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New Cold Information Bulletin, Vol 2 #35, Feb 24, 2017

Donetsk water treatment plant takes six hits in night shelling, chlorine storage damaged, DAN News, Feb 24, 2017

OSCE being ‘too soft’ amid Donetsk water treatment plant crisis – Pushilin, DAN News, Feb 24, 2017

Ukrainian activists Nadiya Savchenko and Vladimir Ruban visit war prisoners at Makeyevka penitentiary in Donetsk People’s Republic, DAN News, Feb 24, 2017

Dutch lower house approves Ukraine-EU association agreement, by Cynthia Kroet,, Feb 22, 2017

On Feb 22, the lower house of the Dutch parliament backed the amended EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, after it was rejected by Dutch citizens last year in a non-binding referendum. The move was expected after most MPs indicated in December that adding a legally binding declaration that ensures the deal is not a step towards Ukrainian EU membership was enough to let the deal pass.

The agreement, which strengthens trade ties between the EU and Kiev, has been approved by all EU member countries but was put to a referendum in the Netherlands after an anti-EU group collected enough signatures to force a public vote…

Russian Supreme Court commutes sentence of activist jailed over repeated violations of rally rules,, Feb 24, 2017

The Russian Supreme Court has commuted the sentence of Ildar Dadin – the first person jailed under a recently adopted law which harshens the penalty for repeated violations of the rules for public rallies and marches.

Turkey-Syria-Middle East and Caucasus:
‘U.S. preparing public opinion for greater military involvement in Iraq, Syria’
,, Feb 24, 2017

Erdogan counts on divisive campaign ahead of key vote, by Ali Bayramoglu, Al-Monitor, Feb 23, 2017

… The April 16 plebiscite in Turkey will determine whether the constitution will be changed to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an executive presidency designed to grant sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The yes camp, led by the AKP and the MHP, has been joined by Huda-Par. The naysayers, meanwhile, have emerged as a rather heterogeneous group. The CHP, HDP, VP and SP, which have all announced they will campaign against the changes, represent a motley crew of social democratic, neonationalist, Kurdish and Islamist forces.

United States:   (* denotes also published in full on New Cold
Sleepwalking into a nuclear arms race with Russia, by Pierre M. Sprey and Franklin “Chuck” Spinney, CounterPunch, Feb 24, 2017

* Why we must oppose the Kremlin-baiting against Trump, by Stephen Cohen, The Nation, Feb 22, 2017

Who’s behind U.S. downward mobility?, by JP Sottile, Consortium News, Feb 24, 2017  (JP Sottile publishes the Monday-Friday Newsvandal email newsletter, which is recommended on the ‘Links’ page on the New Cold website.)

President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are his corporatist pals who grab the lion’s share of the wealth from U.S. global dominance.


* Trudeau’s torture policies no different than Trump’s, by Matthew Behrens, columnist,, Feb 24, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn under pressure after Tories unseat Labour in historic by-election upset, by Ashley Cowburn, political correspondent, The Independent, Feb 24, 2017

The media are blaming Corbyn for losing Copeland by-election, but the facts tell a very different story, by Tom Wall, The Canary, Feb 24, 2017

Stoke and Copeland – some next day analysis, The Clarion, Feb 24, 2017

Global warming and climate change:

Coral bleaching in Okinawa, Japan (image on XL Catlin Seaview Survey)

50 Reefs initiative: World-first global plan says only ten per cent of coral reefs can be saved from extinction, by Greg Hassall & Rebecca Latham, ABC News, Feb 23, 2017

A new global plan aims to save the meagre 10 per cent of the world’s coral reefs predicted to survive beyond 2050. It is the first worldwide initiative aimed at protecting reefs from extinction and to date funding is coming from philanthropic organisations, not governments.

Scientists estimate 90 per cent of the world’s coral reefs will disappear in the next 35 years due to coral bleaching induced by global warming, pollution and over-development. The grim outlook accounts for the targets set by the Paris Agreement on climate action being met and ocean temperatures stabilising…

Alarming new coral bleaching event has begun at the Great Barrier Reef, by Dahr Jamail,, Feb 22, 2017

The Third Coral Bleaching Event – 2014/2017, posted on XL Catlin Seaview Survey

This is by far the longest and most widespread event in recorded history

The nuclear fallout from Brexit, by Pete Roche, The Ecologist, Feb 24, 2017

… The balance of opinion seemed to confirm that, although [European Atomic Energy Community] is legally distinct from the European Union, the UK would have leave both once Article 50 was triggered. (I wrote about this in November 2016 in Nuclear News No. 89.)

Ottawa touts nuclear industry in clean-energy push, by Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 23, 2017  (subscriber only article)

The federal government is touting nuclear energy as an important part of Canada’s clean-energy mix as Ontario embarks on a $26-billion, 20-year project to rebuild its aging reactor fleet. In a speech Thursday, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told industry representatives that they face a “tremendous opportunity” as federal and provincial governments move to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by adopting carbon pricing and shutting down coal-fired power plants…

‘Doomsday Vault’ gets deposit of 50,000 seeds as insurance policy for humanity’s survival, ABC News, Feb 23, 2017

The “Doomsday Vault” has received nearly 50,000 new seed samples, one of the largest deposits since the repository opened nearly 10 years ago.

The Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built more than 100 metres into a frozen sandstone mountain on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, was opened in 2008 to hold an insurance policy for humans’ survival — safeguarding against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops.

An aquatic paradise in Mexico City, dating from before the Conquest, pushed to the edge of extinction, by Victoria Burnett, New York Times, Feb 22, 2017

… As bucolic as the canals appear, intense exploitation of the area’s aquifers over the last 50 years has depleted springs, prompting the authorities to replenish the waterways from a nearby sewage treatment plant.

… Built on a silty lake bed, Mexico City has been sinking for centuries. The Metropolitan Cathedral became so tilted that engineers reinforced the foundations so that it would, at least, sink evenly. To slow the collapse in the city center, parts of which dropped about 26 feet during the last century, officials in the 1960s shifted water extraction from downtown to wells near Xochimilco, a decision experts called a “death sentence” for the canals…

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