INES WEEKLY 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 an 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 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: wnii@inesglobal.com

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: Claus Montonen: claus.montonen@helsinki.fi


The recent issue of the INES newsletter is available at:

http://www.inesglobal.com/newsletter/Newletter_main.html

INES WEEKLY 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 an 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 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: wnii@inesglobal.com

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: Claus Montonen: claus.montonen@helsinki.fi



The recent issue of the INES newsletter is available at:

http://www.inesglobal.com/newsletter/Newletter_main.html




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Topics, INES, WNII, Issue No. 12/2006, June 2006




1. WAR AND PEACE - ARMS RACE AND DISARMAMENT


- How the world can combat nuclear terrorism by Mohamed Elbaradei and Jonas Gahr Store


- Annan Receives Arms Petition by One-millionth Signer


- Darfur's Fragile Peace Agreement


- India, Pakistan and Kashmir: Stabilising a Cold Peace


- Palestinians, Israel and the Quartet: Pulling Back from the Brink


- UN Meeting on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Opens with Call for Two-State Solution




2. SCIENCE AND ETHICS


- Iraq's Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg


- US Has Duty to Lead on Global Warming - Scientist


- Schools Compete for Wind Power


- Scientists raise concerns over night flight impact on climate change




3. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- US Won't Rule Out Joining Kyoto Successor


- Earth Hottest It's Been in 400 Years or More, Report Says


- EU emissions rise again




4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- Asia Shows Solar Power is Not Just for the Rich


- Scramble for China's Wind Power Market Heats up by Nao Nakanishi


- Why A Future for the Nuclear Industry Is Risky




5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES


- 17th World Congress of IPPNW; September 7-10, 2006; Helsinki, Finland


- IPB Triennial Conference and Assembly; September 7-10, 2006; Helsinki, Finland


- Small Arms Review Conference 2006; June 26 - July 7, 2006; New York, USA




6. DOCUMENTATIONS


- SIPRI Yearbook 2006 launched


- Nuclear Power's Prospects in the Power Markets of the 21st Century


-  Meeting the Challenges of Reviewing the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention




7. ANNOUNCEMENTS


- Waging Peace Blog




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1. WAR AND PEACE - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT




HOW THE WORLD CAN COMBAT NUCLEAR TERRORISM by Mohamed Elbaradei and Jonas Gahr Store


June 14, 2006. The simplest way to produce an atomic explosion is to slam together two sizeable chunks of high-enriched uranium (HEU) in what is commonly called a "gun-type nuke". The approach might sound crude, and it is. No country currently uses this design for its nuclear weapons.


More: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/39441a42-fbcb-11da-b1a1-0000779e2340.html



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ANNAN RECEIVES ARMS PETITION BY ONE-MILLIONth SIGNER


June 26, 2006. The Million Faces Petition, which organizers billed as the world's largest appeal for tougher global controls on the arms trade, was presented to Secretary-General Kofi Annan today in New York by a consortium of international groups as well as the one millionth petitioner - a survivor of gun violence from Kenya.


More: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=18997&Cr=small&Cr1=arms


For the "Million Faces" Campagn see: http://www.controlarms.org/



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DARFUR'S FRAGILE PEACE AGREEMENT


The peace agreement signed on May 5, 2006 has little chance of bringing any stability to Darfur unless the parties comply strictly and the international community acts decisively to support the peacekeeping mission. The deal depends heavily upon the goodwill of the parties, including the Khartoum government, which has broken many commitments in the past. International actors must shore up its security provisions, improve the return and recovery packages for displaced persons, bring in holdouts who have yet to sign, and rapidly deploy UN peacekeepers with Chapter VII authority. Significant violence has continued since the DPA was concluded, and the agreement will not hold unless the peacekeepers of the AU, and soon the UN, can deal robustly with the many spoilers who want to undermine it.


To find out more, visit the International Crisis Group's "Crisis in Darfur" page, which has links to Crisis Group's reports and opinion pieces on the conflict, details of our advocacy efforts to date, links to other resources, and information on what you can do to support Crisis Group's efforts.


http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=3060&l=1



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INDIA, PAKISTAN AND KASHMIR: STABILISING A COLD PEACE


Although the ceasefire in Kashmir has been holding, the normalisation process between India and Pakistan is reversible. Unless the two nuclear-armed powers work harder at advancing it, a resumption of conflict is still possible.


Full report: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4173



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PALESTINIANS, ISRAEL AND THE QUARTET: PULLING BACK FROM THE BRINK


On all fronts, the Israeli-Palestinian arena is heading towards a catastrophic breakdown, and all players must urgently rethink their policies.


Full report: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4171



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UN MEETING ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE OPENS WITH CALL FOR TWO-STATE SOLUTION


June 27, 2006. A United Nations-sponsored international meeting aimed at advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace opened in Vienna today with an appeal from Secretary-General Kofi Annan for an "essential" parallel commitment by both parties to a two-State solution.


More: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=19002&Cr=Middle&Cr1=Palestin



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2. SCIENCE AND ETHICS




IRAQ'S PENTAGON PAPERS by Daniel Ellsberg

This unjustified war is waiting for its whistle-blower, says the leaker of Vietnam's secret history.


A joint resolution referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) calls for the withdrawal of all American military forces from Iraq by Dec. 31. Boxer's "redeployment" bill cites in its preamble a January poll finding that 64% of Iraqis believe that crime and violent attacks will decrease if the U.S. leaves Iraq within six months, 67% believe that their day-to-day security will increase if the U.S. withdraws and 73% believe that factions in parliament will cooperate more if the U.S. withdraws.


More: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0611-24.htm



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US HAS DUTY TO LEAD ON GLOBAL WARMING - SCIENTIST


June 27, 2006. The United States - the world's richest and most polluting nation -- has a moral duty to take the lead in tackling catastrophic global warming instead of denying it is happening, a leading scientist said on Monday.


More: http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/37016/story.htm



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SCHOOLS COMPETE FOR WIND POWER


Jun 23, 2006. Schools and youth groups could win a wind turbine worth over £1500 in Friends of the Earths `Shout about climate solutions 2006' competition, launched today (23 June 2006). The competition is open to schools and youth groups taking part in the organisations `Shout about climate change solutions' week from November 6 - 10 2006.


More: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/schools_compete_for_wind_p_20062006.html



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SCIENTISTS RAISE CONCERNS OVER NIGHT FLIGHT IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE


June 14, 2006. A study by the Meteorology Department at the University of Reading suggests that a widespread adoption of night-flying restrictions could help minimise the impact of aviation on our climate. The study is published in Nature today.


More: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/scientists_raise_concerns_14062006.html




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3. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE




US WON'T RULE OUT JOINING KYOTO SUCCESOR


June 27, 2006. Washington cannot rule out joining any successor to the UN's Kyoto Protocol for curbing global warming beyond 2012 but such a move would face big legal hurdles, the US chief climate negotiator said on Monday.


More: http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/37014/story.htm



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EARTH HOTTEST IT'S BEEN IN 400 YEARS OR MORE, REPORT SAYS


June 23, 2006. The last two decades of the 20th century were the hottest in 400 years and quite likely the warmest for several millennia, a leading U.S. scientific body concludes in a new report.


More: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/06/060623-global-warming.html



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EU EMISSIONS RISE AGAIN


Jun 22, 2006. Friends of the Earth has demanded urgent climate action from European governments, after new data reveals that overall EU emissions continue to rise. The latest figures, released by the European Commission today, show that EU emissions rose by 0.4% in 2004 relative to the previous year [1]. UK emissions rose 0.2 %.


More: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/eu_emissions_rise_again_22062006.html




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4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES




ASIA SHOWS SOLAR POWER IS NOT JUST FOR THE RICH


June 27, 2006. Solar power does not require steep subsidies to be able to push aside environment-polluting fossil fuels, says proponents of large sun-powered projects in Laos and Bangladesh.


More: http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/37015/story.htm



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SCRAMBLE FOR CHINA'S WIND POWER MARKET HEATS UP by Nao Nakanishi


Nantong, China (Reuters) - Only 14 months after agreeing to work together, China's state-owned rocket maker and its Spanish partner are churning out wind turbines from this plant north of Shanghai.


Full Article http://today.reuters.com/business/NewsArticle.aspx?type=businessIndustry&storyID=2006-06-27T121444Z_01_HKG46758_RTRIDST_0_BUSINESSPROIND-ENERGY-CHINA-WIND-DC.XML



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WHY A FUTURE FOR THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS RISKY


Synopsis of findings by Peter Bradford and David Schlissel


http://www.gracelinks.org/nuke/docs/WhyNewNukesAreRiskyFACTSHEET.pdf




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5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES




17th WORLD CONGRESS OF IPPNW


Mission of Physicians: War or Health?

The 17th World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 7-10 of September 2006. The last time the IPPNW world congress was held in Helsinki was in 1984. The Congress is organized jointly by Physicians for Social Responsibility - Finland (PSR-F) and IPPNW.


Themes of the congress:

1) Nuclear abolition and the campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

2) Small Arms and the public health impact of war

3) Energy security


The congress programme you will find at: http://www.ippnw2006.org/programme.htm


For further informations please see: http://www.ippnw2006.org/



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INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUREAU (IPB) TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE AND ASSEMBLY; September 7-10, 2006


"Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development"


World military spending has once again reached $1000 billion a year - even higher than it was at the height of the Cold War. The new 'long war' against terrorism is already several years old and shows no sign of ending soon. In fact, the threat of new confrontations in the Middle East and elsewhere suggests that militarisation is on the increase as fresh conflicts loom over vital resources. Meanwhile, weapons of all types continue to take a toll in human lives, blighting communities and holding back sustainable development. IPB has launched a major programme of work to stimulate action in all parts of the world: to oppose the wrong priorities of states (and private companies) who invest in guns and bombs rather than schoolbooks and vaccines; and to build North-South partnerships between campaigners and peace workers in conflict zones. This conference will explore both the challenges ahead of us and the civil society responses already under way.


More: http://www.ipb.org/pdf/ConferBroch_HelsinkiSept2006.pdf



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SMALL ARMS REVIEW CONFERENCE 2006; June 26 - July 7, 2006; New York, USA


"Crush the Illicit Trade in Small Arms"


By unanimously adopting the UN Programme of Action to address the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (UNPoA), in 2001, the UN Member States committed to collecting and destroying illegal weapons, adopting and/or improving national legislations that would help criminalize the illicit trade in small arms, regulating the activities of brokers, setting strict import and export controls, taking action against violators of such laws, and better coordinating international efforts to that end.


Five years after the adoption of the UNPoA, representatives from governments, international and regional organizations, and civil society will meet at UN Headquarters from 26 June to 7 July 2006 to review the efforts and progress made at all levels; to address future international cooperation and assistance issues; and to assess challenges on the road ahead.


Visit: http://www.un.org/events/smallarms2006/




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6. DOCUMENTATIONS





SIPRI YEARBOOK 2006 LAUNCHED


The 2006 edition of the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) Yearbook was launched on 12 June at a press conference in Stockholm.

For more on the Yearbook's contents and ordering information, see the dedicated website http://yearbook2006.sipri.org/



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NUCLEAR POWER'S PROSPECTS IN THE POWER MARKETS OF THE 21st CENTURY


Peter A. Bradford for the Nonproliferation Education Center, February, 2005


http://www.gracelinks.org/nuke/docs/PeterBradfordNPPprospectspaper%20(2).pdf



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MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF REVIEWING THE BIOLOGICAL & TOXIN WEAPONS CONVENTION


The report, which is released by the Geneva Forum summarises the discussions of 35 high-level representatives of governments, international organisations and NGOs that took place in Glion on 9-10 March.


Specifically, the report addresses the following issues:


- Defining "success" in the context of the sixth Review Conference of the BTWC at the end of this year

- Drawing lessons from the BTWC "New Process"

- Addressing the revolution in the life sciences

- Exploring possible innovations in Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and support for implementation


See: http://www.geneva-forum.org/Reports/20060309-10.pdf





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7. ANNOUNCEMENTS




WAGING PEACE BLOG


The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new Waging Peace blog: http://www.wagingpeace.org/blog/. Now you can get the Foundation's analysis on nuclear and peace issues daily! The blog contains regular updates following critical issues in the news. In lieu of The Sunflower, the Foundation will send members highlights from the blog at the beginning of each month. We look forward to your comments and participation in our online effort to create a world of peace, free from the threat of war and weapons of mass destruction. Visit our new Waging Peace blog today!


Website of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: http://www.wagingpeace.org/



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SIGN PETITION SUPPORTING

Hawaii Declaration on Peaceful Relations with Extraterrestrial Civilizations


See: http://www.petitiononline.com/ETPeace/