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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.

GENERAL IMPACTS

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.
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122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Action Network)

Analysis: On Friday the United Nations concluded the creation of the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in over 20 years, and the first ever to ban all nuclear weapons. While 122 nations voted yes, the Netherlands voted no, Singapore abstained, and numerous nations didn't show up at all. But this treaty is a big step in the right direction. When 122 countries declare something illegal, it is illegal on Earth. That means investments in it are illegal. Complicity with it is illegal.
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G-20 Protests: "Welcome to Hell" and Goodbye to Gasoline
(teleSURtv & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

"Welcome to Hell." That's the greeting for Donald Trump and other world leaders from tens of thousands of anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the July 7-8 G20 summit. The Carbon Paradigm has also been disrupted by Volvo's announcement that it is halting production of petroleum-fueled cars. France, Germany, and Norway also have declared plans to ban and abandon the internal combustion engine in favor of clean, renewable, climate-friendly non-carbon transportation.
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US Cities Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent of US Electricity to Renewables By 2035
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is prompting more than 1,400 mayors to make their own climate-protection pledges. The Conference of Mayors -- the country's largest coalition of city leaders -- recently pledged to make 100 percent renewable power a top policy priority over the next decade. The five states that are the worst emitters of greenhouse gases are: Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Ohio.
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House Republicans Call for $640 Military Spending Bill
(AntiWar.com & The Hill)

Faced with a massive military spending increase proposal from President Trump, and a Budget Committee which expected to well exceed even that, the House Armed Services Committee has decided to outdo everybody by advancing its own $640 billion base budget. The move sets up a potential showdown with the White House, which proposed a $603 billion defense budget. It also could be in conflict with Congress's budget, as the Budget Committee is eyeing a $621 billion defense budget.
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The Climate Movement Charges On, Even Without the US
(Winnie Byanyima / Oxfam America)

The spirit of Paris charges on, even without the US. But the oilmen who fuelled this crisis are still doing their dirty business as usual -- because the system perpetuates their wealth and power. The richest one percent today own more than the 99 percent combined; eight men own as much as the bottom 3.6 billion. Political institutions march to the tune of powerful corporations and the super-rich. Tackling the gap between rich and poor and tackling climate change is part of the same struggle.
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Trump vs. Planet Earth
(Associated Press & Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone)

Commentary: "The outrage over Trump's move runs deep because the Paris climate deal was never about just the climate. It was also about unity, equality, trust, sympathy - in short, all the qualities that make it possible for seven billion human beings to live together peacefully on the planet."
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"A War We Don't Want": Defense Secretary Mattis Explains What War with North Korea Would Look Like
(Alex Lockie / Business Insider & Arielle Berger and Sara Silverstein / Business Insider)

Asked why the US doesn't just go to war to stop North Korea from developing the capability to hit the US, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a grim scenario: "It will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we've seen since 1953. It will involve the massive shelling of an ally's capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth [with ametro-area population of 25 million]. "It would be a war that fundamentally we don't want."
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How Nature Heals (Note: EAW Will Return on June 16)
(Kathleen Richards / The East Bay Express)

Every month for the past three years, pediatrician Nooshin Razani and her UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland colleagues have taken a group of patients and their families on a park outing, part of a program called Stay Healthy in Nature Everyday, or SHINE. This collaborative effort between the hospital and the East Bay Regional Park District aims to both improve the health of patients and their families while also encouraging awareness and usage of the green spaces in their backyard -- by letting Nature heal.
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Keep Australia Out of US Wars
(John Menadue / Pearls and Irritations)

Commentary: In the event of war between the USA and any other nation in our region, Australia could not avoid involvement, because of its alliance with the USA. That is the reality we need to address. To avoid the possibility of war, an independent foreign policy for Australia is urgently required. Mr Trump's presidency only adds to the urgency.
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World to Cut Emissions With or Without Trump
(Zofeen Ebrahim / Nation of Change)

In March, Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and roll back the widely supported climate protection policies of former president Barack Obama. World leaders are trying to convince Trump to recognize the science and the critical need to address climate change, noting that future climate action will require farsightedness, political courage, intelligent regulations and getting corporations on board.
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It's Time to Ban the Bomb
(Alice Slater / World Beyond War & The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

This week, the "United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination" released the draft of a treaty that would ban and prohibit nuclear weapons -- just as the world has done for biological and chemical weapons. The Ban Treaty is to be negotiated at the UN from June 15 to July 7 as a follow-up to the March 2017 negotiations that were attended by members of civil society and representatives of more than 130 governments.
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Washington Has Plans to Nuke Russia and China
(Paul Craig Roberts / PaulCraig Roberts.org)

Commentary: Washington's demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.
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Win for Environmentalists: Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule Limiting Methane Emissions
(The New York Times & EarthJustice & The League of Conservation Voters)

In a surprising victory for President Barack Obama's environmental legacy, a bipartisan majority of pro-environment allies in the US Senate voted 51 to 49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Also blocked: planned GOP-backed reductions in the EPA budget designed to gut clean energy funding and use the funds to build Donald Trump's border wall.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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"The Planet's Most Important Lawsuit": Kids Sue Trump over Climate
(John Light / Nation of Change)

As hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington for the People's Climate March, 14 young Americans, ranging in age from 9 to 21, held a press conference in front the Supreme Court. They are among 21 young plaintiffs suing the US government to force it to take action on climate change arguing that federal energy policy threatens to deprive them of "life and liberty." Environmental activists Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein -- and legal scholars alike -- call this "the most important lawsuit on the planet right now."
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The "100 by '50 Act" Is Not Sufficient to Prevent a Climate Catastrophe
(Ezra Silk / CommonDreams)

Commentary: The "100 by '50 Act," billed as "the most ambitious piece of climate legislation Congress has ever seen," is a largely symbolic gesture. Environmental critics warn that this bill will not solve the climate crisis. The bill is incremental, non-comprehensive, and fails to meet the challenge of this historic moment. It's time to go back to the drawing board. We need a true climate emergency bill grounded in climate truth.
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ACTION ALERT: War Is Not Entertainment: Dropping Bombs Does Not Make You Presidential
(Jackie Wattles / CNN & Win Without War)

Noting that Donald Trump has received unwarranted applause for authorizing missile strikes in Syria and dropping a powerful bomb on an ISIS camp in Afghanistan, former CBS anchor Dan Rather schooled his colleagues in the media that: "Dropping bombs, having missile strikes, doesn't make one presidential." Tell CNN, MSNBC, and the mainstream, corporate media: Stop treating war like entertainment and responsibly report on US military action.
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Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every year since 2009, a member of Congress has introduced a bill aimed at revoking or delaying the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. And every year, those bills have died. But the specter of an EPA rendered toothless on climate change by the will of Congress is certainly more likely than perhaps at any other point in the agency's history. Which raises the question, what happens if the EPA legally can't regulate greenhouse gas emissions?
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Russia Warns US Military Threats Risk Provoking Nuclear War
(Reveal News & The Daily Star & TASS & The Wall Street Journal)

Pentagon missiles in Europe and warships patrolling Russia's borders could lead to nuclear war, Vladimir Putin's military bosses have warned. America's anti-ballistic missile system (ABM) is provoking a "new arms race" that threatens to challenge Russia's ability to defend itself from a nuclear strike. Russia's military leaders warn the introduction of American ABMs along its border "lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons" and increases the risk of "sudden nuclear attack."
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ACTION ALERT: Resist Trump's Budget Handout to War Profiteers
(CREDO Action & Alex Morash and Craig Harrington / MediaMatters.org)

Half of the federal budget already goes to weapons of war and the military-industrial complex -- and now, Trump wants to increase spending on war profiteers by a full 10 percent. Trump's plan to beef up the defense budget by an additional $54 billion at the expense of civilian domestic spending has been derided by economists and experts for being "wholly unrealistic."
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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.
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17 House Republicans Try To Make Donald Trump Care About Climate Change
(Marina Fang / The Huffington Post & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The White House wants to cut one-quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency's funding and eliminate 1 in 5 EPA employees but 17 House Republicans have done something Donald Trump and most members of their party have refused to do: acknowledge that climate change is real and commit to finding solutions to combat it.
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ACTION ALERT: Stand Up to Trump's $58 Billion Military Buildup
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

World Beyond War writes: "President Trump has proposed to move another $54 billion from 'everything else' to 'military spending,' pushing the military budget up to above 60% of discretionary spending for the first time since the (previous) Cold War. The money would be taken from human and environmental spending at home and abroad. We've drafted a sample resolution that you can ask your city, town, county, or state to pass, calling for the US to support human rights at home instead of endless wars abroad."
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ACTION ALERT: On Centennial of WWI, a Series of Conferences to End All War World Beyond War
(World Beyond War)

This April 4th will mark 100 years since the US Senate voted to declare war on Germany and 50 since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against the war on Vietnam (49 since he was killed on that speech's first anniversary). Events are being planned -- in Washington, DC, New York and San Francisco -- to help us try to finally learn some lessons -- to move beyond, not just Vietnam, but all war.
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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.
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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.
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Radiation at Fukushima Getting Worse Six Years after Meltdowns
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & The Asahi Shimbun & Nuclear News)

Radiation levels inside the collapsed remains of Fukushima Unit 2 reactor are significantly higher than "unimaginable." Whatever is going on at Fukushima has horrifying possibilities. The triple-meltdown disaster is still out of control. Meanwhile, TEPCO, the firm responsible for the catastrophe, is in charge of the clean-up and the Japanese government is more an enabler of cover-up than a protector. It took five years to discover that Cesium-137 fallout on Tokyo wasn't properly cleaned up.
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Trump Orders 'Great Rebuilding' of Pentagon
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Dan Lamothe / The Washington Post)

During his first post-inauguration visit to the Pentagon, Donald Trump today signed an executive order for what he described as the start of a "great rebuilding of the Armed Forces," seeking to increase the size of the US military -- which already spends roughly as much as the eight next largest militaries in the world -- with new warplanes, new ships, new resources, and in increase in the number of special forces.
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Trump's Talk Helps Move Doomsday Clock 30 Seconds Closer To Midnight
(Matt Ferner / The Huffington Post)

On January 26, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it had moved the Doomsday Clock's minute hand 30 seconds closer to midnight -- the hour symbolizing global catastrophe. Humankind is now just 2-and-a-half minutes from doomsday. The compounding factors prompting this grave adjustment (the closest the clock has been to midnight in a generation) include climate change, nuclear spending, political attacks on science and provocative statements from the new US administration.
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ExxonMobil Facing Orders to Provide Background on Fake News Coverup of the Oil Industry's Impact on Climate Change
(Stephanie Ebbert / The Boston Globe)

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey won a major legal showdown against Exxon Mobil on Wednesday, when a judge ruled that the company must turn over 40 years of documents detailing a coordinated campaign to coverup, deny and obfuscate the company's knowledge that climate change was, in fact, happening and that the oil industry was, in large measure, responsible.
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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.
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Trump Inexplicably Calls for a New Nuclear Weapons Arms Race
(Dan Rather / Facebook & Madeline Conway / Politico)

Commentary: Nuclear weapons are not a game. They are not a toy for the petulant and ill-informed to boast about on off-handed tweets. Yet, in a series of impromptu statements about nuclear weapons, Donald Trump is threatening to upend longstanding US nonproliferation policy, even as his advisers contradict him and muddy his intentions.
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Trump's Frightening "Nuclear Expansion" Tweet
(Rachael Revesz / The Independent)

One of the world's most famous scholars said he was "frightened" by Donald Trump's tweet on "strengthening and expanding" nuclear capabilities in the US. Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Mr. Trump's tweet was "one of the most frightening things I've seen recently". The statement could trigger a change in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock, the globally recognised symbol of how close we are to destroying humanity -- to be updated in 2017.
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The Fall of Aleppo: How Obama Made Syria's Civil War Much, Much Worse
(Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week)

Commentary: Aleppo has fallen. And much of the West is awash in guilt over the Syrian city's fate. The Eiffel Tower was dark yesterday in honor of the victims of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Aleppo. In Britain's House of Commons, ministers grandly accused themselves of their own inaction. The horror in Aleppo is easy to mourn, because the West is now so thoroughly not in a position to do anything to halt it. US interventionists should not learn the wrong lesson from Aleppo's fall.
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Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan: Nuclear War
(Conn Hallinan / Foreign Policy In Focus & AntiWar.com)

India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the disputed province of Kashmir in the past six decades and came within a hair's breadth of a nuclear exchange in 1999. Both countries now are on a crash program to produce more nuclear weapons. Between them they have enough explosive power to kill more than 20 million of their own people and throw the Northern Hemisphere into a nuclear winter, which would trigger a catastrophic collapse of agriculture worldwide.
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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?
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Trump Is Ready to Bet the World
(Bill McKibben / The Washington Post & Ted Galen Carpenter / The National Interest)

Commentary: Donald Trump will enter the White House with an environmental policy agenda opposed to that of the Obama administration and many other nations that have pledged support to the Paris climate agreement. We simply don't know what a Trump administration foreign policy will look like with respect to Europe, East Asia or any other region. All we have are a number of statements that the candidate made during the heat of a political campaign.
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The US Electoral Barrel Bomb
(Chris Floyd / Information Clearing House)

Commentary: Establishment collusion -- and Democratic cowardice -- completely degraded and delegitimized the American electoral process 16 years ago, when the Supreme Court stopped a recount that would have resulted in the actual winner to take office. No matter who assumes the presidency, the entrenched coagulation of corporate interests and war profiteers that have strangled the peace, prosperity and prospects of the American people will not be budged an inch.
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Doomsday Nuke War Looming between US and Russia: 'The End of Life as We Know It'
(Henry Holloway / The Daily Star & Harry Kemble / The Daily Star)

Russia pushes back as NATO troops and weapons encroach on Russia's borders. Putin says US strategy to overwhelm Russia's nuclear deterrent creates a global imbalance that would allow a US "first-strike." Putin's response: a new missile that can't be stopped by US missiles. As tensions rise, a top British general warns a nuclear war between NATO and Russia would spell "the end of life as we know it." Russian missiles could decimate the US eastern seaboard in one fell swoop if World War 3 breaks out.
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Whose Finger Will Be on the Pentagon's Nuclear Button?
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

At the present moment, nine countries possess nuclear weapons -- more than 15,000 of them. Most are staggeringly more destructive than that first bombs that devastated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With passions running high on both sides in this year's US presidential election -- and rising fears about Donald Trump's impulsive nature and Hillary Clinton's hawkish one -- it's hardly surprising that the "nuclear button" question has surfaced repeatedly throughout the campaign.
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Extinction Alert: Study Warns 66% of Earth's Wildlife Could Be Lost in Four Years
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & Jessica Aldred / The Guardian)

The Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% from 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity's impact on the planet's shrinking wilderness regions.
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A Nuclear War over Syria Being Planned
(Larry Chin / Global Research)

Opinion: "As nuclear war with Russia over Syria is being planned in earnest and craved by New World Order fanatics including the Clintons, the Obama administration and the Bushes, a 'civil war' is being waged ahead of the presidential election. The future of the planet is at stake. The efforts to control the narrative and eventual outcome, are desperate and unprecedented, as has been the resistance to the imperial propaganda effort." Note: This is a personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the consensus of EAW.
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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?
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Putin's Plea for Restraint as Hillary Clinton Calls for Launching a Nuclear Attack in "Self-defense"
(Diana Johnstone / Global Research & Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned: "If it's Hillary, It's war." When Presidential candidate Clinton signals that she wants to achieve regime change in Russia, she does so knowing that she enjoys the support of most of the State Department and much of the Pentagon. And Congress is ready to go. Clinton is on record as stating that a pre-emptive nuclear first strike against America's enemies -- including Iran and Russia -- is "on the table." But how can a preemptive attack be seen as an act of "self-defense"?
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Green Party and Turkish Officials Warns US, Russia on Brink of Nuclear WWIII
(Jon Lockett / The Sun & RT News & InfoWars)

Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky has a message for America: "Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it's war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere." Green Party candidate Jill Stein on why a Clinton presidency would risk WWIII and the significance of Russia's recent emergency mass evacuation drill involving moving 60 million citizens into shelters.
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Command and Control: How a Socket Wrench and a Nuclear Missile Nearly Destroyed Arkansas
(Gar Smith / Berkeley Daily Planet)

Director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and writer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) have combined their proven story-telling prowess to create a film of unimaginable true-life horror that will have you gripping the seat upholstery at the local cinema. Based on an incident reported in depth in Schlosser's book, "Command and Control," Kenner's latest film recreates a nearly forgotten incident that demonstrates, in chilling detail, the folly of pretending nuclear weapons are subject to human "command" or "control."
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Command and Control: How a Socket Wrench and a Nuclear Missile Nearly Destroyed Arkansas
(Gar Smith / Berkeley Daily Planet)

Director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and writer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) have combined their proven story-telling prowess to create a film of unimaginable true-life horror that will have you gripping the seat upholstery at the local cinema. Based on an incident reported in depth in Schlosser's book, "Command and Control," Kenner's latest film recreates a nearly forgotten incident that demonstrates, in chilling detail, the folly of pretending nuclear weapons are subject to human "command" or "control."
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The High Human and Financial Costs of War
(Rami G Khouri / Reuters)

We have always known that war is dirty and destructive, but a new investigation reveals how destructive and expensive several wars have been. More than 600,000 military and civilian dead, more than seven million refugees and displaced people, and perhaps nearly $13 trillion in financial costs over the lifetimes of the conflicts. The ravages and costs of war can persist for generations after the fighting and bombing stop.
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Experts in Germany, France, Russia and US Warn the World Is Moving Closer to Nuclear War
(ZeroHedge & RT News)

Germany's Foreign Minister -- Frank-Walter Steinmeier -- wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War. Former Defense Secretary William Perry has warned that "the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War." Earlier this month, Russia conducted a major civil defense training involving 40 million people nationwide. A total of 200,000 rescue professionals and 50,000 vehicles took part in the exercise, which lasted four days.
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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.
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The Trump Effect: This Election Is Bad for Our Brains
(John Boghosian Arden / The San Francisco Chronicle & The Southern Poverty Law Center & Gail Sheehy / Politico)

Donald Trump's public behavior, amplified by the media, has contaminated America's mental landscape and has changed the behavior of many of the nation's children. In schools across the country, teachers are reporting that minority students are being bullied, insulted, and attacked by other students yelling "Trump, Trump, Trump." Latino and Muslim students are being singled out for special intimidation by fellow students chanting "Build a wall" or "Kill the terrorists." The triggers are installed deep in our brains.
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Iraqis to Sue US for Illegal, Devastating 2003 US Invasion
(teleSURtv)

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.
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Concerned Intelligence Professionals Call on Obama to Defuse Tensions with Russia
(Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity)

On October 1, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova issued a chilling warning: "If the US launches a direct aggression against Damascus and the Syrian Army," she said, it would mean "full-scale war" between Russian and the US. A group of ex-US intelligence officials has issued an urgent plea to President Obama, advising that he defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.
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A Costly and Devastating War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever
(Lee Billings / Scientific American & Robert Beckhusen / War Is Boring & Vice.com)

The world's most worrisome military flashpoint is arguably not in the Strait of Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, Iran, Israel, Kashmir or Ukraine. In fact, it cannot be located on any map of Earth, even though it is very easy to find. To see it, just look up into a clear sky, to the no-man's-land of Earth orbit, where a conflict is unfolding that is an arms race in all but name. Space has become the ultimate high ground, with the US as the undisputed "King of the Hill."
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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.
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The Most Critical -- and Most Ignored -- Debate: Rethinking a Nuclear "First Strike"
(Kingston Reif and Daryl G. Kimball / The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

While the Obama administration has narrowed the circumstances under which the US would consider using nuclear weapons, Washington still retains the option to use nuclear weapons first to preempt a real or "suspected" nuclear attack or to counter the "possible" use of chemical or biological weapons. The circumstances that led US leaders to reserve the option to unilaterally start a nuclear war are long gone. It is time to adjust US nuclear declaratory policy.
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UN Calls for Nuclear Abolition Treaty; Tokyo and Seoul Call for Nuclear First-Strike
(Susi Snyder / Pax for Peace & ICAN & The Asahi Shimbun)

UN disarmament talks concluded in Geneva with the overwhelming majority of nations signaling their intention to launch negotiations in 2017 for a global ban on nuclear weapons.107 nations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and Europe, united behind a proposal to convene a conference next year to outlaw nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited under international law.
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America's War for the Greater Middle East
(Book Review by Marwan Bishara / Al Jazeera)

"America's War for the Greater Middle East" is a remarkable book. Andrew J. Bacevich, a military historian and an American patriot who served in the United States military, and who lost his son in the Iraq war, is a no-nonsense no-warmonger. Sober and comprehensive, Bacevich's balance sheet of US wars in the Muslim world is a testimony to Washington's military failures in the Greater Middle East.
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America's War for the Greater Middle East
(Book Review by Marwan Bishara / Al Jazeera)

"America's War for the Greater Middle East" is a remarkable book. Andrew J. Bacevich, a military historian and an American patriot who served in the United States military, and who lost his son in the Iraq war, is a no-nonsense no-warmonger. Sober and comprehensive, Bacevich's balance sheet of US wars in the Muslim world is a testimony to Washington's military failures in the Greater Middle East.
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Over 500 Days of the Indefensible, US-Backed War on Yemen
(Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Yemen is listed by the UN as one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today, and in terms of the sheer number of lives at risk of starvation I think it is fair to say that it is the most severe in the entire world. Even if the fighting stopped immediately (and it obviously won’t), Yemen will be recovering from this war for decades.
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A Call for a Nuclear-free World on "Hiroshima Day"
(Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi)

On 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. "Today, we renew our determination, offer heartfelt consolation to the souls of the A-bomb victims, and pledge to do everything in our power, working with the A-bombed city of Nagasaki and millions around the world, to abolish nuclear weapons and build lasting world peace."
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ACTION ALERT: Sign the Global Call for Atomic Disarmament
(Joseph Gerson / Peace and Planet & The 2016 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs)

Seventy-one years ago, the US used nuclear weapons against the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombs burned out the cities and claimed the lives of about 210,000 people by the end of the year. It was a hell on earth. Today, Japan's A-bomb survivors invite the world to join the International Signature Campaign in Support of the Appeal of the Atomic Bomb Survivors of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
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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?"
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No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis: Ban Nuclear Weapons!
(Australian Doctor.com)

Notes on the aftermath of America's nuclear bombing of Hiroshima: "I saw nothing that wasn't burnt to a crisp. Streetcars were standing and inside were dozens of bodies, blackened beyond recognition. I saw fire reservoirs filled to the brim with dead bodies who looked as they had been boiled alive. In one reservoir I saw one man, horribly burned, crouching beside another man who was dead. I paused to rest."
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Patterns of Harm: Tracking Civilian Deaths 2011-2015
(Iain Overton / Action on Armed Violence)

For over five years, Action on Armed Violence has monitored English language media coverage of explosive violence around the world. Our latest report presents data from over 188,325 recorded deaths and injuries -- a result of 12,566 incidents of explosive weapons use between 2011 and 2015. Of the 188,325 deaths and injuries recorded from 2011 to 2015, 145,565 (77%) were civilians. In populated areas, civilians accounted for 91% of deaths and injuries.
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How Close Are We to Nuclear War?
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

Former Clinton cabinet member William J. Perry sees a danger that this year's presidential wannabes have largely ignored. The last presidential candidate to address the threat of nuclear war was Congressman Dennis Kucinich -- in 2008. In Perry's recent book, "My Journey to the Nuclear Brink," he restates his long-felt concern that the detonation of just one nuclear weapon could produce a "nuclear catastrophe . . . that could destroy our way of life."
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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.
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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.
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Nuclear Weapons Are The Most Consequential Threat America Faces
(President John F. Kennedy & Lee H. Hamilton / The Huffington Post)

Commentary: If you ask Americans to identify the greatest risk to our national security, most will probably point to terrorism. Others will cite climate change, illegal immigration, or potential conflict with China or Russia. From my point of view, however, the gravest threat to our security and well-being as a nation is the threat posed by nuclear weapons. A single nuclear detonation could kill tens of thousands. A nuclear conflict could bring an end to civilization.
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Nuclear Weapons: Progress but an Unfinished Agenda
(Friends Committee on National Legislation / Washington Newsletter)

Speaking in Japan at the memorial to those killed by US atomic bombs, President Obama reaffirmed a commitment to disarmament, declaring: "We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them." As inspiring as those words are, the Obama administration has a mixed record on nuclear weapons. We are disappointed that this president, who won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in part for his focus on nuclear issues, hasn't done more.
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ACTION ALERT: Ask The Candidate about the Nuclear Threat
(Friends Committee on National Legislation / Washington Newsletter)

This year, violent extremists linked to the Islamic State spied on the home and office of a person involved with storing large quantities of dangerous nuclear material. The motive for the surveillance is unknown, but authorities speculate that the group might want the material to use in an attack. The country where this surveillance happened? Belgium, in the months before the deadly March 2016 bombings. It's time to make the nuclear threat a presidential campaign issue.
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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.
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15,000 Nuclear Weapons Pose a Threat to Humanity
(Mayor Frank Cownie / Mayors for Peace & The Nation)

We members of Mayors for Peace, an international organization of cities dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons, are keenly aware that these devices were designed to wipe cities off the map. Cities around the world are utterly unprepared to respond to a catastrophe of that scale. Prevention is the only cure. Yet the presidential candidates have said little about how they would address the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons.
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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.
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ACTION ALERT: Top Scientists Call for Obama to Take Nuclear Missiles off Hair-Trigger Alert
(Lisbeth Gronlund / Union o f Concerned Scientists)

More than 90 prominent US scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates and 90 National Academy of Sciences members, sent a letter to President Obama yesterday urging him to take US land-based nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert and remove launch-on-warning options from US warplans.
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Approaching Nuclear Midnight: The Steady Tick of the Doomsday Clock
(Tom Englehardt and Noam Chomsky / TomDispatch)

Professor, activist, critic and author Noam Chomsky turns to the single most vital question for humanity: Will we destroy ourselves? "Prospects for decent long-term survival are not high unless there is a significant change of course. A large share of the responsibility is in our hands -- the opportunities as well.... Nuclear weapons pose a constant danger of instant destruction, but at least we know in principle how to alleviate the threat, even to eliminate it."
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Small Arms and Femicide: Confronting a Vector of Violence against Women
(Reaching Critical Will & Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

Small arms and light weapons are a key part of the global armed violence epidemic, resulting in about half a million deaths annually. The manufacture, trade, proliferation, possession, and use of small arms and light weapons facilitate gender-based violence, sexual violence, domestic violence, mass shootings, human trafficking, and armed conflict. They also are key factors in the perpetuation of violent masculinities and the militarisation of communities.
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Revive Arms Control and Start with Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missiles
(Sico van der Meer and Christine Parthemore / War on the Rocks)

A global conversation is also beginning to emerge. In May, for example, officials from Sweden and Switzerland recommended to the UN Open-Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament in Geneva "that States initiate or engage in a process to reduce risks associated with nuclear armed cruise missiles."
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America's Sinkhole Wars
(Tom Engelhardt and Andrew Bacevich /TomDispatch)

Commentary: "We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a US drone strike in Pakistan marks 'an important milestone.' But a question remains: A milestone toward what exactly? Toward victory? Peace? Reconciliation? At the very least, toward the prospect of the violence abating?"
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UN Environment Assembly Passes Major Resolution on Conflict and the Environment
(Doug Weir / Toxic Remnants of War Project)

After five months of negotiations, a resolution from Ukraine on the protection of the environment from armed conflict has been approved by consensus at the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. The resolution, co-sponsored by Jordan, the DRC, Iraq, South Sudan, Norway and Lebanon, is the most significant UN resolution of its kind since 1992.
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Obama's Hiroshima Visit Is a Wake-up Call on the Risks of Nuclear Weapons
(Peter Maurer and Tadateru Konoe / The New Statesman)

We now know more than ever the dangers of an accidental or deliberate detonation of a nuclear weapon. Malfunctions, mishaps, false alarms and misinterpreted information have nearly led to the intentional or accidental detonation of nuclear weapons on numerous occasions since 1945. In the past two years alone, we have seen scores of "military incidents" involving nuclear weapon states and their allies. There can be no adequate response to a nuclear detonation.
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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.
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Climate Change and Nuclear War Threaten Human Survival
(Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman and Robert Jay Lipton/ Democracy Now!)

After advocating against nuclear weapons for decades, the leading American psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton has recently focused on the global threat posed by climate change. Last year, he wrote a piece in The New York Times comparing the nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s to the climate justice movement of today. Lifton explores the parallels between the threats of nuclear weapons and global warming, and the growing public awareness to meet the challenges they pose.
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Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans
(Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

Experts warn the refugee crisis may also worsen due to the impacts of global warming with 2016 on pace to be by far the hottest year ever. Meanwhile, many fear a new nuclear arms race with the US, Russia and China building arsenals of smaller nuclear weapons. Today we speak with one of the world's preeminent intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His latest book is titled "Who Rules the World?"
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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.
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Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely
(Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic)

"A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash," says a new report. Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the biggest threats to globally organized civilization. They're the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters -- but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they're real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday and they're much more likely than we might think.
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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.
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War on the Planet: Enviros Sue over Pollution from Airliners
(Michael Beisecker / Associated Press & Gar Smith / Earth Island Journal)

A coalition of environmental groups has sued federal regulators over long-sought pollution standards for airliners and cargo jets. A UN panel has called for a 4 percent cut in fuel consumption starting in 2028 but the rule would not apply to take-offs and landings, when aircraft burn the most fuel. Jets have been crossing the skies since the 1950s, but scientists only began to notice signs of climate change occurring beneath well-traveled jet routes in the late 1990s.
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Washington's Nuclear Weapons Stored in Europe
(Hans M. Kristensen / The Federation of American Scientists)

Security upgrades underway at US Air Force bases in Europe indicate that nuclear weapons deployed in Europe have been stored under unsafe conditions for more than two decades. An internal US Air Force investigation has determined that "most sites" currently used for deploying nuclear weapons in Europe do not meet Department of Defense security requirements. A blue-ribbon USAF panel concluded that "each site presents unique security challenges."
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US/South Korea Exercise to "Decapitate" North Korea Prompts Threat of Nuclear Retaliation
(Yonhap News & Korea Times & Associated Press)

North Korea warned Saturday that its military is ready to attack Seoul's presidential palace unless South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologizes for "treason" and publicly executes officials responsible for what Pyongyang says are plans to attack its leadership. On Saturday, the DPRK posted a video titled "Last Chance," depicting a nuclear missile crashing into the streets near Washington's Lincoln Memorial before an explosion wipes out the city.
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As Nuclear Summit Nears, It's the GOP, Not the President, That Is Promoting Nuclear Arms Control
(Alan J. Kuperman / The New York Times & Yonhap News)

Next week President Obama will welcome world leaders to Washington for his fourth Nuclear Security Summit, a biennial event to prevent terrorists from acquiring atomic bombs. One might expect the president to seize the opportunity to announce a major nonproliferation initiative, then brace for resistance from congressional Republicans skeptical of arms control. But reality is exactly the opposite. It is the Republican-controlled Congress that is pushing an ambitious arms control project. President Obama is the one resisting.
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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.
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NRC Experts Warn of Aging Reactor Dangers; Solar Power Now Eclipses Nuclear Energy
(Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch & Kyodo News Service)

According to Reuters, the NRC engineers worry the flaw leaves US reactors "vulnerable to so-called open-phase events in which an unbalanced voltage, such as an electrical short, could cause motors to burn out and reduce the ability of a reactor's emergency cooling system to function. If the motors are burned out, backup electricity systems would be of little help."
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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.
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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.
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British Planes Loaded with A-bomb Materials Flown to US; UK's Trident Subs Called 'an Accident Waiting to Happen'
(Rob Edwards / The Guardian & Libby Brooks / The Guardian<)

Britain's Ministry of Defence has admitted that planes loaded with tritium, plutonium and enriched uranium -- ingredients for atomic warheads -- were flown between the UK and the US 23 times in the last five years. Two emergency exercises codenamed Astral Bend envisaged planes carrying nuclear materials crashing. In 2015, a Royal Navy whistleblower was jailed after his 18-page report warned the Trident -- the UK's flagship nuclear sub -- was a "disaster waiting to happen."
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Research Reveals: US an Oligarchy Not a Democracy and Is Not Universally Loved
(BBC & The Pew Research Center)

The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite, so concludes a Princeton University study. The wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.
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The Trident: An Icon of Militarism
(Nadia Mitchell / Veterans for Peace & Caroline Lucas, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood / The Guardian)

On February 27, thousands of protesters -- including Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain's Labour Party -- gathered in London for a huge anti-nuclear march and rally. The rally called for the elimination of the country's nuclear-submarine program, calling the Navy's Trident submarine "an outdated weapon system from a bygone age." Protestors cited 13 occasions from across the world when nuclear weapons were nearly launched by accident.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Your UN Ambassador
(The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN))

There are 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Nine states possess nuclear weapons. Five additional NATO states have nuclear weapons on their territory. A single one could create a humanitarian catastrophe. Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction that have not yet been ruled illegal under international law. For the first time in history we can do something about it! It's time to make things right and ban nuclear weapons for good. Support the ban campaign.
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Let's End the Peril of a Nuclear Winter
(Alan Robock and Owen Brian Toon / Op-Ed, The New York Times)

Even with the reduced US and Russian nuclear arsenals agreed to in 2010, the world still risks destruction. Smoke from incinerated cities would create a "nuclear winter," plunging global temperatures below freezing year 'round. Crops would die and most of humanity would perish. But it is not just superpowers that threaten the planet. A "small" nuclear war between any two countries using 100 Hiroshima-size atom bombs, could easily destroy most life on Earth.
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Japan Should Lead UN Talks to Establish Nuclear Ban
(Editorial / The Asahi Shimbun)

The Japanese government has decided to join a new working group on nuclear disarmament that the United Nations will set up later this month. Non-nuclear weapon states are deepening their recognition in recent years of the dangerous and inhumane nature of nuclear arms. A momentum is picking up for a ban on nuclear weapons under international law.
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The Pentagon's Wars Are Lowering Global Life Expectancy
(Nick Alexandrov / CounterPunch)

One of the greatest stories of the 20th century was the doubling of the life expectancy of adults. In the last quarter-century, Washington has helped fight this trend. Deaths in the Mexico's US-backed drug wars have been killing around 19,000 a year. US sanctions against Iraq killed more than half a million children in 1995. In 1985-90, the life expectancy in Iraq was 63.9. After the US invasion, Iraq's life expectancy fell to 57 years -- on par with Sudan, Yemen, and Afghanistan.
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Q: Who Runs the Pentagon? A: Not the Secretary of Defense
(Andrew J. Bacevich / The Nation)

Today, nearly 15 years after it began, it continues with no end in sight. The inability of "the greatest fighting force the world has ever known" to bring that enterprise to a successful close would seem to require an explanation. Secretary Carter offers none. Nor does he even hazard a guess as to when, how, or at what cost the final victory will be gained. Instead, he gives such questions the widest possible berth. Indeed, he ignores them.
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The Pentagon Just Issued Marching Orders on Climate Change
(Matt Smith / VICE News)

A bit over a year after identifying climate change as a "significant challenge" for the US military, the US Department of Defense has given its top officials orders for handling the hazards posed by a warming world. A 12-page document issued in January gives specific tasks to various Defense Department offices and regional commands, from determining how higher sea levels or longer droughts affect US bases to what new gear might be needed to work in a thawing Arctic.
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Politics and Planet: Will the Renewable Revolution Be Allowed to Happen?
(Paul Krugman / The New York Times & Joe Romm / ThinkProgress)

Commentary: We are now close to achieving a renewable-energy revolution. Some energy experts even proclaim a "Renewables Revolution is now unstoppable." What's more, getting that energy revolution wouldn't require a political revolution. All it would take are fairly modest policy changes -- some of which have already happened and others of which are already underway. But those changes won't happen if the wrong people end up in power.
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2015: The Year that Ended Dangerously
(Jim Thomas and the ETC Group Crew)

Commentary: "At the start of every year, ETC Group produces a irreverent (and usually late . . .) review of the preceding year and slim set of predictions for the year to come. Please find below our latest review of 2015. We are dubbing 2015 'The Year that Ended Dangerously". We hope you find this review entertaining if not too depressing. A nicely designed version with cartoons of cats and other distractions can be found [online at the attached link]."
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Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: One Billion Citizens' Appeal
(Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation & Foreign Press Center Japan & Hajimu Takeda / Asahi Shimbun)

We are deeply concerned that, even a quarter of a century since the Cold War's end, nearly 16,000 nuclear warheads still exist in today's world, which is filled with violence and countless seeds of conflict. Declassified documents reveal that the risks of inadvertent nuclear weapons use from accident or miscalculation are quite high. It is urgent for nuclear-weapon states and those under the nuclear 'umbrella' to conduct earnest dialogues to plan for their security without reliance on the concept of nuclear deterrence.
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ACTION ALERT: Demand an Honest Summit on Syria: Failure Could Lead to a Nuclear War
(An Urgent Appeal by the US Peace Council)

After almost half a decade of violent proxy war, terrorism, and bloodshed, Syria's warring parties have agreed to meet in Geneva, to seek a political solution to a war that has cost the lives of tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children. But the summit, as currently conceived, excludes moderate Syrians and Kurds. A non-inclusive process will lead to further war and increase the likelihood of a nuclear confrontation between the US and Russia.
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Will Trade Trump the Climate Pact?
(Brian Bienkowski / The Daily Climate)

TransCanada's lawsuit over Keystone XL is the tip of the iceberg: Protections in two new trade deals could undermine limits in the freshly minted Paris climate pact, as investors safeguard 'expected profits'
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The Delta Five Challenge Climate Change in Court
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International)

History was made in an unassuming grey court oom in Snohomish county in Washington State, when the "Delta 5" -- five activists who blocked a shipment of explosive crude oil by rail last year -- argued that their actions were justified by the threat of climate change. It marked the first time that a US court has allowed defendants to use the "necessity defense" in a case relating to climate action.
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Two Powerful Messages to Save the Earth: One Message Comes from a Gorilla Named Koko
(Daniele Santi / TEDxCrocetta & David Wilkes / The Daily Mail)

In a powerful TED talk, Daniele Santi, who works for Senzatomica, Italy's largest anti-nuclear movement explains how "social and even personal disarmament" is an necessary first step to accomplish the abolition of nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Koko, a 44-year-old gorilla who has been learning sign language since she was one recently delivered a 60-second New Year's message revealing she loved flowers and animals and called upon humans to stop killing the Earth.
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Nature's Warning Signal
(Natalie Wolchover / The Atlantic & Quanta Magazine)

Complex systems like ecological food webs, the brain, and the climate all give off a characteristic signal when disaster is around the corner. The phenomenon, called "critical slowing down," is a lengthening of the time that a system takes to recover from small disturbances, such as a disease that reduces the minnow population. It occurs because a system's internal stabilizing forces grow weaker near the point at which they suddenly propel the system toward a different state.
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Near-Term Human Extinction and The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World
(Robert J. Burrowes / War Is a Crime)

If you hadn't previously heard the expression 'near term human extinction', you have now. The expression 'near term human extinction' is relatively new in the scientific literature but, unlike other truths that have been successfully suppressed by national elites and their corporate media, this one will keep filtering out until you start to hear the expression routinely.
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Obama's Global Warming Limits Under Attack from GOP Politicians
(Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists & Chris Mooney / The Washington Post)

The Obama administration's new limits on global warming emissions from power plants are the single most effective climate action ever undertaken by our government. And since the day they went into effect, they've been under threat. Twenty-six states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop their implementation. Congress recently voted to dismantle the limits outright. And a majority of the presidential candidates oppose them.
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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.
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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.
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No Greater Threat to the World's Children than Climate Change
(Jim Shultz / Yes! Magazine)

Commentary: There are 2.3 billion children (defined as people under 18) living on Earth and they are most concentrated in the parts of the world most at risk: sub-Saharan Africa with its growing drought crisis, the areas of East Asia in the path of increasing killer storms, and the parts of South Asia most at risk for flooding. In short, climate change's triple threat has the world's children squarely in its path.
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The End of Fossil Fuels is Near
(Kumi Naidoo / EcoWatch )

The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There's much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history. Parts of this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of 1.5 degrees.
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Why the Paris Climate 'Success' Is a 'Fraud'
(Nick Dearden / Global Justice Now & The Institute for Public Accuracy & Bjorn Lomborg / The Copenhagen Consensus Center)

"For us people who are really affected by climate change, we need to change the slogan '1.5 to stay alive' to '1.5 we might survive', because already at 0.8 degrees, we're already suffering loss of lives." Despite the self-congratulatory statements from world leaders praising themselves for single-handedly saving the world from climate catastrophe on December 12, 2015, the reality is that they have set the planet on course to burn.
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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.
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Not on the Paris Climate Table: A World without Oxygen or Human Rights
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America)

While some effects of climate change on the oceans -- including acidification and rising sea levels -- are well known, its effects on oxygen levels in the seas have largely been left out of the COP21 discussion in Paris. The latest draft also omits all references mandating protection of human rights -- including the rights of indigenous peoples. Indigenous leaders said the omission is a ploy by wealthy industrialized nations to avoid liability for their role in causing climate change.
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Nuclear Weapons and Suicide Bombing: Nuclear-free Pleas from Paris and Australia
(Alan Robock / The Huffington Post & Tim Wright / ICAN and Senator Lisa Singh)

France's 300 nuclear weapons were useless to protect them from the horrendous suicide bomb attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2016. And if France ever uses those weapons to attack another country's cities and industrial areas, France itself will become a suicide bomber. Today nine countries together possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. And most of those weapons are many times more efficient, effective and powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945.
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Failing Oxygen: Global Warming Could Suffocate Life on Earth
(Science Daily & Taylor Hill / Takepart & Climate Reality Project)

A new study finds that unabated greenhouse gas emissions will cripple ocean phytoplankton's ability to produce oxygen. Falling oxygen levels could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding. An increase in the temperature of the world's oceans of around six degrees Celsius -- which some scientists predict could occur as soon as 2100 -- could stop oxygen production by phytoplankton by disrupting the process of photosynthesis.
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COP 21: Climate, War and Peace
(Athena21.org)

An argument can be made that COP21 must address the subject of war and peace as an ecological issue. It is difficult to accurately determine the amount of atmospheric pollution caused by the military. Nonetheless, it is significant. A certain correlation can be found between the biggest C02 emitters of the world and those who are in charge of the most militarized complex. How come the IPCC does not take into account this form of destructive human activity?
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It's Too Late to "Save" the Climate, But Not Too Late to Save Ourselves
(Aaron Lehmer-Chang / World Shift Vision )

Analysis: Yet another UN climate confab is about to commence, this time in Paris, where the tragic backdrop of terrorism and a growing immigration crisis now grips the country. Perhaps the gravity of the moment will prompt the delegates to ponder a world where extreme weather, rising seas, and punishing droughts lead to rising conflict and misery. Still, we're unlikely to see an agreement from Paris that truly stems the tide of rising carbon pollution.
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Nuclear Reactors Are Prime Terrorist Targets
(Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch & NBC News & the Defense Nuclear Agency)

A terror attack has put atomic reactors in Ukraine at the brink of a Chernobyl-scale apocalypse. Transmission lines were attacked. Power to at least two major nuclear power stations has been "dangerously" cut. Yet amidst its endless "all-fear-all-the-time" reporting, the corporate media has remained silent on the threat posed by the world's 430-plus licensed commercial nuclear plants. Each one is a terrorist target that could trigger a radioactive Apocalypse that could kill millions.
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This Week Will Be the Last Time Anyone Alive Experiences a CO2 Level Below 400 ppm
(Pakalolo / Daily Kos & FishOutofWater / Daily Kos)

Having recently passed both the 400 ppm concentration of atmospheric CO2 and (potentially) the 1°C threshold temperature rise makes it clear we are already living in a different world. We have significantly reduced the options available to us in the future. If we aren't going to blow past the next set of thresholds -- 500 ppm and 2°C -- within just a few more decades, we have a lot of work to do at the critical climate conference in Paris.
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Learning the New Lessons of Climate Change Adaptation
(Robert Jensen / Yes! Magazine & The Reynolds Journalism Institute)

Climate change is a global process that plays out on the ground in dramatically different ways based on where, and how, we live. How human communities will adapt to global warming's effects depends on geography and money. Until now, information about adaptation hasn't been well organized for reporters so the Reynolds Journalism Institute has created this guide so journalists can all find the information and sources they need to get up to speed on the topic.
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Amid Terror Fever, Bernie Sanders Refuses to Back Down on Climate-Terrorism Connection
(Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams & Scott Galindez / Reader Supported News)

Bernie Sanders: "If we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you're going to see all sorts of international conflict. If we don't get the money out of politics, and don't bring people back into the process, we might as well elect a king or queen and stop having elections. If we let the billionaire class consolidate their power, America will become an oligarchy and Democracy will no longer exist. We need socialism to save America."
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A New Global Threat: Wars and Refugee Flight Triggered by Climate Change
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress)

"The Syria conflict has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II," reports the European Commission. And a scientific studies have confirmed that "Human-caused climate change was a major trigger of Syria's brutal civil war." Global security now calls for plans to respond to the destabilizing effects of climate change that can trigger flight and warfare.
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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.
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1 Degree C Warming Feared by Year End: Pacific Ocean Approaches 'Tipping Point'
(Al Jazeera America & The San Francisco Chronicle)

The planet's temperature is on track to rise 1 degree C before the end of this year -- halfway to a 'tipping point' that could unleash an unprecedented catastrophe of devastating storms, droughts, floods. Meanwhile, troubling changes in the waters of the Pacific suggest the planets oceans are also undergoing a dramatic shift that could trigger mass die-offs and a collapse of oceanic food systems
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The Risk of 'Nuclear Exercises': In 1983, a NATO Nuclear Exercise Nearly Triggered a Nuclear War
(Sam Roberts / The New York Times)

In 1983, newly released documents reveal, a US/NATO nuclear training exercise code named Able Archer nearly provoked a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Neither superpower intended to go nuclear, but the risk of a mistaken miscalculation pushed an unknowing world to the brink of oblivion. While the Cuban missile crisis led JFK to sign the nuclear test ban, the 1983 incident led Reagan to Reykjavik -- and almost lead to the goal of nuclear abolition.
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An Overlooked Terrorist Threat: Pollution from Global War Economies Kills Millions Every Year
(TeleSUR & Kathy Kelly / TeleSUR)

As nations prepare to convene for the Climate Summit in Paris, a new study confirms that industrialized farming plays a huge role in air pollution, smog and soot deaths currently killing around 3.3 million people a year around the world. Another major contributor to pollution-caused climate change is the US military. Earth's military crisis, its climate crisis, and the paralyzing economic inequalities that burden impoverished people are linked.
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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.
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The NYPD Is Using Mobile X-Ray Vans to Spy on Unknown Targets
(Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic & Orin Kerr / The Washington Post)

New York City police now maintain an unknown number of military-grade vans outfitted with X-ray radiation, enabling cops to look through the walls of buildings or the sides of trucks. The technology was used in Afghanistan before being loosed on US streets. Each X-ray van costs an estimated $729,000 to $825,000. The NYPD will not reveal when, where, or how often they are used.
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Iran Claims US Sanctions Are Hurting Climate Change Efforts
(Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera America)

Majid Shafie-Pour, Iran's climate delegation chief and Tehran's lead envoy at UN climate negotiations in Bonn has said that his country could quadruple its carbon emissions cuts if economic sanctions imposed by the United States, United Nations and European Union were ended. Of countries that have not yet announced COs-cutting plans -- in advance of the global climate summit in Paris in December -- Iran is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions.
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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.
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September 26: Stanislov Petrov Day: The Man Who Prevented a Nuclear Holocaust
(Gar Smith / The Berkeley Daily Planet & David Wright / The Union of Concerned Scientists)

September 26 should be recognized globally as Petrov Day. If it hadn't been for Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, in 1983 nuclear war would have erupted and billions of people would have been killed. Russian radar has incorrect reported incoming US ballistic missiles and it was Petrov's duty to unleash a retaliatory attack. Petrov ignored his training and refused to launch the missiles. A movie about this incident -- "The Man Who Saved the World" -- is now showing in select theaters.
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What about the Syrians Who Haven't Been Able to Escape?
(Emily Feldman / Al Jazeera America)

The bombs that crash into the Syrian city of Aleppo have become so familiar to residents that some identify them by sound. Among the most feared are the so-called "elephant rockets", which thunder into neighborhoods, obliterating anything they hit. The problems are innumerable and getting worse. Besides the near daily bombings, there are fewer doctors, repairmen or experts of any kind to respond to tragedies and keep basic services running.
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Climategate! Documents Reveal ExxonMobil's Secret Plot to Destroy the Planet for Profit
(Elliot Negin / The Union of Concerned Scientists)

Once-secret documents now reveal that 30 years ago, scientific experts commissioned by 50 US corporations --including British Petroleum, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Mobil, and Shell -- warned that fossil fuel use was clearly linked to global warming. The oil companies hid the studies and mounted a multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign and conspired to create and fund climate-change-denial studies to undermine efforts to address global warming.
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9/11: A Conspiracy Theory Explained in under Five Minutes
(James Corbett / The Corbett Report)

On September 11, 2001, 19 men armed with boxcutters directed by a man on dialysis in a cave fortress halfway around the world using a satellite phone and a laptop to penetrate the most heavily-defended airspace in the world. . . . the hijackers -- devout religious fundamentalists who liked to drink alcohol, snort cocaine, and live with pink-haired strippers -- managed to knock down three buildings with two planes in New York and strike the Pentagon in Washington.
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ACTION ALERT: Preparations Underway for Critical December Climate Summit in Paris
(AIDA )

The governments of the world are working on the negotiating text of a new global agreement to combat climate change. It will be signed in December, during the Paris Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will take effect in 2020. AIDA is advocating for the new climate agreement to be a tool that adequately addresses the effects of extreme changes in climate, especially in the most vulnerable countries.
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The Real Nuclear Danger Isn't Iran or North Korea, It's the US and Russia
(Joe Cirincione / Al Jazeera America)

Analysis: The most dangerous nuclear threats are not North Korea or Iran but the US and Russia -- the ones with nearly all of the weapons. There are almost 16,000 nuclear weapons still in the world today, and the US and Russia possess 94 percent of them. Worse, 1,800 of these Russian and American weapons sit atop missiles on hair-trigger alert, ready to launch on a few minutes notice.
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We Are a Generation of War
(Sean Langberg and Maggie O'Donnell / Friends Committee on National Legislation)

Commentary: "When we were nine years-old, President Bush declared a "war on terror" and less than three weeks later the war in Afghanistan began. Today, 13 years later, we are young adults and the war rages on, vastly expanding in scope. We are a generation of war. . . . In the first decade since President Bush launched the 'war on terror,' the US spent $7.6 trillion on "defense" and 'homeland security.' Since 2001, the Pentagon's base budget has nearly doubled."
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The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
(Eric Holthaus / Rolling Stone Magazine)

In the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India killed more than 2,000 people. The rain forests in Washington state's Olympic National Park caught fire for the first time in living memory. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, an explosive fire incinerated cars trapped on the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. A few days later, the region was pounded by an unprecedented summer deluge. Sea levels are now expected to rise 10 feet by 2065.
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A Peace Declaration from The City of Hiroshima
(Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of the City of Hiroshima & Akira Kawasaki / Peace Boat.org)

In our town, we had the warmth of family life, the deep human bonds of community, festivals heralding each season, traditional culture and buildings passed down through history, as well as riversides where children played. At 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945, all of that was destroyed by a single atomic bomb. Below the mushroom cloud, a charred mother and child embraced, countless corpses floated in rivers, and buildings burned to the ground. Tens of thousands were burned in those flames.
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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.
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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.
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Preventive Wars: The Antithesis of Realpolitik
(Michael Lind / The National Interest)

In the domestic debate about the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations including the United States, it is often routinely asserted, by Democrats and Republicans alike, that "all options are on the table," including "the military option," by which is meant an unprovoked preventive war by the United States or perhaps Israel to destroy Iranian facilities which might be used to produce nuclear weapons. The casual and widespread acceptance of "the military option" is a disturbing development.
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Lessons from Obama's War in Libya
(Ivan Eland / AntiWar.com)

In March 2011, President Obama succumbed to French pressure and led the NATO alliance from behind in bombing the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. Given the results of post-Gaddafi chaos in Libya, however, perhaps having "led from behind" gives Obama some political cover for what has become yet another US intervention fiasco. Security-wise the United States was better off when Gaddafi kept things under control in Libya.
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Al Gore Calls Obama's Arctic Oil OK 'Insane' as NOAA Proclaims Earth 'Gravely Ill'
(Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian & Seth Borenstein / Associated Press)

With Shell planning to begin drilling in the Chukchi Sea within days, Gore said that Obama was wrong to ever allow drilling in the Arctic. Meanwhile, in their annual, detailed physical of Earth's climate, NOAA scientists warn that the world is in increasingly hot and rising water. With about 93 percent of the man-made heat energy absorbed by the world's oceans,surface temperatures were the hottest recorded in 135 years, with the record levels of heat energy measured down to 2,300 feet below the surface.
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ACTION ALERT: A Call for Sanity on 60th of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto
(World Beyond War)

Sixty years after Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their manifesto about the growing threat of world war, the globe continues to face the prospect of nuclear annihilation -- coupled with the looming threat of climate change. "Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?"
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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.
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An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home: Part 5
(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."
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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."
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An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home: Part 2
(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."
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An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home: Part 3
(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."
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The G-7 Embraces Decarbonization: Global Fossil-fuel-free Goal
(Jeffrey Sachs / Project Syndicate)

This week's G-7 meeting at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps marked a major breakthrough in climate-change policy. The seven largest high-income economies (the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada) made the revolutionary decision to decarbonize their economies during this century. For the first time in history, the major rich economies have agreed on the need to end their dependence on fossil fuels.
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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.
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Israel Thanks Obama for Sabotaging Nuclear Nonproliferation Deal
(Sarah Lazare / Common Dreams & Thalif Deen / IPS News)

The US sabotage of an international agreement aimed at eradicating nuclear weapons stockpiles has been met mostly with alarm and frustration around the world -- but gratitude from one key US ally: Israel. The US, Britain and France have destroyed the latest hopes for a nuclear weapons ban as the US plans to spend a $1 trillion over the next 30 years building two new bomb factories plus submarines, airplanes, and missiles to deliver a new generation of "improved" nuclear weapons.
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Shell Oil Secretly Preparing for Hell on Earth
(The Daily Kos & Terry Macalister / The Guardian)

Shell Oil recognizes that burning oil fuels climate change but the company is planning to let the planet burn and put "profits before planet." Shell's New Lens planning document anticipates the burning of fossil fuels will lead to a 4C global rise by 2100, leading to widespread coastal flooding, widespread animal and plant extinctions and devastating impacts on global agriculture. Portions of the Arctic and western and southern Africa could experience warming up to 10C.
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Nuclear Proliferation Is Still Greatest Existential Threat We Face
(Former CIA Covert Operations Officer Valerie Plame Wilson / The Huffington Post)

Twenty-six years after the end of the Cold War, the world still has more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. Whatever other issues people care about -- poverty, the environment, inequality and so many others -- if we don't get this one right, and soon, nothing else will matter. We are at a crossroads on this issue and the decisions we make over the next 10 years will set us on a course either toward the elimination of all nuclear weapons or toward expanding arsenals and proliferation.
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Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Break 400 ppm Milestone
(Adam Vaughan / The Guardian)

Concentrations of CO2 greenhouse gas in the atmosphere reached record global average in March, figures show, in a stark signal ahead of Paris climate talks. Researchers say heatwaves that previously occurred once every three years are now happening every 200 days thanks to global warming.
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A Warming World Means a World Without Animals
(John R. Platt / Takepart.com)

Conservationists and scientists have long predicted that climate change would push species around the world into extinction. Now comes word that the problem may be even worse than was previously realized. According to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, the rate of extinction will dramatically speed up for every degree temperatures rise.
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The GOP Wants the EPA DOA
(Union of Concerned Scientists & The Hill & The Washington Post)

In April, the House passed two bills, H.R. 1029 (the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015) and H.R. 1030 (the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015) that would severely undermine the role of science in protecting public health and the environment. The debate about science in this Congress isn't about carefully selecting which scientific endeavors are worthy of support. The debate is about whether we should use science to protect public health and the environment.
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Revolution: Ignorance Is Killing Our Earth
(The Daily Beast)

A stunning new documentary by Rob Stewart, the filmmaker behind the award-winning Sharkwater, has released in time for Earth Day. The message of Revolution is sobering: if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 we will face a world with no fisheries, no coral reefs, no rainforests, declining oxygen concentrations, and nine billion hungry, thirsty people fighting over what remains. What is needed is a social political and environmental revolution.
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I.F. Stone on Earth Day: Connecting the Dots
(Naomi Klein / This Changes Everything & Prince Ea / Stand for Trees)

Until we have a leadership willing to make the enormous changes -- psychological, military, and bureaucratic -- to end the existing world system of hatred, anarchy, murder, war and pollution, there is no use talking about . . . spending a couple of hundred million dollars on the Missouri River. If we do not challenge these fundamental causes of peril, we will be conned by the establishment while basic decisions are made over which we have very little control, though they endanger everything on which our future and the world's depend.
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Iran Calls for Ceasefire in Yemen as Saudi Air Raids Kill Hundreds of Civilians
(Al Jazeera America & Reuters & Ahmed Al-Kolaibi / Dar Al-Salam Organization)

On April 21, the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen called a halt to the airstrikes that had pounded Houthi rebels for more than three weeks. Saudi officials said the bombing had neutralized threats to the kingdom and destroyed Houthi heavy weapons but observers inside Yemen reported the air strikes were responsible for demolishing homes and killing hundreds of civilians. The air war, itself, was faulted for failing to deter Houthi advances while fueling anger against the Saudi-backed forces.
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NATO and the Looming Threat of Nuclear War
(Noam Chomsky / RT News & Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

How dangerous is the current confrontation between Russia and the West? Noam Chomsky fears NATO expansion and US quest for hegemony has created an unstable global situation where a single misstep could result in a nuclear war. Prof. Chossudovsksy warns: While a WW III scenario implying the preemptive use of nuclear weapons has been on the Pentagon drawing board for more than ten years, military planners are now involved in more concrete attack plans directed against Russia.
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Nuclear Weapons: Why Abolishing the World's Worst Weapons Is a Medical Imperative
(Susan J Wareham / The Medical Journal of Australia)

One could be forgiven for not noticing, but there has been groundbreaking activity going on that is headed in the direction of a ban on the world's most destructive weapons. This year, 2015, could see the start of negotiations for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons, which were first used 70 years ago on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Water Crisis & War Top Global Risks 2015 Report
(World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum has released a Global Risk Perception Survey, in which 900 experts ranked global risks in terms of their potential impact. The study rated the global water crises as "the greatest risk facing the world." Other top risks included interstate conflict, the rapid and massive spread of infectious diseases, weapons of mass destruction and failure of climate change adaptation.The biggest threat to the stability of the world in the next 10 years comes from the risk of international conflict.
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The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity
(Book Excerpt: Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

The "globalization of war" is a hegemonic project. Major military and covert intelligence is being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Far East. The US military agenda combines both major theater operations as well as covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states. Under a global military agenda, the actions undertaken by the Western military alliance are coordinated at the highest levels of the military hierarchy.
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We Must Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground to Stop Climate Change
(George Monbiot / The Guardian)

In the fourth piece in The Guardian's major series on climate change, George Monbiot argues that once coal, oil and gas are produced, they will be used. And yet, after 23 years of UN negotiations there have been almost no steps taken to stop the production -- rather than the use of -- fossil fuels.
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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.
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Addressing Climate Change Requires a Planetary Marshall Plan
(Naomi Klein / The Guardian)

The only historical precedent for a crisis of this depth and scale was the Cold War fear that we were heading toward nuclear holocaust, which would have made much of the planet uninhabitable. The vast majority of nuclear scientists never told us that we were almost certainly going to put our civilisation in peril if we kept going about our daily lives as usual -- which is what the climate scientists have been telling us for years.
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The World Need a Legally-Binding Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons
(Ray Acheson / Inter Press Service & Josh Butler / Inter Press Service)

Five years after the adoption of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Action Plan in 2010, compliance with commitments related to nuclear disarmament lags far behind those related to non-proliferation or the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Meanwhile, a lawsuit by the Marshall Islands accusing the United States of failing to begin negotiations for nuclear disarmament has been thrown out of an American court.
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Mikhail Gorbachev Warns Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Nuclear War
(Justin Huggler / The Telegraph & Sebastian Whale / The Telegraph & Al Jazeera America)

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, has warned that the world is at risk of a "nuclear war" because of the tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine. "I actually see all the signs of a new Cold War," Mr Gorbachev said. "It could all blow up at any moment if we don't take action. The loss of confidence is catastrophic. Moscow does not believe the West, and the West does not believe Moscow."
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Planet Earth, RIP? Science Says 'Yes' Unless We Change Our Habits
(Joel Achenbach / The Washington Post)

The Journal Science this month reports: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of all 7 planetary boundaries essential for the survival of life. Sustainability is unlikely, and at best, questionable by end of century.
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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).
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Russia To Unleash Ultimate Black Swan Against The West
(Paul Craig Roberts / King World News Radio)

We may see Russia unleash black swans that bring down the Western house of cards. Suppose the Russian government says, 'Well, since the attack on the ruble is political and you guys are attacking the ruble and causing us so much trouble, we are just not going to pay off the next traunch of our debt that comes due early in 2015.' Well, the European banking system would collapse because those banks are terribly undercapitalized. Some of them have loans to Russia that almost absorb the entire capital base.
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World's Leading Economists Conclude: 'Trickle-down Economics' Creates Inequality, Not Growth
(Larry Elliott / The Guardian)

A report by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has rejected the theory of "trickle-down economics," noting the "sizeable and statistically negative impact" of income inequality that such policies produce. Given the economic failure and negative social fallout of Ronald Reagan's "trickle-down" economics, the OECD has proposed the imposition of higher taxes on the rich and policies aimed at improving the lot of the bottom 40% of the population.
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Risk of Nuclear War Rising: Russia Launches 3 ICBMs; US Launches 3 ICBMs
(Ian Johnston / The Independent & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & SputnikNews)

Urgent action is needed to minimise the risk of a nuclear war, more than 120 senior military, political and diplomatic figures from across the world have warned. Ahead of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, the experts wrote that the danger of such a conflict was "underestimated or insufficiently understood" by world leaders.
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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.
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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."
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World Climate at Risk: Denmark Shows the Way to a Sustainable Economy
(Paul Hockenos / Al Jazeera America)

Germany has been credited for paving Europe's way to a renewables-led, zero-carbon future. But the world's true climate champion is Denmark, which has just set the bar another notch higher than Germany by proposing to accelerate its phase-out of coal-fired power plants. Denmark could be coal-free by 2025 -- five years ahead of schedule -- and generate more than 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
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The Lessons of Libya: How the West Turned a Peaceful, Prosperous African Country into a 'Failed State'.
(Dan Glazebrook / Answer Coalition)

Three years ago, the world witnessed the final defeat of the Libyan 'State of the Masses' in the face of a massive onslaught from NATO, its regional allies and local collaborators. It took seven months for the world's most powerful military alliance -- spending nearly $1 trillion per year -- to destroy a state with a population the size of Wales. 10,000 strike sorties were rained down on Libya, tens of thousands killed and injured, and the country left a battleground for hundreds of warring factions.
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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.
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The GOP Victory = Approval of the XL Pipeline, Profits for the Koch Brothers, Climate Catastrophe
(Victor Menotti / IFG Action - International Forum on Globalization)

Of the $500 million the oli-billionaire Koch brothers vowed to "raise" for the midterm elections, we have tracked more than $90 million in what we believe is the only effort to track the Koch network's record spending to take over Congress. The Kochs control "close to two million acres" in Alberta (more than Exxon, Chevron and Conoco combined). As oil prices drop, the Kochs will be more aggressive than ever in pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline -- and igniting a global Climate Bomb.
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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.
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Ban Ki-moon: World Leaders Are Ready to Sign Climate Deal
(Sophie Yeo / RTCC & Associated Press)

World leaders are ready to sign an international agreement to combat climate change, says UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. In contrast to their failed efforts five years ago in Copenhagen, politicians will head to Paris in 2015 prepared to sign a meaningful climate deal, said Ban, speaking at the launch of the UN's latest climate science report.
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Green Climate Fund Lowers 2014 Goal from $15 Billion to $10 Billion
(Ed King and Meena Rahman / Responding to Climate Change)

The UN's flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise $15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10 billion. Senior government officials from developed countries recently met in Bonn for technical discussions over the fund's development. So far only Germany has pledged significant backing, with Chancellor Angela Merkel offering $1 billion the day after the country won the football World Cup. The US has not yet stated how much it intends to donate.
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Sept. 21 -- Thousands Expected in NYC for Largest Climate March in History
(Al Jazeera America)

Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York City on Sunday for what organizers say will be the largest climate-change march in history. Around the world, more than 2,700 climate events in 158 countries are planned to coincide with the New York march, including rallies in New Delhi, Jakarta, London, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro.
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Israel Turns Gaza into a "Killing Field"; Attacks Humanitarian Mission; Destroys 12-story Apartment Building
(Geetika Rudra / ABC World News & Global Research News & Anthony Bellchambers / Global Research)

In the killing fields of Gaza where heavily-armed Israeli troops in Merkava tanks and US-supplied F16 strike aircraft, fire high-explosive missiles into a civilian population in acts of collective punishment. To date, over 2,000 lives, the majority of which are unarmed civilians -- including hundreds of women and children -- have been taken. Since the fighting erupted on July 8, Israel has launched some 5,000 airstrikes at Gaza, while Gaza militants have fired close to 4,000 rockets and mortars.
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Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War
(Paul Craig Roberts / Information Clearinghouse)

Commentary: "The drums for war are being loudly beaten in Washington, European capitals, and the presstitute Western media. This time the target is Russia, a major nuclear power. The deadly consequences of such a war would extend beyond Russia, Europe, and the US to the entire world. The Western use of lies to demonize Russia endangers life on earth and reveals the West to be both reckless and irresponsible."
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Leading Economists, Historians, Strategists All Warn: 'WW III Is Coming'
(Zero Hedge.com & Paul Craig Roberts / Paul Craig Roberts.org)

Paul Craig Roberts -- former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, former editor of the Wall Street Journal, listed by Who's Who in America as one of the 1,000 most influential political thinkers in the world, PhD economist -- has written a chilling article about the build-up of hostilities between the US and Russia. It is titled, simply: "War Is Coming."
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Pentagon's Plan to Cut Costs: Budget for Armageddon
(Ben Watson / Defense One)

Forget terrorism. The Pentagon's best path to deal with the smaller budget imposed by sequestration may just lie in preparing for nuclear war with Russia and China. According to a new study, US defense leaders should focus more on a "great power conflict" reflective of a newly aggressive Russia and rapidly modernizing China. Stop investing in unlikely-to-be used ships, aircraft and soldiers; instead, fund the expansion of nuclear-armed bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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Toxic Trail Shadows US-Philippine Bases Deal
(Ted Regencia / Al Jazeera America)

In April, the United States and the Philippines signed a new military agreement expanding the presence of American troops in the country, shortly before the arrival of President Barack Obama in Manila. But environmentalists and watchdog groups are urging a closer look at the provisions of the new deal. They note that the US refused to clean up toxic waste it left behind at former bases under the old agreement, which they believe caused serious health issues in nearby communities.
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The Pentagon's Role in Global Environmental Catastrophe
(Sara Flounders / International Action Center)

By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy, yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.The Pentagon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; its secret operations in Pakistan; its equipment on more than 1,000 US bases around the world; its 6,000 US facilities; all NATO operations; its aircraft carriers, jet aircraft, weapons testing, training and sales will not be counted against US greenhouse gas limits or included in any count.
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UN Report: Climate Change Impacting Entire Planet, Raising Risk of Wars and Conflict
(The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change & Human Wrongs Watch)

The effects of climate change are already occurring in all continents and across the oceans, and the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for their risks, says a United Nations report issued on 31 March 2014, which also warns that while action can be taken, managing the phenomenon's impacts will be difficult on a rapidly warming planet. "Nobody will be untouched."
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Mission Still Unaccomplished: As Iraq Chaos Deepens, US Starts Sending in Troops Once More
(Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel / Reuters)

In another sign that Washington's illegal and unprovoked attack, invasion and occupation of Iraq has left behind a failed state, the US is quietly expanding the number of intelligence officers in Iraq and holding urgent meetings in Washington and Baghdad to find ways to counter growing violence by Islamic militants. And, remember: George W. Bush's argument for his "war of choice" was a lie. There were no weapons of mass destruction.
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On the 11th Anniversary of Bush's Invasion, Iraq Is a Wreck
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Katrina vanden Heuvel / The Nation)

On Monday, the 11th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, steadily increasing violence has gripped that country for the past two years. Sectarian violence claimed more than 8,000 Iraqi lives in 2013 alone, and this year's toll has already surpassed 2,000. Iraq today is a broken and failing state: the war that many would prefer to believe ended in 2011 continues unabated, with Iraqis continuing to suffer, as much as ever, the fallout from this country's callous lies and avoidable mistakes.
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The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
(Paul Craig Roberts / Counter Currents)

Commentary: The puppet government put in power by the Washington-orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, has accepted a US-backed economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine's poor. The Western looters are already at work. The 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. It is Greece all over again.
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Solar-radiation Management: If the World Had a Giant Thermostat, Who Would Control the Weather?
(Victoria Schlesinger / Al Jazeera America)

As fossil-fuel emissions climb, reducing the amount of sunlight hitting the earth would have a cooling effect on surface temperatures. A study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows that this intentional manipulation of solar radiation could also lead to less rainfall. The reduction in sunlight can be accomplished by geoengineering schemes, including mitigating climate change by intentionally manipulating solar radiation on the Earth's surface.
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US Army Builds $96 million Fake City to Shoot at during Training
(Lucy Kinder / The London Telegraph)

The 300-acre 'town' includes a five-story embassy, a bank, a school, a mosque, a football stadium, a helicopter landing zone and an underground subway and train station. Located in Virginia, the realistic subway station comes complete with subway carriages and the train station has real train carriages. The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington DC. "This is where we'll look at solutions for the future," said Colonel John P. Petkosek.
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No Wonder the World Is Terrified of America -- We're the Biggest Threat
(Noam Chomsky / AlterNet & The New York Times )

As the year 2013 drew to an end, the BBC reported on the results of an international poll on the question: "Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?" The world did not name Iran or Afghanistan or North Korea or Yemen as the gravest threat. Instead it was the United States that was the champion by a substantial margin -- winning by three times the votes of second-place Pakistan.
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Shocking Snowden Revelation: US Spied on Global Climate Talks
(The Huffington Post)

At the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, the world's nations were supposed to reach an agreement to protect future generations from catastrophic climate change. But not everyone was playing by the rules. A leaked document now reveals the US used NSA to intercept information about other countries' views during the summit. According to observers, the spying may have contributed to the Americans getting their way -- which resulted in a failure to reach critical carbon-cutting goals.
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Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story
(Bill McKibben / Rolling Stone Magazine )

The president has said the right things about climate change -- and has taken some positive steps. But we're drilling for more oil and digging up more carbon than ever. If you want to understand how people will remember the Obama climate legacy, a few facts tell the tale: By the time Obama leaves office, the US will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined.
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In Defense of the Environment, Putting Poverty to the Sword
(United Nations Environment Program Executive Director Klaus Toepfer (1998-2006))

Commentary: "One can easily clean up the language of war -- "collateral damage, friendly fire, smart bombs" -- but cleaning up the environmental consequences is a far tougher task. Undoubtedly it is the loss of human life, the suffering of those made homeless and hungry that must be our primary, first, concern. But all too often the impact on the Earth's life support systems is ignored, and ignored I, would suggest, at our peril."
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The Shutdown in Perspective: Spying Continued; Services for Needy Children Cut
(Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford / TomDispatch )

On the eve of the shutdown to exhaust any remaining cash from the closing fiscal year, the Pentagon went on a jaw-dropping $5 billion spending spree -- buying spy satellites, drones, infrared cameras and a $9 million sparkling new gym for the Air Force Academy, replete with CrossFit space and a "television studio." At the same time, Washington was cutting funds for "nonessential" programs like care for newborns, food for undernourished children, support for schools, hospitals, and single mothers.
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Carbon Pollution Is Reshaping the Planet, Posing Greatest Danger to Global Security
(Stephen Leahy / Inter Press Service & George Monbiot / The Guardian)

This is a catastrophe we are capable of foreseeing but incapable of imagining. It's a catastrophe we are singularly ill-equipped to prevent. Denial is only part of the problem. More significant is the behavior of powerful people who claim to accept the evidence. The only effective means of preventing climate breakdown is to leave fossil fuels in the ground. It doesn't matter how many windmills or solar panels you build if you don't retire fossil fuels.
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How a Regional Nuclear War Can Spur Climate Change, Famines Around the World
(Robert Kazel / Waging Peace )

Scientists have long know that a "nuclear winter" triggered by a global nuclear war could theoretically cause major climate change and create famines across the entire globe. But it is now clear that the exchange of a hundred atomic bombs by could cause long-term, global effects that would put not just one region, but the entire planet at peril. The lesson is clear -- and horrific: There is no such thing as a strictly "regional" nuclear conflict.
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A Plea for Caution From Russia
(Vladimir V. Putin / New York Times Op-ed )

Commentary: "Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.... The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders."
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Assad Warns of 'Chaos' in Middle East Should US Launch Military Strikes
(Al Jazeera America)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the Middle East could "explode" if the US targets Syria for a military strike. His warning came as the White House pushed legislators to approve a military strike over an alleged chemical weapons attack inside Syria. "You can't only talk about what the Syrian response will be, but what could happen after a first strike. And no one knows what would happen. Everyone will lose control of the situation when the powder keg explodes."
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World at Risk: A Call to Action from the World's Scientists
(A Statement by World Scientists)

Life on Earth is threatened by war, pollution, climate change and population growth. A remarkable statement signed by 520 global scientists from 44 countries is calling for serious and immediate changesto halt destructive technologies, economic systems and human behavior. The signers include Nobel Laureates, members of the US National Academy of Sciences, members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and members of European scientific academies.
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An Earth Day Gift: Polluters Take EPA to Supreme Court
(SustainableBusiness.com News )

As an Earth Day gift, an array of special interests are going after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yet again, this time to the Supreme Court. They really, really don't want the EPA to be able to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Even though in December, their plea was rejected for the third time by the US Court of Appeals.
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Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Will Cost US 4-6 Trillion Dollars: Report
(Jim Lobe / IPS News )

Costs to US taxpayers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will run between four and six trillion dollars, making them the most expensive conflicts in US history. While Washington has already spent close to two trillion dollars in direct costs related to its military campaigns in the two countries, that total "represents only a fraction of the total war costs", according to the report by former Bill Clinton administration official Linda Bilmes.
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Thoughts on Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons
(Karl Grossman / Enformable & Sam Osborn / USC Annenberg & The Big Picture/ Russia Today)

With the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, with North Korea having threatened a "pre-emptive nuclear attack" against the United States and a US senator saying this would result in "suicide" for North Korea, with Iran suspected of moving to build nuclear weapons, with the continuing spread of nuclear technology globally, the future looks precarious as to humankind and the atom. Can humanity at this rate make it through the 21st Century?
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Iraq + 10: Time for Truth and Reconciliation
(Hon. Dennis J. Kucinich/ US House of Representatives)

We attacked a nation which did not have weapons of mass destruction. We visited upon the people of Iraq the equivalent of one 9/11 a day for a year and with it the irretrievable rending of families -- ripping apart Iraqi society in a war which soon became so remote to the US population that it was finished off by unmanned vehicles. The mission that was "accomplished" was wanton destruction, ecocide, alienation, statecraft puppetry -- and for what?
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Cost of the Bush-Cheney War on Iraq: More than $2 Trillion; More than 176,000 Killed
(Daniel Trotta / Reuters & Costs of War / The Watson Institute)

According to a recently released study, the US war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans -- expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest. The US invasion has been resulted in the estimated deaths of at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians. When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war's death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000.
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Radiant Wildlands: From Chernobyl to Fukushima
(Winifred Bird and Jane Braxton Little / Earth Island Journal )

Flitting about the meadows of Fukushima Prefecture, the satin wings of the pale grass blue butterflies shimmered as they moved among the notched leaves of wood sorrel and feathery pampas grass. When Joji Otaki began looking closely at the delicate insects the size of a silver dollar, however, he was struck by abnormal patterns in the dark dots on their wings. Then he noticed dents in their eyes and strangely shaped wings and legs.
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The January 29 Coincidence: Martial Law in Arkansas, Helicopters and Gunfire over Miami and Houston
(Natasha Lennard / Salon.com & Disclose TruthTV & SlashDot.org & WSVN News & The Miami Herald & The Blaze & KTRK-TV )

The mayor and police chief of an Arkansas town announced that police in SWAT gear and carrying AR-15s would be patrol city streets. Meanwhile, in Miami, black helicopters strafing highways with blank rounds near the Adrian Arts center. In Houston, military-style choppers were roaming the skies as armed men in fatigues -- bearing "a lot of firearms" and what many believed were real live rounds -- patrolled the ground. The Army did not give any details on its "military exercise."
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How Much Does Washington Spend on 'Defense'?
(Tom Engelhardt, Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer / TomDispatch )

Here is a simple question that no one bothers to ask, much less answer: How much are we spending on national security these days? With major wars winding down, has Washington already cut such spending so close to the bone that further reductions would be perilous to our safety? In fact, with projected cuts added in, the national security budget in fiscal 2013 will be nearly $1 trillion.
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Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libyan Wars and the California Tradeoffs
(Ralph E. Stone / The Daily Planet)

The United States national debt exceeds $14 trillion and is climbing. Nearly 14 million Americans are unemployed, about 2.2 million in California. Americans continue to lose homes to foreclosure. Public health, education, social services, and police and fire departments are facing cutbacks. Yet, we can spend more than $1 trillion dollars in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
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The Stench of American Hypocrisy
(Paul Craig Roberts / Op-ed News)

Commentary: "Ten years of rule by the Bush and Obama regimes have seen the collapse of the rule of law in the United States. Is the American media covering this ominous and extraordinary story? No.... the US claims to be a government of laws, not of men, but when the executive branch violates the laws that constrain it, those responsible are not held accountable."
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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."
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EAW Covers Six of Top 25 Project Censored Stories
(Project Censored & Environmentalists Against War)

EAW salutes the winners of the latest Project Censored Awards. We are pleased to note that EAW covered six of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories.
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PrivateCorporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine
(Project Censored, et al.)

An extensive, on-going grassroots investigation, which exposes hundreds of international companies and corporations involved in the occupation, is being conducted and posted online. The project currently focuses on three main areas of corporate involvement in the occupation: the settlement industry, economic exploitation, and control of the population.
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What You Will Not Hear About Iraq
(Prof. Adil E. Shamoo / Foreign Policy In Focus & Global Research)

Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq.
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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.
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Osama bin Laden and Environmental Jihad
(Micah M. White / Adbusters Magazine)

In January 2010, as the war against terrorism dragged into its ninth year, Osama bin Laden, the ideological leader of the mujahideen issued a statement that could have been drafted by any Western environmentalist: "Talk of climate change isn't extravagant speculation: It is a tangible fact that is not diminished by its being muddled by some greedy heads of major corporations."
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Osama bin Laden on "The Way to Save the Earth"
(As-Sahab Media Foundation & Nefa Foundation)

Commentary: "This is a message to the whole world about those who cause climate change and its dangers -- intentionally or unintentionally -- and what we must do. Talk of climate change isn't extravagant speculation: it is a tangible fact which is not diminished by its being muddled by some greedy heads of major corporations. The effects of global warming have spread to all continents of the world."
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The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the XXI Century
(Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall / Global Research Publishers)

In all major regions of the world, the economic recession is deep-seated, resulting in mass unemployment, the collapse of state social programs and the impoverishment of millions. The crisis is accompanied by a worldwide process of militarization, a "war without borders" led by the US and its NATO allies. The Pentagon's "long war" is intimately related to the restructuring of the global economy.
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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.
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Healing the Wounds of War in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
(Nordic News Network & Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh & Prof. Nguyen Trong Nhan )

In 2002. a summit of international experts met in Sweden to call for major efforts to alleviate long-term environmental and human health consequences of the US war against Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. "We cannot ignore the United States' responsibility to help resolve the war of aggression's long-term effects on the people and the environment."
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Environmental Warfare in 10 years
(Diane Francis, Editor at Large / the National Post )

Oil company CEOs and Canadian, US and British government officials attending the Global Business Forum in Banff last September heard a chilling forecast of military clashes if there is an environmental meltdown due to climate change.
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Environmental Warfare: How to Wreck the Environment
(Gordon J. F. MacDonald / Reprinted from the book, "Unless Peace Comes" (1968) )

To consider the consequences of environmental modification in struggles among nations, we need to consider the present state of the subject and how postulated developments in the field could lead, ten to fifty years from now, to weapons systems that would use nature in new and perhaps unexpected ways.
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At Peoples Climate Summit, Bolivian President Blames Capitalism for Global Warming
(Environmental News Service & IPS & Eduardo Galeano / HCV Analysis)

At the Peoples Climate Summit, attended by delegates from more than 150 countries, Bolivia's President Evo Morales proclimed capitalism to blame for global warming and the accelerated deterioration of the planetary ecosystem in a speech today opening an international conference on climate change and the "rights of Mother Earth."
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US Military Programs Strive for Renewable Energy Goals
(PowerGen Worldwide)

The Defense Department has begun a programs to reach a new renewable energy standard, according to "Reenergizing America's Defense," a report released by the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate. The DOD, which uses nearly 80 percent of the government's energy consumption, hopes to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and cut pollution by adopting energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
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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.
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Pakistan City Centre 'Destroyed'
(BBC World News)

Taliban rebels were driven out of Mingora on Saturday by Pakistan government troops. The scale of the war damage to the main city in the Swat valley has become clear. A BBC correspondent who went to Mingora has reported widespread damage all the buildings and shops in the town square had been completely destroyed. With water, food, electricity and fuel unavailable, the International Red Cross said it was "gravely concerned" by the humanitarian situation in Swat.
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Retired Generals Call on Military, Citizens to Step Up to Climate Challenge
(Bill Becker / Solve Climate.com)

Twelve retired admirals and generals who made the national security case for clean energy yesterday put two other important messages in their report. First, the U.S. military must do its part to help the nation shift away from fossil fuels. Second, the American people must get directly involved in protecting the nation from harm.
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Please Do Not Return our Antiquities!
(Fatih Abdulsalam / Asssaman.com)

We now have organized criminal gangs specialized in the looting and smuggling of Mesopotamian artifacts. Since the US invasion, these gangs have accumulated power, experience and great wealth. The Baghdad government has no guts to open this file because once it unfolds powerful actors, powerful states and powerful personalities and factions will be exposed too.
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Consider the Consequences of Bombing Irans Nuclear Power Plants, and Pray
(Floyd Rudmin / Global Research,)

If the USA or Israel deliberately bomb Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities, radioactive elements would be released into the environment. There would be horrific deaths for families in the immediate vicinity. An estimated 3 million deaths would result in 3 weeks from bombing the enrichment facilities near Esfahan. The fallout would cover Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India and the contamination would last 700 million years. McCain, Clinton and the media seem to think that's not a bad idea.
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Military vs. Climate Security
(Miriam Pemberton / Foreign Policy In Focus)

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore called on the nations of the world to mobilize to avert climate disaster "with a sense of urgency and shared resolve that has previously been seen only when nations have mobilized for war." This report measures in fiscal terms how far our own nation has to go to reach that goal. For the 2008 fiscal year, the government budgeted $647.51 billion for military security. It budgeted $7.37 billion to slow climate change
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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.
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The Three-Trillion-Dollar War
(Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes / Times (UK))

The cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have grown to staggering proportions to become the second most-expensive war in US history. The total costs (to the US alone) are conservatively estimated to top $3 trillion; the expense of the two wars is now costing the US economy $28.5 billion a month.
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Iraq Black Hole: The $2-Trillion War
(Craig Lambert / The Harvard Magazine)

Before the US invaded Iraq in 2003, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put the likely costs at between $50 billion and $60 billion. The Congressional Budget Office now projects Iraq-related expenditures to surpass $500 billion. Independent economics now estimate the illegal invasion will cost Americans "in excess of $2 trillion."
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Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict
(Nook by Douglas Noll / Cascadia Publishing)

A critical academic investigation into the roots of peacemaking. Noll's book offers insights about human conflict an provides "an integrated view of why people fight, how they fight, what they fight over and how they can instead make peace, whether in the courtroom or beyond."
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UN Report Shows 80 Percent of Iraqi Universities Damaged
(RHC)

A United Nations study reveals that 80 percent of Iraq's educational institutions have been vandalized, looted or otherwise damaged since the US-led invasion in 2003. During the past two years, as many as 48 university professors have been assassinated.
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Kyoto Never! Oil Consumption and National Security
(Jamie Weinstein / Cornell Daily Sun / Renew America)

A conservative commentary from a Cornell university columnist notes the connection between the military, oil consumption, pollution and greenhouse gases and warns against adopting the Kyoto greenhouse-gas-reduction treaty because this would allow "pressure groups, both domestic and international, to hamstring US military power."
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US 'Rogue Nation' Image Hurts Dollar in Asia
(William Pesek Jr. / Bloomberg News Service)

The Bush administration's unilateralism has angered not just former allies but also the powerful foreign exchange markets. Their message to Washington: "The free ride for the rogue nation is over. No more guns and butter, or wads of foreign cash for a nation deeply enmeshed in the Middle East, heavily indebted at home and seemingly disengaged from the rest of the world."
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Iraq log: 1 December 2004
(BBC Online)

What is life like for ordinary Iraqis and others caught up in events? We are publishing a range of accounts here from people inside Iraq about how they, their families and friends live day to day and what the bigger events in the headlines mean to them
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A Thousand Fallujahs: Urban Warfare
(Pepe Escobar / Asia Times)

Resorting to attacking entire cities, the US has been caught in a giant spider's web. In Fallujah, Ramadi, Samarra, Latifiyah, Kirkuk, Mosul and even Baghdad, the streets are on fire. Asia Times reports the US now faces "hundreds, thousands of Fallujahs -- the Mesopotamian echo of a thousand Vietnams. The Iraqi resistance has even regained control of a few Baghdad neighborhoods... there are practically no US troops around, even as regular explosions can be heard all over the city."
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Weapons Dust Worries Iraqis. US Unconcerned
(Thomas D. Williams / The Hartford Courant)

With Washington refusing to take responsibility for the radioactive contamination of the country, Iraq's provisional government is asking the United Nations for help cleaning up the low-level radioactive, metal dust spread across local battlefields by US and British forces during the Persian Gulf wars.
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Uranium Pollution in Iraq Damaging
(Hina Alam / IDS News)

Diane Henshel, an associate professor of public and environmental affairs and co-author of a recent study in Nature, warns that the depleted uranium now present in Iraq's soil, air may cause health issues. In addition, DU is a weapon of mass destruction that also has contaminated US soldiers.
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Weapons as Wastes
(Earthwatch / United Nations Environment Programme)

The US alone has over 30,000 tons of chemical weapons whose disposal could cost at least $12 billion. More than 50 ocean and inland lake sites across the US contain explosive items, and harbours and beaches at the site of old battles throughout the world are riddled with unexploded bombs.
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The Next World War: Tribes, Cities, Nations, And Ecological Decline
(Roy Woodbridge / University of Toronto Press)

Preoccupied with the war on terrorism, we have lost sight of a more dangerous enemy of social peace and progress the inability of the world's people to access the ecological goods and services they need to maintain and build their societies. By 2025, the combined demands of continued economic growth and the reduction of global poverty will require, annually, the ecological equivalent of three or four Earths.
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Corporate Power: The Driving Force behind Washingtons Brutal Foreign Policy
(JK Galbraith / The Guardian)

A former US Ambassador writes: "Civilized life, as it is called, is a great white tower celebrating human achievements, but at the top there is permanently a large black cloud." That cloud is profiteering through war and death. Today powerful corporate managers, in aliance with military and political leaders, have usurped the political system to install an economy that feeds on weapons and devastation. Instead of pursuing social justice and human elevation, this new regime has given "a privileged position to the development of weapons and the threat and reality of war. Mass slaughter has become the ultimate civilized achievement."
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Pentagon's Key Findings on Climate Threat
(The Observer)

The Pentagon's alarming report about climate change as the greatest national security issue facing the US and every other nation on Earth continues to reverberate. The London Observer has prepared a short list of the Pentagon's troubling predictions.
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War and Weather Threaten Food Security in 23 African Countries.
(United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO))

Armed conflict and extreme weather events are causing mounting deaths in Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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The Environmental Impacts of Various Conflict Zones.
United Nations Environment Programme. (PDF files)
http://postconflict.unep.ch/index.htm

Environmental Legacy in Kuwait. An Environmental Assessment of Kuwait
Seven Years after the Gulf War. Final Report – August 1998.

Green Cross International
http://www.gci.ch/GreenCrossPrograms/legacy/Kuwait/kuwait7years.html

The Unfinished War. Environmental Impact: Oil Fires and Spills Leave Dangerous Legacy
CNN
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/gulf.war/legacy/environment/

Environmental Impact of Conflict Assessment Studies: NA/SA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa
Inventory of Conflict and the Environment.
http://www.american.edu/projects/mandala/TED/ice/icehp21.htm

Environmental Impacts of War - Gulf War, Afghanistan, well fires, depleted uranium, chemical and biological agents.
EMS – Environmental Media Services.
http://www.ems.org/war/risks.html

How an Iraq War Might Scar Environment
ABC News.
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/World/iraq030305_environment.html

Vietnam, Afghanistan, health of US military personnel, Russia and more.
Earth Crash, Earth Spirit.
http://eces.org/ec/population/military.shtml

Gulf War Facts
National Gulf War Resources Center
http://www.ngwrc.org/Facts/default.htm

On Oil and War - Talking Points & Key Facts.
The Sustainable Energy and Economy Network.
http://www.seen.org/PDFs/oil_and_war.pdf

Gulf environment faces worse threats
BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2840995.stm

 

 

 

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