Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
North Korea said Tuesday it has put its military on combat ready status, with “strategic” rocket units and long-range artillery units ordered to prepare for possible strikes against the U.S. mainland, Hawaii and Guam, the state media reported.
The order issued in a statement from the North Korea’s “supreme command” came after the U.S. bombers flew sorties threatening the North, Reuters reported.
“From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army will be putting into combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, that will target all enemy objects in the U.S. invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
The threat is the latest in the series of war rhetoric from the North Korea against the U.S. and South Korea since the joint military drills by the allies and extension of economic sanctions by the U.N. Security Council. The North in response to the ongoing military drills had said it scrapped 1953 armistice that stopped the Korean War.
Pyongyang had earlier threatened to use nuclear warheads against the U.S. and South Korea. Although the North has the technology to hit targets in the South and neighboring regions with nuclear weapons, it apparently does not have the capability to strike the continental United States.
However, the U.S. military bases in the Pacific area are in the range of the North’s midrange missiles, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, South Korean authorities said they have not observed any unusual activities by the North’s military, but said they are closely monitoring the situation.
China Calls For Restraint
Responding to the escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula, China the biggest ally of the North called for restraint Tuesday. Speaking to the reporters at a daily briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the country hopes all sides on the Korean peninsula can exercise restraint.
His comments came after North Korea ordered its strategic rocket and long range artillery units to be combat ready to target the U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America, Reuters reported.
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.