INES INFORMATION SERVICE

 

The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) is an independent non-profit-organization concerned about the impact of science and technology on society. INES was founded in 1991. INES' efforts focus on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development. INES is affiliated with the United Nations and with UNESCO as a NON-Governmental Organization (NGO). INES has become a network of nearly 100 organisations and individual members.

 

The "What's New In INES" (WNII) is one of the main communication instrument of INES. It shall give the member organisations the possibility to publish their articles, and serve at the same time as a general overview of related international news.

 

Editor: Kristin Kropidlowski, NEW ADRESS ines.news@gmx.de

WNII is archived under: http://www.inesglobal.com/whats_new_in_ines/Whats_new_in_ines_main.html

INES Official Site, http://inesglobal.com

INES International Office, ines.office@web.de

INES Chair: David Krieger,  dkrieger@napf.org

The recent issue of the INES newsletter is available at: http://www.inesglobal.com/newsletter/Newletter_main.html

 

PLEASE REMEMBER: To meet the WNII-criteria (main communication instrument, general news overview) it is necessarily required that the members of INES use it as a communication tool. Please DO NOT HESITATE of just forwarding important news including conference and activity informations, outstanding documentations as well as announcements.

 

 

 

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Topics, INES, WNII, Issue No. 10/2007, June 2007

 

 

 

1. CHANGES IN INES

 

 

 

2. WAR AND PEACE - ARMS RACE AND DISARMAMENT

 

- Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe: Where Do We Go From Here? by IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

 

- After The Retaliation by Gordon Prather

 

- Colombia’s New Armed Groups, Policy Report from International Crisis Group

 

- Short Review on US Missile Shield

 

- G8 Summit Meeting in Restrospect, including INES Appeal

 

 


 

3. SCIENCE AND ETHICS

 

- Pugwash Events in July

 

 

 

4. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 

- Is Bottled Water Better?

 

- Trade Talks Collapse Brings New Hope for the Poorest and the Environment, FoE Press Release

 

- Chinese climate emissions soar, FoE Press Release

 

- Anger as EU Ministers give green light to GM-contaminated organic food, FoE Press Release

 

 

 

5. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES

 

- Nuclear Dump in Russian Arctic in Danger of Exploding, Norwegian Group Says

 

- A Nuclear Threat From the Tigers? by J. Sri Raman

 

- Arabs Make Plans for Nuclear Power by Bob Drogin and Borzou Daragahi

 

- Open Letter: Why Nuclear Power is Undafe and Not Clean by Scott Leyland, Green Party of Canada

 

- Documents and Video on the Nuclear Power Issue by IEER

 

 

 

6. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES

 

- Inaugural Meeting of the World Future Council; May 9-13, 2007

 

- New Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

 

 

 

7. SEMINAR DOCUMENTATIONS

 

- "Another science, other technologies are possible: Meeting the challenges" by Reiner Braun


 

 

 

8. ANNOUNCEMENTS


 

- INES is Looking for an Activities Coordinator


 

 

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1. CHANGES IN INES

 

 

 

From June 2-4, 2007 the INES Council meeting took place in Berlin, Germany. The minutes will be partly published in the next WNII. But the changes within the Executive Committee shall be announced now.

 

 

 

- NEW INES CHAIR

 

INES new Chair is Dr. David Krieger from the USA. He is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and has served as President of the Foundation since 1982. Under his leadership the Foundation has initiated many innovative and important projects for building peace, strengthening international law and abolishing nuclear weapons. Dr. Krieger has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law, and the abolition of nuclear weapons. He has received many awards for his work for a more peaceful and nuclear weapons-free world. He has been interviewed on CNN Hotline, MSNBC, NPR and many other television and radio shows nationally and internationally.

 

Dr. Krieger is the author of many studies of peace in the Nuclear Age. Among the books he has written or edited are Hold Hope, Wage Peace; Einstein - Peace Now!; Today Is Not a Good Day for War (Poetry); Peace 100 Ideas; Hope in a Dark Time, Reflections on Humanity’s Future; The Poetry of Peace; Choose Hope, Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age; Nuclear Weapons and the World Court; A Maginot Line in the Sky: International Perspectives on Ballistic Missile Defense; Disarmament and Development: The Challenge of the International Control and Management of Dual-Purpose Technologies; Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age, Ideas for Action; Waging Peace II, Vision and Hope for the 21st Century; and The Tides of Change, Peace, Pollution and Potential of the Oceans.

 

Dr. Krieger is Deputy Chair of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (Germany); a member of the Committee of 100 for Tibet; a member of the International Steering Committee of the Middle Powers Initiative; and a Board Member of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (New York). He is also a founder and a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, a global network of over 2000 organizations and municipalities committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons.

 

He serves on the Advisory Council of Free the Children International (Toronto), Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (New York), the International Council of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide (Israel), the International Institute for Peace (Vienna), Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence (Virginia), Mayors for Peace (Hiroshima), the Peace Resources Cooperative (Yokohama), the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (Sweden), the War and Peace Foundation (New York), Promoting Enduring Peace (New York) and the Foundation for Conscious Evolution (Santa Barbara).

 

He is a recipient of Global Green’s Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership (2005): Peace Writing Award of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology (2005); the Peace Educator of the Year Award of the Consortium of Peace Research, Education and Development (2001); the Gakudo Peace Award of the Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation (2001); the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Award (2000); the Peace Award of the International Journal of Humanities and Peace (2000); the Soka Gakkai International Peace and Culture Award (1997); the Soka University Award of Highest Honor (1997); the Peace Award of the War and Peace Foundation (1996); the Big Canvas Award of Santa Barbara Magazine (1996); and the Bronze Medal of the Hungarian Engineers for Peace (1995).

 

In his early career he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii and San Francisco State University. He worked at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions on issues of international law and ocean governance, and at the Foundation for Reshaping the International Order (RIO Foundation) in the Netherlands on the effects of dual-purpose technologies on disarmament, development and the environment.

 

He is a graduate of Occidental College, and holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Hawaii as well as a J.D. from the Santa Barbara College of Law.

 

Dr. Krieger serves as a judge pro tem for the Santa Barbara Superior Court. He is a member of the American Society for International Law and the California Bar Association.

 

 

- INES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

INES Treasurer stays Prof. Armin Tenner from the Netherlands, INES vice Chairs are Dr. Tom Borsen Hansen from Denmark and Prof. Gordana Jovanovic from Serbia

 

 

 

- EC MEMBERS

 

Further member of the Executive Committee are Prof. Claus Montonen from Finland, Alexis Vlandas from the UK, Prof. Jean-Paul Laine from France, Dr. Hugo Estrella Tampieri from Argentina and Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey from India

 

 

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2. WAR AND PEACE - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT

 

 


 

PREVENTING NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? by IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

 

May 24, 2007 - Earlier this year, four American eminences grises, Henry Kissinger, William Perry, George Shultz and Sam Nunn - representing a wealth of experience in defense and security strategies - declared that reliance on nuclear weapons as a deterrent is becoming "increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective". They called for urgent international cooperation to move towards a world free from nuclear weapons.

 

The following week, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that they were moving the hands of their famous Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. "Not since the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki," they reported, "has the world faced such perilous choices."

 

Copied from: Sunflower eNewsletter June 2007

 

 

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AFTER THE RETALIATION by Gordon Prather

 

June 16, 2007 - According to former Secretary of Defense (1994-97) William Perry - co-author of the op-ed "After the Bomb" for the New York Times - the probability of a nuclear weapon "going off" in an American city is greater today, than it was five years ago.

 

Read more:

http://www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=11142

 

 

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COLOMBIA'S NEW ARMED GROUPS, Policy Report from International Crisis Group

 

May 10, 2007 - Following the demobilisation of the paramilitaries, Colombia is threatened by the rise of new illegal armed groups heavily involved in drugs and other illegal activity.

 

The latest report from the International Crisis Group, analyses the armed groups that are emerging in several parts of Colombia, threatening the success of the government’s demobilisation strategy and the reintegration of some 32,000 paramilitary fighters and their support networks. Since 2003, President Alvaro Uribe’s administration has worked to remove the right-wing paramilitary United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) from the conflict. There is extensive, disturbing evidence, however, that paramilitary disarmament/demobilisation/reintegration (DDR) is being undermined by new groups that are deeply involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities. Some even have established drug business ties with the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN), which continue to fight the government. There is the risk that they also continue links to regional politicians, which could lead to the writing of a new chapter in the "para-politica scandal" that has reached into Colombia’s highest political and security elite and is now being investigated by the independent attorney general and the supreme court.

 

"While paramilitary demobilisation has altered the landscape of violence in Colombia, conditions are ripe for the continuity or resurgence of armed groups closely associated with organised crime", says Markus Schultze-Kraft, Crisis Group’s Colombia/Andes Project Director. "The military struggle with the insurgent FARC and ELN is ongoing, and despite all efforts to curb it, drug trafficking continues unabated".

 

The government has downplayed the new groups as merely criminal gangs and left law enforcement to deal with them. While a special police plan and search unit have been set up, security forces demonstrate poor cooperation and low commitment when dealing with the new groups. The justice institutions’ on-going investigations into links between paramilitary leaders and Uribe appointees and congressional allies are hamstrung by lack of resources and cooperation. The investigations form a core part of the effort to achieve some accountability for past atrocities and to trace links between the old and new groups. While not yet with the reach and power of the old AUC, the new groups are spreading across the country, with at least 3,000 active members.

 

Sustaining security in the regions where the new groups are emerging will require the government to design and implement an integrated strategy to confront the emerging groups, including solid intelligence, more effective law enforcement and military cooperation, as well as making reintegration of former combatants work and implementing a national rural infrastructure program. "It’s too early to tell whether Colombia is witnessing the failure of AUC demobilisation and reintegration and the resurgence of paramilitaries under another guise, or whether it’s experiencing a reshaping of the criminal world", says Alain Délétroz, Crisis Group’s Latin America Program Director. "Both scenarios should worry anyone interested in bringing an end to decades of violence in Colombia".

 

Full report: 

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4824&l=1

 

 

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SHORT REVIEW ON US MISSILE SHIELD

 

 

 

- GUIDE TO PLANNED US MISSILE SHILED

 

How the prototype US missile defence system is designed to work:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5106762.stm

 

 


- Q&A: US MISSILE DEFENCE  

 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has threatened to retaliate against a proposed US missile defence system in Europe by targeting Russian missiles against Europe.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6720153.stm

 

 

 

- NEWS ANALYSIS: MISSILE DEFENCE FIVE YEARS AFTER THE ABM TREATY by Wade Boese

 

Five years after President George W. Bush orchestrated the June 13, 2002, U.S. withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty to build an "effective" missile defense, the system remains unproven or insufficient in the eyes of many.

 

More:

http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2007_06/MissileDefense.asp

 

 

 

- RUSSIA URGES U.S. TO ACCEPT COMPROMISE ON MISSILE SHIELD

 

June 21, 2007 - Senior Russian officials Thursday warned Washington against rejecting Moscow's proposal for cooperating on missile defense, saying that the deployment of American missile defense sites in Europe would strengthen Russia's belief that it is the real target of the U.S. system.

 

More:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/21/news/shield.php

 

 


- US CONFIRMS MISSILE SHIELD PLANS  

 

June 14, 2007 - The US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has confirmed the US will go ahead with plans to install parts of a missile defence shield in eastern Europe.

 

More: 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6754709.stm

 

 

 

- NEW ERA OF DISCORD FOR RUSSIA AND WEST by Paul Reynolds

 

June 8, 2007 - President Vladimir Putin's threat to target missiles at Europe indicates that the hostility between Russia and the West is more than a passing phase. It has become a permanent part of world diplomacy.

 

More:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6717927.stm

 

 

 

- PUTIN OFFERS ALTERNATIVES ON MISSILE DEFENCE by C.J. Chivers

 

June 8, 2007 - President Vladimir V. Putin today offered new suggestions for alternatives to a missile defense system in Europe, suggesting that Russia would not object to American interceptor missiles in Iraq, Turkey or at sea, and proposing that Russian and the West study emerging missile threats together.

 

More: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/08/world/europe/08cnd-missile.html?ex=1338955200&en=5599e5fc9c0d945c&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

 

 

 

- CZECH FEARS OVER MISSILE DEFENCE RADAR

 

June 6, 2007 - Vaclav Hudec is mayor of the Czech village of Stitov, which is situated close to the site of a proposed radar station which the US plans to build as part of its controversial missile defence system.

 

More:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6726619.stm

 

 

- US MISSILE DEFENCE SPLITS EUROPE by Zoltán Dujisin

 

June 4, 2007 - U.S. President George W. Bush is visiting the Czech Republic and Poland this week as part of Washington's ongoing diplomatic effort to convince the region's leaders of the need for a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe - revealing a potential new division among European countries.

 

More:

http://www.antiwar.com/ips/dujisin.php?articleid=11072

 

 

 

- RUSSIA TESTS NEW ROCKET TO BEAT MISSILE DEFENCES by Michael Stott

 

May 29, 2007 - Russia successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday featuring multiple warheads designed to overcome missile defense systems such as the planned U.S. shield in Europe.

 

More:

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL2961467120070529?feedType=RSS&rpc=22

 

 

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G8 SUMMIT MEETING IN RETROSPECT, INCLUDING INES APPEAL

 

From June 6-8, 2007 the leaders of the G8 member states (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, the USA, Canada and Russia) were meeting for their annual summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

 

The G8 sees itself as one of the most important international forums for dealing with global issues. The first time they met (without Russia) in Rambouillet, France in 1978 in order to discuss the developments in the global economy. In fact, they are more like a self-appointed informal world government which makes decisions that affect the entire world.

 

Every five seconds a child starves somewhere in the world. More than 800 million people are chronically malnourished. Predominantly responsible are unjust world trade policies, driven by the rich industrialised countries within the G8 as well as other international institutions and companies. Despite the serious promises of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, UK two years ago, only a small proportion of the debt of Southern countries has been cancelled by now. Through their promotion of liberalisation and privatisation, the G8 has not only increased poverty in the global South, but also in the industrialised countries. The worldwide plundering of raw materials and other natural resources is being accelerated. At the same time as the rich industrialised countries seal themselves off from refugees and migrants, those who nevertheless arrive are illegalised and exploited as cheap labourers without rights. The G8 states are the biggest destroyers of the climate. They are alone responsible for 43 percent of worldwide CO2 emissions as well as being in favour of a renaissance of nuclear energy, which we decidedly reject. The G8 states are responsible for 90 percent of worldwide weapons exports and a new era of war for raw materials. They are the leaders of a world order based on war, which leads to migration, displacement, and violence in many countries. 

 

Around 50 000 people were demonstrated on June 2, 2007 in Rostock for another and better world. During the week the summit took place mannifold protest against it was raised. Their demands include the following: 

- For the immediate cancellation of illegitimate debt and comprehensive debt relief for the countries of the global South! 

- Against the sale of public goods and services - for equal social rights and standards worldwide! 

- For a speedy and radical transfer to renewable energies! Dangerous climate change and further wars for oil and gas reserves can only be prevented through a significant rise in energy efficiency and the transfer to a sustainable economy. 

- For the immediate and permanent abandonment of nuclear energy and for complete worldwide nuclear disarmament

- For the showing of solidarity with, and the living together with equal rights, of all people - against every form of racism and fascism

- For the overcoming of walls and borders! Against detention camps and deportation

- For a peaceful world! End the military imposition of economic and power-political interests through the G8 states

 

See:

http://www.heiligendamm2007.de

 

 

 

A few comments, news etc on the G8 summit meeting shall be reviewed below.

 

 

 

- APPEAL TO G8 SUMMIT MEETING: ACT TO REDUCE MILITARY DANGERS


The International  Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility appeal to the leaders of the G-8 summit meeting in Heiligendamm to take the following critical steps for the benefit of all humanity:

 

Act immediately to return to the original purpose of the United Nations in assuring the prohibition of all warfare and the strengthening of international law;

 

Fulfil your own obligations for good faith negotiations to achieve the urgent phased, verifiable, irreversible elimination of nuclear weapons;

 

Ban the sale of armaments, both small arms and larger arms, to developing countries;

 

Commit to dramatic reductions in military budgets and funding for military research;

 

Ban research in nanotechnology and genetic engineering for military purposes;

 

Place all space research and space exploration under the auspices of the United Nations.


Berlin, June 4, 2007

 

 

- MODEST PROGRESS FOR THE G8 by Jonathan Marcus 

June 8, 2007 - The German Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm, once a playground for the rich and minor royalty, was given over this week to a different kind of aristocracy, the leaders of the seven most powerful industrial economies, along with Russia.

 

More:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6735523.stm

 

 

 

- WORLD REACTION: G8 CLIMATE DEAL

 

Political leaders have been quick to hail an agreement by G8 leader to seek "substantial" cuts in CO2 emissions. But some environmental campaigners have criticised the deal, which sets no mandatory targets for reductions. 

 

Read: 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6732133.stm

 

 

 

- G8 TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE, LATER ... MAYBE

 

June 7, 2007 - In the lead up to this year's summit, leaked documents made it clear there was a distinct split among the G8 on the issue of climate change. After all, seven of the member countries have committed to the Kyoto Protocol's binding reductions of greenhouse gas emissions - while the US (far and away the worst offender) has not.

 

Read:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/g8-on-climate-change

 

 

 

- WEAK G8 CLIMATE DEAL LACKS SUBSTANCE, FoE Press Release

 

June 7, 2007 - Campaigners warned that today's statement on climate change by leaders of the eight most industrialised nations (or G8) meeting here is weak and lacks substance, but reveals the urgent need to tackle climate change.

 

More:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/weak_g8_climate_deal_lacks_07062007.html

 

 

 

- For the official website that contains different documents, news reviews and further information visit:

http://www.g-8.de/Webs/G8/EN/Homepage/home.html

 

 

 

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3. SCIENCE AND ETHICS

 

 

 

PUGWASH EVENTS IN JULY

 

For more information visit:

http://pugwashpeaceexchange.org/events.aspx

 

 

 

- INTERNATIONAL DISARMAMENT DISCUSSION: "From Cyrus Eaton to Joseph Rotblat: Creating the Path to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World"

 

Pugwash District High School; July 5, 2007 at 7:30pm

 

Have you ever wanted to be a "fly on the wall" and hear international experts in a behind-the-scenes discussion on peace and nuclear disarmament? Now's your chance!

 

The participants in this discussion are: 

Lieutenant-General the Honourable Romeo Dallaire, our Honourary Patron and the past commander of the United Nations Observer Mission -- Uganda and Rwanda

 

Marian Hobbs, a member of Parliament for Wellington Central in New Zealand and the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, who led off the general debate at the 2005 review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York.

 

Jayantha Dhanapala, a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UN Office in Geneva and to the USA.

 

 

This event is free of charge and open to the public, so be sure to attend, bring your friends, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear some of the world's foremost experts on peace and their vision for our future!

 

 

 

- PRESENTATION by Sandra Butcher, Director of the Pugwash History Project: "What Pugwash Means to the World"

 

Pugwash Masonic Lodge, 14 Victoria Street, Pugwash; July 7, 2007 at 2:00 pm

 

First considered a hoax, Cyrus Eaton’s invitation to host the meeting of scientists from East and West, called for in the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, helped to set in motion events that reshaped the course of the nuclear age, and made the world a safer place. The hospitality of Eaton and the townspeople of Pugwash fostered exactly the right environment at exactly the right time, and a new form of ‘transnational’ organisation was launched. The name Pugwash is now synonymous internationally with scientific responsibility, integrity, and the pursuit of peaceful resolution to conflicts. This talk will trace the events that led from Pugwash 1957 to the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, and will provide anecdotes from this amazing history.

 

This presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

 

 

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4. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

 

IS BOTTLED WATER BETTER?

 

Bottled water manufacturers’ marketing campaigns capitalize on isolated instances of contaminated public drinking water supplies by encouraging the perception that their products are purer and safer than tap water. But the reality is that tap water is actually held to more stringent quality standards than bottled water, and some brands of bottled water are just tap water in disguise. What’s more, our increasing consumption of bottled water - more than 22 gallons per U.S. citizen in 2004 according to the Earth Policy Institute - fuels an unsustainable industry that takes a heavy toll on the environment.

 

Read:

http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/

 

 

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TRADE TALKS COLLAPSE BRINGS NEW HOPE FOR THE POOREST AND THE ENVIRONMENT, FoE Press Release 

 

June 22, 2007 - Friends of the Earth today welcomed the collapse of the G4 world trade negotiations in Potsdam, Germany on 21st June. The current proposals would have further impoverished the world's poorest people and caused irreparable damage to the environment.

 

More:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/trade_talks_collapse_bring_22062007.html

 

 


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CHINESE CLIMATE EMISSIONS SOAR, FoE Press Release

 

June 20, 2007 - China is now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to new research by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment published today.

 

Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper said:

 

"China's rocketing carbon dioxide emissions are a cause for global concern. But this must not be an excuse for inaction in other countries. The UK and the rest of the developed world have a crucial leadership role to play in cutting their pollution and setting an example for developing countries to follow. This is why the UK Government's proposed new law on climate change must be strengthened to ensure that our emissions are cut by at least three per cent every year.

 

"It must also be remembered that each Chinese citizen is responsible for much less carbon emissions than Europeans. Preaching to them about cutting pollution won't work while western countries are still increasing theirs. Furthermore, China's emissions are linked to the manufacture of products that are being consumed in the west. We need to look at overall levels of consumption worldwide - and not just the impact of individual countries."

 

Friends of the Earth has led the campaign for a new climate change law through The Big Ask climate campaign. The Government has already agreed to introduce a new climate law, but Friends of the Earth says it must be strengthened to ensure:

 

That UK carbon dioxide emissions are cut by at least three per cent every year;

 

That the UK's share of international shipping and aviation emissions are also included.

 

Further information: 

www.thebigask.com

 

 

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ANGER AS EU MINISTERS GIVE GREEN LIGHT TO GM-CONTAMINATED ORGANIC FOOD, FoE Press Release

 

June 12, 2007 - Friends of the Earth has criticised today's decision by EU Ministers to allow organic food to be contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). EU Agriculture Ministers, including the UK, have adopted a new law which allows organic food containing up to 0.9 percent of GM content to be classed - and labelled - as organic. Furthermore, consumers would not be notified of any GM presence below this 0.9 per cent threshold.

 

Read more:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/anger_as_eu_ministers_give_12062007.html

 

 

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5. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES

 

 

 

NUCLEAR DUMP IN RUSSIAN ARCTIC IN DANGER OF EXPLODING, NORWEGIAN GROUP SAYS

 

June 1, 2007 - A nuclear waste dump in the Russia Arctic may be in danger of exploding because of corrosion caused by salt water in enormous storage tanks, the Norwegian environmental group Bellona warned Friday.

 

Russian and Norwegian nuclear officials downplayed the danger.

 

The three tanks are used to store spent nuclear fuel rods at Andreeva Bay, on the Kola Peninsula of northwestern Russia, just 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the Norwegian border, Oslo-based Bellona said in a statement.

 

Read more:

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/01/europe/EU-GEN-Norway-Russia-Nuclear.php

 

 

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A NUCLEAR THREAT FROM THE TIGERS? by J. Sri Raman

 

May, 30 2007 - Am I living close to a nuclear powder keg? No one among the authorities - atomic or otherwise - is telling me or my neighbors. They are keeping us guessing by giving us both the answers alternately. They are playing safe without making us feel secure at all.

 

Mine is a coastal address in the south of India. For the international visitor, a possible landmark is a nuclear complex in uncomfortably close proximity. The Kalpakkam complex (comprising two atomic reactors, one prototype fast-breeder reactor, three upcoming ones, an experimental reactor and a reprocessing plant) lies an hour's drive from Chennai, formerly Madras, capital of the state of Tamilnadu, of which I am today a dread-filled denizen.

 

More: 

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/053007H.shtml

 

 

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ARABS MAKE PLANS FOR NUCLEAR POWER by Bob Drogin and Borzou Daragahi

 

May 26, 2007 - Iran's program appears to be stirring interest that some fear will lead to a scramble for atomic weapons in the volatile region.

 

As Iran races ahead with an illicit uranium enrichment effort, nearly a dozen other Middle East nations are moving forward on their own civilian nuclear programs. In the latest development, a team of eight U.N. experts on Friday ended a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia to provide nuclear guidance to officials from six Persian Gulf countries.

 

Read the entire article:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-nuclear26may26,1,754545.story?track=rss&ctrack=1&cset=true

 

For similar informations:

http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=17786

 

 

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OPEN LETTER: WHY NUCLEAR POWER IS UNSAFE AND NOT CLEAN by Scott Leyland, Green Party of Canada

 

The only reason that "nuclear fission" is tolerated by the worlds public is for what in the early 1950s was touted as the "friendly atom" ="nuclear power" and that myth has been perpetrated on the public ever since. It is not clean from either a Greenhouse Gas sense, nor a poisonous emissions sense.

 

The statements you will find here: 

http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/nuclear_free_zone/2007/05/open_letter_why.html

 

 

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DOCUMENTS AND VIDEOS ON THE NUCLEAR POWER ISSUE by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER):

http://www.ieer.org/

 

 

 

- Some documents:

 

NUCLEAR POWER: A COLD WAR PROPAGANDA TOOL:

http://www.ieer.org/sdafiles/vol_8/8-3/npower.html

 

 

 

INSURMOUNTABLE RISKS. CAN NUCLEAR POWER SOLVE THE GLOBAL WARMING PROBLEM?

http://www.ieer.org/sdafiles/14-2.pdf

 

 

 

- Some videos:

 

NUCLEAR POWER AND GLOBAL WARMING WITH Dr. arjun Makhijani

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5145483744243741142

 

 

 

BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON NUCLEAR POWER

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1770087398372293956

 

 

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6. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL CONGRESS; May 9-13, 2007

 

- THE HAMBURG CALL TO ACTION


Today we stand at the crossroads of human history. Our actions - and our failures to act - will decide the future of life on earth for thousands of years, if not forever.

 

Our generation will be scrutinized with exceptional fierceness by those coming after us, for decisions taken now will have profound consequences for them in terms of lives saved or lost.

 

The World Future Council identifies necessary policies and works to develop a new political realism, based on ethics and science and freed from dogmas which sacrifice our real wealth - our climate, water, soil, air and the health of our communities.

 

We seek to promote systems and institutions based on equity and justice, replacing those that perpetuate inequity and injustice. We seek equally to overturn policies that violate our future and promote best policies to safeguard our future.

 

To read the whole article, visit:

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/05/17_hamburg_call_to_action.htm

 

 

 

- RESPONSIBILITY IN AN ERA OF CONSEQUENSES by David Krieger

 

May 17, 2007 - The inaugural meeting of the World Future Council was recently held in Hamburg, Germany.  It brought together 50 Councilors from all continents, chosen for their diversity and pioneering commitment to building a better world.  At the conclusion of the four-day meeting, the Council released the Hamburg Call to Action, a document calling for action to protect the future of all life.  It began, "Today we stand at the crossroads of human history.  Our actions - and our failures to act - will decide the future of life on earth for thousands of years, if not forever."

 

The Call to Action is a challenge to each of us to take responsibility for assuring a positive future for humanity and for preserving life on our planet.  The document states: "Today there is no alternative to an ethics of global responsibility for we are entering an era of consequences. We must share, co-operate and innovate together in building a world worthy of our highest aspirations. The decision lies with each one of us!"

 

Read more:

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/05/17_krieger_Responsibility_In_An_Era.htm

 

Source: Sunflower eNewsletter, June 2007

 

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NEW CAMPAIGN FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPONS CONVENTION

 

ICAN is a new campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, launched by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and growing daily.  Organisations and individuals are getting involved because nuclear weapons are not like other weapons - there is no other weapon that can kill hundreds of millions of people in a few hours and bring about the end of human civilisation.

 

Get informed about nuclear dangers and solutions, use the educational tools: 

http://www.icanw.org


Get involved, there are 10 things you can do today: 

http://www.icanw.org/take-action

 

Download Securing our Survival (SOS): The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention:

http://www.icanw.org/publications

 

Watch our 6 minute ICAN film - copy and distribute - it's copyleft: 

http://www.icanw.org/launch-video  


Sign the ICAN petition - it will be presented annually to the nuclear terror states at the UN :   

http://www.icanw.org/petition


 


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7. SEMINAR DOCUMENTATION: "Another science, other technologies are possible: Meeting the challenges"

 

Seminar organised by INES (International Network of Engineers and Scientists for global responsibilities) and WFSW (World Federation of Scientific Workers)

 

May 31st - June 1st, 2007, Glinkastrasse 5, 10117 Berlin


A couple of days before the G8-meeting in Heiligendamm, close to the ending of German EU-presidency, around 70 researchers, professors and teachers, students, engineers and technicians participated in the seminar "Another science, other technologies are possible: Meeting the challenges". They tried to approach within two days the topic "Science in Europe". The European science and research policy resulting from the neoliberal orientations of the governments, its consequences on the role of science and its very future were critically discussed. And a lot of questions were asked: What for instance is the divergent element between science policies in different regions of the EU like the East and the South? Is science maybe already geared to interests of the big industries?

 

For the first time a serious attempt was made to restart the analysis of the European science and research policy. The speeches and presentations of the seminar you will find in August on the webpage www.inesglobal.com. The speakers showed that science policy is in the end quite similar in different European countries. And this is not always great. Instead, science seems be short-sighted and partly too unidirectional: Nano-, bio- and atom technologies are emphasised, meanwhile fundamental research is undervalued. The young scientists and researchers are often confused, because the universities are regimented. Especially highlighted was the lack of democracy in some universities and research institutes that leads to dependencies of particular younger scientist and researchers.

 

The function and role of science and research was discussed more generally. Both are partly responsible for the huge problems the mankind is facing. Weapons are invented by scientists and engineers, new computer systems destroy jobs and raise the productivity which again increases the environmental pollution. But on the other hand science and research can also be part of the solutions for global challenges. The scientists of the IPCC are only one outstanding example. How exactly sustainable science can look like was debated zealously.

 

Unfortunately the dialog between science and politics as well as between science and publicity is almost completely missing. But science and research are far too important fields to remain to the scientists, researchers and engineers only.

 

And still, one can hardly find anything about societal relevance of science and research. Vague approaches are rather dispelled to small sectors. Instead, the militarisation of science increases. And here it is not quite clear where it actually happens, the dual use problematic is just one key issue.

 

The alarming elements of the analysis could be continued. Anyway, also alternatives exist as well. We can find them rather outside than within the science and research system. But they need to be secured and can only be promoted with a radical and fundamental change of the policies inside the European countries and on the European level itself.

 

Manifold and encouraging examples have been presented at the seminar. They include for instance sustainable science, peace and climate research, sustainable land use, alternative technologies and renewable energy research.

 

Every change requires actors: people that are willing to put the new and maybe better ideas into action. But they also are often missing. Encouraging projects are opposed by resignation and conformance. Much needs to happen before science and research are again taking the responsibility to be a crucial part of the enlightened culture, so that the dominating structural irresponsibility in science stops.

 

The seminar was a small and hopefully motivating example. The organisers will continue their work in enhancing the responsible scientific culture, and those of you who would want to get involved please do not hesitate to contact us. The homepages of the two organisations INES and WSFW provide further information. The documentation is coming up soon.

 

Reiner Braun

 

 


 

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8. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR

International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES)

 

The organisation

INES is an independent no-profit organisation concerned about the impact of science and technology on society. INES was founded in 1991. INES has member organisations all over the world as well as personal members. INES works mainly through projects, initiated by members or by collaborative organisations. Currently the most visible projects are the Network against nuclear proliferation INESAP and the ethics network INESPE.

 

INES focuses on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development. INES is affiliated with the United Nations and with UNESCO as a non-governmental organisation.

 

Job description

INES is looking for a dynamic and innovative coordinator of its activities. The coordinator is responsible for supporting and promoting projects within the INES network, including fundraising and creating and tracking budgets. S/he represents INES in joint projects with other organisations and liaises with them. S/he supervises and trains volunteers and temporary staff working for specific projects or events. The coordinator is also expected to put forward ideas about new promising projects. S/he works under the executive secretary who is based in Berlin, Germany in the central office of the Network, and reports to the Chair and to the Executive Committee of the Network in cooperation with the executive secretary. The coordinator participates in the creation and maintenance of promotional materials such as the INES Newsletter, the website contents and project-related materials.

 

Provided the coordinator has permanent access to sufficient means of electronic communication, it is not necessary that S/he works at the central office, presently located in Berlin. The position will be initially filled for a period of two years (renewable) with a probation period of six months.

 

Qualifications

- Innovative, self-motivated, paying attention to details, capable of working independently.

- Excellent organisational skills, ability to meet deadlines.

- Experience in fundraising for non-profit organisations and in supervising staff.

- Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and good skills in at least one other language.

- Computer literacy.

- Ability to travel for short periods.

- Experience of work in non-governmental organisations is desirable.

- A scientific or engineering background: a degree or relevant experience is a definitive plus.

 

Benefits

This is a part-time position. The salary will be 1200 Euro per month (gross).

 


To apply

Send a current resume, cover letter and three references to ines.office@web.de or to International Network of Scientists and Engineers for Global Responsibility (INES), Glinkastrasse 5, 10117 Berlin, Germany. The position is immediately available.

 

INES is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

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