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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

News 2007


INES Council member Prof. Mohan Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize,

as Vice Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe
Photo: www.ase.tufts.edu

Media Briefing note
Sri Lankan Prof . Mohan Mungashinghe shares Nobel Peace Prize for 2007

As Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Prof. Mohan Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC colleagues and Al Gore, for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. Prof. Munasinghe is the first Sri Lankan to receive this coveted award.
 The IPCC is a UN "Think Tank" consisting of the world's leading experts on climate change. It was created by the World Metorological Organisation (WMO) and United NationsUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) over 20 years ago. Prof. Munasinghe has contributed to all four of the authoritative assessments on climate change produced by the IPCC in 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2007. ... read on

International Peace Bureau (IPB) Says:

No Solution to Climate Change without Reclaiming Resources spent on the Military

Smoke Stack
Photo: Miles Eliason/sxc.hu

Geneva, 13 Oct. 2007. The International Peace Bureau congratulates the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore on the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The work they have done in waking up the world has been decisive said IPB President Tomas Magnusson, especially over the last 12 months - although the scientific work underpinning the case for radical steps to save the planet from climate disaster goes back several decades.

Worldwide climate change is not only a peace question because of the risk of new conflicts that may follow, as stated by the Nobel Committee, but also on account of the enormous negative impact the military itself has on the environment through pollution, use of scarce resources, and diversion of colossal sums of money away from sustainable development.

For Al Gore, under pressure to enter the US Presidential race, the challenge will be to live up to the widespread expectations generated by the new way of thinking, not only on climate issues, but also, for example, in withdrawing the American troops from Iraq.

The IPB is pleased to announce today the publication of a new IPB paper 'A Climate of War' which addresses these issues*. In essence, the argument made in the paper is that there is a real danger that the growing competition for resources (resulting in part from climate change) may cause the leadership of the big powers to claim greater legitimacy for inflated military budgets - and even more dangerous weapons systems. This is absolutely not the way to go. The message of today's Prize is surely that we are all in the same boat and we had better develop peaceful ways of sharing our resources before the boat capsizes.


INES is a member organisation of the IPB


The INESPE Lecture Series on the Social Responsibility of Engineers and Scientists

as Vice Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

A Boeing B-52 in flying
Photo: US Air Force

Dr. David Krieger: Nuclear Weapons and the Responsibility of Scientists.
Friday, September 28, 2007 at the University of Copenhagen.

I will discuss how nuclear weapons have changed our world and how some key nuclear scientists have responded to them. I will discuss Leo Szilard, Albert Einstein, Joseph Rotblat, Linus Pauling and Hans Bethe. I will also discuss the importance of the student protest at the University of California to the University's continued management and oversight of the US nuclear weapons laboratories.
. ... read on

Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

By David Krieger

I have just returned from Berlin and the annual Council meeting of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). This is an organization much needed in our world, one that supports the ethical uses of science and technology for disarmament and sustainable development. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has helped to foster the work of this international organization since the inception of INES more than 15 years ago. ... read on

Defense Research and Development - 50 years of history

Presentation to the INES Council by Prof. Dr. Guillermo A. Lemarchand
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina download presentation

Why don't I take military funding?

Essay by Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kuipers, University of Texas at Austin/USA. ...read on

Appeal to G8-Summit Meeting:

Act to Reduce Military Dangers ...read on


Jean-Jacques Salomon: The social irresponsibility of scientists

Auditorium A
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen.

The future of the world depends upon scientists – men and women who are constantly striving to advance our knowledge. Yet most of them claim to bear no responsibility for the consequences of their work: as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father" of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, used to say, physics has known sin, but let's not confuse the actor and the instrument. Today, scientists play a variety of roles: as researchers, experts, strategists, diplomats, in the military and in trade, as industrialists or spies, even as traffickers or mercenaries; they are at home as advisors in government circles, military HQs and on boards of directors. Many are both warriors and missionaries for peace, defining a community in denial which questions whether there is still a place for socially responsible science or whether the courage of individual "dissidents" like Einstein, Bohr and Sakharov remains the only model for resisting the temptations and pressures from the military-industrial complex they nourish but also rely on....read on


In Memoriam Professor Georg Zundel

Georg Zundel, a founding member and generous supporter of INES, died on March 11, 2007
in Salzburg/Austria at the age of 76 years.

We will remember him as an attentive observer of the environment and society, as well as of
himself. Through various initiatives and personal engagement he contributed to a more humane society and a more peaceful co-existence of countries. Quite early on he was aware of the enormous danger for our planet posed by the nuclear threat and the environmental and resource crisis. ...read on

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