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Documents Show Navy’s Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and Wildlife

Published on Truthout, 15 December 2014.

While the US Navy claims “no significant impacts” will occur to wildlife or humans from their electromagnetic war games over the Olympic National Forest, military documents and an expert on the human impact of electromagnetic radiation fields say otherwise.

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Extinction Rate Rivals That of Dinosaurs, 2014 Likely Hottest Year Ever

Published on Truthout, 8 December 2014.

Recent studies show that current animal extinction rates from anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) now rival the extinction that annihilated the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

“If that rate continues unchanged, the earth’s sixth mass extinction is a certainty,” said Anthony Barnosky, a biology professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Certainly there are no signs of our planetary ACD trajectory changing, aside from continuing to ramp up further into abrupt runaway change.

In fact, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature recently updated its authoritative Red List to include more than 22,000 species on the list of the world’s most threatened animals. Species like the Pacific bluefin tuna and the American eel are now on the Red List.

NASA data showed that this October was the globe’s warmest on record, and for the third month in a row, global temperatures broke records, which kept 2014 on track to become the hottest year ever recorded. Bear in mind that the 10 warmest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998. Recent data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that the first 10 months of 2014 were the hottest since record keeping began.

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Truthout Interviews Dahr Jamail on Electromagnetic Radiation War Games in Washington State

Published on Truthout, 23 November 2014.

Ted Asregadoo speaks to Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail about the Navy’s plan to conduct war games involving electromagnetic radiation in a protected park and forest in Washington State.

In Washington State, the US Navy plans to conduct war game exercises over the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park that involve the use of electromagnetic radiation. These training exercises, if allowed to proceed, will involve flights of the Navy’s EA 18G Growler jet outfitted with new communication jamming equipment that uses electromagnetic radiation to disable an enemy’s communication networks. These games would last almost a year, and Growler jets would be flying over the area up to sixteen hours a day. The level of noise pollution will be high, but more importantly, so will the health and environmental effects on the landscape and the creatures that inhabit the space. Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail wrote a thorough piece on Truthout about the lack of public notification of these war games, the health effects of prolonged or intense electromagnetic radiation on human and animal life and the efforts of residents to stop these games from happening. In this Truthout Interviews, Jamail explains the current state of this battle between the residents who will be affected by the training exercises and the Navy’s insistence that health and environmental consequences would be minimal.

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