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The GOP is leading an effort to block the military from planning for climate change

Since the Bush Administration, the Department of Defense has been warning that climate change poses a threat to national security. In January 2016, Pentagon officials proposed to update their climate threat assessments, in response to a directive from President Obama. House Republicans have moved to block the Defense Department’s efforts to prepare for climate change.

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The US Navy agrees to limit the use of sonar and explosives in key whale habitat

The history of whales and humans has not been a happy one, at least for whales — hunted nearly to extinction, maimed and killed by huge cargo ships, tangled in fishing nets and, in recent years, deafened by incessant and increasing ocean noise. But the US Navy is now stepping up and setting an example of how to do things better.