|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:01:45 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] NATURAL RESOURCES, GLOBAL: "US Plans to Expand War Games in Ecologically Rich Mariana Islands"|
US Plans to Expand War Games in Ecologically Rich Mariana Islands Naval training exercises threaten local communities and environment by Zoe Loftus-Farren Earth Island Journal November 22, 2013The United States military assumed control the Mariana Islands during World War II and has been waging war on the environment there ever since. Recent proposals to expand the range for Navy training exercises in this archipelago in the northwestern Pacific Ocean represent the latest frontier in this battle, and could be devastating to local communities as well as wildlife.
By many accounts, military trainings have already had a tremendous impact on the region that’s composed of two US jurisdictions - the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the territory of Guam. Military bombing exercises have destroyed much of at least one island - Farallon de Medinilla - and naval exercises have impacted large tracts of open ocean.
In 2010, the Navy training range in the region was expanded to encompass roughly 500,000 square nautical miles of ocean. "Right now, it is the largest range in [Department of Defense's] inventory," says Leevin Camacho, a member of We are Guåhan, a cultural and environmental justice advocacy group in Guam.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/ us_plans_to_expand_war_games_in_ecologically_rich_mariana_islands/
You may need to copy and paste the link. -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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