What's New in INES, 23. April 2011
By David Krieger
I keep thinking that Earth Day should be about something far more profound than recycling. Not that recycling isn’t good. It’s just not good enough. We humans are destroying our earth: using up its topsoil, devouring its precious resources, polluting its air and water, altering its climate. And we are bombing and shelling the earth and each other with our wasteful and destructive military technologies. In short, we are behaving extremely badly and fouling our own nest. And we are doing this not only to ourselves, but to future generations.
Read the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
Urgent Appeal by Japan Scientists' Association
More than ten thousand residents in Eastern Japan were killed, wounded or are missing by a gigantic earthquake, the 2011 Tohoku district - off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake, and tsunami hit on March 11th.
The Japan Scientists' Association mourns for the victims, sympathizes with pain of the sufferers, and hopes that the missing will be found and rescued as soon as possible. Read on.
Alliance of Right Livelihood Award Laureates Demands Global Nuclear Phase Out
Joint International Statement of Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize” and Members of the World Future Council on Japanese Nuclear Disaster
“Nuclear power is neither the answer to modern energy problems nor a panacea for climate change challenges. There is no solution of problems by creating more problems,” states the declaration issued by experts, activists, politicians, clergy, entrepreneurs and scientists from 26 countries. Click here to read the full statement and to see the list of signees.
Nuclear Energy and Weapons: Uncontrollable in Time and Space
By Alyn Ware
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan devastated a whole region. Radioactive emissions from the damaged nuclear reactors are very serious, and have already contaminated food and water, prompting a ban on food exports from four prefectures and a government warning not to give Tokyo tap water to babies. The crisis could impact human health and the environment on an even wider scale -- across Japan and around the globe. Read on.
The Ultimate Weapon of Terrorism
By David Krieger
Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapon of terrorism, whether in the hands of a terrorist organization or those of the leader of a country. They are weapons of mass annihilation that kill indiscriminately – men, women and children. Most people fear the possibility of these weapons falling into the hands of terrorist organizations, but never stop to consider that in any hands they are terrorist weapons. Read on
- Please circulate the invitation of this INES organized conference on Experiences and know-how in opposing military research at universities
International seminar and national conference at the Technical University Braunschweig, 27. May, 2011, 11:00-17:00
- Science and the culture of peace: Military Reseach/Civilian Research at universities.
Colloquium at the University of Evry/France, 9.-11. May, 2011
- Desert Power for the People. Peace and Sustainability by Desertec?
International symposium, Berlin/Germany, 23. - 24. May, 2011
- Severe Atmospheric Aerosol Events
Conference on pathways, impacts and policies on large aerosol injections into the atmosphere. Hamburg, Germany
A major focus will be the ecological consequences of a nuclear war.
Call for papers until May 20, 2011. Click here to read the preliminary program and application form.
Global Day of Action on Military Spending (gdams): Over 100 events in35 countries on 12.4.2011.
World military spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2010, biggest increase in South America, fall in Europe according to new SIPRI data.
Read the gdams press release.