The INES Global Responsibility Newsletter reports and comments – from a global perspective – on political, technical and societal developments and comprises of regular internal news sections.
Small-scale gold miners seek ban of mercury in operations
Article in the Manila Times
Small-scale miners attending the two-day 2nd National Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) summit said that they are for the immediate ban on the use of mercury in small mining to “put life back in livelihood.”
Organized by Ban Toxics, an independent non-profit, environmental organization, small miners said that Executive Order (EO) 79 was a welcome move over the operation of mining industry. However, its piecemeal approach to rid mercury in mining operation is still hurting in particular the small mining industry.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will bring together experts to discuss the dangers of nuclear deterrence. Participants in the conference include David Krieger and Richard Falk (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation), John Burroughs (Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy) and Commander Robert Green and Kate Dewes (Disarmament & Security Centre).
On February 17 at 7:00 pm, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation welcomes Commander Robert Green to give the 10th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity's Future. The lecture will take place at the Fe Bland Forum at Santa Barbara City College.
Calling nuclear deterrence by that name was a stroke of marketing genius for selling it to the public. Unfortunately, that stroke of genius was also a potential death sentence for us all by hiding another, more ominous aspect of this strategy.
To deter someone is “to discourage him from doing something, typically by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.” Hence, deterrence implies that it will work, that it will deter adversaries from calling our nuclear bluff.
"Science for Peace and Development: The Case of the Hippocratic oath for Scientists"
It is a pleasure to let you know that the Regional Bureau for Science of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, has just published a book in Spanish about "Science for Peace and Development: The Case of the Hippocratic oath for Scientists" it has a collection of essays in this particular topic with a full review of all initiatives to develop oaths or pledges for scientists not to be involved in military R&D. We list 90 diffrent proposals made in the whole history, some of them are still being used. The book also included all those UN and UNESCO official documents and resolutions at which the relation between science and peace is mentioned.
We think that this document might be of interest of all INES members. The book can be downloaded here:
Sign a statement of the Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS) to the President of Mexico, Mr. Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa to prevent irreversible damage to one of the World's most precious resources:
Mexico's maize diversity.
This year you stand in a historical position to prevent irreversible damage to one of the World's most precious resources: Mexico's maize diversity. We observe that your Administration may be rushing to introduce genetically modified (GM) maize into the Mexican environment and we are convinced, from our understanding of the scientific evidence, that this move represents a disproportionate risk which should be avoided for the benefit of Mexico and the World. Joined together in our well-informed concern, we urge you to move aggressively to ensure that no GM maize is planted in Mexico, the Center of Origin and Diversification of this most important crop.
Chris Langley, a former neuroscientist and Research Officer of Scientists for Global Responsibility ([EXT http://www.sgr.org.uk]www.sgr.org.uk[/EXT]) talks about the funding of universty research by government ministries of defence and military companies.
Soldiers in the Laboratory
Lab Times, Apr 2009 read more
The A-bomb dome in Hiroshima Photo: Alexander Warnolf/www.sxc.hu
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Rememberance Events in India
The Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection (IIPDEP) in collaboration with INES and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is organizing events on the occasion of remembering Hiroshima - Nagasaki Bombing Days, from 6th August to 9th August 2008 at Nagpur, India.
Electronic petition against US military base in the Czech Republic
I would like to invite you as well as all members of INES EC, INES Council, member organisations, individual INES members and their friends to support our civic initiative and sign the electronic petition adressed to US and Czech Governments against the US military base on the Czech territory.
Global warming threatens the future of the earth. Act now, before it is too late, which we invite you to sign. We believe that the immediacy of this threat has been grossly underestimated in the international negotiations devoted to it until now. Our appeal is to be sent to the highest political authorities in Asia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, because we believe the key to halting the menace to the human future of excessive warming lies in swift and effective political action.