military affairs Archives - State of the Planet

Remains of Cold War Plane Crash Emerging From Rapidly Melting Alaska Glacier

In June, a search party discovered newly unthawed wreckage and human remains from a crashed plane trapped in ice for 60 years. The discovery evokes the ongoing legacy of Arctic militarization.

by |July 28, 2020
Two adults and a child dressed in traditional clothing stand in front of a tent and a group of other people in a valley of grass and rocks.

What Superpower Conflicts Mean for Indigenous Peoples

Geopolitical tensions between China and India at their disputed Himalayan border have ecological and social consequences for local peoples.

by |June 16, 2020

Lead Is Poisoning Children on U.S. Military Bases, Says Report

An extensive investigation by the Reuters news agency has found that many children living on U.S. military bases may be exposed to hazardous levels of lead in decaying family housing.

by |August 21, 2018

An Admiral Assesses Climate Change

Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate hosted its biggest seminar to date. David Titley presented a talk entitled Climate Risk and National Security: People not Polar Bears. Titley, a retired U.S. rear admiral and now a professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, brought humor to a serious topic and how it affects people and geopolitics.

by |September 23, 2016

Climate and Conquest: How Did Genghis Khan Rise?

Eight hundred years ago, relatively small armies of mounted warriors suddenly exploded outward from the cold, arid high-elevation grasslands of Mongolia and reshaped world geography, culture and history in ways that still resound today. How did they do it?

by |May 13, 2013