Why U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be bad for the planet

The Washington Post reports: The United States and its partners expanded its war against Islamic State on Tuesday, with airstrikes against the extremist group striking within Syria for the first time. It’s a dramatic escalation: Strikes in Syria have been a subject of heated debate for months, and a lesser-known but widely feared group linked to al-Qaeda, known as Khorasan, is being targeted for the first time.

The strikes in Syria are clearly a big deal. It’s also possible, however, that they may overshadow an issue with an even wider importance.

On Tuesday, more than 120 world leaders were gathering at the United Nations General Assembly in New York for an unusual one-day summit on climate change. While there have been some notable absences, the scale of the event is hard to ignore: It’s one of the largest one-day meetings of world leaders in history, and it’s certainly the largest-ever summit on climate change.

However, despite a push for publicity from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a huge climate change march in New York City on Sunday, it’s hard not to feel like attention is elsewhere at the United Nations.

In the U.N. Correspondents Lounge, much of the talk focuses on the strikes in Syria, and while President Obama is due to speak at the summit later, his comments on the Syria strikes were dominating the news during the mid-morning.

Online data seem to confirm that the strikes in Syria are winning the war for attention: According to social analytics firm Topsy, the number of people tweeting about “Syria” on Tuesday morning was twice the number tweeting about “climate change.” Google Trends shows a spike of search traffic for Syria, but topics related to climate change are not mentioned. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “Why U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be bad for the planet

  1. Pure

    What most people don’t know is that a lot of these weapons contain “depleted uranium” which pollutes the air, water, land for hundreds of years. Depleted uranium is also shown to cause severe birth defects, and all kinds of cancers, particularly breast cancer.

    This is not spam for ENENEWS, but ENENEWS has a great forum loaded with links on the dangers of “nuclear” radiation.

    For even further research on depleted uranium, look into the research by Dr. Busby and Doug Rokke.

    Also what most people don’t release is that the wind blows. Yes, the wind blows and the contamination from these weapons can be found thousands of miles away.

    In one study, they found depleted uranium in Europe from weapons that were dropped on Iraq.

    Please research this further for yourself.

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