% of the Drug War's deaths have been civilians.

ACTION ALERT: President Obama: Tell the United Nations to End the Drug War
(Matt, Favianna, Oscar and Erick / Presente.org )

The war on drugs is a disastrous, brutal failure. This failed policy empowers the criminals it claims to fight, weakens democratic institutions, and violates human rights. But this could change in April, when the United Nations will meet to debate international drug policy. President Obama could help stop the harm created by racist and outdated drug war policies by calling for a focus on public health and human rights at the UN forum.

War on Buffalo: Lawsuit Filed to Halt Mass-Slaughter of Yellowstone's Bison
(Animal Legal Defense Fund & EcoWatch)

Journalist Chris Ketcham and media coordinator with Buffalo Field Campaign Stephany Seay will have their first day in court Friday when the US District Court in Casper, Wyoming, hears arguments for a preliminary injunction to halt the planned Yellowstone National Park bison cull. The capture and kill operation is scheduled to start February 15.

ACTION ALERT: President Obama: Tell the United Nations to End the Drug War
(Matt, Favianna, Oscar and Erick / Presente.org )

The war on drugs is a disastrous, brutal failure. This failed policy empowers the criminals it claims to fight, weakens democratic institutions, and violates human rights. But this could change in April, when the United Nations will meet to debate international drug policy. President Obama could help stop the harm created by racist and outdated drug war policies by calling for a focus on public health and human rights at the UN forum.

Billions Pledged for Syrians as Raids Worsen Country's Humanitarian Crisis
(Al Jazeera America)

Turkey's foreign minister said a new exodus of thousands of Syrians could be on the verge of heading into his country. With Syria's five-year-old civil war raging and another attempt at peace negotiations called off in Geneva after just a few days, the London donors conference is hoping to go some way to addressing the needs of some six million people displaced within Syria and more than four million refugees in other countries.

War on Creation: Would It Be Wrong to Eradicate Mosquitoes?
(Claire Bates / BBC News Magazine & Olivia Judson / The New York Times)

The mosquito is the most dangerous animal in the world, carrying diseases that kill one million people a year. Now the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, has been linked with thousands of babies born with brain defects in South America. Should the insects be wiped out?

"The Most Toxic War in History" - 25 Years Later
(Doug Weir / SustainableSecurity.org & International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons)

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Gulf War. A quarter of a century on from the first widespread use of depleted uranium munitions, have lessons been learned about the need to protect civilians, military personnel and the environment from conflict pollution and the toxic remnants of war?

ACTION ALERT: Open Air Burning of Munitions is Obsolete and Dangerous
(Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

The US Army reports that its retired stockpile of conventional (non-nuclear/non-biological/non-chemical) ammunition -- and more than 300,000 missiles and components -- grew from 557,000 tons in 2009 and could exceed 1.1 million tons by FY 2025 representing a $2.8 million clean-up liability. A national coalition of 29 organizations is supporting Louisiana residents in their fight to end open-air burning of a stockpile of hazardous explosive waste in the town of Colfax.

Bush Administration behind India's Secret H-bomb Program: India Seizes Farmlands to Build 'Top-secret Nuclear City'
(Russ Wellen / Foreign Policy in Focus & Adrian Levy / Adrian Levy / The Center for Public Integrity & Foreign Policy)

The aftershocks of the Bush administration just keep rolling in, this time in India. While the Obama administration celebrates a treaty to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Washington quietly abets India's quest to build a hydrogen bomb. Tribal lands have been seized by the India government to make room for a top-secret 'atomic city' where centrifuges will spin uranium into fuel for H-bombs, provoking security concerns from Pakistan and China.

ACTION ALERT: Monsanto Supplied Outlawed WMD Used in Israel's Attack on Gaza Civilians -- A War Crime
(ANON HQ & Blacklisted News & Sputnik News & SumOfUs)

Agribusiness giant Monsanto -- best known for their genetically modified soybeans and "probably carcinogenic" herbicide -- has supplied the Pentagon with white phosphorous used in incendiary weapons. And some of that was used by Israel in its 2008 attack on Gaza. Meanwhile, Monsanto has accused the California EPA of being an "unelected, undemocratic, unaccountable and foreign body" for labeling it's glyphosate herbicide as "carcinogenic."

US Violates Syrian Sovereignty: Builds Secret Airbase Inside Syria -- 30 Miles from Russian Planes
(Tom Coghlan / The Australian Times)

US forces have established a presence on Syrian soil for the first time, setting up a base at a former agricultural airfield a few miles from the Iraqi and Turkish borders. "Because of the special nature of these forces, it's very important that we do not discuss specifically where they're located," said Colonel Steve Warren, an army spokesman, in Baghdad. The presence of the two superpowers in northeast Syria has raised tensions in an already crowded battlefield.

Honoring the Legacy of Terry Turner
(Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch)

Commentary: "In the years I've worked with Amazon Watch I've met many extraordinary people. In that time I've drawn inspiration from powerful indigenous leaders, staunch environmental and human rights defenders, political pioneers, and media magnates. I had one of my most inspiring encounters in 2011 when working alongside the famed anthropologist Terence Sheldon Turner in the Brazilian Amazon."

Israel to Seize 380 More Acres of West Bank Land; Demolishes EU Structures
(Al Jazeera America & Reuters)

After demolishing six West Bank structures funded by the EU's humanitarian arm, Israel confirmed plans to appropriate 380 acres of fertile land in the occupied West Bank – its largest land seizure since 2014. The plan will exacerbate tensions with Western allies and has drawn international condemnation and prompting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to call the land grab a "violation of international law."

The Failed Strategy of Building US Bases around the World
(David Vine / TomDispatch & In These Times)

For more than 36 years, the US has been building an unprecedented constellation of bases stretching from Europe and the Middle East to Africa and Southwest Asia. These bases have cost tens of billions of dollars and serve to support a long list of undemocratic regimes, including Saudi Arabia. The bases have fueled radicalism, anti-Americanism, and the growth of the very terrorist organizations now targeted by the supposedly new strategy of base-building.

Israel Attacks Palestinian Crops with Pesticides Hits Water Supplies
(Belal Aldabbour / Al Jazeera America & Muna Dajani / Al Shabaka)

On January 7, a low-flying agricultural aircraft sprayed herbicides on to Palestinian farmlands along the eastern border, eradicating or damaging up to 162 hectares of crops and farmland along the Israeli border fence. Israeli warplanes also bombed Gaza's main agricultural experiment station, causing $300,000-worth of damages and destroying the station's building, laboratories, vehicles and a large power generator.

The US Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History
(David Vine / The Nation)

With the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US troops still encircle the globe. Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti.

The True Costs of America's Military Empire
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & David Vine / TomDispatch)

No great power, no superpower, no hyperpower, not the Romans, nor imperial China, nor the British, nor the Soviet Union has ever garrisoned the globe quite the way we have. With the so-called fiscal cliff now eternally on the media horizon, there's been reporting on how your tax dollars are being spent, but do you have the faintest idea what it actually costs to garrison the globe? No? Then you're in good company, and the Pentagon isn't interested in telling you.

Pentagon Plan to Turn Titian Island into Bombing Range Threatens Rare Pacific Birds
(TakePart.org & CREDO Action)

In 2004, the United States government declared that a tiny and imperiled Pacific island bird called the Tinian monarch had pulled back from the brink of extinction and removed it from the endangered species list. A little over a decade later, that rare success story appears to be at risk. The new threat? The US government. A proposed Pentagon live-fire training complex would remove about 2,000 acres of Tinian monarch habitat and take over one-eighth of the island.

Fire and Oil: The Collateral Damage of Airstrikes on ISIS Oil Facilities
(Wim Zwijnenburg and Annica Waleij / Toxic Remnants of War & the Wilson Center)

As the United States, Russia, and others step up attacks on the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there is concern over their direct and long-term environmental and public health impacts. Many air strikes have targeted lucrative oil installations under the control of ISIS, and these could have severe detrimental effects for Syria's future, both environmentally and socio-economically.

Hawaiian Protestor Claiming Telescope Project Is a War Crime Is Acquitted
(Jennifer Sinco Kelleher / Associated Press & Hawaii Tribune)

A man arrested while blocking telescope construction crews on a Hawaii mountain was acquitted Friday after a trial that was conducted in Hawaiian. Kahookahi Kanuha was among dozens of protesters arrested during attempts to resume construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. One of the reasons protesters oppose the $1.4 billion project is that many Native Hawaiians consider the mountain sacred.

A Town Sacrificed for Lead Bullets
(Ben Paynter / Wired Magazine)

Picher, Oklahoma, sprang up as a 20th-century boomtown -- the "buckle" of the mining belt that ran through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. The earth berneath it produced most of the lead for US bullets in World Wars I and II. Picher eventually became a Superfund site, and the state offered residents an average of $55 per square foot to evacuate their homes. Picher became a dead city. Except that a few people refused to leave.

Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Disrupts Conservation Efforts
(Renee Lewis / A Jazeera America )

The armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon has interrupted important habitat restoration work that must be completed before spring migration -- when hundreds of thousands of birds descend on the area's vast wetlands, conservationists and bird-watchers say.

City of Ramadi 'Recaptured' -- and Reduced to Rubble
(The Telegraph & War News Today)

The Iraqi military declared on December 28 that the city of Ramadi in Anbar province had been retaken from Islamic State. The footage shows a devastated Ramadi, with crumbling buildings and roads. At one point, troops are seen standing in a deserted street holding an Iraqi flag. It then cuts to the inside of a building to show what appears to be material seized from Isil. In another clip, the body of what appears to be a militant lies face down in the rubble.

US Military Pollution and Climate Change
(Caroline Bridgman-Rees / US Peace Council )

US military pollution is the worst in the world. Its assault on the climate hastens global disaster, threatens human lives everywhere, and wastes precious natural resources for future generations. The US federal government, Pentagon, Congress and NATO are responsible for this pollution, as are political and corporate leaders, military industrialists, contractors, engineers, and scientists. All of them justify violent methods of national security for profit and power.

The Paris Agreement on Climate -- A Good Start, But . . .
(Arjun Makhijani / Green World)

The Paris Climate Agreement may have been the "strongest possible" -- by recognizing that the real goal should be limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Centigrade rather than the 2 degrees previously sought. The final document was stronger than many believed possible. That said, the agreement doesn't go far enough. So what is in the agreement? Dr. Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, offers this analysis.

Here's What You Need to Know about The New Paris Climate Agreement
(Ben Adler / Grist)

Analyses: The Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Its climate-change agreements are not binding. (The Obama administration insisted on this so the deal wouldn't require US Senate approval.) The Agreement commits 196 countries to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels -- with a stretch goal of keeping below 1.5 C. But under the most optimistic assumptions, the Paris accord will set us on a path to 2.7 to 3.5 C of warming.

Dow and DuPont -- Responsible for Agent Orange, Dioxin, Napalm, Pesticides, Bophal -- Plan to Merge
(Phil Mattera / Dirt Diggers Digest & Tom Risen / US News)

A corporation once known as the Merchant of Death because it dominated the gunpowder market wants to unite with a company that produced napalm and Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The proposed merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical is not a marriage made in heaven. The two chemical giants are seriously tarnished, raising questions as to whether the plan for a merger and then breakup is just a ploy to evade liability -- something both companies has done in the past.

A Secret Weapon to Fight Climate Change: Dirt
(Debbie Barker and Michael Pollan / The Washington Post)

We think of climate change as a consequence of burning fossil fuels. But a third of the carbon in the atmosphere today used to be in the soil, and modern farming is largely to blame. It's possible to halt and even reverse this process through better agricultural policies and practices. Unfortunately, the world leaders who gathered in Paris this past week have paid little attention to the critical links between climate change and agriculture. That's a huge mistake and a missed opportunity.

Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants 'Dangerously' Without Power as Towers Feeding Energy to Crimea Blown Up
(RT News & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

A senior Ukrainian energy official has revealed that an attack on transmission towers that cut off electricity from Ukraine to Crimea also created an emergency situation at nuclear power plants. The apparent act of sabotage directed against Crimea forced an emergency power unloading at several nuclear power plants inside Ukraine, which can be extremely dangerous. Now repairs are being blocked by Ukraine government officials.

Big Coal Covered Up Planetcide: Peabody Coal (Like Exxon) Covered Up Climate Change, Lied to Investors
(Tim McDonnell / Mother Jones & Grist)

Just days after President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, environmentalists were handed another victory Monday morning when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the results of an investigation that found one of the world's largest coal companies had misled the public and its shareholders about the risks climate change could pose to its bottom line.

ISIS Fighters Beleaguered by Battle over Beetles: A Sign of Climate Change?
(Adam Withnall / The Independent)

Thousands of the large, black beetles have r invaded the military outposts, field hospitals and living areas on the frontline against the so-called "Islamic State." According to a report on the Kurdish media network Rudaw, swarms of black beetles have spread across Peshmerga territory around Tel Askof in the Nineveh Province of Iraq. This is only one of an increasing number of reports of insect plagues erupting around the planet as the climate warms.

Armed Groups Target Elephants in Congo Park
(Christopher Torchia / Associated Press: Big Story)

More than 200 elephants have been poached in Garamba since a census in April 2014 counted 1,780 elephants -- down from more than 11,000 two decades ago. Such violence is not confined to Garamba in northeastern Congo, on the border with South Sudan. Farther south, in Congo's Virunga National Park, assailants killed a ranger last month and another died in a militia attack there in August.

Islanders Unite to Resist a New Pacific War
(Koohan Paik / Common Dreams)

Thousands of hectares of exquisitely wild marine environments, peaceful communities and local democracy are now under extreme threat from ramped-up US militarism in the Pacific region. It's all a result of the "Pacific Pivot," announced by President Obama in 2011, to move 60% of US Navy and Air Force resources from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific.

TPP Is a 'Corporate Power Grab
(Deirdre Fulton / Common Dreams & Bill Weinberg / The World War 4 Report)

As expert analysis of the final text of the long-shrouded TransPacific Partnership has caused a consensus to form around the first, full, fundamental assessment of the 12-nation pact: It's worse than we thought. The TPP consolidates the agenda of 500 official US trade advisers representing corporate interests. The details of the corporate-crafted pact are designed to work to the detriment of the public interest and the environment.

White Earth Tribe Members Voice Pipeline Concerns
(John Enger / Minnesota Public Radio)

White Earth doesn't want another oil pipeline. Some 100 people turned out to a community center on the White Earth Indian Reservation for one of 11 public hearings across the state on a pipeline replacement project proposed by Enbridge Energy. The Calgary-based energy company wants to re-route a 50-year-old oil pipeline known as Line 3 from its current path along Highway 2 to the proposed Sandpiper pipeline corridor, which will likely run near White Earth.

Whistle-Blower Claims the USDA Suppressed Research on Bee-Killing Pesticide
(Jason Best | Takepart.com)

Jonathan Lundgren, an 11-year entomologist with the US Department of Agriculture, filed an official whistle-blower complaint this week, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against after speaking out in the media last year on research he conducted that points to the potentially insidious effects of a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics.

The Planet's Orangutans Are At Risk from Climate Fires
(Marie Gale / Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund)

Thousands of fires continue to burn on the main islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Unlike previous years, when fires mainly impacted agricultural land, these fires, fueled by a particularly dry season due to El Nino, have swept into national parks and primary forests, the last refuges for many iconic endangered species, such as orangutans, rhinoceros and tigers.

Shot and Gassed: Thousands of Protected Birds Killed Annually
(Rachael Bale and Tom Knudson / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Reporting)

In northeast in Wisconsin and Michigan, sandhill cranes are being shot dead by farmers and hired guns under a little-known federal program that allows for the killing of birds protected by one of this nation's bedrock conservation laws, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Never-before-released data reveals more than 300 species of migratory birds -- from hawks to kestrels, vultures to ducks -- are being killed legally across the US to protect a wide range of business activities.

Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s -- and Denied It
(Bill McKibben / The Nation & Zoe Carpenter / The Nation)

Documents reveal Exxon knew as early as 1981 that carbon emissions drive climate change. As early as the late 1970s, Exxon scientists warned top executives that climate change was real, dangerous, and caused by their products. By the early 1980s, Exxon's own climate models were predicting -- with great accuracy -- the track the global temperature has taken ever since. This all adds weight to rising calls that fossil-fuel companies be prosecuted for criminal conspiracy.

Okinawans Protest as US Attempts to Force Construction of New Military Base
(John Aleksandr Melendez / AntiWar.com)

This summer, Okinawans took to the water in kayaks to face down warships in their protest over the construction of a new US military base in Henoko. This image perfectly illustrates the ongoing struggle over the base, which involves the Okinawan provincial authorities, the Japanese mainland government, and the United States. It's a David-and-Goliath struggle so darkly absurd it could have been lifted from a Haruki Murakami novel.

Without UN Approval, US Attack on Syria Violates International Law
(Michael Ratner / The Ratner Report)

Under the UN Charter, you have to get the UN authority to use force and that's a treaty the US has agreed to and signed. We're bound by the UN Charter the same way we're bound by the US Constitution. Under the UN Charter, you can only use force if you are attacked or if you can get a majority of nine members the UN Security Council to approver the use of force. But Security Council members Russia and China are unlikely to grant such authority.

Shrink the Pentagon's Massive Contribution to Climate Change
(Lenore M. Hitchler / Citizens Climate Lobby and 350.org)

A lot of talk about the causes of climate change emphasizes the contributions of individuals to the problem. One fact is seldom mentioned -- the single large contribution to global climate change is the military. Any discussion of the causes of climate change that omits the Pentagon's enormous use of petroleum products does not provide an adequate framework for understanding the causes of climate change.

Wildlife Is Flourishing in No-Man's Land at Chernobyl
(Sarah Kaplan and Nick Kirkpatrick / The Washington Post)

To the surprise of biologists, wildlife numbers in the area downwind from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have not plummeted but have, in fact, multiplied to greater levels than were seen before the nuclear reactor exploded and sent fallout over the countryside. In other words, whatever the damage from the fallout from the disaster may have been, it turned out that the post-accident absence of humans was more than enough to compensate.

A Third of Cacti Facing Extinction Due to Human Encroachment
(Agence France-Presse & Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America)

Cacti are among most the threatened taxonomic groups on Earth, ahead of mammals and birds, says new global study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. As a report in the journal "Science" warned in 2014, the global extinction rate is now 1,000 times faster than before humans began altering their habitats.

Egypt Employs Saltwater as Weapon in 'Eco War' Against Gaza
(Mohammed Omer / Middle East Eye)

Egyptian military vehicles are transferring Mediterranean Sea water to the Rafah border, to fill a newly-built crude canal, flooding and destroying the lifeline tunnels connecting Egypt and blockaded Gaza. But the story goes deeper: the Egyptian government is trying to economically crush Hamas, an ally of the Muslim brotherhood. Analysts have warned that Egypt flooding Gaza's tunnels will have serious negative implications for the local environment.

Climate Change Tipping Point: The Glaciers Are Vanishing!
(Wendell Tangborn / The Guardian)

Mountain glaciers and humans have coexisted for roughly 200,000 years, but that long idyll appears to be ending. The earth's 190,000 glaciers, sentinels of climate change, are disappearing at an unprecedented pace. Fossil fuel burning must taper off dramatically and be replaced with renewable sources of energy if we are going to survive as a species on this planet.

The Siege of Damascus: An Account of Everyday Life in Syria's Savage War
(Peter Oborne: Middle East Eye)

It has been 18 months since I was last in Damascus. Life in the city has become tougher and more dangerous. People are weary of the conflict, the shortages, and the danger. They see no end to the fighting. They feel isolated and abandoned by the world. "We do not know what will happen tomorrow, next month, next year or in ten years' time," one survivor said. A man nearby added: "Now the normal thing in Syria is death. The abnormal thing is that you should live."

The Miltarization of Animal Protection Backfires in Tanzania
(Tom A. Peter/ Al Jazeera America)

Shortly before shipping out to Tanzania to start work with a newly formed anti-poaching organization, Kinessa Johnson visited a gun show where she spoke with a citizen journalist about her new gig. "We're going over there to do some anti-poaching,"the former US Army mechanic and weapons trainer told the interviewer, "Kill some bad guys and do some good."

The Climate Wars Are Coming -- and More Refugees with Them
(Paul Hockenos / Al Jazeera America)

Global warming is responsible for longer-lasting droughts, more violent storms and rising sea levels that worsen the living conditions of hundreds of millions of people. Rising temperatures and changing climate will trigger massive and increasing refugee flows -- unless the international community gets serious about reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Rising temperatures will also lead to new "climate wars" over arable land, water, and high ground.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: Return Native Americans' Sacred Land
(Rep. Raul Grijalva / US House of Representatives / CREDO Mobilize)

Last year, Republicans in Congress secretly gave away sacred Native American lands in eastern Arizona to Resolution Copper, a multinational mining conglomerate with "dismal human rights and environmental records." If this deal is finalized, these sacred Native lands could be destroyed permanently.

As Poachers Close In, It's a Race against Time to Save the Last White Rhinos
(Hannah McNeish / Al Jazeera America)

Poachers and criminal syndicates, primarily in Vietnam and China, have reignited the illicit market for rhino horn. South Africa lost 1,215 rhinos to poachers last year, making 2015 the year when poaching deaths and natural mortality will overtake births. In March 2015, a survivor named Sudan became the last male northern rhino in the world -- and the last hope for saving his subspecies.

Russia Launches Massive War Games; Defends Long-standing Support of Syrian President
(PressTV & Alec Luhn / The Guardian & Shaun Walker and Ian Black / The Guardian & Mary Chastain / Breitbar.com)

Russia has launched its largest military drill of the year in Syria, involving 7,000 items of military equipment and some 95,000 infantry, navy and air force units. Russian officials complained of a "strange hysteria" over Moscow's actions. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that "Russia has never made a secret of its military-technical cooperation with Syria" and insisted there was nothing out of the ordinary about their presence.

The Losing Battle Against Conflict Minerals
(Natasja Sheriff / Al Jazeera America)

US regulations concerning the trade in conflict minerals -- aimed at reducing the devastating violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo -- are proving difficult to enforce, as illegal armed groups and corrupt members of the Congolese military continue to create instability in the region. According to a recent government report, minerals from countries where sales fund corruption and violence continue to enter the US, as oversight proves tricky.

Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security?
(National Public Radio)

The US has around 800 military bases outside of the nation's borders. They're home to hundreds of thousands of troops and family members, and, in many cases, they're a cause of controversy. In his new book, "Base Nation: How the US Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World," David Vine, an associate professor of anthropology at American University, argues that we've become too dependent on these bases and that many of them cause serious opposition abroad. He lays out his thinking in .

Jeju Islanders' Long Struggle against Pentagon Wins International Peace Prize
(Bruce Gagnon / Space4Peace.blogspot & Save Jeju Now & The International Peace Bureau)

As we were preparing to leave Gangjeong, a formation of Navy Blue Angel warplanes came screaming over the village. For the next 15 minutes they went back and forth directly over Gangjeong. One of the stunts brought the planes very low in an ear-splitting maneuver. The Navy was sending a message to Gangjeong. The message was loud and clear. "We own you now. Your village will become a war base. There is nothing you can do." The International Peace Bureau begs to disagree.

UN: Israel Has Issued More than 14,000 Demolition Orders in the Occupied Territories
(Dalia Hatuqa /Al Jazeera & United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

According to a new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, between 1988 and 2014, Israeli authorities issued more than 14,000 demolition orders against Palestinian-owned structures and homes in Area C of the occupied West Bank. Area C, a region under full Israeli military and administrative control, is home to around 300,000 Palestinians and covers 60 percent of the West Bank. It is here, in Area C, that most Jewish settlements have been built.

UN: Gaza Could become 'Uninhabitable' by 2020
(Agence France-Presse & Yousef Munayyer / Al Jazeera)

Israeli military action and economic blockade have rendered the coastal strip unfit for civilian life, report says. The UN warns that if there is no change, there will be no drinkable water left in the Gaza Strip by 2016. A political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is needed to replace the corrupt policies that have brought nothing but recurring, indecisive wars to Gaza. The tiny Palestinian enclave is likely to experience a major humanitarian catastrophe long before the 2020 UN estimate.

Parting the Brown Sea: Sewage Crisis Threatens Gaza's Access to Water
(Hyder Abbasi & Jen Marlowe / Al Jazeera America)

Wadi Gaza is but one illustration of the full-blown water and sanitation crisis that is facing the Gaza Strip. A severe lack of potable water is exacerbated by inadequate sanitation infrastructure, which in turn is connected to Gaza's chronic shortage of electricity and fuel, all of which is tied to Israel's ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip. The United Nations warned that by 2020, Gaza may no longer be livable, in large part because of these interconnected problems.

The Arctic Wilderness Stands Imperiled by Obama's Oil Extraction Plans
(Rebecca Solnit / The Guardian)

On April 3, the Obama administration announced plans to recommend wilderness status for the most embattled parts of Alaska, a move that would forever ban oil extraction. However, on August 17, the administration turned around and gave Shell Oil a permit to drill for oil off Alaska's north coast. Recently, we were invited to this endangered wilderness as guests of the Sierra Club, whose experts introduced us to this remote, fragile, pristine place, to the wildlife and to its Indigenous inhabitants.

US & Saudi Arabia War Crimes Keep Killing Yemenis
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & Noam Chomsky / RT News)

Saudi Arabia's aggression against Yemen, the poorest country in the region, has been catastrophic for Yemen, which is all-but-defenseless. Backed by eight other Arab dictatorships and the US, the Saudi alliance has committed uncounted war crimes and crimes against humanity. The onslaught has killed more than 4,300 people (mostly civilians), subjected roughly half the Yemeni population to severe hunger and water scarcity, and laid waste to World Heritage sites among the oldest in the world.

The 2015 Global Peace Index Finds the World Is Getting Less Peaceful
(The Institute for Economics and Peace)

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. It is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The 2015 Global Peace Index reveals a divided world, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries spiral into violence and conflict.

The Greening of a Pentagon Ammunition Plant
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

The 7,400-acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant was once the largest ammo plant on Earth. Cleanup costs for the plant were expected to top $250 million. Now, thanks to extensive restoration efforts, the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area has been opened to the public for hiking, biking, skiing and bird-watching. The Badger plant, once a contaminated military wasteland, now serves as a protective buffer for Devil's Lake State Park, connecting the wildlands between the Baraboo Hills and the Wisconsin River.

ACTION ALERT: Help Conserve Badger for Nature, Not Noise
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

As part of the recently-released draft Master Plan for the future Sauk Prairie Recreation Area , the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has proposed on/off-road motorcycles and high-power rocketry on the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant lands. These disruptive uses contradict the conservation goals for the property to maintain and recover the biological richness of Wisconsin’s disappearing native prairies.

The Race to Save the Bonobos
(The Bonobo Conservation Initiative)

Bonobos are one of humankind's closest living relatives, yet most people are not even aware that bonobos exist. These great apes are complex beings with profound intelligence, emotional expression, and sensitivity. The most unusual and compelling feature of bonobos is their society–matriarchal, egalitarian, and peaceful -- the "Make Love, Not War" primate. The last great ape species discovered, bonobos could be the first to become extinct unless action is taken to protect them and their rainforest home.

Beheading the Guardian of Palmyra
(Robert Fisk / CounterPunch & Adam Withnall / The Independent)

ISIS has killed "the guardian of Palmyra," 82-year-old Khaled al-Asaad. The jovial, long-retiredd "guardian of the past" was tortured for a month and then beheaded for refusing to betray the secret location of the Roman's city's priceless artefacts, Khaled al-Asaad's gruesome death has appalled his fellow archeologists and shocked people around the world.

Activists Call for End to US Model of Conservation and a Return to Indigenous Practices
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America)

A campaign was launched this week to prevent the further spread of the US preservationist model of conservation. Local tribes have called for traditional knowledge of forest stewardship to preserve water and create wildfire buffers. And, as California battles its worst drought in 1,000 years, tribal representatives, scientists and US Forest Service officials are working to revive traditional Native American land management practices that some believe could help contain the blazes and lessen effects of the drought.

The Bombs Beneath Us: Unexploded Ordnance Linger Long after Wars Are Over
(Sarah Kaplan and Nick Kirkpatrick / The Washington Post)

In the small farming towns of France and Belgium, undetonated World War I explosives that turn up during each year's spring planting and autumn plowing are known as the "iron harvest." More than a billion shells were fired during the conflict and as many as a third never exploded. In 1996, the French Interior Ministry estimated that 12 million shells still slumber in the soil near Verdun alone. So many explosives linger from century-old battles that residents often see their discovery as utterly banal.

Hunting in South Africa Is Big Business
(Al Jazeera America & The Associated Press)

The leading cause of the deaths of Africa's lions appears to be a plague of white Americans packing lots of cash, ego and weaponry. Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July. With a drop in numbers for endangered wildlife, conservationists are calling for laws regulating hunting to be tightened.

Why Do We Lament A-Bombs and Not Fire-Bombs?
(Eric Margolis / The UNZ Review)

We are now in the midst of the annual debate over the atomic bombing of Japan. Seventy years ago, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing or injuring some 140,000 people. A few days later, a second weapon was dropped on Nagasaki, causing 80,000 casualties. Most of the dead were civilians. Lost to memory: the March 9, 1945, mass raid code-named "Meetinghouse," where 346 US B-29 bombers showered Tokyo with bombs and incendiary devices made from jellied gasoline.

Under the Mushroom Cloud -- Nagasaki after Nuclear War
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch.com & Susan Southard / Book Excerpt)

The nuclear age. Doesn't that phrase seem like ancient history? With the twin anniversaries of the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki coming around again, this is its 70th birthday. Just a year younger than me, it was my age-mate, my companion all those years I was growing up. Those unshakeable fears, the "unthinkable," turned out to be eminently translatable into the world of dreams.

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(Vanessa Griffen / The Fiji Times & Loreta Castro / The Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Seventy years ago, on August 6 and 9th 1945, the world's first atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The uranium bomb detonated over Hiroshima razed around 70 percent of all buildings and caused an estimated 140,000 deaths by the end of 1945. The plutonium bomb used on Nagasaki three days later, levelled 6.7 km of the city and killed 74,000 people by the end of 1945.

Iraq's Continuing Struggle with Conflict Pollution
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Toxic Remnants of War / Special to EAW)

While Iraq is still recovering from the environmental impact of both Gulf wars, it now faces new environmental problems caused by the current conflict against the Islamic State. Since the uprising began in June 2014, fierce battles have taken place in and around cities and industrial areas, affecting the already precarious environmental situation. Wim Zwijnenburg considers the risks and response.

It's Time to Ban the Bomb
(Hans Blix / Project Syndicate & A Video by Kathleen Sullivan and Amber Cooper-Davies)

The nuclear agreement between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, and the EU, comes at a historically propitious moment. Seventy years ago next month, the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened the darkest chapter in the long history of humanity's wartime horrors. Fire, bullets, and bayonets were now joined by nuclear radiation -- a silent, invisible killer like gas and biological agents.

The B61-12: Obama Pledged to Reduce Nuclear Arsenal, Then Came This Weapon
(Len Ackland and Burt Hubbard / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Reporting)

With the United States' new B61-12 nuclear bomb, the military can change the explosive power of the each detonation -- from an equivalent force of 50,000 tons of TNT down to 300 tons. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, detonated at about 2,000 feet, was the equivalent of 15,000 tons. Search for a location below and click the various yields to simulate a surface explosion of the B61-12.

ACTION ALERT: A Plea from Pagan and Tinian: 'Don't Drop Bombs in My Backyard!'
(Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa / Variety News Staff & Arley Long Tinian, MP)

The small Pacific islands of Pagan and Tinian are home to pristine beaches, majestic mountains and colorful sea life. They are also home to 2,800 American citizens, as they are part of the Marianas, a US territory. But the US Navy has plans to bomb these islands as part of a training exercise, obliterating their rare coral ecosystems, wildlife, and important historic artifacts. The islands' residents would be relocated, kicked off their ancestral land for the sake of bomb testing. We cannot let this happen.

Power Plays: Congress Says Burn Forests for Fuel; Toshiba Lied to Make Nukes Look Profitable
(Lukas Ross / Friends of the Earth & Jonathan Soble / The New York Times)

Some 46 US senators have called for chopping down trees and feeding them to power plants for electricity. This is a genuinely awful idea. It hurts biodiversity, belches toxic chemicals and contributes more to climate change than coal-all while masquerading as a source of clean "renewable" energy. Meanwhile, the Japanese industrial giant, Toshiba, has be charged with overstated its earnings by more than $1.2 billion over the last seven years, to make atomic power look profitable.

Pagan Island: A Pacific Gem and a Planned Pentagon Bombing Target
(Robin Andrews / EarthTouchNews & Zoe Loftus-Farren / Earth Island Journal)

A small speck tacked onto a chain of fifteen islands in the Pacific Ocean, Pagan Island boasts two active volcanoes, an assortment of unique wildlife and almost no human residents. It's also facing one of two very different futures: on one hand, it could continue to exist as a unique ecological haven; on the other, it could be bombed into oblivion by the US military.

Action Alert: Don't Drill for Oil in Ecuador's Amazon
(Amazon Watch)

Over one million people have already stood up to save Ecuador's threatened rainforests -- please join them and echo Pope Francis's warning that "the tapping of natural resources, which are so abundant in Ecuador, must not be concerned with short-term benefits." The Amazon's forests and its Indigenous inhabitants are threatened by plans to drill for oil in Ecuador's eastern wilderness. Amazon Watch is asking that you send messages of concern to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.

Action Alert: Don't Drill for Oil in Ecuador's Amazon
(Amazon Watch)

Over one million people have already stood up to save Ecuador's threatened rainforests — please join them and echo Pope Francis's warning that "the tapping of natural resources, which are so abundant in Ecuador, must not be concerned with short-term benefits." The Amazon's forests and its Indigenous inhabitants are threatened by plans to drill for oil in Ecuador's eastern wilderness. Amazon Watch is asking that you send messages of concern to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.

Taliban Fighters and Chinese Miners Threaten Ancient Archeological Treasures in Afghanistan

A Chinese firm with a contract to mine valuable copper ore is waging a battle against Afghanistan's Taliban fighters and foreign archaeologists who are fighting to save ancient Mes Aynak. Ancient Buddhist statues and other artifacts are buried under Mes Aynak -- and so is a $40 billion copper mine. A massive copper mine at Mes Aynak could destroy hundred of rare antiquities site and displace villagers.

ACTION ALERT: Ban the "Oil Bomb" Trains
(Cole Mellino / EcoWatch & Anastasia Pantsios / EcoWatch )

Monday was the second anniversary of the tragic Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train disaster that killed 47 people. Since then, oil trains continue to derail and explode with five already this year. Four of the derailments occurred within just four weeks. In response, a coalition of environmental and social justice organizations has launched a week of action -- including more than 80 events across the US and Canada -- to call for an end to shipments of crude oil by rail.

Jade Helm 15, Heavily Scrutinized Military Exercise, To Open without Media Access
(Dan Lamothe / The Washington Post)

Jade Helm 15, the controversial Special Operations exercise that spawned a wave of conspiracy theories about a government takeover, will open next week without any media allowed to observe it, a military spokesman said. Embedded reporters won't be permitted at any point during the exercise, in which military officials say that secretive Special Operations troops will maneuver through private and publicly owned land in several southern states.

Three Pacifists Disrupt US-Australian War Games
(The Sunshine Coast Daily)

Before dawn this morning, three Christian peace pilgrims entered Shoalwater Bay live training area to disrupt the 'Talisman Sabre' US-Australian war 'rehearsals.' Guns and missiles are being fired in the training area. Armed reconnaissance helicopters, armoured tanks possibly lined with depleted uranium, black hawks, guided missiles, US navy surface vessels, and nuclear weapons capable submarines are potentially being used, according to the Talisman Sabre 2015 Public Environment Report.

Pope Francis to Ecuador: Don't Sacrifice Yasuni National Forests for Oil
(Jim Yardley / The New York Times & Amazon Watch)

Pope Francis has called for increased protection of the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people who live there, declaring that Ecuador must resist exploiting natural riches for "short-term benefits," an implicit rebuke of the policies of President Rafael Correa.

The Climate Deception Dossiers Expose the Oil Industry's 30-Year History of Climate Change Lies
(The Union of Concerned Scientists)

For nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change. Now, internal fossil fuel industry memos (leaked to the public, exposed through lawsuits, and disclosed through Freedom of Information requests) reveal decades of disinformation -- a deliberate campaign to deceive the public that continues even today.

Collateral Damage Estimates and the Acceptability of Attacks on Industrial Sites
(Doug Weir / Toxic Remnants of War Project)

The deliberate or inadvertent damage or destruction of industrial facilities during conflict has the potential to cause severe environmental damage and long-term risks to civilians. While international humanitarian law seeks to provide some measure of prohibition on attacks against infrastructure containing 'dangerous forces' such as nuclear plants or dams, current laws do not cover military attacks on facilities manufacturing or using deadly chemicals. It is time for new laws against such attacks.

US-backed Coalition Bombing in Yemen Reported to Have Killed More than 1,500 Civilians
(Al Jazeeera America)

The Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen launched a series of airstrikes on Tuesday, killing more than 100 civilians, according to rebel sources. News of the latest casualties came as the United Nations announced that the number of civilians killed in three months of violence has risen above 1,500. Fighting between rebels and government forces, including coalition airstrikes, have severely affected civilian centers, creating a humanitarian crisis.

US Plans to Expand Its Global Web of Military Bases

The US plans to expand the forward deployment of its armed forces, which implies the permanent or temporary presence of its troops in the territories of more than 100 countries around the world.

Libya's Benghazi, Now a Shattered City
(The Associated Press & The Embassy of Libya)

The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin -- a testimony to the destruction and chaos that followed the US-backed destabilization of the country. Today, Libya is bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government in the east and an Islamist militia-backed government in the west. Hundreds of militias are aligned with either side or on their own, battling for power and turf.

An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home: Part 1
(The Holy Father Pope Francis)

"More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire "Catholic world" and indeed "to all men and women of good will". Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet . . . to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."

An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home: Part 4
(The Holy Father Pope Francis)

"More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire "Catholic world" and indeed "to all men and women of good will". Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet . . . to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."

How Students Are Rebuilding Gaza
(American Friends Service Committee)

Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" was catastrophic for Palestinians in Gaza. Nearly 30 percent of the population was displaced, with about 273,000 sheltering in UN schools. Ten thousand homes were razed and 89,000 were damaged. Over 2,100 people in Gaza lost their lives, including 513 children. Though bombs stopped falling months ago, recovery efforts have only just begun. Tight restrictions on imports, including construction materials, have slowed efforts at reconstruction. Some estimate that it will take a generation to rebuild.

Yemen: US-backed War Crime Kills Civilians, Destroys World Heritage Site
(Euronews & AntiWar.com & The Associated Press)

Recent concerns about sites from antiquity being damaged in war have mostly centered around ISIS occupations in Syria, but attention quickly turned south today with news that the World Heritage Site in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa was the target of multiple airstrikes. UNESCO officials condemned the attack on the complex of 2,500-year-old buildings. In the aftermath of "multiple attacks" on the Old City, locals reported at least five civilians who lived in the area had been killed.

How Radioactive Smoke from Chernobyl's Fires May Have Reached the US
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War)

On April 28 -- two days after the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster -- a fire erupted 11 miles from the damaged reactor ande blazed through the Red Forest -- a contaminated region inside Chernobyl's "exclusion zone." Radioactive smoke poured into the sky and, on May 7, traces of the radioactive plume were detected over the West Coast, raising concerns that cesium-137, strontium-90, and plutonium isotopes were being carried in the storms moving eastward over the Rockies.

New Analysis Shows Earth Is Warming Faster Than We Thought
(Matthew Francis / Forbes)

Politicians may dither and talking heads bloviate, but the scientific consensus is clear: climate change is real, humans are responsible, and its effects are already being felt around the world. Now, a new look at global temperature data shows that the rate of climate change is still getting larger, contrary to the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change.

Okinawa: The Effects of Long-term US Military Presence
(Genuine Security.org)

At the end of WWII, the US took over the administration of the Okinawa islands. Immediately after the war, Okinawan civilians, displaced by the terrible Battle, were placed in POW camps while the military claimed land for bases. In 1951, the San Francisco Peace Treaty placed Okinawa under US military administration until 1972 when Okinawa's administration reverted to Japan. Today there are 37 US bases and military installations in Okinawa, 23,842 troops and 21,512 military family members.

Okinawans Want Their Land Back, Is That So Hard To Understand?
(Jon Letman / AntiWar.com & Foreign Policy In Focus & Truthout)

Commentary: "Living in a country where people learn world geography through frequently fought overseas wars, Americans are accustomed to reading about places where we've fought wars -- Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. But one formerly war-ravaged part of the world most Americans don't think much about is Okinawa."

ACTION ALERT: Stop Elephant Massacres That Fund Terrorists
(Chistopher Burley / The Petition Site & Associated Press)

Ivory poaching is killing elephants -- and innocent people. Across Africa, an estimated 30,000 elephants are illegally killed each year, but the situation in Mozambique is especially concerning. Nearly 95 percent of the elephants in the country's northern region have disappeared since 2010. Urge Mozambique to step up efforts to find elephant poachers, crack down on the illegal ivory trade, and prosecute these criminals.

The Twisted Legacy of Colombia's Aerial Cocaine Crop Spraying Program
(Steven Cohen / Vice)

After 30 years of protests, Colombia's US-backed drug war has finally been brought to ground. Colombia's National Council on Dangerous Drugs voted to suspend the aerial fumigation of coca in the only country in the world where the US fumigation program still operated. The secretive US fumigation program, has spent $2 billion tax dollars spraying a weaponized herbicide over 4.3 million acres, causing untold harm to people, wildlife, national parks, waterways, and the Amazon rainforest.

Okinawans Want Their Land Back, Is That So Hard To Understand?
(Jon Letman / AntiWar.com & Foreign Policy In Focus & Truthout)

Okinawa is one of the smallest of Japan's 47 prefectures, and although it accounts for less than 1 percent of Japanese territory, it is home to around 24,000 US military personnel, almost half of Japan's total, and is burdened with nearly 75 percent of US bases in Japan. Consider what it's like to have 20 percent of your small, crowded island home occupied by more than 32 foreign military bases and some 50 restricted air and marine military training sites. Small wonder, Okinawans are fed up with the Pentagon.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Pentagon's Plan to Seize and Bomb Pagan Island
(Petition by Arley Long / Change.org & David S. Cloud / The Los Angeles Times<)

The small Pacific islands of Pagan and Tinian are home to pristine beaches, majestic mountains and colorful sea life. Now the Pentagon has plans to use Pagan -- the "Crown Jewel" of the Marianas -- for "live-fire training." The US Navy's plans to bomb these islands, would obliterate rare coral ecosystems, wildlife, and important historic artifacts. The Islands residents would be forced from their ancestral lands -- all for the sake of bomb testing. We cannot let this happen.

Israel Continues to Criminalize Marking Nakba Day
(Patrick Strickland / Al Jazeera America & TRTWorld & Nour Odeh / Al Jazeera)

Each year on May 15, Palestinians across the world commemorate the Nakba ("the catastrophe") -- the date of the 1948 establishment of Israel that led to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians being displaced from their homeland. Activists now face difficulty in commemorating Palestinian dispossession due to a controversial Israeli law. Since 2011, Israeli legislation meant to intimidate Palestinians has made publicly mourning the Nakba difficult for Palestinians and others in Israel.

Fires Ravage Chernobyl's Forests as Smoke Plume Sends Fallout over Canda, US
(Discovery.com & Optimal Prediction & RT News)

According to government officials, a forest fire that broke out near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine-- the scene of the world's worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986 -- poses no danger. But independent satellite and ground station monitors show the smoke plumes from Chernobyl's "radioactive forests" has spread radionuclides, notably plutonium, across large stretches of eastern Europe, Asia, Alaska, and is now moving in over Canada and the West Coast of the US.

Officials in Kiev Discount Fallout Danger from Fires as Mutations Surface across Ukraine
(RT News & Documentary Films)

The Red Forest remains one of the most contaminated areas in the world. However, it has proved to be an astonishingly fertile habitat for many endangered species. The evacuation of the area surrounding the nuclear reactor has created a lush and unique wildlife refuge. But there are troubling signs that some birds and animals have been undergoing strange mutations. Meanwhile, children born in the fallout zone are plagued with mental retardation, strangely deformed limbs and grotesque tumors.

Disaster at US Nuke Dump: Equivalent of 370 Billion Bq of Plutonium Feared Released

370 billion Bq of plutonium equivalent may have escaped from a nuclear waste drum during "thermal runaway " at the government's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, near Calsbad, New Mexico. Multiple fires suggesting a "significant number" of breached drums. Over 5,000 times amount in waste drum blamed for WIPP release. According to one official: "We thought for sure" there were multiple ruptured drums -- "It actually was measured" in city many miles away.

Tropical Forests Hold Key to Addressing Climate Change
(His Royal Highness Prince Charles)

A new report from Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit highlights vulnerability of world's rain forests. The latest climate science demonstrates how important forests are for the mitigation of global climate change. The potential for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from reducing deforestation, reducing degradation and pursuing forest landscape restoration could play a major role in our efforts to meet the global obligation to keep global temperatures beneath a 2C rise.

ACTION ALERT: Republican Senators Just Voted To Sell Off Your National Forests
(Wes Siler / Indefinitely Wild & CREDO and Daily Kos)

Our public lands -- including National Forests, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas -- are arguably our greatest treasure. Well, almost every Republican Senator just voted to sell them to the highest bidder. SA 838 is a budgetary amendment, which backs support for and funding of state efforts to take over federal land and leaves the door open to sell National Forests, Wildlife Refuges and Wildernesses. This is what you can do about it.

Organic Farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by Smokestacks, Separation Wall
(Creede Newton / Al Jazeera America)

The Taneeb farm, an organic farming enterprise in the West Bank, is surrounded by the conflict. On one side, there is the Israeli separation barrier that cordons off the West Bank. On the other three sides are 11 Israeli factories. Local farmers say that the presence of the Geshuri factory, which produces pesticides and fertilizers, has led to higher rates of cancer and other diseases.

The Desecration of Nimrud
(BBC & the Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Islamic State has posted a video online that shows its militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. The images appear to confirm reports in March that the jihadists had vandalised Nimrud, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures.

War and the Environment
(Sarah DeWeerdt / The WorldWatch Institute)

Several recent wars in different parts of the world reveal that the ecological consequences of war often remain written in the landscape. The story is not always straightforward or clear. Instead, the landscape is like a palimpsest -- a parchment written on, scraped clean, and then written over again -- on which the ecological effects of war may be overlain by postwar regeneration or development. Yet looking carefully can allow the history of past human conflicts to be read in the landscape.

Protests Growing in Okinawa Over US Military Presence
(Jon Letman / The Huffington Post)

Okinawa prefecture includes dozens of inhabited and many small uninhabited islands. Okinawa has more than 32 US military bases or installations and nearly 50 restricted air and marine sites reserved for military training. Japan's poorest prefecture shoulders 75 percent of all the US bases in the country. Almost 20 percent of Okinawa's islands are held by the US military. Now protesters and Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga are demanding a halt to construction of a new US base near Nago city.

US Ramps Up Military Provocations along Russia's Border
(RT News & ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency)

Six NATO warships recently participated in naval drills in the Black Sea. More than 1,000 US troops based in Europe have recently been moving across Eastern Europe to participate in the military exercises close to the Russian Border. US A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes are taking part in war games in Poland, as the nation expects about 10,000 NATO forces at drills this year. Moscow says the military build-up at Russia's borders will have a negative long-term impact.

Fukushima in Year Five of Endless Radioactive Contamination
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

The world's worst nuclear power disaster continues to release radiation into the sea and air around Fukushima, Japan, where the site remains only partially controlled and is still years, if not decades, from any sort of safe shutdown. TEPCO, the Fukushima site owner, has spent about $3 billion, with little progress to show for it. The company's ineffective site cleanup program has wasted more that $500 million on useless equipment and failed techniques, according to Japanese government auditors.

Okinawa Governor Blocks Controversial US Marine Base
(Justin McCurry / The Guardian & Jon Mitchell / Japan Times & ABC News)

Takeshi Onaga, the governor of a southern Japanese island, home to tens of thousands of American troops, has triggered a potentially bitter confrontation with Tokyo and Washington after he ordered a halt to the construction of a controversial US marine base after local officials found builders had damaged coral reefs when they laid concrete construction blocks. The construction has been opposed by thousands of environmental activists and local residents.

US 'Drug War' Spraying Causes Cancer in Colombia While US Tobacco Kills Millions Worldwide
(Robert Barsocchini / Washington's Blog)

A drug-eradication fumigation program, which is financed by the US and partly carried out by American contractors has sprayed 4 million acres of land in the past two decades to kill coca plants. The herbicide has been found to cause cancer. Colombia's left likens the program to the US military's use of the Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, the US continues to promote an much deadlier drug -- tobacco -- around the world. Perhaps Colombia should spray tobacco crops in the US.

US vs ISIS: 2,320 US Airstrikes, $2 Billion, And Not Much to Show for It
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & David Alexander / Reuters)

The Pentagon has issued a statement regarding it's ongoing air war against ISIS today. The statement attempts to focus on big "successes" in the attack, including 73 tanks destroyed, many of them US-made M1A1 tanks, and 282 Humvees, all of them US-made. Conspicuously absent in the war, however, is any meaningful territory gained in either Syria or Iraq, despite thousands of airstrikes. The Pentagon has only managed to blow stuff up -- including most of the city of Kobani.

Marshall Islanders: Disposessed by Atomic Bombs and Now, by Climate Change
(Karl Mathiesen / The Guardian)

People in the Pacific Marshall Islands and Kiribati are facing oblivion as the sea around them rises, and they are already suffering from food shortages, droughts and floods. Karl Mathiesen reports from the frontline of climate crisis.

Virunga Park's Mountain Gorillas Threatened by Oil Companies
(Maud Jullien / BBC News)

The Democratic Republic of Congo's vast Virunga National Park -- a World Heritage Site and one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth -- has suffered from the years of lawlessness and conflict between armed groups. Now government leaders want to redraw the park's boundaries to permit oil exploration. Oil extraction or minerals excavation would threaten the survival of the park's endangered mountain gorillas.

Virunga Park's Mountain Gorillas Threatened by Oil Companies
(Maud Jullien / BBC News)

The Democratic Republic of Congo's vast Virunga National Park -- a World Heritage Site and one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth -- has suffered from the years of lawlessness and conflict between armed groups. Now government leaders want to redraw the park's boundaries to permit oil exploration. Oil extraction or minerals excavation would threaten the survival of the park's endangered mountain gorillas.

Water Shortages Are Coming. It's Time for Us to Act
(Matt Cartwright and Michael Shank / The Guardian & Jay Famiglietti, Op-Ed / The Los Angeles Times)

America is entering a new phase of "peak water," the point at which freshwater is being consumed faster than it is replenished. Already, 40 state water managers expect water shortages to over the next 10 years. Over 80% of continental US is abnormally dry. With 2014 the hottest year on record, we can expect even drier conditions to become more common. The water wars being waged in the Southeast -- as Florida, Georgia, and Alabama fight over watersheds and water flows -- are a prime example.

The Climate Crisis Alarms Are Ringing
(Naomi Klein / The Guardian)

The second in a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. In this extract taken from the Introduction to This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, the author calls the climate crisis a civilisational wake-up call to alter our economy, our lifestyles, now -- before they get changed for us.

Greenland Reels While GOP Senator Inhofe Disputes Climate Change
(Don Mikulecky / The Daily Kos & Joe Romm / Think Progress)

It has been only a matter of time but things are happening faster than most anticipated. Greenland is warmer than it has been in more than 100,000 years and climate disrupting feedback loops have begun. Since 2000, ice loss has increased over 600 percent, and liquid water now exists inside the ice sheet year-round, no longer refreezing during winter. That is but part of the story.

Massive Glaciers Collapsing into Seas; Major Heat Surge Feared in Five Years
(Pakalolo / The Daily Kos )

The waters of the Arctic Ocean have warmed at a rapid pace relative to the rest of the world over recent years, and 2012 in particular was a year of exceptional melting and warmth in the arctic due to some extreme storms. 3,000-foot-thick glaciers have begun crumbling into the sea. A study in Geophysical Research Letters reports climate change is adding on average around 125 trillion Joules of heat to the oceans per second -- equal to the detonation of two Hiroshima -sized atomic bombs.

The A-10 Warthog & Nuclear Warfare: Raising Depleted Uranium's Threshold of Acceptability
(Doug Weir / Ban Depleted Uranium.org)

The apparent U-turn by the Pentagon over DU use by aircraft in Operation Inherent Resolve has been cautiously welcomed by campaigners, but is it a sign of a wider policy shift? Is the threshold of acceptability for the use of DU in operations rising in response to international pressure over the controversial munitions and what part has the A-10 played in this?

Canada Plans to Offer 'Oil Bribes' in Exchange for Seizing Native Lands
(Martin Lukacs / The Guardian)

News reports and newly revealed documents expose how Canada's Harper government has organized a series of private meetings between oil firms and Indigenous chiefs to try and gain support for oil and gas pipelines and other investments located on native lands. Planning papers reveal how the government hopes to promote its pipelines and resource agenda by pushing First Nations to the sidelines -- undercutting their aboriginal rights in exchange for business opportunities.

55 Years Later, Algerians Still Suffer from French Atomic Blasts
(Johnny Magdaleno / Al Jazeera America)

In the early Sixties, France exploded 17 nuclear bombs in the Algeria, turning Saharan deserts sands into glass, leaving contaminated wastes scattered across the land, and exposing nearby populations to blast effects and lingering radiation. As many as 60,000 may have been sickened by the blasts but, to date, only 17 people have received compensation for a range of disabling and deadly diseases, including cancers, blindness and birth defects.

Banksy Goes Undercover in Gaza, Releases Mini-Documentary
(Jenni Ryall / Mashable)

The unidentified street artist Banksy has re-emerged in Gaza to create a political mini-documentary about life inside the war-torn region. Among the destroyed buildings and bleak reality, Banksy is shown painting a piece titled "Bomb Damage" that depicts the Greek goddess Niobe cowering and weeping in the only part that remains of a building.

Help End Militarization on Our National Forests!
(Andy Stahl / Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics)

The US Navy wants to deploy Growler jets over Washington's Olympic National Forest for high-tech combat training -- one of the most beautiful and untrammeled corners of your public lands and on your forests around the nation. The Olympic proposal is not unique. Military installations dot the landscape of our public forests -- from an Air Force bombing range on Louisiana's Kisatchie National Forest to an Army research lab atop Colorado's Pikes Peak to a mountain-warfare training center in Nevada.

Rebuilding Gaza Could Take a Century if Israel Maintains Its Blockade
(Kieran Guilbert / Thomson Reuters Foundation & United Nations Relief and Works Association)

According to the international aid agency, Oxfam, the rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted. Gaza needs more than 800,000 truckloads of building materials to repair infrastructure damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, yet less than a quarter of one percent of the materials needed have entered Gaza in the last three months, Oxfam said.

Gaza in Ruins After Receiving Only 5% of Pledged Reconstruction Funds
(Ken Klippenstein / Reader Supported News )

Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, discusses the consequences of the fact that only about 5% of pledged donations have reached war-devastated Gaza. "There are about 110,000 homes which are either completely uninhabitable or very badly damaged. Assuming each home has between six and eight people, that’s 600,000-800,000 people. . . the breadth of the humanitarian impact is immense."

With the Planet's Sand Disappearing, Will We Face a Future of 'Sand Wars'?
(Denis Delestrac / RT News & John R. Gillis / The New York Times & Coastal Care)

Sand is vital to the manufacturing of abrasives, glass, plastics, microchips and cement. But today, 75 to 90 percent of the world’s natural sand beaches are disappearing, due to rising sea levels and massive erosion caused by human activities. Apart from water and air, sand is the natural element most in demand around the world. The approaching "sand drought" has given rise to secretive "sand mafias," organized crime cartels that are prepared to wage wars and murder to control the sand market.

Washington's War on the American Bison Still Rages
(Nate Schweber / Al Jazeera America)

There's a free speech fight taking place over how bison are killed as part of federal efforts to limit animal populations in and around Yellowstone Park. For decades, hunters hired by the West's powerful agribusiness industry have run down and killed any bison that strayed beyond the park's boundaries. The killing has continued despite a pact signed on Blackfeet territory that establishes an alliance among Native American groups to revive bison population.

'Forever As Wilderness': Obama Bans Oil Drilling in Arctic Walrus Habitat
(Dan Joling / Associated Press & the Staff of the Goldman Environmental Prize)

A stretch of Arctic coast, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that has ruled it a biological hot spot that is now off-limits to future oil drilling. Alaska Gwich'in tribal leader Sarah James praised the announcement. "In our language we call the coastal plain the Sacred Place Where Life Begins..... To us, this is a human rights issue. We have the right to continue our own way of life, and we are so thankful for Obama's decision."

Obama Administration Plans to Aggressively Target Wildlife Trafficking
(Ron Nixon / The New York Times)

Hoping to stem illegal wildlife trafficking, the Obama administration on Wednesday introduced an aggressive plan for taking on traffickers that will include using American intelligence agencies to track and target those who benefit from the estimated $20-billion-a-year market involving the buying and selling of illegaly poached rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory. Anti-trafficking experts praised the effort as an important step, even as they said the government faced a daunting task.

Hundreds of Rabbis from Around the World Call on Israel to Halt Demolition of Palestinian Homes
(Lizzie Dearden / The Independent & Jon Stone / The Independent)

More than 400 rabbis from Israel, Britain and around the world have called on Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes. Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) has submitted an open letter to the Israeli Prime Minister claiming his stance is not in line with "international law and Jewish tradition." It came after Mr. Netanyahu announced the destruction of more than 400 Palestinian homes in the Israel-controlled part of the West Bank known as Area C.

Plot for a US-Style Fracking Revolution Threatens British Homes, Environment
(Naomi Klein / This Changes Everything)

Commentary: "In rushing to exploit the UK's shale gas reserves, the industry has spent millions on public relations and brazenly overridden the democratic will of British citizens by overturning laws that had prevented drilling under homes. . . . It may seem that frackers in the UK and elsewhere will stop at nothing to have their way. But thanks to the rising global climate movement, this so-called bridge is already burning. And it's long past time to choose a different path."

ACTION ALERT: US (and UK, France and Israel) Refuse to Sign UN Resolution of Use of Radioactive Weapons
(Ben Griffin / Change.org & The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons)

Last few days of Change.org petition calling on UK and US to take responsibility over the cleanup of radioactive weapons damage in Iraq. Please sign and share. UK veteran Ben Griffiths and CADU will be handing this petition to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London tomorrow. This is your last chance to sign and share.

ACTION ALERT: Militarism in the Air We Breathe
(David Swanson / War Is a Crime & Letter to the EPA)

If there is a group of Americans to whom Iraqis struggling with the health effects of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and all the various poisons of war can relate, it might be the mostly black and largely poor residents of Gibsland, in northern Louisiana. The EPA recently announced plans to burn 15 million pounds of toxic M6 munitions on open 'burn trays' at nearby Camp Minden, a disposal process that is so fraught with health risks that it has been outlawed in other countries.

State of the Union Falls Short of Addressing the State of the Planet
(Katherine Paul / Organic Consumers Association)

In his State of the Union Address, the President noted that 2014 was the warmest year on record and repeated the Pentagon's claim that climate change poses a national security threat. The President observed that solar and wind power will help while reducing carbon emissions and rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline are essential for planetary survival. But President Obama failed to mention the largest source of carbon emissions -- industrial, chemical-intensive agriculture.

Save Africa's Soil: More Than Half of Africa's Arable Land 'Too Damaged' for Food Production
(Busani Bafana / InterPress Service)

According to the National Geographic: "By 1991, an area bigger than the United States and Canada combined. Native forests and vegetation are being cleared and converted to agricultural land at a rate greater than any other period in history. We still continue to harvest more nutrients than we replace in soil. If a country is extracting oil, people worry about what will happen if the oil runs out. But we don't seem to worry about what will happen if we run out of soil.

The Triple Whopper: The Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production
(Bryan Walsh / TIME Magazine)

It's time we focus on the #1 cause of human: disease, death expense and cause of global warming: meat-eating! Studies have confirmed that livestock production may have a bigger impact on pollution and planetary warming than anything else. A new study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows how the effects vary from country to country -- and points the way toward a more sustainable future.

If Terrorists Can Target a Humor Magazine, Imagine the Damage They Could Do if They Targeted a Nuclear Reactor
(Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch)

We have seen four American-designed reactors explode and three melt at a single Japanese site. We have seen an entire continent -- and more -- irradiated by Chernobyl. The accused 9/11 attackers contemplated hitting the reactors at Indian Point, 35 miles up the Hudson from Manhattan. Neither US military nor local police forces could have stopped such an attack. Every serious student of terrorism knows that such an attack is merely a matter of time.

UN Confirms Palestinians Will Be ICC Member on April 1
(Reuters & Robert Fisk / The Independent)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed the Palestinians will formally become a member of the International Criminal Court on April 1 and the court's registrar said on Wednesday that jurisdiction would date back to June 13, 2014. This means the court's prosecutor could investigate the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip in July and August 2014, during which more than 2,100 Palestinians, 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were killed.

The World Is Running Out of Sand. 'Sand Wars' May Be Coming
(Sand-Wars.com & Andrew Alden / About Education)

Sand is not an inexhaustible resource. It is being consumed in massive quantities to build modern cities and sidewalks, to create glass bottles, to manufacture silicon chips for computers and solar panels. Without sand, industrial growth would come to a grinding halt. As global warming and rising seas consume more and more coastal sand, remaining supplies have become so pricey that criminal gangs are now stealing and smuggling sand for sale to the highest bidder. And "sand wars" may be next.

US Aids Mining Corp by Sending SWAT Team to Harrass Navajo Shepherds
(Shannon Speed and Hallie Boas / A Jazeera America)

In late October in a remote area of Arizona called Black Mesa, federal SWAT teams wearing military flak jackets and wielding assault rifles set up roadblocks and detained people as helicopters circled overhead. They weren't targeting terrorists, however, they were detaining impoverished Navajo elders accused of owning too many sheep. If Washington really wants to improve its relationship with American Indian tribes, it should start by ending its historical collusion with energy corporations.

Okinawa: The Small Island Trying To Block the US Military's 'Pivot to Asia'
(Christine Ahn / Foreign Policy in Focus & AntiWar.com)

In November 2014, the citizens of Okinawa delivered a landslide victory to Takeshi Onaga, who ran for mayor on a platform opposing the construction of a new US Marine Corps base in northern Okinawa. Onaga pledged "to stop construction using every means at my disposal." Opposition to the US military's presence and negative impacts is bolstered by new studies that confirm US military violence against Okinawan women and girls is not just a case of a few bad apples, but rather structural.

As Many As 690 Species Went Extinct in a Single Week
(Brittany Greenquist / RYOT)

he journal Nature just published an in-depth look at the threats faced by wildlife around the globe. It seems what we thought was bad is even worse. Estimates suggest that somewhere between 500 and 36,000 species could disappear each year (or 10 to 690 a week).

War Has Damaged All but One of Syria's World Heritage Site
(Huge Naylor / Al Jazeera America & Elahe Izadi / Al Jazeera America)

Syria's vast archaeological sites have suffered extensive damage because of bombing by government warplanes and the demolition of religious shrines by Islamic State militants. But there is an increasing, perhaps more menacing problem: old-fashioned plunder. A new report has found evidence of "widespread looting" at locations that Syria has nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

22 Years after the Earth Summit in Rio, 'We're Still on a Course Leading to Tragedy'
(David Simpson / Planet Drum Foundation )

Commentary: If rhetoric were effective action, the world would indeed have been saved on day seven of the 2014 UN climate change COP 20. This was officially the first day of the High Level negotiations and it was peppered by brief impassioned speeches from leaders of many nations, especially smaller ones. Plus: Secretary of State John Kerry's complete December 11 speech to the COP2 summit in Lima, Peru.

22 Years after the Earth Summit in Rio, 'We're Still on a Course Leading to Tragedy'
(David Simpson / Planet Drum Foundation )

Commentary: If rhetoric were effective action, the world would indeed have been saved on day seven of the 2014 UN climate change COP 20. This was officially the first day of the High Level negotiations and it was peppered by brief impassioned speeches from leaders of many nations, especially smaller ones. Plus: Secretary of State John Kerry's complete December 11 speech to the COP2 summit in Lima, Peru.

Former VA Official: Burn Pits Could Be the New Agent Orange
(Sameen Ami / America Tonight; Al Jazeera America)

The Department of Defense and, by extension, the Department of Veterans Affairs do not acknowledge that toxic exposures from burn pit smoke could have sickened servicemembers. That's left veterans fighting for compensation and recognition that they believe is owed to them. As a result of the lobbying efforts of advocacy groups like, Burn Pits 360, the VA started an online registry for people who feel they are sick from burn pits. After opening in June, 25,000 people have signed up so far.

Obama's Conflict Minerals Law Has Destroyed Everything, Say Congo Miners
(Sudarsan Raghavan / The Washington Post)

US legislation aimed at damaging Congolese militias has inadvertently propelled millions deeper into poverty. An obscure measure passed by US lawmakers, villagers call it "Loi Obama" -- Obama's law. The legislation compels US companies to audit their supply chains to ensure they are not using 'conflict minerals' -- particularly gold, coltan, tin and tungsten from artisanal mines controlled by Congo's murderous militias. But the legislation has sent millions of miners and their families deeper into poverty

COP20 Lima Climate Summit Report #1
(David Simpson/ Planet Drum Foundation)

Despite a veritable barrage over the past few months of harsh scientific news about global warming, hope seemed to be springing anew on the first of December in the exotic soil of Peru's vast military training facility aptly referred to as the Pentagonito. It is there under the shadow of the fortress-like intelligence headquarters that the United Nations' enormous and complex annual initiative for dealing with climate change has been relaunched.

Hottest Year on Record as Climate Talks Start in Lima
(United Nations News Center & Alex Morales / Bloomberg)

With 2014 on track to be the world's hottest on record, United Nations officials pressed for urgent action to prevent the most damaging impacts of climate change at the opening of an annual summit on global warming in Lima. "There has never been so much scientific evidence of the severe and irreversible social and natural effects of climate change," said Peru's environment minister. "Never has it been so clear that the window of opportunity to reduce emissions is closing quickly."

Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text Ahead of Peru Climate Summit on December 1
(Betwa Sharma / Al Jazeera America)

The two-week United Nations climate conference in Peru, which begins Monday, is the final stop before Paris in 2015, where climate negotiators will aim to strike a deal that will, for the first time, require all countries to combat climate change. Climate activists heading this critical global meeting have warned that developed nations' commitments are not in line with goal of keeping planetary warming below 2 degrees Celsius, after which, climate disaster would become "irreversible."

$700 Million in Afghan Aid
(David Pugliese / The Ottawa Citizen & Joe Gould / Military Times)

John Sopko, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that country's economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and "accomplished nothing." Spoko complained: "We have gotten serious allegations about the management and mismanagement" including a Defense Department unit aimed at developing war zone mining, industrial development and fostering private investments.

Largest Quake in 140 Years: Is Fracking a Threat to Obama's New $687 Million Nuclear Bomb Facility?
(Associated Press & The Wichta Eagle & William J. Broad and David E. Sanger / The New York Times)

President Obama's plans to spend $1 trillion over the new 30 years building a new arsenal of new, more powerful nuclear weapons may have encountered a new problem. A swarm of unusually strong earthquakes surrounding fracking operations in south-central Missouri could pose a threat to a costly new bomb-making facility that has recently opened in Kansas City, about 100 miles from the strongest of the quakes.

Largest Quake in 140 Years: Is Fracking a Threat to Obama's New $687 Million Nuclear Bomb Facility?
(Associated Press & The Wichta Eagle & William J. Broad and David E. Sanger / The New York Times)

President Obama's plans to spend $1 trillion over the new 30 years building a new arsenal of new, more powerful nuclear weapons may have encountered a new problem. A swarm of unusually strong earthquakes surrounding fracking operations in south-central Missouri could pose a threat to a costly new bomb-making facility that has recently opened in Kansas City, about 100 miles from the strongest of the quakes.

Congress Commits an Act of War Against the Great Sioux Nation
(The Daily Kos & The Summit County Voice)

When Congress voted to approve the Keystone Pipeline they committed an act of war against the Great Sioux Nation. Apparently they completely forgot to check with the Sioux who live on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, who in February adopted tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project.

Sickened Vets Sue Military Contractor for Burn-Pit Pollution
(Gwen Ifill & Hari Sreenivasan / PBS NewsHour)

Throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, all kinds of things -- batteries, paint, plastic, electronics, even whole vehicles -- were disposed of in so-called "burn pits" by the US military. Some veterans have filed a class action lawsuit against a defense contractor claiming toxic smoke from burning waste caused lung disease and cancer. Hari Sreenivasan and NewsHour producer Dan Sagalyn report.

Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State
(Dahr Jamail /Truthout)

Washington's Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest are two of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the US. And this is where the US Navy aims to conduct an Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare training program, wherein it will fly supersonic warplanes 1,200 feet above the ground to conduct war games. Enough electromagnetic radiation will be emitted to melt human eye tissue, cause breast cancer, trigger leukemia, damage human fetuses, and disturb and disrupt wildlife in the area.

Israel Bars UN on War Crimes, Ignores US Protests on Settlements
(AntiWar.com & The Jerusalem Post)

The Israeli government has announced that it is denying entry to members of the UN Human Rights Council commission charged with investigating war crimes committed during the summer Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the US has warned that approval of an initial plan to build 200 housing units in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot, over the 1967 Green Line, could be harmful to the peace process.

Climate Change and Conflict: Afghans on the Front Line
(Joe Dyke / IRIN News & Scott Neuman / WAMC Public Radio)

In northern Afghanistan, the residents describe how increasingly extreme weather patterns are making their lives harder every year as they map out many of the symptoms of climate change. Floods are not the only weather making the residents' lives harder. Long droughts, poor harvests and flash floods have been a growing trend for the people of northern Afghanistan as climate grows more extreme. Afghanistan as one of 11 countries at extreme risk of both climate change and food insecurity.

Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes
(Al Jazeera and The Associated Press & Amnesty International & Mark Perry / Al Jazeera America)

On November 5, 2014, Amnesty International accused Israel of committing war crimes during its 50-day military operation in Gaza this summer, saying Israeli forces had displayed "callous indifference" in attacks on family homes in the densely populated coastal strip. Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, the majority civilians. Israel's government dismissed the report, the latest in a series by human rights organizations questioning Israeli tactics in Gaza.

Israel Cuts off Access to Gaza -- After Destroying 18,000 Civilian Homes. Declares New Sentence: '20 Years for Throwing Stones'
(RT News & Super News Planet)

Israel is shutting the only two operating Gaza border crossings indefinitely. This comes a day after a projectile hit Israel, but caused no damage. Border closures threaten to isolate already devastated Gaza completely. The damage caused by the Israeli military operation in Gaza makes it impossible for thousands to return home, despite the ceasefire, due to lack of services, water and electricity. As anger grows, Israel has voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles -- from two to 20 years.

UN Climate Report Underscores Necessity of Swift Carbon Cuts
(Al Jazeera America & Karl Ritter / Associated Press & Bill DiBenedetto / TriplePundit)

Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts will require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report published Sunday. "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned. The world has until 2100 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero or face 'irreversible' consequences.

How a GOP Victory Could Dismantle Climate Change Policy
(National Public Radio & Bloomberg BNA)

With fall elections just hours away, Republicans may be on the verge of wresting control of the Senate from Democrats who have blocked GOP attempts to roll back environmental rules on carbon dioxide pollution, ozone emissions and expanded Clean Water Act protections. A Republican-led Senate would energize House Republicans to pursue their nearly four-year battle to roll back environmental regulations they see as overly burdensome to the corporate fossil fuel interests.

US Questions Netanyahu's Commitment to Peace
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rebecca Shimoni Stoil / The Times of Israel)

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiling yet another massive settlement expansion in occupied East Jerusalem, US officials are openly expressing doubts about his commitment to the stalled peace process. In response to reports that Israel plans to continue expanding construction in Jerusalem, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated that Israel's continued building is "incompatible with their stated desire to live in a peaceful society."

UN and Israel Investigating Israel's Illegal Acts During Gaza Attacks
(RT News)

The UN has announced the coming start of an investigation into attacks on UN-operated facilities in the Gaza Strip and the use of UN sites to store weapons during Israel's summer military operation. At the same time, the Israeli Defense Forces are launching criminal probes into five cases of alleged misconduct and breach of international law by their own soldiers in the summer operation in the Gaza Strip. This will be part of a series totaling 99 investigations.

Pentagon Warns of Approaching 'Climate Wars'
(Tim McDonnell / Mother Jones)

In one of its strongest statements yet on the need to prepare for climate change, the Defense Department has released a report that says global warming "poses immediate risks to US national security" and will exacerbate national security-related threats ranging "from infectious disease to terrorism." Around the globe, for example, rising sea levels are beginning to encroach on US Naval bases.

The Middle East Needs a Marshall Plan
(Judith Barnett / Al Jazeera America)

On Oct. 12, international donor countries meeting in Cairo pledged $5.4 billion to help reconstruct Gaza after nearly two months of war between Hamas and Israel this summer. Washington pledged $212 million, doubling US aid to the Palestinians this year. But after three wars in six years, pouring money into Gaza without a long-term plan will not provide a solution. International reconstruction and counterterrorism efforts must include a long-term economic development plan.

Pentagon Fears Climate Change Could Soon Flood US Navy Bases Worldwide
(Andrew Freedman / Mashable)

The Pentagon sees global warming as a challenge that "poses immediate risks" to national security, rather than one that will rear its head only in the future. This shift in thinking comes as the sprawling department puts in place a wide range of measures to ensure that its bases do not sink below the sea as the oceans rise, that its weapons systems still work in a variety of extreme weather conditions, and that it is prepared to deal with increased demands for humanitarian assistance and regional instability.

East-West Hostility May Stall Ross Sea Conservation
(Natasja Sheriff / Al Jazeera America)

A proposal to protect one of the most pristine marine ecosystem, Antarctica's Ross Sea (one of the healthiest ecosystems in the world) could be jeopardized by growing tensions between Russia and the West, say environmentalists.

The Greenpeace Video that Prompted Lego to Dump Shell Oil
(Greenpeace International & James Turner / The Huffington Post)

Lego has said that Shell will no longer be allowed to sell its toys sets, following a Greenpeace campaign. The Danish toymaker decided not to renew its contract with the oil giant after a viral campaign -- involving a video depicting an Arctic landscape fashioned from Legos vanishing under a spreading tide of spilled oil -- highlighted the dangers of Arctic drilling.

Israel Damages 15,671 Housing Units, Bars Re-Building Materials from Gaza
(Middle East Monitor & Global Research & Rania Khalek / Electronic Intifada)

During a recent 51-day onslaught, the Israeli army damaged 15,671 housing units across the Gaza Strip, including 2,276 that were totally destroyed. The Israeli authorities have delayed indefinitely the entry of 60 truckloads of building materials into the Gaza Strip. The move came despite Israeli "promises" to allow the entry of the construction supplies into the blockaded enclave. More than 2,150 Gazans, meanwhile, mostly civilians, were killed -- and 11,000 injured -- in unrelenting Israeli attacks.

FDA Approves Agent-Orange Friendly Foods. Will EPA Block 2,4-D?
(Andrew Pollack / The New York Times)

The Agriculture Department has approved the commercial planting of corn and soybeans genetically engineered to survive being sprayed by the herbicide known as 2,4-D, according to documents it posted on a federal regulatory website. Corn and soybean growers say new chemicals are needed to fight rapidly spreading weeds that can no longer be killed by the herbicide, Roundup. But spraying 2,4-D would be more damaging to the environment, nearby non-engineered crops and human health.

Human War on Wildlife: 52% of World's Species in Decline over Past 40 Years
(Al Jazeera America & World Wildlife Fund)

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the biggest environmental groups. The Swiss-based World Wildlife Fund blames human threats to nature for biggest share of decline, particularly in tropical regions.

A State of Extreme Planetary Emergency
(Malcolm Light / Arctic News Blogspot & University of Utah News)

President Obama must declare a State of Extreme National Emergency and cease orchestrating a war with Russia. He must recall his entire army and navy personnel to the United States to begin a massive conversion of the US energy system to solar and wind power. All 600 coal power stations and nuclear stations must be completely shut down in the next 5 to 10 years. If this is not done, humanity will be facing total extinction in an Arctic Methane Firestorm between 2040 and 2050.

Occupation and the Environmental Destruction Of Palestine

Over the last 40 years occupied Palestine has witnessed a catastrophic decline in biodiversity. Loss of habitat, desertification and pollution of water sources have all been linked to the occupation by Israeli forces.

Israel Confiscates Nearly 1,000 Acres of Palestinian Land in the West Bank
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America & Peace Now)

On August 31, Israel confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank -- a move described by the Israeli rights group Peace Now as "unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s." Settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel are deemed illegal by the United Nations. Israel's refusal to halt construction and expansion has repeatedly halted the peace process and increased resentment and distrust among the Palestinians.

Israel Confiscates Nearly 1,000 Acres of Palestinian Land in the West Bank
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America & Peace Now)

On August 31, Israel confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank -- a move described by the Israeli rights group Peace Now as "unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s." Settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel are deemed illegal by the United Nations. Israel's refusal to halt construction and expansion has repeatedly halted the peace process and increased resentment and distrust among the Palestinians.

Gaza Agriculture Devastated by Israeli Offensive -- UN
(RT News)

The Israeli military operation in Gaza has devastated the enclave's food production process the UN has announced, warning that the lack of food will "severely" affect the local population and that recovery will need "significant external assistance. The recent fighting has resulted in substantial direct damage to Gaza's 17,000 hectares of croplands as well as much of its agricultural infrastructure.

Ukraine Attacks Civilian Targets, Risks Chemical Disaster
(RT News)

Ukraine is at risk of an environmental disaster as Kiev's army continues to bomb the Donestk region, nearly hitting its largest chemical plant that stores lethal agents, the plant's spokesperson warned. If the toxic chemicals and gases were released, the minimum impact zone would extend at least 186 miles. The ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine has already led to more than 1,300 people -- both civilians and military troops -- being killed in the conflict.

Gaza War Bill Estimated at $5 Billion: Gaza's Only Power Plant Targeted and Destroyed
(Omar Shaban / Al-Monitor & Charlie D’Agata / CBS Evening News & Human Rights Watch)

The Gaza Strip is perhaps the only place in the world that suffered three devastating wars requiring extensive reconstruction three times in seven years. The latest attack on homes, mosques, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure has been estimated at $5 billion. Damaging or destroying a power plant -- even if it also served a military purpose -- would be an unlawful disproportionate attack under the laws of war, causing far greater civilian harm than military gain.

Dryness in Gaza: War and the Palestinian Water Crisis
(Amir Dakkak / EcoMENA & Isonomia)

Prior to a blockade imposed by Israel in 2006, around 97% of all households within the Gaza strip had access to water. The ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza has taken a heavy toll on the strip's water infrastructure, leaving the territory's 1.8 million residents facing long periods without access to clean running water. This has driven residents to travel long distances in order to reach a source of water that they can use. Scientists now warn that the Gaza sSrip could be uninhabitable by the year 2016.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Obama: Don't Resume Bombing Iraq
(Robert Naiman / Just Foreign Policy & MoveOn & Code Pink & Friends Committee on National Legislation)

Today the United States began bombing Iraq again. Decades of US military intervention fomented the crisis in Iraq today, and more bombing will only mean more bloodshed and instability. President Obama should explain clearly why his decision to order airstrikes in Iraq without Congressional authorization was Constitutional, say clearly what he believes is the legal limit of his authority, and seek explicit Congressional authorization for further military action.

How The Illicit Wildlife and Resource Trade Is Financing Militias and Terrorists
(Samuel Oakford / Vice News & Kayla Ruble / Vice News & Angela Kubo and Jake Adelstein / Vice News)

Illicit resource extraction and poaching -- industries worth up to $213 billion a year -- are funneling money to criminals, militias, and (in some high-profile cases) terrorists, according to a joint study by Interpol and the UN's environmental agency (UNEP). The total supersedes both the world market for illegal drugs, which is valued at an estimated $200 billion, and the $135 billion in official development assistance given to low-income countries, where most of the plundering takes place.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Obama: Don't Resume Bombing Iraq
(Robert Naiman / Just Foreign Policy & MoveOn & Code Pink & Friends Committee on National Legislation)

Today the United States began bombing Iraq again. Decades of US military intervention fomented the crisis in Iraq today, and more bombing will only mean more bloodshed and instability. President Obama should explain clearly why his decision to order airstrikes in Iraq without Congressional authorization was Constitutional, say clearly what he believes is the legal limit of his authority, and seek explicit Congressional authorization for further military action.

Humans to Blame for 322 Animal Extinctions in 500 Years
(Abigail Geer / Care2.com & Susan Bird / Care2)

In an article published in the journal, Science, researchers took a closer look at animals that have disappeared at the hands of humans, and what this might mean for the future. One study showed that, as human population doubled in the last 35 years, the number of invertebrate animals such as beetles, butterflies and worms decreased by an alarming 45%. From the passenger pigeon to the Tasmanian tiger and the freshwater baiji dolphin, we are killing animals at an unsettling rate.

Hiroshima Marks Anniversary of Atomic Bombing
(Channel News Asia & Eric Sutphin / Ploughshares & Reid Dennis / Ploughshares)

Tens of thousands were to gather for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on August 6, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan. An American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, in one of the final chapters of World War II. It had killed an estimated 140,000 by December that year. Three days later, the port city of Nagasaki was also bombed, killing an estimated 70,000 people.

Pentagon Concludes Massive 22-Nation RIMPAC Naval Exercise
(Jon Letman / Civil Beat.com)

On August 1, 2014, the world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, concluded with the participation of 22 nations, 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the War on Rhinos
(Susan V / The Petition Site & Lizabeth Paulat / Care2.com)

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park in KwaZulu-Natal has become the southern white rhinos’ last refuge after it was hunted to near extinction in the 1890s. Now the high demand for rhino horns -- fueled by Vietnamese and Chinese markets -- has led to huge incentives to poach and a dramatic increase in rhino killings -- over 1,000 last year alone.

Sending Gaza Back to the Stone Age: Israel's Plan to Seize 44 Percent of Gaza's Land
(Jesse Rosenfeld / The Daily Beast)

To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man's land. The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge. In the name of self-defense, Israel's army is driving people from "buffer zone" that, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, will swallow up about 44 percent of Gaza's territory.

Gaza Pulverised beyond Recognition
(Mohammed Omer / Middle East Eye & Ramzy Baroud / Middle East Eye)

Rescue teams are using masks, but the smell remains strong. Ambulance crews have been shot at, as Israel had barred them from entering this area. Seven medics have been killed, while many others were injured. Homes, hospitals, mosques have been destroyed by Israel's F16's, drones or tank shells and mortars. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is not the only leader culpable of Gaza's bloodbath; others in Western capitals should also be held to account -- beginning with the US.

The Ruins of Gaza Laid Bare
(Peter Beaumont / The Observer)

Repeated shelling has inflicted a terrible reality on Palestinians as they try to salvage something from shattered homes and lives. In some places visited by The Observer, whole blocks had been flattened, dozens of buildings reduced to a moonscape from which the smell of death wafted. Where Israeli tanks and bulldozers have been there are sandy roads pushed through gardens, parks and farmland, banks of dirt thrown up from where the tanks fired from.

Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Timber Helps Finance Organized Crime and Terrorist Groups
(Human Wrongs Watch & Corporate Accountability International & Rady Ananda / Activist Post)

Global environmental crime, possibly worth more than $200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new joint United Nations-INTERPOL report. According to the new report, one terrorist group operating in East Africa is estimated to make between $38 and $56 million per year from the illegal trade in charcoal.

The Pacific Pivot: Ecocide on an Oceanic Scale
(Koohan Paik / Island Breath)

RIMPAC, a massive US Navy war exercise, is a small piece of a huge, systemized, federal project of destruction. It's called the "Pacific Pivot" (or by some the "Asian Pivot). The Pacific Pivot is a plan to reorient the US military away from Europe and the Middle East, and toward the Asia-Pacific region. Island and reefs with by bombs and blasted, all in the name of "security." But the truth is, genuine security is to be found in uncontaminated farmland, clean air and water, a healthy ocean, and true democracy.

Settler Fraud in Theft of Palestinian Land as Israel Prepares to 'Evict the Dead'
(Chaim Levinson / Ha'aretz & RT News)

An investigation has revealed that Al-Watan, a subsidiary of settlement organization Amana run by Ze'ev Hever, filed forged documents attesting to a legal purchase of Palestinian land, the site of the Amona outpost. The Amona outpost was built completely on private Palestinian land. Israel is trying out a new sort of "flexible evictions" in its quest to root out the "illegal" Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, demolished 63 times to date. Now even those buried in the village cemetery are reportedly receiving "eviction orders."

Wastes of War: Russia's Forgotten Chemical Weapons
(David Hoffman / Washington Post Foreign Service)

In a verdant pine forest, sprinkled with birch trees, the lush growth suddenly disappears. Underbrush gives way to a black ulcer on the earth where nothing grows. This hole in the middle of a Russian forest is a chemical weapons graveyard. Buried here are vintage WW II bombs, filled with a mix of a blistering poison gas and a sulfur mustard gas. These abandoned bombs are a symbol of Russia's chemical weapons nightmare: It has more chemical bombs than any country, it cannot get rid of them, and it can't even find them all.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Brink of Devastation in Relentless Quest for Coal
(Helen Caldicott and Reese Halter / The Age)

The rampant destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, given the green light by the federal government, epitomises the values of our modern world. "Economic development" and "jobs" reign supreme while our reef, one of the seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is in great jeopardy.

Wastes of War: Russia's Forgotten Chemical Weapons
(David Hoffman / Washington Post Foreign Service)

In a verdant pine forest, sprinkled with birch trees, the lush growth suddenly disappears. Underbrush gives way to a black ulcer on the earth where nothing grows. This hole in the middle of a Russian forest is a chemical weapons graveyard. Buried here are vintage WW II bombs, filled with a mix of a blistering poison gas and a sulfur mustard gas. These abandoned bombs are a symbol of Russia's chemical weapons nightmare: It has more chemical bombs than any country, it cannot get rid of them, and it can't even find them all.

ACTION ALERT: Israel Uproots 1,600 Trees on Tent of Nations Farm
(Abby Zimet / Common Dreams & Rabbi Brant Rosen )

In early May, Israeli soldiers uprooted over 1,500 fruit trees at the Nassar farm in the Occupied West Bank -- a farm the Nassar family has owned since the days of the Ottoman Empire. The Nassar family's "Tent of Nations educational farm," offered an array of programs to local Palestinian kids aimed at "building bridges between people, and between people and the land." When family members produced registration papers for the farm dating back centuries, Israeli authorities coountered that they had "papers from God."

Wastes of War: Russia's Forgotten Chemical Weapons
(David Hoffman / Washington Post Foreign Service)

In a verdant pine forest, sprinkled with birch trees, the lush growth suddenly disappears. Underbrush gives way to a black ulcer on the earth. In the clearing nothing grows, not even grass. This hole in the middle of a Russian forest is an uncharted chemical weapons graveyard. Buried here are vintage World War II aerial bombs, filled with a mixture of deadly lewisite, a blistering poison gas, and yperite, a sulfur mustard gas.

11 Years On: Assessing the Lasting US' Toxic Legacy in Iraq
(Sarah Lazare / Common Dreams)

Eleven years after the US invasion of Iraq, the war has largely disappeared from the corporate media, and President Obama recently took the widely-criticized step of defending the invasion and claiming the Iraqi people now have "sovereignty." Yet, on Wednesday night, Iraqi civil society organizers and US military veterans gathered at a "People's Hearing" in Washington, DC to tell a different story: of a war that is not over, that is still taking life, spreading trauma, and poisoning Iraq.

US Africa Command, a Tool to Re-colonise the Continent; Foreign Corporations Seize Uganda's Oil
(Dr. Motsoko Pheko / Pambazuka News & Tony Otoa / Think Africa Press)

The USA Africa Command, which America calls 'Africom', is a military structure of the Defence Department of America. Africom was formed in 2007 during President George W Bush's second term of office. That was two months after America had bombed a small African country, Somalia, destabilising it to the ashes. Uganda has granted oil licenses to the China National Offshore Oil Corp Limited, the French oil major Total and the British firm Tullow.

Bringing the Big Guns to US Borders
(Tom A. Peter / Al Jazeera America)

Scores of security companies selling everything from Taser-resistant clothing to armored vehicles packed the Border Security Expo at a convention center in Phoenix. Outside the showroom, speakers from the Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security gave talks to members of the security industry about their organizations' operations and needs. Without the wartime surge of business, weapons manufacturers need to get creative about finding new clients.

Did Russ Feingold Just End a War? The Unlikely Story of How the Former Wisconsin Senator Made Peace in Congo
(Stuart A. Reid / Politico & Progressives United)

When President Obama asked Russ Feingold to take a temporary role as the US Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he jumped at the opportunity. He's always taken on the tough, important fights. Since 1998, an estimated 5 million people have been killed in this war-torn region, including millions of children. When politicians leave the Senate, too many strike it rich working as lobbyists for the very corporations they used to regulate. But then there's Russ.

ATVs and Gun Range Proposed for High Priority Grassland Bird Area
(Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

Nearly the entire 500-acre parcel targeted for an off-road vehicle track and gun range at Badger Army Ammunition Plant has been identified by biologists as a High Priority Grassland Bird Parcel. A major portion of the area has also been identified by wildlife experts as one of two ecologically significant sites at Badger that "warrant high protection and/or restoration consideration during the development of the property master plan."

60 Years after Nuclear Test, Bikini Atoll Still Unliveable
(The Guardian)

The world's largest open-air nuclear blast -- the 15-megatonne Bravo test on 1 March 1954 -- was a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It exposed thousands in the surrounding area to radioactive fallout. On the 60th anniversary of the blast, the Marshall Islands are marking six decades since the devastating US hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll, with exiled islanders saying they are too fearful to ever go back because of nuclear contamination.

The Military's Addiction To Oil
(Barry Sanders / The Huffington Post)

Military vehicles have no respect for Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, or fuel standards of any kind. After all, we are at war; fuel economy is a luxury. Indeed, the military refers to fuel consumption in terms of "gallons per mile," "gallons per minute," and "barrels per hour." One quickly realizes that military "assets," as the Pentagon likes to call its rolling arsenal, operate in a world all their own, free of restraints of any kind -- both in the fuel they consume and the pollutants they exhaust.

Open-Air Burn Pits Have Left A Generation Of Troops With Health Problems
(Harrison Jacobs / Business Insider & Gelmans.com )

One of the most dangerous hazards of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was a product of the US military. Burn pits, many as large as 10 acres wide, are used extensively on military bases to incinerate trash, garbage and even body parts. Breathing dust, fumes, and other toxic substances from burn pits has exposed troops and those who worked for government contractors abroad and other civilians, to a serious hazards. Some of the chemicals were a very toxic carcinogens and are deadly.

Report: Israel Wants to Keep Settlements and 10 Percent of West Bank
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Gavriel Fiske / The Times of Israel & Associated Press & YNet News)

Israel reportedly had indicated that it is willing to give up 90% of the West Bank. Palestinians are said to be insisting on land swaps for no more than 3% of territory. Either way, most existing Jewish settlements on Palestinian land would remain in place. According to UN report, Israel demolished 390 shacks, other structures in Jordan Valley in 2013, displacing nearly 600 Palestinians, twice as many as the year before.

ACTION ALERT: Petition to Senators to Investigate Danger from the Fukushima Nuclear Reactors
(Carol Wolman / Change.org & Robert Alvarez / Institute for Policy Studies)

Petition: "We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the radiation danger from the ongoing disaster at the Japanese nuclear complex at Fukushima-Daiichi. We are asking you to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing damage to West Coast states, and the potential danger of another catastrophe.... This is an international problem. Many say it is THE most dangerous situation on the planet at this time."

US Depleted Uranium Still Dangerous after 30 Years
(Doug Weir & Oliver Tickell & Chris Busby / The Ecologist)

Campaigners have long argued that DU residues from conflict present a long-term risk to civilians. Now, new independent studies have confirmed that uranium particles formed from exploding DU munitions remain highly persistent in the environment -- in soils or dumps and even their corrosion products are durable minerals -- even after the passage of 30 years.

A Growing Global Resistance to the Corporate War on People the Environment
(Robin Broad and John Cavanagh)

Over the past several decades, multinational corporate Goliaths have helped write hundreds of government tax, trade, investment and other laws. Corporations now have the "right" to sue governments who act to protect the environment and public health over private investments -- in mineral and oil extraction. In response, activists from South and Central America to Asia and the South Pacific, are challenging the rules that grant corporations the right to threaten governments with lawsuits.

Washington's Asian 'Pivot' Is Destroying Communities and Entire Marine Ecosystems
(Koohan Paik / AlterNet)

While the Pentagon describes the Pacific Pivot as a shift of military forces to the Asia-Pacific to counter a rising China, we hear precious little about how this plays out environmentally. The military pivot is reigning terror over cetaceans, coral reefs, migratory seabirds and marine ecosystems throughout the vast, dying Pacific Ocean. Residents in Okinawa, the Mariana Islands, and Jeju Island have been most vocally opposed to the plan to blanket the Asia-Pacific with destructive military bases.

In Japan, Mayor's Re-Election Adds Fuel to Resistance to US Militarism
(Jacob Chamberlain / Common Dreams)

Following decades of protest against the controversial US military base in Okinawa, Japan, plans to move that base to a different location on the island faced new challenges after the re-election of a mayor who promised to block the move. Susumu Inamine, the mayor of Nago -- where Japan plans on moving the base -- ran on an anti-base campaign, defeating pro-base challenger who was backed by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Why Green Capitalism Has failed
(Richard Smith / Truthout | News Analysis)

The results are in: No amount of "green capitalism" will ensure the profound changes we must make to prevent the collapse of civilization from the catastrophic impacts of global warming. In a four-degree warmer world "heat waves of undreamt-of-ferocity will scorch the Earth's surface as the climate becomes hotter than anything humans have ever experienced.... Global warming of this magnitude would leave the whole planet without ice for the first time in nearly 40 million years."

How War Contractors Profit from the Militarization of US Borders
(Quaker Action / American Friends Service Committee)

Demilitarizing the US-Mexico border is a policy priority for AFSC. But what does it mean that the border is "militarized"? Pedro Rios explains how the militarization of borders is ineffective, costly, and dangerous. It can mean suffering and death for illegal immigrants but it can guarantee millions of taxpayer dollars to the big war-industry corporations that wind up with the lucrative contracts for security fences, cameras, drones, patrol helicopters and guns.

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The Environment Chapter
(Wikileaks Press Release)

The Environment Chapter addresses matters of conservation, environment, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and resources, over-fishing and illegal logging, and climate change. Instead of providing genuine protections consistent with international environmental law -- to balance the commercial interests advanced in the other chapters -- the leaked text shows that the obligations are weak and compliance with them is unenforceable.

Leaked UN Report: Only 15 Years Left to Avoid Climate Catastrophe
(Justin Gillis / The New York Times & Jacob Chamberlain / Common Dreams)

Nations have dragged their feet in battling climate change so much that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve. The governments of the world are spending far more money to subsidize fossil fuels than to accelerate the shift to cleaner energy. Continued investment in coal-burning power plants poses an imminent climate risk.

Urbanization Has Been Destroying the Environment Since the Very First Cities
(Colin Schultz / Smithsonian Magazine )

It's easy to believe that humankind's earliest cities existed sustainably within the natural ecosystem, unlike modern megalopolises, fed and sustained by vast tracts of farm land and a global economy. But, as a team of researchers studying the ancient city of Akko found out, human cities have been radically transforming the environment since at least 6,000 years ago.

Louisiana Forests being Sacrificed to Fuel Europe's Biomass Boom
(Peter Moskowitz / Al Jazeera America & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian )

Environmentalists in Louisiana are crying foul over European corporations using Louisiana's forests for their profit, and perhaps polluting the planet in the process. To the dismay of local residents, preservationists and activists, vast swaths of Southeastern woodlands are being cut down to fuel 'green' energy efforts across in countries across the Atlantic Ocean.

'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks US
(Shane Harris / Foreign Policy )

In California, officials are puzzled and worried about the physical security of the electrical grid -- from attackers who come in with guns blazing. In the early-morning hours of April 16, someone opened fire at a utility substation near California's Highway 101, damaging five transformers and causing cooling oil to leak from a transformer bank. A surveillance camera capture the attack, showing a series of gunshots fired into the substation's electrical equipment over a roughly one-minute span.

Exposed: The USDA's War on Wildlife
(EcoWatch & Predator Watch & Center for Biological Diversity)

This month, Predator Defense launches a nationwide film screening tour of their documentary detailing the secretive killings of the Wildlife Services, a department of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which kills more than one million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public.

Inside Syria: Bombs, Displacement, Disease and Starvation
(Keir Simmons / NBC News )

In Syria, we have been reminded of the horrors of a nearly 3-year-old civil war with. chemical weapons, barrel bombs, a growing refugee crisis. tonight our correspondent in damascus tells us there is another deadly consequence of the war -- starvation. we should tell you it's hard to watch.

Inside Syria: Bombs, Displacement, Disease and Starvation
(Keir Simmons / NBC News )

In Syria, we have been reminded of the horrors of a nearly 3-year-old civil war with. chemical weapons, barrel bombs, a growing refugee crisis. tonight our correspondent in damascus tells us there is another deadly consequence of the war -- starvation. we should tell you it's hard to watch.

Honduras Dam Project Shadowed by Violence
(Nina Lakhani / Al Jazeera America )

Indigenous dam opponent Berta Caceres: "The army has an assassination list of 18 wanted human rights fighters with my name at the top. I want to live, there are many things I still want to do in this world but I have never once considered giving-up fighting for our territory, for a life with dignity, because our fight is legitimate.... but in the end, in this country where there is total impunity I am vulnerable… when they want to kill me, they will do it."

Considering Extinction: Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?
(Dahr Jamail / TomDispatch.com )

Commentary: Dahr Jamail explores what climate scientists just beyond the mainstream are thinking about how climate change will affect life on this planet. What, in other words, is the worst that we could possibly face in the decades to come? The answer: a nightmare scenario.

Amid Flooding Disaster, Gazans Call to Open Borders
(Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams )

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip received their first fuel shipment in over 45 days on Sunday, after cries for relief from the torrential rains and unprecedented flooding were met with a temporary loosening of the Israeli blockade on the territory. According to the United Nations, over 10,000 Palestinians were displaced after a rare winter storm and torrential rains turned large swathes of the region into a "disaster area."

International Land Grabs and Third World Conflicts
(Anuradha Mittal and Emily Mattheisen / The Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network )

In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review on September 15, 2013, the Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network documented how the Ethiopian government's efforts to clear land for large-scale foreign investment has entailed widespread violations of human, social, economic, and political rights including forced evictions and denial of the right to food.

First UK Legal Challenge to CIA Drones Reaches Court of Appeal
(Jack Serle / The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

An unprecedented attempt to discover if British officials are complicit in the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan reached the Court of Appeal this week. The case is brought by Noor Khan, a Pakistani tribesman whose father was among over 40 civilians killed in a March 2011 drone strike.

Israel Unleashes Bulldozers; Announces Plan to Build 3,000 More Homes for Settlers on Palestinian-occupied Land
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Chaim Levinson /Haaretz & Agence France-Presse & YNet News)

Israel's repeated promises -- both public and private -- to slow settlement expansion to facilitate the peace process have once again proven empty as more bulldozers have been unleashed to level Palestinian-occupied lands. Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved 6,200 West Bank housing units during his last four months in office. Now Isreal's new Defense Minister had approved construction of 3,000 more homes for settlers on Palestinian land.

The US, The Arctic, and the Methane Threat to Life on Earth
(The Associated Press & Al Jazeera America & Gary Houser / The Arctic News )

Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. The US is spewing 50 percent more methane than the previously estimated, with much of it coming from three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Meanwhile, the warming Arctic permafrost contains up to 1,850 billion metric tons of methane. Large-scale thawing and release of frozen polar methane gas has wiped out great swaths of life before and is quite capable of doing so again.

Central African Republic: What a War Crime Looks Like from Space
(Josh Lyons / Human Rights Watch & David Smith / The Guardian)

A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way. Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children's throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles. What needs to happen before the world intervenes?

Norway's Military Wages War on Global Warming by Going Vegetarian
(Karen Graham / Digital Journal )

Norway has been a leader in efforts to stem CO2 emissions worldwide and has supported implementation of measures to aid developing countries in achieving UN goals of reducing greenhouse gases. To Norwegians, the health of our planet is a serious matter. To prove just how serious Norway is about global warming, Norway's military announced that the Norwegian armed forces were being put on a vegetarian diet once a week.

US Plans to Expand War Games in Ecologically Rich Mariana Islands
(Zoe Loftus-Farren / Earth Island Journal )

The US military assumed control the Mariana Islands during World War II and has been waging war on the environment there ever since. Recent proposals to expand the range for Navy training exercises in this archipelago in the northwestern Pacific Ocean represent the latest frontier in this battle, and could be devastating to local communities as well as wildlife.

Fukushima Update: TEPCO Prepares Risky Fuel Rod Removal on Monday
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & Kazuaki Nagata / The Japan Times)

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is preparing to attempt the removal of the first of more than 1,500 fuel assemblies from the Fukushima Unit 4 fuel pool that sits about 100 feet above the ground. Each assembly contains 50-70 radioactive fuel rods. If this removal procedure goes seriously awry or the plant is hit by another major earthquake, some scientists say, "It's bye-bye Japan and everyone on the west coast of North America should evacuate."

Prairies Vanish in the US Push for Green Energy
(The Associated Press)

The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised. As farmers rushed to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies. Five million acres of conservation reserves-- more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined -- have vanished as landowners filled in wetlands and plowed pristine prairies, releasing CO2 once locked in the soil.

Philippine Delegate Weeps at UN Climate Conference, Starts Fast
(Al Jazeera and The Associated Press & Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato / Reuters)

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan cast a gloom over UN climate talks that kicked off Monday in Poland as Naderev 'Yeb' Sano -- the envoy from the Philippines, where thousands are believed to have died when the cyclone made landfall Friday -- broke down in tears and announced he would fast until a "meaningful outcome is in sight. The emotional appeal was met with a standing ovation at the start of two-week effort to cut greenhouse gas and fight global warming.

The Waste of War: US Trashes, Sells Unwanted Gear in Afghanistan
(Associated Press )

The US military is destroying most of the equipment it is leaving behind in Afghanistan after 13 years of war, selling the scrap for millions of dollars to those willing to buy it. The policy stands in stark contrast to the US withdrawal from Iraq, when they donated or sold still-usable items worth about $100 million. The equipment is being trashed, officials say, because of fears that anything left behind could fall into the hands of insurgents and used to make bombs.

ACTION ALERT: Urgent Petitions for a Global Response to the Worsening Fukushima Disaster
(Green Shadow Cabinet & Green Action & The Free Press )

The crisis situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan is deteriorating and threatens not only the survival of the population of Japan but could also become a significant global disaster. The potential for additional massive radiation releases now is cause for grave international concern. The attention and resources of the international community must be focused on Fukushima to resolve this crisis in the safest and most transparent way.

ACTION ALERT: Spare Pagan Island from Pentagon Bombs
(Save Pagan Island.org & Mark Rabago / Saipan Tribune & Leslie Wayne / The New York Times)

Pagan Island, the "Crown Jewel" of the Marianas, is facing environmental devastation owing from plans from the US Military to use the island paradise for "live-fire training," which includes everything from artillery to bombing. Pagan, a small island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is one of the most biologically and geologically diverse islands in the archipelago, and is home to many threatened and endangered species, some found nowhere else in the world.

Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Olive Groves Kept Top Secret by State
(Amira Hass / Haaretz )

Olive orchards are being destroyed in the West Bank, but defense and media officials have agreed yet again that everything should be done to respect the public's right not to know.

Military Lobbyist's Statements 'Appall' Pagan Islanders
(Leslie Wayne / The New York Times & Clynt Ridgell / Guam News & Junhan B. Todeno / Marianas Variety & Alexie Villegas Zotomayor / Marianas Variety)

Pagan Island activist Jerome Aldan says a military lobbyist made a "horrible misrepresentation" about proposed military exercises in the Northern Marianas Islands. Lobbiest Juan Carlos Benitez noted that Pagan is a "key linchpin" to the proposed military buildup in the Pacific. But "Pagan is home," saus Aldan. "We have been waiting decades for a chance to return, and now we've been told that we may never go back home because the [Pentagon] needs another firing range."

Vermont Progressives Aiming to Shoot Down F-35 Stealth Bomber
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & Just Foreign Policy News)

The Vermont Progressive Party's four members on the 14-member Burlington City Council have been trying since early October to get the council to vote on measures aimed at delaying or blocking the Air Force from basing the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the city-owned airport. The Progressives hope to protect neighboring communities from this military escalation in the middle of Vermont's most densely populated area.

Badgers and Brushfires: Opening Fire on Nature
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & BBC World News)

The UK's controversial "badger cull" faces collapse after the Badger Trust warned that it was prepared to appeal to the high court to take action to halt plans to more than double the period allotted for hunting the emblematic creatures. Meanwhile, Australia's military is investigating whether a training exercise using explosives may have started one of the huge bush fires burning in the state of New South Wales -- leading to at least one death and the loss of 200 homes.

Study Reveals Billionaire Koch Brothers Could Make $100 Billion if Keystone XL Pipeline Approved
(Stefanie Spear / EcoWatch & Kevin Grandia / DeSmogBlog & The International Forum on Globalization)

The progressive think tank International Forum on Globalization released a report documenting how Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. "The Kochs have repeatedly claimed that they have no interest in the Keystone XL pipeline. This report shows that is false," claims IFG. The report receals that the Koch brothers have sent $50 million to the Tea Party, think tanks and other parties that are pushing for the pipeline.

Bombing Paradise: The Pentagon Expands its List of Pacific Islands Targeted for Destruction
(Moana Nui & Rolynda Jonathan / OceanaTV & Michael Hadfield / The Sierra Club & NDJ World Mobile)

The US military is considering seizing two islands in the Northern Marianas to use as explosive training sites. Tinian and Pagan are being explored as potential sites for live explosive training as part of the US' military $12.1 billion build-up in the Pacific. Pagan Island has been inhabited by Chamorro people for more than 2,000 years and the island has provided a pristine habitat for a range of unique animals and plants, many of them endemic, rare and endangered.

US Oil Company Lobby Plots to Frack Europe, Cook Planet
(Eric Lipton and Danny Hakin / The New York Times )

Gathered at the Brussels office of Covington & Burling, a prominent Washington-based firm, were some of its lawyers and lobbyists, along with executives from some of the world's largest oil companies, including Chevron and Statoil. Their aim was to help shape the European Union's policies on the gas and oil drilling technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

US Failing International Treaty as Chemical Weapons Stockpile Plagues Panama
(Jacob Chamberlain / Common Dreams & Tim Johnson / McClatchy News)

As the US continues to hold the threat of war over the Syria if its leaders don't destroy its chemical weapons, a recent report highlights the hypocrisy of Washington's threat. The truth is, the US has left one of its own chemical weapons stockpiles sitting on an island off the coast of Panama for over 60 years. Despite years of requests from Panama's leaders to abide by international law and disable unexploded chemical weapons left on the island of San Jose, the US has yet to make a firm commitment.

Yellowstone Supervolcano Alert: The Most Dangerous Volcano In America Is Roaring To Life
(Michael Snyder / End of the American Dream)

A reminder that sometimes natural forces can threaten to become even more destructive than war. Right now, the ground beneath Yellowstone National Park is rising at a record rate -- about three inches per year. Underneath Yellowstone lies a supervolcano -- the largest volcano in North America. Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that it will erupt again one day, and when it does the devastation will be almost unimaginable.

How the Pentagon Is Using Your Tax Dollars to Turn Italy Into a Launching Pad for Tomorrow's Wars
(Tom Englehardt & David Vine / TomDispatch)

The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into a center for US military power. Since the start of the Global War on Terror in 2001, the military has been shifting its European forces from Germany, to the Italian peninsula, which Washington is busy turning into a launching pad for future wars in Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.

War and the Environment: A Lasting Legacy at Yesterday's Battlefields
(Sarah DeWeerdt / WorldWatch Institute )

In 1998, the environmental group Green Cross International sent a team of four scientists to Kuwait to investigate the environmental effects of the Gulf War seven years earlier. What the team found was very different from the surreal inferno of burning oil wells from 1991: a quiet desert, green with waving grasses. But the team soon discovered hidden problems "literally below the surface" -- oil that continues to percolate through the soil, threatening freshwater aquifers.

Endless Fukushima Catastrophe, Part 2: 2020 Olympics under Contamination Threat
(Dr Helen Caldicott / RT News)

Given these impending problems, how can Japanese Prime Minister Abe possibly say that Tokyo will be safe for the Olympics? He actually said that "there is absolutely no problem" and "the situation is under control." Does he not understand that parts of Tokyo are already radioactively contaminated and that his government is dumping ashes from the incineration of thousands of tons of radioactive debris from the tsunami and earthquake into Tokyo Bay?

Pentagon Plans to Bomb Pristine, 'Protected' Islands
(Leevin Camacho and Daniel Broudy / The Asia-Pacific Journal & Chamorro.com)

The Pentagon plans to use one of the last pristine, uninhabited and biodiverse spots on Earth for Full-Spectrum live-fire training. Two-thirds of Tinian, and the entire islands of Farallon de Medinilla and Pagan -- as well as one-third of Guam -- would destroyed by this plan. How can these activities coexist the 2009 law designating the area as the "Marianas Trench Marine National Monument" to preserve the environment?

How to Fry a Planet: Don't for a Second Imagine We're Heading for an Era of Renewable Energy
(Tom Englehardt & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

When it comes to energy and economics in the climate-change era, nothing is what it seems. Most of us believe (or want to believe) that the Age of Oil, will soon be superseded by the Age of Renewables, just as oil suplanted the Age of Coal. Unfortunately, this is not the path we are presently headed down. The energy industry is not investing significantly in renewables. Instead, it is pouring its historic profits into new fossil-fuel projects like tar sands and "fracking."

The US Is 'Encircling China With Military Bases'
(John Glaser / AntiWar.com)

he US military is encircling China with a chain of air bases and military ports. The latest link: a small airstrip on the tiny Pacific island of Saipan. The US Air Force is planning to lease 33 acres of land on the island for the next 50 years to build a "divert airfield" on an old World War II airbase there. But the residents don't want it. And the Chinese are in no mood to be surrounded by Americans.

Mesopotamian Marshlands Officially Recognized as Iraq's First National Park
(The Goldman Environmental Foundation)

Giving up a comfortable living and family life in California, Azzam Alwash returned to war-torn Iraq to lead local communities in restoring the once-lush marshes that were turned to dust bowls during Saddam Hussein's rule. Alwash and his team at Nature Iraq, celebrated a huge victory this year, following the announcement that the Mesopotamian Marshlands have been officially recognized as Iraq's first National Park.

A Letter From Yemen
(Felicity Arbuthnot / Global Research)

As Rep. Ron Paul has written: "Most Americans are probably unaware that over the past two weeks the US has launched at least eight drone attacks in Yemen, in which dozens have been killed. It is the largest US escalation of attacks on Yemen in more than a decade." Now, a Yemeni engineer named Faisal bin Ali Jaber has written a letter to President Obama, demanding to know why the US murdered his nephew and brother-in-law in a US drone strike.

Peace Talks: The Perfect Alibi for Settlement Expansion
(Mairav Zonszein / +972 & Information Clearing House)

Commentary: Building thousands of settlement units all over the West Bank and East Jerusalem is in no way comparable to the release of Palestinian prisoners. The construction of more settlements is equivalent to the annihilation of a two-state solution and tany kind of faith-building measures. Meanwhile, families in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian village in East Jerusalem, are being evicted from their homes and replaced by Jewish settlers. See the video.

Where Are the World's Major Military Bases?
(Harriet Alexander / The Guardian )

As the British government examines whether it could maintain Trident's base in an independent Scotland, here is a look at some of the major military bases on foreign soil -- excluding Afghanistan -- around the world.

ACTION ALERT: Global Nuclear Abolition Week
(The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons )

From July 6-13 July 2013, Nuclear Abolition Week kicks off with activities across the world for a ban on nuclear weapons. This global week of action is intended to raise awareness of the unacceptable harm caused by nuclear weapons, and the urgent need for a ban treaty.

War Scam: The Real Border Security Story
(Joshua Holland / Salon)

With two wars ending, the "defense" industry sets its sights on its next chance to hit pay dirt: The US border. John McCain has gleefully proclaimed that the Senate immigration bill would result in the "most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall." While constructing a 700-mile wall is functionally useless, it will serve to enrich some of the largest military contractors in the world.

Giving Afghanistan Back to the Taliban
(Kelley B. Vlahos / AntiWar.com )

Could it be, that after 3,000 coalition troops killed and untold civilian casualties that the US would just hand Afghanistan back to the Taliban? The prospect is dire but the picture emerging from recent headlines is that 1) the Taliban has the upper hand entering into negotiations with the United States and 2) they know it. And don't forget 3) the United States wants badly to put this war behind and may likely capitulate on old "red lines" to do it.

US Drug War Has Devastated Land and Lives in Columbia
(Keith Roberts, Emeritus, Hanover College / American Sociological Association, Footnotes Magazine)

First Person Account: Our Witness for Peace delegation met with and interviewed 74 people in four Colombian cities, including representatives from 11 organizations. These included many people who have lost family members and friends, and whose own lives are in jeopardy after receiving multiple death threats. The focus of our investigation was the impact of US drug policy both for the Colombian people and for prevention of drug addiction here.

Scientists Warn of Polar Emergency: Melting Ice and Methane Releases Threaten Global Starvation by 2015
(Martin Banks / The Parliament & The Arctic Methane Emergency Group)

The most visible repercussions of sea ice decline and rapid Arctic warming are the escalating emissions of methane -- a potent global warming gas -- now seen to be bubbling in vast plumes from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf seabed. The "global weirding" manifested by extreme weather events -- droughts, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes -- will continue to be affecting farmers all over the world as the Arctic warms.

Experts Unearth Concerns over 'Peak Soil'
(Stephen Leahy / Inter Press Service & Al Jazeera )

200 researchers from more than 30 countries recently warned Earth's soil is becoming endangered. In the past 40 years, 30 percent of the planet's arable land has become unproductive due to erosion. A big part of reversing soil decline is to end the use of carbon, the same element behind Global Waring. "Keeping and putting carbon in its rightful place," needs to be the mantra for humanity if we want to continue to eat, drink and combat global warming,

400 Parts Per Million: The Coming Carbon Apocalypse
(Al Gore / Reader Supported News & Google)

For the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million. For the last 150 years we have been recklessly polluting the protective atmosphere that surrounds the Earth. Every day we pour 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the sky. The global warming pollution now traps enough extra heat energy to equal the energy released by 400,000 Hiroshima-scale atomic bombs exploding every day.

Global Lenders 'Linked to Vietnam Land Grabs'
(Al Jazeera)

Global Witness, a group that campaigns on resource issues, has accused Vietnamese rubber firms bankrolled by an arm of the World Bank and Germany's Deutsche Bank of driving a land-grabbing crisis in Southeast Asia. Indigenous ethnic minorities are bearing the brunt of the seizures, which have affected tens of thousands of villagers and led to the clearance of swathes of protected forests, according to the group.

USAID's Dubious Allies Behind 'Coup' in Paraguay
(Natalia Viana / The Nation )

Although Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo had many political enemies, it is increasingly clear that his ouster was facilitated by entities who enjoyed financial support from the United States. Lugo had displeased big landowners in Paraguay's increasingly GMO-driven economy because of his attempts to regulate the use of pesticides and GMOs. After Lugo took power, USAID began directing funds to the same forces that would uphold his impeachment.

Defense Department Becomes a Wildlife Protector
(Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times )

The military is working with environmental groups and local governments to create buffer zones around bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training. It's been a conservation boon.

Hamas Rejects Arab League Peace Initiative
(Al Jazeera & The Miami Herald & Russia Today)

The Palestinian Hamas movement has rejected a revised Middle East peace initiative put forward by the Arab League, saying outsiders can not decide the fate of the Palestinians.

In Okinawa, the War Isn't Over: Protests Aimed at New US Base
(Arata Yamamoto and John Newland / NBC World News )

As Japan prepares to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the nation's return to sovereignty and the end of US occupation after World War II, one community is getting ready to protest. The US plans to put a new air base in the seaside village of Henoko, Okinawa, in 2022, and many residents aren't happy about it. "We would like the United States to take back with them as many of these bases as they can," said Ikuo Nishikawa, a hardware store owner and native of Henoko.

Bulldozers Flatten Bedouin Village -- 49 Times
(Jillian Kestler-DAmours / Al Jazeera )

Israeli forces have repeatedly demolished homes in Al-Araqib in a bid to get the community to move into townships. Originally home to about 300 residents, all Israeli citizens, Al-Araqib is located just north of Be'er Sheva. The village is one of dozens that has never been recognised by the state, and doesn't feature on any official maps. Its residents are denied access to water, electricity, paved roads, hospitals, schools and other basic services.

A Fight in Colorado over Uranium Mines
(vDan Frosch / New York Times News Service )

The Burros uranium mine near the Dolores River, background, in Slick Rock, Colo., March 22, 2013. Most uranium mines in Colorado have been out of operation for decades, but some miners hope the price of uranium will recover. Environmental watchdogs say it's time to reclaim the land and get the companies to clean it up.

Planet Now 'Hottest in 4,000 Years' as Wall Street Prepares to Profit on Climate Disasters
(NBC & Science Magazine & Justin Gillis / The New York Times & James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle)

Global temperatures are warmer than at any time in at least 4,000 years, scientists reported Thursday, and over the coming decades are likely to surpass levels not seen on the planet since before the last ice age. Meanwhile, even as free-market think tanks continue working to discredit solid science on climate change, Wall Street itself is already busy exploiting the unfolding tragedy.

Iraq Severely Contaminated by Pentagon's Low-level Nuclear Weapons
(International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons & The Guardian)

Cleaning up more than 300 sites in Iraq still contaminated by the Pentagon's use of depleted uranium weapons will cost at least $30 million. A report by a Dutch peace group warns the contamination is being spread by scrap metal dealers, including children. It also documents that DU munitions were fired at light vehicles, buildings and civilian target including the Ministry of Planning -- casting doubt on official US assurances that only armored vehicles were targeted.

The Myth of "Surgical Strikes" on Iran
(David Isenberg / Time Magazine )

For all the discussion focused on a possible Israel or US attack on Iran, almost nothing has been written about one critical factor: the impact on Iranian civilians. If the US and/or the Israelis were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, the best studies done, to date, suggest such an attack would result in a calamity "worse than Chernobyl" -- with tens of thousands of immediate civilian deaths and lasting contamination of targeted sites and downwind land. In short: a war crime.

The Human Cost of Military Strikes against Iran's Nuclear Facilities
(Khosrow B. Semnani / The Hinckley Institute of Politics & Omid for Iran)

If only 1 to 5 percent of the population is exposed to significant radiation levels, 2,400 to 12,000 people could suffer from severe health effects such as those witnessed in the aftermath of Chernobyl. Moreover, the damage would extend beyond Iran. An attack on the Bushehr nuclear power plant would pose a grave environmental and economic threat to civilians in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Climatic Consequences of Nuclear Conflict: Nuclear Winter is Still a Danger
(Alan Robock and Owen Brian Toon / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

A nuclear war between Russia and the United States, even after the arsenal reductions planned under New START, could produce a nuclear winter. Hence, an attack by either side could be suicidal, resulting in self-assured destruction. Even a "small" nuclear war between India and Pakistan, with each country detonating 50 Hiroshima-size atom bombs -- could shorten the growing season around the world and threatening the global food supply.

UN to Israel: Withdraw Settlers or Face International Criminal Court
(John Glaser / AntiWar.com & Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian)

The UN Human Rights Council says Israel is in violation of Geneva convention for its treatment of the Palestinian people and should face the International Criminal Court. The motivation behind Israel's policies 'is to drive the local populations away from their lands,' said one UN judge.

Idle No More Hunger Striker Ends Protest over Canadian Land Law
(Aura Bogado / ColorLines)

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has ended her seven-week hunger strike on behalf of the Idle No More campaign. Idle No More was formed in response to Canada's omnibus Bill C-45 -- a massive economic plan that threatens to make extraordinary changes to environmental law, including the way the environment and waterways are -- or are not -- protected. Idle No More claims that First Nations were never consulted about these fundamental changes.

To Save Wildlife, and Tourism, Kenyans Take Up Arms
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times )

From Tanzania to Cameroon, tens of thousands of elephants are being poached each year because of Asia's soaring demand for ivory. Nothing seems to be stopping it, including deploying national armies. At this rate, African elephants could soon go the way of the American buffalo. But in northern Kenya, destitute villagers have seized upon an unconventional solution -- civilians with no military training are picking up shotguns and rifles to confront heavily armed poachers.

'Carbon Pirate' Acquires Amazon Resources
(Mariana Sanchez / Al Jazeera )

Two years ago, Australian businessman David Nilsson arrived in Peru, offering Amazon tribal leaders huge amounts of money in exchange for land rights. Nilsson is a carbon pirate. He seeks land for carbon rights to sell them in the global carbon credit market. In the Peruvian Amazon he found a treasure -- one of the world's largest carbon dioxide reserves with 70 million hectares that can be traded to help polluters compensate for excessive greenhouse gas emissions.

Haiti: More Pressure Needed To Get Clean Water
(Mark Weisbrot / Al Jazeera & RYOT: Become the News)

More than two years and nearly 7,800 deaths after UN troops brought the dread disease of cholera to Haiti, a plan has finally been put forward to do something to get rid of it. While we are still a long way from implementation, there are important lessons to be learned from this experience.

US Spends Five Times More on Fossil Fuel Pollution Than on Climate Change Mitigation
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! )

A new report by Oil Change International has found wealthy nations are spending five times more money on fossil fuel subsidies than climate aid. In 2011, rich nations spent $58 billion on subsidies and just $11 billion for climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. According to the study, the United States spent $13 billion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2011 and just $2.5 billion in climate aid.

War on the Planet: Climate Change Is Deforesting the World
(Agence France-Presse & Council for a Livable World)

Scientists are warning of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and wildlife. Research by universities in Australia and the United States, published in Science, warn that ecosystems worldwide are in danger of losing forever their largest and oldest trees unless urgent policy changes are adopted to better protect them.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Dow's 'Agent Orange Corn'
(The Organic Consumers Association)

Remember Agent Orange? The 2,4-D chemical concoction commissioned by the U.S. Army to defoliate jungles and destroy food crops during the Vietnam War? It could soon be coming to a grocery store near you. Within a week, the USDA could approve Dow's new "Enlist" brand corn, genetically engineered to resist massive doses of the herbicide 2,4-D. Unless we stop it. Petitions will be delivered December 11.

The Battle for the Arctic: An Environmental and Human Disaster in the Making
(Fault Lines / Al Jazeera)

The UN has imposed a 2013 deadline for the submission of scientific claims to the Arctic seabed. It is the precursor to a resource boom, which would see Canada, the US, Russia, Norway and Greenland all attempt to exploit the region's fossil fuel resources. This would speed the global warming responsible for melting the Polar ice caps in the first place – and threaten an irreversible global climate collapse.

US Mortar Kills 4 Children in Vietnam
(Associated Press & Laura Sheahen / Catholic Relief Services)

US bombs continue to kill and main innocent civilians in Vietnam 37 years after the US was driven out of the country. On December 2, four children in Hieu Nghia village were killed when a buried mortar shell exploded. Two other children and three adults were seriously injured. Vietnamese government figures show unexploded ordnance have killed more than 42,000 people since the war ended in 1975.

US Denounces Israeli Settlement Plans
(Al Jazeera)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticised Israel's decision to build 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. "In light of today's announcement, let me reiterate that this administration -- like previous administrations -- has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace," Clinton said.

Alarming' Year of Extremes as Climate 'Tipping Point' Looms
(Common Dreams)

An "alarming" rate of Arctic Sea ice melt and "far-reaching changes" to the Earth from climate change have prompted scientists to report that significant thawing of the Arctic permafrost will "significantly amplify global warming." It is hoped the troubling new UN report, released Tuesday, wwill spur agreement and critical action on the second day of negotiations underway at the 18th United Nations Climate Conference of the Parties (COP18) in Qatar.

World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly
(Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch.com)

Rarely does the release of a data-driven report on energy trends trigger front-page headlines around the world. That, however, is exactly what happened on November 12th when the prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) released this year's edition of its World Energy Outlook. In the process, just about everyone missed its real news, which should have set off alarm bells across the planet.

The Tunnels of Gaza
(James Verini / The National Geographic )

The tunnels of Gaza are a lifeline of the underground economy but also a death trap. For many Palestinians, they have come to symbolize ingenuity and the dream of mobility. Some 15,000 people worked in and around the tunnels at their peak, and they provided ancillary work for tens of thousands more, from engineers and truck drivers to shopkeepers. Gaza's underground economy accounts for two-thirds of the region's consumer goods.

Damage to Gaza: 8,000 Homes Destroyed, Children Terrorized
(Nicole Johnston / Al Jazeera & Nour Samaha / Al Jazeera)

Hamas has begun to survey the damage caused in Gaza by eight days of Israeli air raids. The total economic cost of the damage is estimated at $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, there is the inestimable damage done to another generation of Palestinian civilians -- as documented in the Al Jazeera report, "The Voices of Gaza's Children."

Critical 12-Day World Climate Conference Begins in Doha
(Al Jazeera Special Report)

From November 26 through December 7, delegates from nearly 200 of the world's countries will gather in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for COP18 – the critical United Nations Climate Change Conference. CO2 emission reduction pledges made at COP 17 are not sufficient to prevent the planet from heating another 2 degrees Celsius and triggering a global food, disease and climate catastrophe.

Opposition to US Bases in Pacific Reaches Turning Point
(Suvendrini Kakuchi / Inter Press Service )

More than 90 percent of Okinawans -- concerned about safety, noise and pollution -- want a complete removal of the US bases that occupy 18 percent of their land. In 1995, the gang rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl by three US soldiers resulted in an agreement to reduce US military presence in Okinawa, but this did little to appease local anger. Since 1972, US troops have been charged with 6,000 crimes -- including violence and rape.

Israel Eases Some Gaza Border Restrictions
(Al Jazeera)

An Egyptian-brokered truce has ended eight days of cross-border fighting that claimed 166 Palestinian and six Israeli lives. As part of the cease-fire agreement with Hamas, Israel has begun allowing farmers to visit their land (expropriated by Israel as part of a a 300-metre-wide military buffer zone) and fishermen were allowed to head further out to sea -- six nautical miles (6.9km), or double the previous limit.

Botswana Declares 'Cease Fire' in War on Nature
(Steve Boyes / National Geographic Expedition's Explorers Journal)

The President of Botswana, Lieutenant General Ian Khama, has announced that no further hunting licenses would be issued from 2013, and that all hunting in Botswana would be impossible by 2014. This new ban extends to all ‘citizen hunting' and covers all species, including elephant and lion. President Khama stated that ecotourism has become increasingly important for Botswana and currently contributes more than 12% of the country's overall GDP.

ACTION ALERT: Cars vs. Land: Eco-activist Risks Death in Attempt to Halt Road in Trinidad
(Trinidad Express & Trinidad Guardian)

Environmental activist Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh is facing death in a protest fast, hoping to halt a $2.1 billion road that would destroy traditional agricultural land in Trinidad. As the Oxford-educated activist begins to suffer the onset of renal failure, heavy equipment has begun to remove the topsoil from acres of land. Residents of homes -- whose ancestors settled the land more than 100 years ago -- watched helplessly as their fruit trees and a forest were turned into open fields.

West Bank Area in the Line of Israeli Fire
(Dylan Collins / Al Jazeera )

In July 2012, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the demolition of eight villages in the South Hebron Hills, claiming the zone to be vital for Israeli army training exercises. The 3,000-hectare area of Masafar Yatta, in the arid hills of the southern occupied West Bank, is home to about 2,000 people living in traditional Palestinian herding communities. Live-fire Israeli army training exercises now threaten to displace the 2,000 Palestinians living in their traditional communities.

War on Rhinos: A Crime Against Nature
(Anita Powell / Al Jazeera)

In South Africa, rhino poaching has hit a record high. More rhinoceros have been killed this year than any year before as Asian demand for horns fuels the illicit trade. So far, this year, 455 rhinos have been slaughtered for their horns. In the Asian markets, rhino horns -- which are reputed to have aphrodisiac effects in traditional medicine -- are worth more per ounce than gold.

Reconsider Columbus Day
(Reconsider Columbus Day.org & Eric Kasum / The Huffington Post & Howard Zinn / Democracy Now!)

The Columbus Day holiday has always been controversial. South Dakota marks the occasion as "Native American Day." Meanwhile in Denver, Colorado's annual Columbus Day parade is met by protesters decrying the genocide of indigenous peoples. Columbus' reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, And Trauma to Civilians
(International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic)

The dominant narrative about the use of US drones for the "targeted killing" of terrorists in Pakistan is of a surgically precise tool with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This narrative is false. While the use of drones has undergone a dramatic escalation under President Obama, to date, the government has refused to provide necessary details on how targets are chosen, or how legality and accountability are ensured.

A September 11th Catastrophe You've Probably Never Heard About
(Kristen Iversen & Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic)

In 1957, America narrowly averted a nuclear meltdown at the Rocky Flats plant in Colorado. On September 11, 1957, 55 years ago, a fire erupted inside the plutonium processing building at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility near Denver. For 13 hours, the fire raged, exposing workers and perhaps the entire front range of Colorado, to radiation. The government and Dow Chemical covered up the accident. Now, a new book explores how close we all came to disaster.

Navy Cited by OSHA for Mishandling Toxic Materials
(Julie Watson / Associated Press & Business Week)

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Navy for safety violations that exposed hundreds of employees at an aircraft hangar in Coronado to toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and beryllium. Workers have been asked to notify the Navy if they have any health issues that could be related to the exposure.

ACTION ALERT: Change the US UN Vote on Depleted Uranium Weapons this Fall
(Gretel Munroe / Change.org)

Depleted uranium (DU) weapons are chemically toxic and radioactive conventional weapons designed to pierce armor. They were used by the US in the 1991 Gulf War, in the Balkans in the mid and late 1990’s and again in Iraq in the 2003 occupation. Upon impact with hard targets, DU munitions burn generating a fine dust that may be inhaled by civilians and soldiers alike. Watch the five-minute animated short, "When the Dust Settles," at the end of this article.

Women Demining Laos Countryside
(Harry Fawcett / Al Jazeeraa )

During the Vietnam War, the United States dropped millions of cluster bombs on Laos. Forty years on, an estimated 80 million remain buried and unexploded -- posing a risk to anyone who goes near them. Now, 50 women have joined teams of the Mine Action Group, MAG, to clear as many as they can.

War and the Environment: Some Examples
(Peace Pledge Union)

Twentieth century technology, busily applied to the practice of war, has ensured a lethal harvest. Landmines: planted in millions in war-torn countries across the world, kill and maim long after wars are over, denying agricultural use of the land. They have been called 'the perfect soldier' -- cheap, efficient, expendable, never hungry, never needing sleep. But eighty percent of landmine victims are civilians, not soldiers; and nearly a quarter of those are children.

ACTION ALERT: Urge IUCN to Save Jeju Island
(Save Jeju Island.org)

IUCN leadership has refused to criticize Korea's decision to allow the construction of a US naval base on Jegu Island -- the Island of Peace. The Pentagon's military expansion is killing numerous endangered species and destroying indigenous communities. The IUCN decision defies its traditional mission to conserve nature and preserve a "just world."

War and the Environment: Some Examples
(Peace Pledge Union)

Twentieth century technology, busily applied to the practice of war, has ensured a lethal harvest. Landmines: planted in millions in war-torn countries across the world, kill and maim long after wars are over, denying agricultural use of the land. They have been called 'the perfect soldier' -- cheap, efficient, expendable, never hungry, never needing sleep. But eighty percent of landmine victims are civilians, not soldiers; and nearly a quarter of those are children.

UN Warns Gaza 'Will Not Be Liveable by 2020'
(Al Jazeera )

The Gaza Strip will not be "liveable" by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health, and schooling, according to the United Nations' most comprehensive report on the Palestinian territory. "The population of the Gaza Strip will increase to 2.1 million people in 2020 -- a density of more than 5,800 people per square kilometre," a UN report warned: "Action needs to be taken now if Gaza is to be a liveable place in 2020."

Jeju Island Base Divides Korean, International Green Groups
(Jon Letman / Inter Press Service)

As construction of a hotly contested US naval base on South Korea's Jeju Island advances, there's a showdown underway. Korean groups, increasingly aided by sympathetic outsiders, are protesting the base, but the latest battle is between the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and those opposing its upcoming September 6-15 World Conservation Congress, seven km from the planned US base.

The ABC of Israeli Demolitions in Palestine
(UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (IRIN) )

The Israeli Ministry of Defense wants to demolish eight of these villages. Some 622 West Bank structures were demolished by Israeli forces in 2011, a 42 percent increase from 2010. 2012 could well surpass last year’s numbers, with 395 demolished structures by the end of July. Al-Mufaqara is one of 12 villages in an area recently declared “firing zone 918” by Israel. Israeli military “Fire Zones” now make up to 18 percent of the West Bank

UN to Israel: 'Stop Forced Displacement of Palestinians'
(Human Wrongs Watch )

The UN has expressed "serious concern" that Palestinians living in the southern Hebron Hills region have been forced from their houses after Israeli authorities designated the area a fire zone for military training. "These are already some of the most vulnerable families in the West Bank -- forcibly displacing them from their homes and lands would have a serious immediate and long-term impact on their physical, socio-economic and emotional welfare," UN officials stated.

And Now, Instability in Israel?
(Al Jazeerah & BBC & UPI & Washington Post)

Analysis: "Israel has always felt under siege, but its internal problems could be more damaging than any external threat. The rift is between the secular and the ultra-Orthodox, who believe any compromise with Arabs is unacceptable. Zealous immigrants are boosting the extreme right and militant settlers are pushing further into Palestinian territory."

Sardinia: Militarization, Contamination and Cancer in Paradise
(Helen Jaccard / Special to EAW)

The sound of bombs, missiles, and other explosions; massive attacks from the sea onto the beach; an epidemic of cancers and birth defects; soil, air, food and water contaminated with heavy metals, jet fuel and other poisons. Is this a modern war zone? No -- Sardinia is the victim of weapons manufacturers, polluting military activities and a political system that cares about power and money over the health of people and the environment.

Iraq's PM Warns Arab States May Face 'Water War'
(BBC News & Hugh Sykes / BBC News)

Arab states could be headed towards a future war over water if they do not act quickly to tackle shortages, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has warned. At a conference in Baghdad, he urged countries to work together in order to prevent conflict in the arid region. Issues include desertification, poor water management, and the need for most Arab countries to rely on the goodwill of upstream states for river water.

The Forest Is Crying: Remembering Two Rainforest Activists Murdered in Brazil
(Gabriel Elizondo / Al Jazeera )

One year ago, Amazon rainforest activist Ze Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria, were gunned down in a remote area of the rainforest they risked their lives to protect. Al Jazeera follows the story of an activist who lived and died for the Amazon Rainforest.

Massive Air Force Fuel Leak Threatens Albuquerque's Water Wells
(Jeri Clausing / The Associated Press )

A decades-old jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque's water supply could be as large as 24 million gallons, or twice the size of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, New Mexico environment officials have acknowledged. In 2007, Air Force investigations revealed the fuel had reached the water table and was moving off the Air Force base, beneath the neighborhoods of southeast Albuquerque and toward the city's water wells.

In West Bank, Israel's Barrier Threatens Ancient Palestinian Farms
(Daniella Cheslow / Associated Press )

One of the last Palestinian farming villages that still uses irrigation systems from Roman times says its ancient way of life is in danger as Israel prepares to lay down its West Bank separation barrier. With construction possibly beginning in the coming weeks, the people of Battir hope a legal battle, backed by recent UN recognition of the village's agricultural practices, will help change Israel's mind.

World Heritage Site in Timbuktu Attacked
(Al Jazeera)

The Tomb of Muslim saint in an ancient town in northern Mali has been attacked and burned by Islamist fighters said to be linked to al-Qaeda. The tomb for Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar is among 16 cemeteries and mausoleums classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Timbuktu.

The War on Afghanistan’s Environment
(Joshua Frank / TruthOut & CounterPunch )

The toll the Afghanistan war is having on the environment should force nature lovers into the streets in protest. Natural habitat in Afghanistan has endured decades of struggle, and the War on Terror has only escalated the destruction. The lands most afflicted by warfare are home to critters that most Westerners only have a chance to observe behind cages in our city zoos: gazelles, cheetahs, hyenas, Turanian tigers and snow leopards among others.

US And South Korea Assault An Idyllic Island: Not For The First Time
(Brian Willson / Veterans for Peace )

he beautiful island of Jeju in South Korea is packed with natural and cultural treasures and designated a UNESCO world heritage site. But it has the misfortune of appearing to the US military strategically positioned to play a part in surrounding China. Jeju's history is central to how the United States became the militarized nation it has been for over half a century. For the people of Jeju, attempting to nonviolently resist the construction of a new military base, there is an eerie sense of déjà vu.

Green: Death of the Forests
(Filmmaker Patrick Rouxel / Al Jazeera )

This extraordinary visual essay, told with no human commentary, explores the impact of deforestation and the exploitation of natural resources in Indonesia from the point of view of a dying orangutan. Stunning images of the natural world and its biodiversity are counter-pointed with scenes of destruction. The film takes viewers on an emotional journey, following one forest animal's final days and revealing the devastating impact of logging, land-clearing and palm oil plantations.

Sardinia Says It's Time for the US Navy to Leave Port
(Tracy Wilkinson / Times Staff Writer )

Sardinia may be best known as a lush playground for the rich and famous who cavort amid its pristine waters and secluded beaches, but it also plays host to US nuclear subs and more military bases -- American, Italian and NATO -- than anywhere else in Italy. Plans to draw down the US military elsewhere in Europe don't apply here. Sardinian officials and a small but growing movement of activists now say the soldiers and sailors have overstayed their welcome.

Japanese Delegation Wants the US Out of Okinawa
(David Swanson / War Is A Crime & Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post)

A 24-member delegation from Japan arrived in Washington, DC, this week to oppose new construction of US military bases in Okinawa and to protest the continued occupation by US troops. US tax money is being spent to pay billions of dollars to US corporations to maintain and expand some 90 military bases in Japan. Okinawa has been dominated by US military bases for 67 years -- ever since the US forcibly appropriated much of the best land. Okinawans have protested this US presence for decades.

Seven Years after Sieges, Fallujah Struggles
(Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera)

It is estimated that 70 percent of the buildings and houses in Fallujah were damaged or destroyed, along with at least 100 mosques, 6,000 shops, and at least nine government offices. Fallujah residents are still angry about the on-going lack of adequate reconstruction, which causes many to remain without clean drinking water, electricity, and jobs

Action Alert: Say 'No' to Dow Chemical's Plan to Spray Agent Orange on GE Corn
(The Cornucopia Institute)

Dow Chemical is seeking USDA approval for a genetically engineered version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, an herbicide in the formulation of the highly toxic defoliant Agent Orange which was extensively used by the military to destroy forests and crops in Vietnam. The USDA posted the request in the December 27, 2011 edition of the Federal Register -- a well-established ploy to reduce media coverage and limit public response. The public now has less than60 days to comment.

Is a US Mining Company Funding a Violent Crackdown in Indonesia?
(Samantha Michaels / The Atlantic )

Freeport-McMoRan, the Phoenix-based American mining company, was been forced to halt mining the world's richest copper and gold deposits when 8,000 workers staged a strike for better wages. Independent investigations have revealed that Freeport has been paying millions of dollars directly to the local police officers who guard its mine, although this police force has a history of brutality and corruption.

Ghana Gold: Corruption and Environmental Destruction
(Africa Investigates / Al Jazeera )

As Ghana is experiencing a new gold rush, widespread corruption is allowing illegal mining to flourish. With the price of precious metals surging on the world market, Ghana is experiencing a new gold rush as more people try and get access to its most famous export. Unfortunately, much of that effort revolves around unlicensed -- and hence illegal -- mining operations.

Next Step After 'Withdrawal': Exploit Afghanistan's Natural Resources
( John Glaser / Anti-War.com)

Don't be fooled into believing the Obama administration's 2014 date of full withdrawal from Afghanistan. As one official notes: "2014 is not a withdrawal date -- it's an inflection point." The Pentagon's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations has already promised to provide training and equipment as part of the US's continuing efforts to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan identify and develop its vast deposits of oil and mineral resources.

ACTION ALERT: Shell Eyes Oil Reserves in Iraq; Turns a Blind Eye to Pollution in Nigeria
(Reuters & Shell & Amnesty International USA )

Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of oil-development talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government in an effort to protect its lucrative investments in southern Iraq. Shell has won a 44% stake in three major oil fields -- part of a $17 billion gas deal with the Iraqi government. Meanwhile, Shell has failed to clean up its legacy of pollution in Nigeria where two major oil spills in 2008, disrupted the lives of the 69,000 people in the Niger Delta. Shell has yet to take full responsibility for the spills or the clean-up.

Zimbabwe's 'Green Army' Protects Rhinos
(Haru Mutasa / Al Jazeera)

The illegal trafficking of wildlife and animal products is the third-largest criminal industry in the world where black rhinos are particularly prized by poachers. In Zimbabwe, a so-called 'Green army' is acquiring skills to track, intercept and capture poachers armed with AK-47s, axes and machetes.

Resistance is Fertile: Palestine's Eco-War
(James Brownsell / Al Jazeera)

They come from across the planet and meet in the shadow of Israel's 12-meter concrete wall. They strap olive saplings and water bottles to the back of a donkey, silent under its burden. Former police officers from Sweden, German punks, Australian conservationists, leftist activists from the US, South African priests, and a Celtic fringe of Welsh students join Israeli anarchists and Palestinian pacifists. These are the guerilla gardeners of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Cluster Bombs from 2006 Attack on Lebanon Continue to Kill
(The Daily Star & Ha'aretz)

"What we did was insane and monstrous. We covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war. The IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets. Those "bomblets" fired in 2006 continue to kill people -- and livestock -- in Lebanon today.

Battle for 'Birthplace of the Sun' in Mexico
(Tracy L. Barnett / Al Jazeera )

A struggle for a UNESCO-recognized site unfolds between Canadian mining companies and the people of Wixariko, Mexico. To the native Wixarika of Mexico, better known as the Huicholes, the mountains of Catorce and the desert at their feet are the centre of the world, a temple of prayer on the level of the Vatican. To a pair of Canadian mining companies, it's a mother load of gold and silver in a market hungry for both.

Mineral Riches in Afghanistain Spur Imperialist Grab
(David Sole / Workers' World )

Why has the US been carrying on a war in Afghanistan? For seven years, military escorts have ferried 50 USGS geologists around in Black Hawk helicopters in search of mineral deposits. These scientists and the Pentagon have mapped an array of rich mineral deposits -- lead, zinc, tungsten, lithium, tin, copper, gold and iron -- conservatively estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Now 23 international mining companies have submitted bids to exploit these and other mining tracts.

Mining and the Military in Indonesia
(NAJ Taylor / Al-Jazeera )

In February 1995, Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto announced that it had secured access to a massive gold and copper mine in the Indonesian province of West Papua. West Papuans subsequently initiated a campaign against the environmental and social impacts of the Grasberg mine. After riots broke out, Rio Tinto and Freeport provided Indonesia's army with a secret $35 million payment to build an army base and now pays the army an average of $5 million per year.

Anti-Extractivism: A Global Force?
(Manuela Picq / Al-Jazeera )

With the rise of oil-prices, detrimental extractive industries are emerging and local communities are taking action. From the forests of the Amazon to the vineyards of France, people besieged by extractive industries are mobilising to protect their lands and livelihoods. Anti-extractivism cuts across traditional political and ideological divides, bringing together diverse groups in unexpected alliances that open opportunities for political realignments.

Oxfam Warns of 'Land Grabs' in Africa
(Al Jazeera & Voice of America News & Oxfam )

The British aid group Oxfam says poor people in developing countries, particularly Africa, are being forced from their homes by foreign investors rushing to buy land, often in deals made in secrecy. Since 2001, up to 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed. Oxfam warns such deals have been especially devastating to poverty-stricken locals in Uganda and South Sudan.

Record Arctic Ice Melt Threatens Global Security
(Stephen Leahy / Inter Press Service & BBC News )

All the commentary about safety and security on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 ignored by far the biggest ongoing threat to global security: climate change. The Arctic ice melt is accelerating the rate of climate change beyond what humanity is doing with every barrel of oil, ton of coal or cubic meter of gas burned. The loss of Arctic ice will speed the heating of the planet, releasing vast amounts of Greenhouse Gases trapped in the permafrost -- a global threat much worse than "terrorism."

ACTION ALERT: Preventing Climate Wars
(Friends Committee on National Legislation )

Climate wars are not a thing of the future. They are breaking out around the world right now. Many countries already struggling with problems such as poverty, poor governance, and scarce resources are also experiencing water scarcity, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events. Climate change is deepening and magnifying societal tensions and instability around the world.

Landmines Impede Prosperity in South Sudan
(Haru Mutasa / Al Jazeera & )

An increase in military battles in Southern Sudan has resulted in the laying of new land mines, reversing the time-consuming progress de-miners had made to clear the south of mines after two decades of civil war. The new mines are resulting in civilian and military casualties and are preventing aid groups from helping populations in the oil-producing greater Upper Nile region.

Biofuels Land Grab in Kenya Fuels Talk of War
(Tracy McVeigh / The Guardian)

The eviction of villagers to make way for a sugar cane plantation is part of a wider land grab going on in Kenya's Tana Delta that is not only pushing people off plots they have farmed for generations and stealing their water resources but it also is raising tribal tensions that many fear will escalate into war. Also facing destruction is a unique wetland habitat that is home to hundreds of rare and spectacular birds.

Drought in East Africa the Result of Climate Change and Conflict
(Felicity Lawrence / The Guardian)

Prolonged drought has caused a severe food crisis now affecting around 10 million people in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia. The weather has become more erratic and extreme in recent years. In 2006, the same area suffered both drought and flash floods. Drought and fighting in southern Somalia has driven refugees into the equally water-starved regions of Ethiopia. Fearing that funds could be diverted to terrorists, the US has cut food aid to Somalia.

UN Declares Nepal Free of Land Mines
(Binaj Gurabacharya / Associated Press & Utpal Parahar / Hindustan Times)

Nearly five years after the end of a 10-year civil war that killed around 13,000, Nepal on Tuesday destroyed the last remaining landmine in the country. With completion of the demining drill at Pulchowki in Lalitpur on the outskirts of the capital by the army, Nepal became the second country in Asia after China to get rid of landmines.

Unreported in the US: 10-20,000 Israelis March in Tel Aviv to Call for End to Occupation
(Gush Shalom & Yossi Sarid / Haaretz & Palestinian Information Center)

On Saturday night June 4, the evening before June 5, a huge crowd of Israeli citizens marked the 44th anniversary of Israel's Occupation of Palestinian lands by calling for an end to the Occupation. he marchers -- estimated at between ten and twenty thousand -- had all kinds of political and personal backgrounds -- young people born years after the occupation began, and grizzled grey- and white-haired veterans, and many family groups of parents and children.

Into Eternity: The Everlasting Burden of Nuclear Waste
(Film Review by Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War)

In 1972, Finland became the first country to make the extraordinary commitment to become a "Nuclear Guardian." Danish artist Michael Madsen's stark and memorable documentary about the effort, "Into Eternity," explores the science, engineering and philosophy behind what may become the greatest undertaking in the history of mankind -- the construction of a buried nuclear waste vault that will outlast the pyramids.

WDNR Says Army Exit Plan Must Restore Environment
(Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

Wisconsin regulators have ruled that a water supply system proposed by the Army as the primary remedy to protect public health from groundwater contamination at Badger Army Ammunition Plant will not meet environmental protection laws. Under the Army's plan, local farmers would be expected to abandon existing wells and pay for water from a municipal system built by the Army and later operated by rural townships.

War and the Environment: Some Examples
(A Peace Pledge Action Project)

Nearly a century after the outbreak of WWI, the ploughs in Flanders fields still turn up human bones every year. But twentieth century technology, busily applied to the practice of war, has ensured a more lethal harvest. For example, landmines: planted in millions in war-torn countries across the world, killing and maiming long after wars are over, and denying agricultural use of the land in which they lurk.

The Militarization of Indian Country
(Winona LaDuke / Democracy Now!)

"The reality is that the military is full of native nomenclature," says Winona LaDuke. "You've got Black Hawk helicopters, Apache Longbow helicopters. You've got Tomahawk missiles. The term used when you leave a military base in a foreign country is to go 'off the reservation, into Indian Country.' So what is that messaging that is passed on? It is basically the continuation of the wars against indigenous people."

Pentagon vs. China in Battle to Control Africa's Resources
(Pepe Escobar / Al Jazeera )

Analysis: "From energy wars to water wars, the 21st century will be determined by a fierce battle for the world's remaining natural resources. The chessboard is global. The stakes are tremendous. Most battles will be invisible. All will be crucial. In resource-rich Africa, a complex subplot of the New Great Game in Eurasia is already in effect. Africom's strategy: a determined push to isolate China from northern Africa."

Landmines Impede Prosperity in South Sudan
(Al Jazeera & Mirayafm.org & The Sudan Tribune & Agence France-Presse )

Years of civil war pose challenges for economic growth of soon-to-be independent region and one of the most difficult challenges is ridding the new nation of landmines. On July 9, South Sudan will become a brand new nation, having recently voted for independence from the North. Officials are hoping to invest in local agriculture as a way of building the economy, but first they will have to clear away the landmines left behind by years of civil war.

An Approaching Battle Looms over Canada's 'Avatar' Forest
(Imtiaz Tyab / Al Jazeera & Rainforest Alliance)

A forest in western Canada is imperiled as local activists battle to prevent commercial logging, reflecting the plot of a recent Hollywood blockbuster.

Spain Demands US Clears Earth from 1966 Nuclear Bomb Mishap
(Giles Tremlett / The Guardian & El Pais)

In 1966, a US B-52 bomber collided with a refueling plane and crashed in Spain. The four nuclear weapons on board the bomber contaminated a vast swath of the Palomares coast. despite Despite a US promise to clear up the mess 50,000 cubic metres of contaminated soil still remains at the site, 45 years after the accident. In January, the Spanish government told the Obama administration to remove soil contaminated with half-a-ton of plutonium 'without delay.'

GOP Budget: A Tool to Destroy Environmental Protections and Unleash Corporate Greed
(Tara Lohan / AlterNet)

Water is our single most critical resource. Yet Republicans are using the latest budget bill as a weapon to strip away basic protections that help preserve the water resources we all depend on for survival, and they're also attacking our air, food, wildlands and health. The GOP's H.R. 1 budget bill would deny funding to the EPA to enforce the Clean Water Act. All in the name of increasing corporate profits.

US Casts Lone Vote to Block UN Resolution on Israel’s Illegal Settlements
(Al Jazeera & Haaretz)

The Obama Administration -- standing apart from every other member of the UN Security Council -- has blocked a resolution condemning Israel's illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace. The construction of homes for Israeli settlers on Palestinian land is a major cause of instability. Since the US-sponsored diplomatic process was initiated decades ago, the number of settlers has quadrupled. In response to the White House, Palestinians have vowed a "Day of Rage."

Baghdad Demands $1 Billion from US for ‘Blast Wall’ War Damages
(Rebecca Santana / Associated Press & Associated Press)

The Baghdad city government is demanding the United States pay $1 billion and apologize for damage to the city caused by blast walls erected during the nearly eight-year long war. City officials said US forces had marred their "beautiful city." Blast walls "put up at the pretext of security" had damaged the sewage system, caused traffic jams and paralyzed business. In 2009, the military promised that all blast walls "will soon be taken off" Baghdad's major thoroughfares.

Avatar In the Amazon: Corporations Plan Genocide for Profit
(Jonathan Glennie / The Guardian)

This is the modern face of racism and, as with racism's most iconic expression, the black slave trade, the world needs to make a moral decision. Some will argue that compromises must be made for the progress of humanity. After all, we need oil, wood, gold, diamonds, coltan, copper. But are we prepared to see people die and their cultures die out? Is there another way? Or is it time for us to redefine progress?

South Korean Villagers Resist US Navy’s Destruction of Sacred Coastlands
(Bruce Gagnon & Sung-Hee Choi / Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space & All Voices)

As I write this, the people of the Gangjeong village on Jeju Island in South Korea are in the midst of the fight of their lives. It is today that they face down the Navy and the plans to destroy their sacred coastline for the Navy base where US Aegis destroyers (built in Bath, Maine) will be ported.

Another Battle of Okinawa
(Chalmers Johnson / Los Angeles Times)

The US is on the verge of permanently damaging its alliance with Japan in a dispute over a base in Okinawa. This island prefecture hosts three-quarters of all US military facilities in Japan. In the globe-girdling array of overseas military bases that the United States has acquired since World War II -- more than 700 in 130 countries -- few have a sadder history than those we planted in Okinawa.

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War
(Juan Cole / Truthdig Op-Ed)

During the past two months, the US military has fought a major campaign in the environs of the southern Pashtun city of Kandahar, launching night raids and attempting to push insurgents out of the orchards and farms. Local farmers were displaced, losing their crops in the midst of the violence and forced to become day laborers in the slums of Kandahar. News of the bloody conflict has been missing from US media.

US Military Bulldozes through Kandahar
(Ben Gilbert / GlobalPost & CBS)

The US military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers.

Washington's Claim that a Nuclear Attack on Iran Would Be 'Harmless to Civilians' Ignores Reality
(Carl Sagan (January 1, 1983) / Global Research)

Commentary: "In the light of recent statements of both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that 'all options are on the table' with regard to the use of nuclear weapons against Iran and that these weapons are, 'harmless to civilians,' we are publishing Carl Sagan's in-depth analysis on the implications of a nuclear war."

ACTION ALERT: Stand with Palestinian Farmers: Replant a Tree!
(The US Campaign to End the Occupation & B'Tselem)

Last weekend, four Israeli human rights organizations sent a letter to the Israeli army decrying the escalation of settler vandalism. It demanded that the army take steps to guarantee full protection from damage to Palestinian property, particularly olive trees. Learn how you can help replace damaged and demolished olive groves in Palestine.

Planned $12.6 Billion US Superbase Would Harm Guam's People and Environment
(Praveen Swami 
/ The Telegraph)

The US is building an £8 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam in an attempt to contain China's military build-up. However, Guam residents fear the build-up could hurt their ecosystem and tourism-dependent economy. The arrival of US Marines and other soldiers will double Guam's population, triggering water shortages. A planned harbor would destroy 71 acres of coral reefs.

Israeli Settlers Flood Palestinian Village with Sewage
(Brynn Utela / Palestine Solidarity Project & Palestine Monitor)

The Palestinian village of Beit Ummar is under constant harassment from Israeli settlers. The Palestinians have suffered the loss of land and access to traditional water resources. They have suffered rocks smashing their windows, midnight arrests, tear gas, rubber bullets, and daily military aggression. The most recent insult: Beit Ummar's vineyards have been intentionally flooded with the settlers' feces.

Israel 'Declares War on its People'
(Mya Guarnieri / Al Jazeera)

Speaking just days after his home was demolished for the fifth time, Aziz Abu Mudegem points towards the cemetery and remarks: "My grandfather was buried here in 1908.""We don't have water. We don't have electricity. We don't have honor," al-Turi says, referring to the demolitions of scores of Bedouin villages in Israel. The continued destruction of Al Arakib, he says, is like "declaring war on the people."

Military Bases Polluting Waterways In Washington State and Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Rosemere Neighborhood Association)

The military hopes to win permission to shut down a huge groundwater extraction system that currently stops toxins from the Badger Army Ammo Plant from flowing into groundwater and the nearby Lower Wisconsin River. Meanwhile, the EPA is concerned that Camp Bonneville, a former Military installation in Washington, is releasing arsenic, perchlorate and other dangerous toxins into the environment.

Palestine Attacked: Jewish Extremists Burn Mosque, Destroy Olive Trees
(Nasser Ishtayeh / Associated Press & Catrina Stewart / The Independent & Xinhua News Agency)

Extremist Jews ripped off branches and cut the roots of Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank village of Burin as the yearly harvest of the important crop begins. Palestinians also accused Jewish settlers of setting fire to a West Bank mosque and scrawling "revenge" in Hebrew on its walls -- a provocative move that will heighten tensions amid faltering peace talks.

Pakistani Websites Accuse CIA of Causing Pakistan Flooding
(The Daily Bell & Pakalert Press)

Though hardly any of it seems to resonate with the American mainstream press, the rest of the globe is alive with conspiracy theories about American military power, 9/11, HAARP and other maleficent and perhaps mythical US schemes for global domination -- full spectrum dominance as the Pentagon has called it.

ACTION ALERT: Protest Nuclear Waste on September 29
(Nuclear Information Resource Service)

Nuclear energy production is the number one producer of new radioactivity on Earth, followed by nuclear weapons production. Join us in sending a message: NO MORE! Sign a letter; send a photo to the government's Blue Ribbon Commmission!

Army National Guard Apologizes for Starting Wildfire in Utah
(Jennifer Dobner and Paul Foy / Associated Press)

The commander of the Utah Army National Guard has taken responsibility for a fast-moving wildfire that forced the evacuation of 1,600 homes, saying Guard officials erred when they allowed live-fire training despite high-wind warnings. Fires caused by the military are not uncommon. In May 2007, a flare dropped from an F-16 on a training flight sparked a fire that burned 17,000 acres in New Jersey.

Between the Fence and a Hard Place: The Impact of Israel-Imposed Restrictions in Gaza
(United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs )

Over the past ten years, the Israeli military has expanded restrictions on access to farmland on the Gaza side of the 1949 "Green Line." An estimated 178,000 people -- 12 percent of the Palestinians population -- is being prevented from enjoying full access to ancestral lands located 1,000-1,500 meters from the Green Line. Access restrictions are enforced by opening live fire on people trying to enter the areas.

New York Times Spins UN Report on Gaza Suffering
(Jeremy R. Hammond / Foreign Policy Journal)

The Times article gives weight to the Israeli claim that its activities in the Gaza Strip are matters of self-defense against Palestinian aggression and terrorism. The UN report, however, notes that much of the "aggression" is in response to Israel's incursions and destruction of Palestinian land and property. The loss of potential agricultural income in Gaza is estimated at over $50 million annually.

Alarms Sound over Trash Fires in War Zones of Afghanistan, Iraq
(Maria Glod / Washington Post)

Hundreds of military service members and contractor employees have fallen ill with cancer or severe breathing problems after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They say they were poisoned by thick, black smoke produced by the burning of tons of trash generated on US bases. Some 241 people from 42 states are suing Houston-based Kellogg Brown & Root, which operated the so-called "burn pits."

Going Organic in Gaza
(Jon Elmer / Al Jazeera)

A key official has stated the goal of Israel's embargo of Gaza: "We need to make the Palestinians lose weight, but not to starve to death." A government white paper details the minimum caloric intake required, based on age and sex, to keep Gazans hovering just above malnutrition levels. In response, the citizens of Gaza are turning to organic agriculture to raise healthy food in their own backyards.

New Report Finds Israeli Settlers Have Seized 42 Percent of the Occupied West Bank
(Catrina Stewart and David Usborne / The Independent)

As President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington, a report reveals 42 percent of Palestinian territory is now controlled by Israeli settlers. Jewish settlers, who claim a divine right to the whole of Israel, now control more than 42 percent of the occupied West Bank, representing a powerful obstacle to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Israel's Defense Minister Criticises Plan to Demolish Palestinian Homes
(Aron Heller / Associated Press)

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak criticized a plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes to make room for an Israeli tourist center in disputed east Jerusalem as "the kind of action that undermines trust and potentially incites emotions and adds to the risk of violence." Barak added that Jerusalem officials were "not displaying common sense or good timing, and not for the first time."

Nicaragua's Landmine Success
(Al Jazeera & Elizabeth Beery Adams / Mine Action Information Center)

Nicaragua’s civil war of the 1980s left the country ridden with landmines. Since 1989, a number of organizations have been working in Nicaragua to overcome obstacles and improve the country’s landmine situation.

Impact of the War on the Environment
(Svetlana Turyalay and Elchin Hajiyev / Azerbaijan International)

Whenever people think of war, they usually reflect on the tragic loss of human life, they rarely consider the loss and damage done to nature. We've had considerable losses of human life during these six long years of war with Armenians. An estimated 20,000 Azeris have died -- many of them civilians.

US Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan
(James Risen / New York Times)

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself. Huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium -- are so big that Afghanistan could become one of the most important mining centers.

ACTION ALERT: Shell Drilling Threatens Arctic and Eskimo Communities
(Greenpeace & Amnesty International & Defenders of Wildlife)

Just like BP dismissed the risk of a blowout with its Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf, Shell is saying the same thing about their proposed Alaskan Arctic rig. The truth is that Shell's plans in Alaska are even riskier than BP's. A spill in the Chukchi Sea could spell disaster for the people, polar bears, whales and other wildlife that rely on the Chukchi to survive.

Future of US Bases Bolstered in Japan
(Jacob M. Schlesinger & Peter Spiegel / Wall Street Journal )

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama gave up on a bedrock campaign pledge and accepted a US proposal to position American troops in Japan, backing down from a battle with Washington. Under US pressure, Mr. Hatoyama agreed to keep a large Marine presence in Okinawa, despite deep opposition to the US bases that has brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets.

ACTION ALERT: End the Occupation of Iraq; Help the Iraqi Victims of DU Poisoning
(Peace Action)

In the seven years since George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, one million Iraqis have been killed and another five million displaced. President Obama has promised to end this occupation. Meanwhile, millions of Iraqis are being harmed by exposure to depleted uranium (DU) used by the US military in ammunition. The US continues to insist the high cancer rates have nothing to do with exposure to DU.

17,000 Japanese Circle US Base in Peaceful Protest
( Jay Alabaster / Associated Press)

Thousands of Japanese linked hands and encircled a Marine Corps base in Okinawa on Sunday to protest its presence on the island, putting more pressure on Tokyo to resolve an impasse over the base's future.

War and the Environment
(Peace Pledge Union)

Images of Devastated battlefields are all too familiar. The ploughs in Flanders fields still turn up human bones every year. But twentieth century technology, busily applied to the practice of war, has ensured a more lethal harvest. For example, landmines.

Arms Experts Welcome Congressional Support for Land Mine Ban
(Arms Control Association)

On November 30, 2009, for the first time since the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force, the US officially met with more than 120 other treaty countries. Arm control experts welcomed the pending delivery of letters signed by 68 Senators and Congressmemebers asking President Obama to support review of US landmines policy and eventually join the majority of the world community in abiding by the Mine Ban Treaty.

Japan PM Scraps US Base Move Plan
(BBC News)

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said it will not be feasible to entirely remove a controversial US base from the island of Okinawa. The US Marines' Futenma base is deeply unpopular with many residents and removing it had been a key election pledge of the prime minister.

Vietnam: War and the Environment
(John Tully / Green Left Weekly)

Vietnam's suffering did not end with the liberation of Saigon in 1975. Perhaps no country since Haiti has come to independence under such adverse conditions -- conditions which included environmental damage on a scale hitherto unseen in warfare. The damage was part of an attrition strategy aimed at driving the peasants into the cities to deprive the National Liberation Front of a population and food base.

US Legacy in Iraq: Violence, Devastation, Corruption, Desperation
(Stephen Lendman / OpEdNews)

The Gulf War was an environmental disaster. It destroyed power and chemical plants; factories; dams; water purification facilities; sewage treatment systems; oil wells, pipelines and refineries. Twenty years of war, sanctions, and occupation left vast parts of the country's land, water and air poisoned by pollutants, including depleted uranium, chemicals, toxic metals, oil, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Former Military Bomb Site Has Become a Peaceful Haven
(Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle )

For 150 years, the Navy used the southwest corner of the sprawling North Bay island to make bombs, grenades, shells, mines, torpedoes, cannonballs and other implements of destruction. Today, thanks to the obsessive efforts of a small cadre of volunteers, visitors are more likely to find poppies, buttercups and wild roses.

Chagos Island Restoration Campaign Overlooks Islanders Expelled by Pentagon
(RickB / Ten Percent & The Independent)

The indigenous residents of the Chagos islands were forcibly removed to turn the islands into a US military base used to bomb the Middle East. A marine conservation proposal by the Chagos Environment Network has been accused of "greenwashing" ethnic cleansing because it argues that resettling of the island's indigenous human population would be "counter-productive" to the aim of environmental protection.

WWII Bombs Continue to Pose Threats in Germany, Britain
(Associated Press & BBC News)

A WWII-era bomb was recently discovered buried under Berlin’s Tegel airport, forcing the cancellation and diversions of dozens of flights. On March 4, a WWII German bomb was unearthed in the British town of Southhampton. In London, there are 100 bombs known to be buried beneath building constructed after the war. Hundreds of WWII bombs remain buried across the UK.

Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom?
(Lawrence of Cyberia / Aletho News)

In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine. One of the subjects investigated was land use. The survey found that in 1944-45 Palestine’s farmers produced approximately 210,000 tons of grain. About 193,400 tons of that grain were cultivated on Palestinian farms; about 16,600 tons were cultivated on Jewish farms.

Depleted Uranium Radiation resulting from NATO Bombings in Serbia : High Incidence of Cancer
(Ljubica Vujadinovic / Global Research & All Voices )

A leading Serbian expert in the field says the NATO's use of depleted uranium ammunition in it's aggression on Serbia has caused enormous increase in cancer rates and number of newborns with genetic malformations. Four studies conducted so far, on both civilians and those who worked on the spots' decontamination, have shown that the DU exposure causes typical and specific changes on genetic material.

Japanese Protest Relocation of Washington's Okinawa Base
(Kyodo News Service )

Local farmers protested the proposed relocation of US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Kagoshima Prefecture island of Tokunoshima at a rally held in Kagoshima Prefecture that drew some 4,200 local residents – one-sixth of the island’s population. "We cannot expose our children to noise and crime. We don't need a base here on this island of children, longevity and mutual corporation," said a 39-year-old housewife.

Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?The Opium Wars in Afghanistan
(Alfred W. McCoy / Tom Dispatch)

The Obama administration is now trapped in an endless cycle of drugs and death in Afghanistan from which there is neither an easy end nor an obvious exit. American commanders seemed strangely unaware that Marja might qualify as the world's heroin capital -- with hundreds of hidden labs processing the local poppy crop into high-grade heroin. The surrounding fields produce 40% of the world's illicit opium supply.

UN Chief Calls Israeli Settlements Illegal
(BBC News)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Israeli settlement building anywhere in occupied territory is illegal and must stop. Mr Ban is in the Middle East to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and press them to resume peace talks. Israel's controversial announcement of plans to build 1,600 more homes in East Jerusalem has inflamed tensions in the region.

Middle East "Quartet" Calls for Settlement Freeze
(Al Jazeera & Sources)

The so-called Quartet of Middle East negotiators -- The United Nations, the US, the EU and Russia -- has demanded that Israel halt all settlement activity and denounced Israel's plan to build new housing in East Jerusalem. In the statement, the Quartet condemned "the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem".

How Food and Water are Driving a 21st-century African Land Grab
(John Vidal / The Observer)

Rich countries faced by a global food shortage have bought up stretches of African land twice the size of Britain. The foreign companies are swarming the continent, seizing lands the local residents have used for centuries. There is no consultation. The deals are done secretly. The only thing the local people see is people coming with lots of tractors to invade their lands.

Obama's Surge vs. Afghanistan's Eco-System
(Mickey Z / Planet Green)

Commentary: "The environmental costs of war are no secret but the stakes continue to rise with the US using weapons such as depleted uranium. Afghanistan now has 33 species on its endangered list. However, the National Environmental Protection Agency expects that list to grow to over 80 species by the end of the year.

Following The Mineral Trail: Congo Resource Wars and Rwanda
(John Lasker / Toward Freedom)

In 2000, Rwanda, an African ally of Washington, produced 83 tons of coltan from its own mines but found a way to export a total of 603 tons that year, according to figures from the National Bank of Rwanda. The Rwandan army, which at the time was receiving funding and training from the US military, made $250 million selling stolen Congolese minerals, most likely purchased from their shadow militias.

The Deadly Debris Of War
(Dorothy Bryant / The Daily )

Year after year, innocent civilians (many of them children) are injured and killed -- in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Georgia/Abkhazia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nagorno Karabakh, Somaliland, and Sri Lanka -- by the debris of past wars: landmines; large caliber ordnance; ammunition, from shells to bullets; and weapons, from assault rifles to heavy weapons systems.The 21-year-old HALO Trust is working to reduce these dangers.

(Ann Wright / Information Clearing House & Ben Lynfield / The Independent)

In March 2009, the US gave Egypt with $32 million for border security projects. Now details are emerging that US funds will be spent to build an underground steel wall that will be 6-7 miles long and extend 55 feet straight down into the desert sand. The steel wall is intended to cut the tunnels that go between Gaza and Egypt. The goal: to prevent the movement of food, merchandise and weapons into Gaza.

The Pentagon Is Going Green
(Renewable Power News)

Pentagon is going for a long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gases by deploying renewable sources of energy. The solar installation in Californias Mojave Desert and minor initiative such as a 30 MW geothermal plant at Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada are only a few calls.

Colombia's Robber Barons Ruling Jungles with Guns and Whisky
(Rory Carroll / The Guardian)

Farmers in Choc province say mining and logging firms are pushing them off the land by force or trickery. To make money in Colombia's jungles it helps to have three things: guns, whisky and a river. Hardly conventional business tools, but this is not a conventional environment. There is armed conflict, abundant natural resources, extreme poverty, isolation and fortunes to be made.

Demining: One of Modern Wars Deadliest Legacies
(United Nations )

Every year, landmines kill 15,000 to 20,000 people most of them children, women and the elderly and severely maim countless more. Scattered in some 78 countries, they are an ongoing reminder of conflicts which have been over for years or even decades. Yet despite this random carnage, they continue to used as weapons of war.

The Armed Plunder of Madegascar
(Karin Brulliard / Washington Post Foreign Service)

Security in Madagascar has broken down since a coup in March and traffickers have smuggled out record numbers of rare Ploughshare tortoises for sale to Asian and European collectors. A lemur-poaching racket is providing the rare primates, roasted, to restaurants in port cities. Most troubling, is a brazen plunder of protected forests by armed bands of illegal loggers who loot prized hardwoods for a "timber mafia" that exports them to lucrative furniture markets in Asia and the US.

Army Agrees to Clean Up Pollution A-Bomb Site in New Jersey
(R. Greenway/ ENN)

The EPA has signed an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy to complete the cleanup of the Middlesex Sampling Plant site in Middlesex, NJ. The property was used by the Atomic Energy Commission as part of the nations early atomic energy program to handle various radioactive ores.

Congolese Environmentalist Wins European Prize
(Selah Hennessy / Voice of America)

The four winners of the Swedish award known by many as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' have been announced, and one of the winners is the Congolese environmentalist Rene Ngongo. Ngongo tells VOA he will use the prize money to continue the fight to protect the rainforest in DRC. Ngongo and his team have suffered ongoing intimidation from war-time combatants.

Climate Change Is Killing Kenya's Wildlife and People: Water Wars Have already Begun
(Lindsey Hilsum / BBC Channel 4 News)

Kenya faces its worst drought for more than a decade, with crops and livestock destroyed. Will people in the north of the country become among the first victims of climate change? Samburu warriors in their beads and finery now have mobile phones, and more of them carry AK 47s to supplement their spears and traditional knives, so raiding over water, cattle and pasture is more deadly.

Deforestation in Kenya Could Lead to 'Water War'
(James Morgan / BBC News)

Deforestation in Kenya's Mau watershed is stoking tribal tensions. Maasai farmers are angry with the predominantly ethnic Kalenjin settlers upstream, accusing them of "stealing" the forest and the water. And there is a real fear that human suffering could precipitate a civil conflict. An explosion of simmering ethnic tensions after elections last year left some 1,300 people dead across the country and now the loss of downstream water is putting livestock and people at risk.

Dangerous Levels of US Dioxins Found at Major Airport in Vietnam
(Ben Stocking / The Associated Press & DIOXIN2006)

New environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near a former US air base where American troops stored the herbicide during the Vietnam War. "Time is of the essence" to finish cleaning up the site, now home to the Danang airport, where dioxin levels in the soil, sediment and fish were 300 to 400 times higher than internationally accepted levels according to the Canadian environmental firm Hatfield Consultants.

Iraqs Draining Water War: Fertile Crescent Could Vanish by 2100
(Phil Sands and Nizar Latif / The National & Fred Pearce / The New Scientist)

As bombs continue to tear apart its towns and villages, Iraq is now in the grip of an environmental crisis that experts and officials warn may do what decades of war have not been able to destroy the country. The new war on Iraq, says one member of the countrys parliament, is a war of water. Is it the final curtain for the Fertile Crescent? The Mesopotamian cradle of civilisation seems to be returning to desert.

The Dilemma of Palestinian Settlement Builders
(Heather Sharp / BBC News)

Work is hard to come by for Palestinians trapped in the Occupied Territories. Much of the paying jobs involve working for Israel and one of the major sources of employment for Palestinians is helping build Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. As one anguished worker noted: "Everything, all the settlements even most of the Wall was built by Palestinians."

Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World
(James Denver / Rense.com )

American use of DU is "A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time. "US Iraq Military Vets "are on DU death row, waiting to die." According to British radiation expert Dr. Chris Busby, "the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain."

Israel Destroying Gazas Environment and Turning Mediterranean into a "Septic Tank"
(Motasem Dalloul / Al Jazeera & Islam Online & Reuters)

There are three main causes for the environmental pollution of the Gaza Strip: the use of cooking oil for fuel (due to the fuel shortage caused by the Israeli blockade), rubbish accumulating in the streets, raw sewage dumped into the sea. The Mediterranean is often called the world's most polluted sea and the waters around Tel Aviv offer a reason why 140 tons of heavy metals and130 tons of pesticides are discharged into the sea under government licenses.

Idle Iraqi Date Farms Show Decline of Economy
(Timothy Williams / New York Times)

Late July and early August is date harvesting season in Iraq, when within the span of a few weeks the desert sun turns hard green spheres into tender, golden brown fruit prized for its sweetness. ut here in Iraq, one of the places where agriculture was developed more than 7,000 years ago, there are increasing doubts about whether it makes much sense to grow dates or much of anything for that matter.

Dangerous Untreated West Bank Wastewater
(Stephen Lendman / Global Research )

Israeli West Bank and Jerusalem settlements produce about 91 million cubic meters of wastewater annually, more than double the amount from Palestinian communities. Yet most of it goes untreated. As an occupying power, international humanitarian law requires it be done, yet Israel violates its obligations across the board making Palestinians suffer grievously as a result.

US Role in Massive Aerial Herbicide Spraying Revealed
(Jason Leopold / The Public Record)

Despite years of ongoing, critical public health controversies in Colombia and Ecuador over the US-assisted aerial herbicide spraying of coca and poppy crops while trying to reduce illegal cocaine and heroin production, US State Department officials are pursuing that very same spraying strategy. Untold thousands of Colombians and Ecuadorians have become sick from the blended chemical spray and critically valuable maize, yucca and plantains have been destroyed in large swaths of the fertile country.

Israels Wall Must Come Down
(David Morrison / David Morrison.com)

Five years ago, on 7 July 2004, the International Court of Justice declared Israels construction of the Wall in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) to be contrary to international law. The Court went on to order Israel to cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall and dismantle forthwith the structure already built. Israel thumbed its nose at this ruling and continued to build the Wall, despite a near unanimous demand by the international community that it should comply.

Dangerous Untreated West Bank Wastewater
(Stephen Lendman / Global Research)

Israeli West Bank and Jerusalem settlements produce about 91 million cubic meters of wastewater annually, more than double the amount from Palestinian communities. Yet most of it goes untreated. As an occupying power, international humanitarian law requires it be done, yet Israel violates its obligations across the board making Palestinians suffer grievously as a result.

UNESCO: US Seriously Damaged Historic Babylon
(Kim Gamel / Common Dreams )

S troops and contractors in Iraq inflicted serious damage on Babylon, driving heavy machinery over sacred paths, bulldozing hilltops and digging trenches through one of the world's greatest archaeological sites, experts for UNESCO said Thursday. "The use of Babylon as a military base was a grave encroachment on this internationally known archaeological site," said a report which the U.N. cultural agency presented in Paris.

A Sickening Situation
(Katie Connolly / Newsweek)

KBR, the company contracted to provide waste-disposal services at US bases in Iraq, has allowed the burning of batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste (including human body The resulting fumes containing carcinogenic dioxins, heavy metals, and particulates have sickened and disabled US soldiers and iraqis exposed to the toxic smoke.

A Fight for the Amazon That Should Inspire the World
(Johann Hari / The Independent)

While the world nervously watches the uprising in Iran, an even more important uprising has been passing unnoticed yet its outcome will shape your fate and mine and will determine the future of the planet. Here's the story of how it happened and how we all need to pick up this fight.

Scientist, Environmentalist and Eco-Prophet James Lovelock Warns of The Vanishing Face of Gaia
(James Murry-White / Green Prophet)

As the 90-year-old author prepares to take up Richard Bransons offer of a place upon a Virgin Galactic flight in space, he is at his simplest and most direct in this book. Highly critical of European green politics and environmentalism, he offers what he believes are the only solutions for partial human survival through the onslaught of climate change. Our gravest dangers are not from climate change itself, but indirectly from starvation, competition for space and resources, and tribal war.

Gold and Depleted Uranium: Destroying Indigenous Populations from the US to the Middle East
(Dahr Jamail / t r u t h o u t | Perspective)

"We call gold the metal which makes men crazy," says Charmaine White Face. "Knowing they could not conquer us like they wanted to ... because when you are fighting for your life, or the life of your family, you will do anything you can ... so they had to put us in prisoner of war camps. I come from POW camp 344, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We want our treaties upheld, we want our land back."

Indigenous Protest and State Violence in the Peruvian Amazon: How the Media Misrepresents
(John Gibler / Huffington Post)

When police surround and attack a group of peaceful protester from land and air, the responsibility for violence is clearly on the aggressors and their unjustifiable and disproportionate use of force. But the media presented a different picture. The Los Angeles Times article, "Insurgents threaten Peru's Stability," for example, represents the Indigenous protesters as "insurgents" and claims they are "threatening" Peru, rather than defending their ancestral and communal lands.

Agent Orange Continues to Poison Vietnam
(Marjorie Cohn / t r u t h o u t | Perspective)

From 1961 to 1971, the US military sprayed Vietnam with Agent Orange, which contained large quantities of Dioxin, in order to defoliate the trees for military objectives. Between 2.5 and 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange. Several treaties the United States has ratified require an effective remedy for violations of human rights. It is time to make good on Nixon's promise and remedy the terrible wrong the US government perpetrated on the people of Vietnam.

KBR, Halliburton Sued over War-zones Toxic Burn Pits
(Sue Sturgis / Grist & Facing South)

Confronted with the need to dispose of enormous quantities of war-related trash including batteries, pesticide containers, medical waste and even human body parts, but lacking proper incinerators, private contractors working for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan came up with a simple solution. They burned the trash in big, open pits.

The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism
(Barry Sanders: Book Excerpt / AK Press )

When we declare war on a foreign nation, we now also declare war on the Earth, on the soil and plants and animals, the water and wind and people, in the most far-reaching and deeply infecting ways. A bomb dropped on Iraq explodes around the world. We have no way of containing the fallout. Technology fails miserably here. War insinuates itself, like an aberrant gene and, left unchecked, has the capacity for destroying the Earths complex and sometimes fragile system.

Anger over Palestinian Nakba Ban Proposal
(BBC World News)

Some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes in the 1948 war after Israel declared independence. This is known as the Nakba. About 20% of Israel's population are descended from Arab citizens who remained on the territory that became Israel. New Israeli demolitions threaten a "second Nakba" the largest number of expulsions since 1948. At the same time, right-wing politicians have proposed a law that would jail anyone who tries to commemorate the Nakba.

Environment Emerges as a Major Casualty in Gaza
(Erin Cunningham / Inter Press Service)

An already deepening environmental crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip has been further compounded by the recent war. hroughout the three-week Operation Cast Lead, Israel targeted almost every aspect of the coastal territory's infrastructure. Homes, businesses, factories, power grids, sewage systems and water treatment plants were reduced to piles of rubble across the Gaza Strip.

WWII 'Time' Bombs Still lLtter Japan Island
(Eric Talmadge / Associated Press)

Like former battlefields all over the world, the southern Japan island of Okinawa home to more than 1 million people and the site of some of World War II's most savage fighting is a tinderbox of unexploded bombs, thousands and thousands of tons of them, rusted and often half buried. The bombs are the bane of construction crews, divers and unsuspecting children.

Going Nuclear: Navy Tries to Skip Out on Radioactive Cleanup in San Francisco
(Sarah Phelan / San Francisco Bay Guardian)

From the 1940s to 1974, the Navy dumped industrial, domestic, and solid waste, including sandblast waste, on a portion of Hunters Point in San Francisco. Among the materials that may be underground: decontamination waste and debris from ships involved in atomic tests in the South Pacific that were showered with falloutl. Federal officials don't want to pay to haul 1.5 million tons of toxic and radioactive dirt off the site before it's used for parkland.

Africa: The Second Scramble for Africa Starts
(Julio Godoy / All Afica.com)

Sub-Saharan African countries have of late become the target of a new form of investment that is strongly reminiscent of colonialism: investors from both industrialised and emerging economies buy or lease large tracts of farm land across the continent, either to guarantee their own food provisions or simply as yet another business.In doing so, investors even deal with warlords who claim property rights, as in Sudan.

Housing the Homeless in Abandoned Military Bases
(Office of Housing and Urban Development & The Washington Post & The New York Times)

For more than four decades, the Department of Defense has closed military installations to reduce overhead, enhance readiness and modernization. In 1987, Congress enacted a law that made serving the homeless the first priority for use of all surplus Federal properties, including military installations. Despite the law and the backing of the Clinton and Bush administrations, this major housing resource remains untapped.

Washington State Environmentalists to Battle Navy Proposal
(Justin Burnett / Whidbey Examiner)

Whidbey Island environmental groups opposed to the Navy's plan to expand its Northwest training operations. The Navy is planning to expand operations in its Northwest Training Range Complex, an area encompassing about 122,400 nautical miles of air, surface and subsurface space stretching from Washington to northern California. The proposal ranges from increasing missile and sonar testing to dumping depleted uranium.

Communities Seek Accountability for Military Pollution
(itizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

More than 80 US communities and organizations are calling for federal legislation to require the Pentagon and the Department of Energy to protect human health and the environment. The DOD is responsible for more than 31,000 cleanup sites on more than 4,600 active and former defense properties. About one in 10 Americans nearly 29 million live within 10 miles of a military site that is listed as a national priority for hazardous waste cleanup.

The US/Mexico Borders Agent Orange Controversy
(Frontera NorteSur / Narco News)

In the Vietnam War, the US sprayed vast tracts of land with the defoliant Agent Orange. Although the dioxin released by Agent Orange was later blamed for illnesses that struck thousands of US soldiers and upwards of four million Vietnamese citizens, four decades later, the US Border Patrol intends to employ aerial spraying to spread Imazapyr herbicide along the US-Mexico border to remove ground cover that makes it easier for people to cross the border.

Envoy Damns US Afghan Drug Effort
(BBC News)

US efforts to eradicate opium poppy crops in Afghanistan have been "wasteful and ineffective", the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan says. Richard Holbrooke said the $800m (550m) a year the US was spending on counter-narcotics would be better used in supporting Afghan farmers.

Israeli Military Shoots Gaza Farmer: European Union Calls for an End to Israel's Attacks on Farmers
(Via Campesina, the International Peasants Union)

Israeli forces shot an unarmed Palestinian farmer as he worked his land in the village of Al-Faraheen in the Gaza Strip. The unprovoked attack was videotaped by International Human Rights Activists accompanying a group of farmers as they worked approximately 500m from the Green Line. Meanwhile, the European Union has called on Israel to "Leave the Fields to the Farmers; End the Violence in Gaza!"

Congo Gorillas Thriving Despite War
(Agence France-Presse & Discovery Channel)

ountain gorillas living in a war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have increased in number despite the bloody conflict. The census the first since specialized rangers were expelled by rebel forces from the Virunga National Park 16 months ago showed a sub-population of gorillas used to humans had gone up from 72 to 81.

Bosnia Lacks Cash to Clear Away Killer Mines
(William J. Kole / Associated Press)

Thirteen years after Bosnia's 1992-95 war ended, mines are still claiming scores of victims. A closer look by the Associated Press shows the problem is not that officials don't know where most of the explosives are buried. It's that they just can't seem to scrape together enough cash to get them out of the ground.

Israeli Industrial Zones Using West Bank as Chemical Dump
(Window into Palestine.blogspot)

The Israeli administration has buried more than 50 percent, or three million tons, of its nuclear and chemical waste in the occupied West Bank. Most of the waste comes from the Israeli industrial zones and is buried secretly causing slow death and disease as it seeps from the soil, PNN partner station Radio Dream reports.

Pentagon's 7-Million-acre Land Grab Would Displace 17,000 Coloradans
(Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition)

Ever since the planned expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site became public knowledge in early 2006, the PCEOC has been warning Colorado that the Army's goal was to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) by up to 5.5 million acres. As it turns out, this was incorrect; the actual acreage desired by the US Army is 7 million acres

Native Americans Challenge World's Largest Uranium Producer
(Alex White Plume / Native Unity)

An Atomic Licensing Board judges panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled in favor of petitioners who filed interventions in the 10-year license renewal of Cameco, Inc.s uranium mine near Crawford, Nebraska. The petitioners include imembers of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; the Oglala Sioux Tribe; the Oglala Delegation of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council; the Lakota NGO Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way), and the Western Nebraska Resources Council.

The Environmentalist Who Fell in Love with the DMZ
(The Chosun Ilbo)

When human beings disappear from the Earth one day, how long would it take for nature to be restored to its original state? The answer likes in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, says Alan Weisman, a professor and prominent environmentalist. Weisman recently traveled to Korea to address an international conference on DMZ conservation in Gyeonggi Province. He also attended the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands.

US Army Disposes Desert Tortoises: Relocated Reptiles Eaten by Coyotes
(Las Vegas Sun / Associated Press & Gary Bogue / Contra Costa Times)

Fort Irwin has sought to expand its 643,000-acre training site into the Mojave Desert's tortoise territory for two decades. The Army said it needs an extra 131,000 acres to accommodate faster tanks and longer-range weapons. In March, the Army uprooted and relocated 770 endangered desert tortoises. Since then, about 90 relocated and resident tortoises have died, most killed and eaten by coyotes, according to federal biologists monitoring the project.

Earth's Ozone Would Be Largely Destroyed in Nuclear Conflict
(Adam Satariano / Bloomberg)

A nuclear war involving 100 Hiroshima-size bombs would open a massive hole in the earth's ozone layer, exposing life to dangerous levels of the sun's rays, a new study shows. Smoke caused by the atomic explosions would trap heat in the stratosphere and lead to the deterioration of more than 20 percent of ozone globally, according to a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tortoises Airlifted to New Home to Make Room for Fort Irwin Expansion
(Jennifer Bowles / The Press-Enterprise)

The Pentagon is removing nearly 800 rare desert tortoises from their ancient home in the southern California desert to give troops and tanks more room to practice invasion tactics. The $8.5 million move came despite the fact that the reptiles are supposed to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Environmentalists threats of lawsuits have not deterred the Armys plans to evict the tortoises and occupy their homeland.

Global Warming or Conversion of the military-Industrial Complex?
(Bruce K. Gagnon / Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space)

As people like Al Gore and other environmentalists look for solutions, rarely is the Pentagon mentioned as a polluter and a place that we can look to for change if life is to survive on our mother Earth.

Pentagon Will Fight Wisconsin Water Standards
(Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

The Pentagon intends to challenge Wisconsin in regulating all forms of the explosive dinitrotoluene (DNT). The announcement came after Wisconsin became the first state to establish health-based guidelines for the pervasive military toxin that has contaminated groundwater and dozens of private wells near the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

Toxic Acres: How the Navy Poisoned Treasure Island
(Ron Russell / SF Weekly)

When the US Navy abandoned Treasure Island, a man-made island in the middle of SF Bay, the City began plans to create a self-sustaining city of 15,000 or more residents on the site. But the first tenants are finding that, along with the incomparable views some a deadly legacy the fill below Treasure Island is filled with dangerous toxins left by the Navy.

Many Species Are Targeted
(Tom Palmer / The Ledger)

The 30 or so endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows at the Avon Park Air Force Range face a new menace from the sky Navy warplanes. The Navy wants to increase annual helicopter flights from 1,098 to 1,418 and hike flights by military fighter-bombers by 43 percent, from 6,974 to 9,998. Plans included dropping 13,731 practice bombs, up to 1,545 high-explosive bombs, and 27 Hellfire missiles. In addition to the bombs and missiles, military training exercises would involve firing thousands of mortar shells and other ordnance between 25 mm and 105 mm and strafing ground targets with 30,000 20 mm shells.

Careful Flooding May Restore Iraq Marshes
(Maggie Fox / AlertNet/Reuters)

The future of the 5,000-year-old Marsh Arab culture and the economic stability of large portions of Iraq's southern marshlands are dependent on the success of a major environmental restoration effort. With only 20 percent of the marshes restored, populations of fish, shrimp, pelicans, cormorants and wading species have started to rebound.

Storm Clouds over Planned US Base in Japan
(Julian Ryall / Al-Jazeera)

Okinawa houses 75% of all US servicemen stationed in Japan. When work began on a US air base on Mananu Rock off Henoko Bay, residents blocked the construction effort with canoes, small boats and a vigil that has lasted more than 2,600 days. Residents say they want to befend their traditional land and water. The fear the possibility of a military aircraft accident.

Wildlife Thrives on Military Range
(Associated Press / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Military reservations can sometimes become de facto wildlife reserves. Fort McCoy, in Wisconsin, is home to a 60,000-acre wilderness that has changed little in six decades it has been under Army control. Foresters and biologists are employed to oversee the impacts of military exercises and work to restore land damaged by weapons use and training.

FBI Agent Silenced on Rocky Flats Nuclear Site
(Jim Hughes / Denver Post)

FBI special agent Jon Lipsky tried to warn Colorado residents about turning the contaminated landscape at the former Rocky Flats nuclear arms facility into a public recreation area but FBI superiors in Washington have ordered him not to talk. The governent insists "There is no coverup."

Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs
(Bob Nichols / Online Journal)

In June, a US admiral released a study estimating the radioactive impacts of the US war on Iraq. The report, made available to the world at a global conference in India, was not reported by the US media. The US, with 70,000 tons of radioactive waste in storage inside the US, has managed to cover Iraq with 4 million pounds of radioactive dust from the use of depleted uranium weapons.

Letter from Israel: Don't Call it a Wall
(Ran HaCohen / AntiWar.com)

A correspondent from Israel explains why Ariel Sharon's "Separation Fence" is more than a "wall" -- it is designed to serve as a barrier that will place the Palestinian communities into a "cage" with access controlled by Israel. It is longer than the Berlin Wall and more restrictive that the Bantustands that existed under South African Apartheid.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Aegis Destroyer
(Bruce K. Gagnon)

Helen Caldicott and activists from 10 countries and 20 states are appealing to the owners and workers of the Bath Iron Works to scrap plans to build the Aegis destroyer. This is not a defensive weapon. It is designed to "forward deploy" US military force to protect corporate power and investments around the world.

War or Not, Iraq's Environment a Casualty
(Environment News)

Farming in Kuwait is still struggling after Iraqi forces torched about 700 Kuwaiti oil wells at the end of the Gulf War. Fisheries collapsed and fresh water supplies were poisoned by oil fires and giant oil slicks, extending human suffering long after the end of a war in which more than 100,000 people died.

UNEP: War 'Has Ruined the Afghan Environment'
(Alex Kirby / BBC Online)

The impact of the US attack on Afghanistan has caused lasting damage to the environment reports the United Nations Environment Programme. Snow leopards and other species suffer as well as people.

Next Step After 'Withdrawal': Exploiting Afghanistan's Natural Resources
(Jason Ditz / Anti-War.com )

NATO will reduce its troop levels in Afghanistan by 40,000 by the end of 2012, according to the Pentagon. But observers should not be fooled into believing Washington's 2014 date of full withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Pentagon's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations has already promised to provide training and equipment as part of continuing US efforts to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan identify and develop its vast deposits of oil and mineral resources.

Gulf War; oil well fires, heavy metals, toxins, soil erosion, more
Gulf War Veterans Resource Pages

The Gulf War Impact on Terrestrial Environment of Kuwait: An Overview.
The First International Conference Addressing Environmental Consequences of War.

The Animal Victims of the Gulf War
Physicians for Social Responsibility (1991)




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