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Topics, INES, WNII, Issue No. 3/2007, February 2007




1. WAR AND PEACE - ARMS RACE AND DISARMAMENT


- Iran: A War Is Coming by John Pilger


- The Nuclear Threat by Mikhail Gorbachev


- The neocons have learned nothing from five years of catastrophe by Francis Fukuyama


- U.S. missile defense maturing, latest test a success by Andrea Shalal-Esa


- Disarm to Develop by François Régis Hutin


- Czechs give go-ahead for US "son of star wars" base by Ian Traynor



2. SCIENCE AND ETHICS


- Prominent Brazilian and Arabs win UN award


- Seafood Summit looks for sustainable solutions by Timothy J. Gibbons



3. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- Russians, Chinese Look for Amur Leopards


- Shell: use your profits to clean up your mess, FoE/Shell Accountability Campaign


- Condoms turn students onto climate change, FoE Press Release



4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- Daylight Savings Time for power conservation by Asif Saleh


- Putin Clinches Reactor Deal by Anatoly Medetsky 



5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES 


- 2007 Annual Conference and membership meeting of the Global Network



6. DOCUMENTATIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE 


- IPCC Fourth Climate Change Report 


- Global Warming and Sustainable Development by Mohan Munasinghe


- Humans blamed for climate change by Richard Black


- In quotes: Reaction to climate warning




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1. WAR AND PEACE - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT




IRAN: A WAR IS COMING by John Pilger 


Febr 3, 2007 - The United States is planning what will be a catastrophic attack on Iran. For the Bush cabal, the attack will be a way of "buying time" for its disaster in Iraq. In announcing what he called a "surge" of American troops in Iraq, George W. Bush identified Iran as his real target. "We will interrupt the flow of support [to the insurgency in Iraq] from Iran and Syria," he said. "And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq."


Find the entire article at:

http://www.antiwar.com/pilger/?articleid=10452



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THE NUCLEAR THREAT by Mikhail Gorbachev


Jan 31, 2007 - The essay "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons," published in this newspaper on Jan. 4, was signed by a bipartisan group of four influential Americans - George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn - not known for utopian thinking, and having unique experience in shaping the policies of previous administrations. It raises an issue of crucial importance for world affairs: the need for the abolition of nuclear weapons.


Read more:

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/01/31_gorbachev_nuclearthreat_print.htm



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THE NEOCONS HAVE LEARNED NOTHING FROM FIVE YEARS OF CATASTROPHE by Francis Fukuyama


Their zealous advocacy of the invasion of Iraq may have been a disaster, but now they want to do it all over again - in Iran


Jan 31, 2007 - The United States today spends approximately as much as the rest of the world combined on its military establishment. So it is worth pondering why it is that, after nearly four years of effort, the loss of thousands of American lives, and an outlay of perhaps half-a-trillion dollars, the US has not succeeded in pacifying a small country of some 24 million people, much less in leading it to anything that looks remotely like a successful democracy.


Read:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329701078-111322,00.html



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U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE MATURING, LATEST TEST A SUCCESS by Andrea Shalal-Esa


Jan 29, 2007 - Within a year, the U.S. missile defense system should be able to guard against enemy attacks, while testing new technologies, the deputy director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Monday.


The United States activated the ground-based system last summer when North Korea launched one long-range and six short-range missiles.


More:

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyid=2007-01-30T011422Z_01_N29243154_RTRUKOC_0_US-MISSILE-USA.xml&src=rss&rpc=22



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DISARM TO DEVELOP by François Régis Hutin (translated from French by Peter Low for ACDN)


Jan 27, 2007 - Great fears return periodically in History, but sometimes their causes become hidden and forgotten. We get used to this or that threat or danger, until another incident arises and sounds the alarm.


That is what is happening with nuclear arms. For over 50 years we have got used to them. The nations with them feel protected by their deterrent force. And the disappearance of the Soviet Union reassured us, even though Russia still possesses a fearsome arsenal.


For the article go to:

http://acdn.france.free.fr/spip/article.php3?id_article=268&lang=en



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CZECHS GIVE GO-AHEAD FOR US "SONS OF STAR WARS" BASE by Ian Traynor


Jan 22, 2007 - The Czech government has announced that it wants to host a large US military site for the Pentagon's much-criticised missile shield system, confirming for the first time that Washington had asked Prague for permission to build a radar site for the national missile defence programme.


Find the entire article: 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1995893,00.html



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Missile Defence as a Step Toward War in Space by David Webb


The use of space by the world’s military is now well established and has become indispensable for the United States. During "Operation Iraqi Freedom," US satellite information allowed a military response in minutes rather than the hours or days it had taken previously. In a typical battle situation, the US military now relies on space-based weather prediction systems (the Defence Meteorological Support Program), military communications satellites (MILSTAR - to communicate from command centres and between troops), espionage and surveillance satellites (to intercept communications by an adversary and collect images of troop movements and weapons placements), early warning satellites (to provide information on missile launches) and military Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to allow troops and vehicles to navigate and to quickly and accurately specify targets and guide "smart" bombs and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).


More:

http://www.inesap.org/bulletin25/art25.htm




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2. SCIENCE AND ETHICS




PROMINENT BRAZILIAN AND ARABS WIN UN AWRAD


Febr 2, 2007 - The Brazilian minister for the Environment, Marina Silva, the Algerian minister for the Environment, Cherif Rahmani, and Jordanian prince Hassan Bin Talal, are among the seven winners of the Champions of the Earth award, granted to people who stand out in the environmental area.


More:

http://www.anba.com.br/ingles/noticia.php?id=13687



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SEAFOOD SUMMIT LOOKS FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS by Timothy J. Gibbons


Participants toured the Beaver Street Fisheries at the close of a conference where industry leaders, academics and environmentalists explored the issues at work.


Febr 1, 2007 - When George Leonard wanders through the bowels of Beaver Street Fisheries, he thinks about things that many other people - even other people who work for aquariums - might not.


Read more:

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/020107/bus_7703417.shtml




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3. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE





RUSSIANS, CHINESE LOOK FOR AMUR LEOPARDS


Febr 02, 2007 - Russian and Chinese conservationists began searching Thursday for signs of the last remaining Amur leopards in Russia's Far East and adjacent Chinese border regions, as part of a triennial census of the nearly extinct cats. 


Read:

http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=12147



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SHELL: USE YOUR PROFITS TO CLEAN UP YOUR MESS by FoE/Shell Accountability Campaign


Jan 31, 2007 - A new report, launched the day before oil giant Shell announces its 2006 annual profits (on 1 February 2007) calls on Shell to use its profits to begin cleaning up damage it has caused to communities and the environment 


More:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/shell_use_your_profits_to_31012007.html



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CONDOMS TURN STUDENTS ONTO CLIMATE CHANGE, FoE Press Release


Jan 28, 2007 - New survey shows students think climate should be Government's biggest priority


A hard-hitting climate change advertising campaign showing condoms covering a coal station chimney, a car exhaust and aeroplane engine will be launched in universities across the country this month as part of Friends of the Earth's The Big Ask campaign.


Read more:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/condoms_turn_students_on_t_26012007.html




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4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES




DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME FOR POWER CONSERVATION by Asif Saleh


Febr 2, 2007 - As the caretaker government is implementing a yearlong comprehensive plan for the power crisis, as part of this plan, I would like to propose the introduction of Daylight Savings Time. Those who have been in USA or UK during April or October, know how the clock springs backward or forward based on the season.


More:

http://www.thedailystar.net/2007/02/02/d702021502120.htm



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PUTIN CLINCHES REACTOR DEAL by Anatoly Medetsky 


Jan 26, 2007 - President Vladimir Putin sealed an agreement Thursday in New Delhi for Russia to build at least four more nuclear reactors in India, a project potentially worth up to 8 billion euros ($10.35 billion).


But Russia will only be able to pull it off if India is freed from international restrictions on nuclear cooperation. And if the restrictions are lifted, the United States and France are likely to compete with Russia for a share of the vast nuclear energy market in India's booming economy


Read more:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2007/01/26/001.html




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5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES 




2007 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE GLOBAL NETWORK; March 23-24, 2007; Darmstadt, Germany


Darmstadt, located close to Frankfurt am Main in Germany, hosts two major European and one US space facilities: the European Space Operation Centre (ESOC), which plans and conducts satellite operations for the European Space Agency; the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), which delivers weather and climate-related satellite data and images; and on the outskirts of the town a US spy station, which is part of the global Echelon surveillance system.


Two days of discussion, strategizing, planning, and protest will inform us all about the increasing role of space in the European Security and Defense Policy, about NATO and European missile defense plans, how these are related to US plans to dominate space in order to control the Earth, and what we can do about it.


Conference Convenors: Darmstädter Friedensforum, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP), Pressehütte Mutlangen



Please register in advance!

Registration fee:  Euro 25/US$ 35; includes lunches, coffees, and food at farewell party


Contact:

Regina Hagen, Darmstädter Friedensforum, Teichhausstrasse 46, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany; tel. +49-6151-47 11 4 (private), 16 44 68 (office); gn_darmstadt2007@yahoo.de


Bruce Gagnon, Global Network, PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA; tel. +1,207-443 95 02; globalnet@mindspring.com


Mobile conference phone - March 22-24 ONLY: +49-171-630 13 14


Program as of January 26, 2007; for more details, a location plan, and program updates see:

www.space4peace.org/actions/gnconf_2007.htm




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6. DOCUMENTATIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE




IPCC FOURTH CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT 


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report "Climate Change 2007". The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change. The Synthesis Report integrates the information around six topic areas. 


More:

http://www.ipcc.ch/about/about.htm



The Summary for Policymakers, which was formally approved at the 10th Session if Working Group I of the IPCC in February 2007, is available from:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/02_02_07_climatereport.pdf



Other interesting informations concerning the topic you will find at:

http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=499&ArticleID=5506&l=en



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GLOBAL WARMING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Mohan Munasinghe (Vice Chair of the IPCC and INES member)


Sustainable development (SD) and climate change (CC) are the foremost problems facing humanity in this century. "Focus the Nation" must be commended and supported, for raising the profile of climate change issues in the US, and engaging the brightest young students and concerned citizens in finding practical solutions.


Read more:

http://focusthenation.org/blog/?p=10#more-10




The Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND) recognizes sustainable development (SD) as a primary challenge of the 21 st century (with poverty alleviation as the main goal). The Sustainomics Network  is a global initiative supported by MIND, for "making development more sustainable" (MDMS). Membership is free to anyone interested in sustainable development, who wishes to register below. Members will be able to order a wide range of MIND publications (free or discounted), receive periodic updates with the latest information on Sustainomics and SD, be linked to a other global networks on SD, and have the right to communicate directly on SD issues with MIND experts.


MIND announces Prof. Munasinghe's latest book "Sustainable Development Primer: Sustainomics and Its Practical Applications" (2007, Edward Elgar Publ., UK), which provides a comprehensive, rigorous and practical analysis and assessment of sustainable development prospects today, by applying the innovative Sustainomics framework. The main message of this 700 page volume is optimistic - although the problems are serious, an effective response can be mounted, provided we begin immediately. Sustainomics shows us the first practical steps in making the transition from the risky business-as-usual scenario to a safer and more sustainable future.


The volume sets out the key principles underlying Sustainomics clearly and rigorously, but relatively free of technical jargon, while mathematical and other details are provided in annexes. The text also illustrates the methodology with empirical case studies that are practical and policy-relevant over a wide range of geographic and time scales, countries, sectors, ecosystems and circumstances. The extensive bibliography should be useful to those who wish to further research specific topics. The book will appeal to a wide audience, including students, researchers from many disciplines, teachers, policy analysts, development practitioners, decision makers and concerned laypersons.


Contents include: 1. Overview and summary; 2. Sustainomics framework: 3. Economics of the environment; 4. Ecological and social considerations; 5. Global analytical applications; 6. International process applications: multi-level, multi-stakeholder, trans-disciplinary dialogues; 7. National economywide applications; 8. Mathematical macro-model applications; 9. Computable general equilibrium model applications; 10. Energy sector applications; 11. Transport sector applications; 12. Water resource applications; 13. Ecological and agricultural system applications; 14. Resource pricing policy applications; 15. Project applications; 16. Local applications:  hazards, disasters and urban growth; Bibliography; Index


For further informations please visit:

http://www.mindlanka.org/sustainomic.htm



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HUMANS BLAMED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE by Richard Black


Global climate change is "very likely" to have a human cause, an influential group of scientists has concluded. 


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said temperatures were probably going to increase by 1.8-4C (3.2-7.2F) by the end of the century. 


It also projected that sea levels were most likely to rise by 28-43cm, and global warming was likely to influence the intensity of tropical storms. 


Read:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6321351.stm



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IN QUOTES: REACTION TO CLIMATE WARNING


The latest UN report on climate change says mankind is "very likely" to be the cause of global warming and predicts a rise in temperature of between 1.8-4C (3.2-7.2F) by 2100. 

Here is a selection of reactions to the report from around the world. 




FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC

Soon will come a day when climate change escapes all control. We are on the verge of the irreversible. 


Faced with this emergency, the time is not for half-measures. The time is for a revolution: a revolution of our awareness, a revolution of the economy, a revolution of political action. 



ACHIM STEINER, UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME HEAD

The new report gives us a stark warning that the potential impact will be more dramatic, faster and more drastic in terms of consequences than previously thought. 


This will change in some parts of the world the fundamental way in which we live. 



STAVROS DIMAS, EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT COMMISSIONER 

I am deeply concerned at the accelerating pace and the increasing extent of climate change. 


It is now more urgent than ever that the international community gets down to serious negotiations on a comprehensive new worldwide agreement to stop global warming. 



GEORGIY GOLITSYN, CHAIR OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES CLIMATE COUNCIL

The main thing is that [the report] repeats and reiterates the influence of human activity on climate change, which is already happening. 


This Russian winter hasn't been a winter at all because of climate change. 



AINUN NISHAT, BANGLADESH REPRESENTATIVE OF INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE

Bangladesh will be one of the countries that would be the most seriously affected by global warming and sea rise. 


The impacts on Bangladesh would include increased levels of drought, flooding and storms, especially in coastal belts, salinity and loss of land. 


Millions of Bangladeshis will lose their land and homes, adding to the South Asian country's plight of poverty and overcrowding. 



HANS JOACHIM SCHELLNHUBER, POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH, GERMANY

With this report, any last doubts should be dispelled that humans are "over-turning the climate screw". 


Hence, we have a responsibility to correct this dangerous development by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 



SHARON HAYS, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY, US

This report is a comprehensive and accurate reflection of the current state of climate change science. 


(President George W. Bush) has put in place a comprehensive set of policies to address what he has called the "serious challenge" of climate change... the current set of policies are working. 



STEPHANIE TUNMORE, GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL 

There is a clear message to governments here, and the window for action is narrowing fast. 


If the last IPCC report was a wake-up call, this one is a screaming siren. 



DAVID MILIBAND, UK ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY

What's now urgently needed is the international political commitment to take action to avoid dangerous climate change. 


This has been absent so far. If we are to succeed, we will require the engagement not just of environmental ministers but heads of state, prime ministers and finance ministers. 


This first report by the IPCC, and others to follow later this year, can provide a strong evidence base needed to move the prospects of agreement closer. 



ANDREW WALKER, AUSTRALIAN GRAINS BROKER, FOX COMMODITIES 

Plant breeders and the like have developed varieties of wheat, barley, sorghum, cotton, soybeans, you name it, that are using less and less water. Farmers are confident that things will evolve over time. 


OK maybe we will have hotter temperatures and less rainfall in 100 years' time, but if you look at the variety of crops they're growing today versus 100 years ago, they've adapted crops to suit today's conditions. 


I dare say they'll adapt them to suit conditions in 100 years' time. 



JAN KOWALZIG, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

The IPCC report scientifically confirms the extent of this man-made crisis already hitting people around the world and makes bleak predictions for the future. 


We can no longer afford to ignore growing and compelling warnings from the world's leading experts. 



Source:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6323653.stm