TheNew York Times' Editorial Board argues that "American foreign policy is overdue for a rebalancing" while citing the Cost of War Project's estimated $5.9 trillion cost of post-9/11 counterrorism efforts.
The Costs of War Project has shown the devastating health effects resulting from conflict-related environmental pollution in Iraq, says Vox article discussing a proposed plan to hold governments responsible for environmental damage in war zones.
"Just as there is no such thing as a green war, there is likewise no way to confront climate change unless we confront the war machine, and vice versa," says Truthout article in response to the Cost of War Project's recent climate change report.
The Costs of War Project has estimated that at least 480,000 people have been killed as a direct result of the U.S.-led war on terror, says Truthout article discussing the intersection of trans and queer identity and the military.
William D. Hartung uses Costs of War data to argue in favor of restoring Congress' constitutional authority to prevent the executive branch from launching unnecessary "wars of choice"--like the U.S. intervention in Iraq.
In the June 26 episode of Pod Save the World, former Obama staffers Tommy Vietor and Ben Rhodes discuss the Cost of War Project's estimated $6 trillion cost of the War on Terror through the end of this fiscal year. Check it out at 29:26.
Co-director Neta C. Crawford puts into perspective just how quickly military emissions add up: in January 2017, two B-2B bombers emitted about 1,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in a single mission to bomb ISIS targets in Libya, says Mic article.
Bernie Sanders draws on Costs of War Project data in making a powerful case against war with Iran. "We have to view the terrorism threat through the proper scope, rather than allowing it to dominate our view of the world."
"Sooner or later fighting climate change will mean taking on the Pentagon's global footprint, too," says Common Dreams article citing Costs of War data in discussion of the growing antiwar movement in Congress.
Jamie McIntyre's defense news roundup covers the release of two climate change reports, including "Researchers at Brown University's Costs of War Project have published a new report measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of the Department of Defense, which is the largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world."
"In 2017 alone, CO2 emissions [by the U.S. military] added up to 59 million tons - more than many industrialized nations including Sweden and Switzerland," says Forbes Magazine alongside infographic using U.S. military carbon dioxide emissions estimated by the Costs of War Project.
"The Pentagon released around 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases between 2001 and 2017, according to research by Brown University. The study, published Wednesday, is the first of its kind to compile such comprehensive data."
This article features co-director Neta Crawford's new research on pentagon fuel use and climate change, concluding, "Instead of just reacting to climate change and preparing for the worst, the Pentagon has the opportunity to make the worst less likely to happen."