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A Concerned Citizens’ Memorandum on Nuclear Policy to the Prime Minister of India
By Dhirendra Sharma
No Parliamentary Committee had discussed the reliability and performance of a “Peaceful Nuclear” programme. Yet, our government has been negotiating nuclear deals with seven countries, including the United States and France, costing the nation more than US$ 150 billion. In view of the Bhopal fiasco, we, the young citizens and scientists ask the government to re-assess the social cost of the
long-term Nuclear Power programme.
The post-Chernobyl accident (1986) studies and research have "reaffirmed what an abyss will open if nuclear (accident or) war befalls mankind. Inherent in the nuclear arsenals stockpiled are thousands upon thousands of potential disasters far more horrible than the Chernobyl one,’ concluded Dr. Mould in “Chernobyl: The Real Story”(March 1988; ISBN-13: 978-0080357188).
In Europe thousands of animals were destroyed and helicopters, vehicles, buildings, machines, tools, roads, soil, trees, and forests were contaminated and abandoned.
British Petroluem, Imagination, and Nuclear Catastrophe
By David Krieger
Before the catastrophic British Petroleum oil gush in the Gulf of Mexico, there were environmentalists who warned that offshore drilling was fraught with risk - risk of exactly the type of environmental damage that is occurring. They were mocked by people who chanted slogans such as "Drill, baby, drill." Now it is clear that the "Drill, baby, drill" crowd was foolish and greedy. The economic wellbeing of people in and around the Gulf coast has been badly damaged and, for some, destroyed altogether. Aquatic and estuary life, in the Gulf and beyond, has fallen victim to an environmental disaster that was foreseeable with a modicum of vision and imagination.
World military expenditure increases despite global financial crisis, says SIPRI
Worldwide military expenditure in 2009 totalled an estimated $1531 billion, according to new figures released today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). This represents an increase of 5.9% in real terms compared to 2008 and an increase of 49% since 2000.
SIPRI today launches the 2010 edition of its Yearbook on Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. In addition to the release of its much anticipated military expenditure figures, Yearbook 2010 offers an authoritative account and analysis of recent developments in a number of security-related fields. The global financial crisis, the conflict in Afghanistan, and nuclear weapons and disarmament are among some of this year's cross-cutting security themes.
The statutes of IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, entered into force on July 8, 30 days after the 25th instrument of ratification of the Treaty containing the statutes was deposited in Berlin. As of July 12, 148 countries and the European Union have signed the treaty, and 28 countries and the EU have ratified it. Notable countries still missing among the signatories are Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia and the People's Republic of China.
IRENA is an independent international intergovernmental organization. It advises governments on technical and financial issues linked to renewable energy and promotes such technology in developing countries. It was founded in January 2009 after a long campaign which drew attention to the anomaly that there was an international agency promoting nuclear energy (IAEA), but nothing supporting renewable energies, the transition to which is essential for a sustainable future for humankind.
The agency has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with a centre for technology and innovation in Bonn, Germany, and a liaison office for cooperation with other organizations in Vienna, Austria. The move to Abu Dhabi was controversial in view of the fact that the United Arab Emirates are a major oil producer, pursue an active nuclear energy program, and that the human rights situation there is less satisfactory. However, the Emirates also have a major program for renewables, and the headquarters of the agency will eventually move to Masdar City, the ”zero carbon emission” town now under construction.
The agency's interim director general is Hélène Pelosse, a French official with long experience of energy questions in France and the EU. The recruitment policy of the agency aims at having equal numbers of women and men on the staff, and so far they have been able to achieve that goal.
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