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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES, 7. September 2011

NEWS
  • Take action and stop the nuclear missile launch on International Day of Peace
  • Dr. Peter Becker of IALANA honored with Sean MacBride Peace Prize 2011.
  • Windfarms prevent detection of secret nuclear weapon tests
  • Can photovoltaic electricity exports solve the Greek debt crisis?
  • Amano Confident about Middle East Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone
  • How New Zealand Became a Green Leader
  • The end of growth
REPORTS OF RECENT EVENTS

Seminar on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests


NEWS

Take action and stop the nuclear missile launch on International Day of Peace
The United States has announced that its next test of a Minuteman III will occur on September 21, 2011, the International day of Peace established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Rather than considering how it might participate and bring awareness to the International Day of Peace, the United States will be testing one of its nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles that, 20 years after the end of the Cold War, continue to be kept on high-alert in readiness to be fired on a few moments notice.

Please support the campaign of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and write to President Obama to Stop the Nuclear Missile Launch!


Dr. Peter Becker of IALANA is honored with Sean MacBride Peace Prize 2011.

Read the IALANA press release (in German) of August 30st, 2011.


Windfarms prevent detection of secret nuclear weapon tests, says UK Ministry of Defence
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is blocking plans for hundreds of wind turbines because it says their "seismic noise" will prevent the detection of nuclear explosions around the world.
The MoD claims that vibrations from new windfarms across a large area of north-west England and south-west Scotland will interfere with the operation of its seismological recording station at Eskdalemuir, near Lockerbie.
To read the guardian article by Rob Edwards of Friday 19 August 2011 please click here.


Multi-billion Euro project “HELIOS”: Can photovoltaic electricity exports solve the Greek debt crisis?
"George Papaconstantinou, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of Greece, is planning to turn German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s proposal for a multi-billion Euro solar project into reality. Should the “HELIOS” project drive European countries to expand the European power grid and to establish national feed-in tariffs for the import of clean energy, it would also benefit the realization of DESERTEC. To read on click here.

The Federation of German Scientists (VDW) a German INES member organisation is part of a working group on Desertec. Read an article on Desertec Industrial Initiative in the latest INES Global Responsibility Newsletter.


Amano Confident about Middle East Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone

Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said that there appears to be momentum for a meeting as early as November between Israel and Arab nations to discuss a Middle East nuclear weapon-free zone.

Amano said, "A nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East will not be achieved tomorrow - everyone knows it - but we can get closer. Increasing confidence is very much needed; even a small step is helpful. I hope that we can host a forum this year."

Read the article in Global Security Newswire, August 22, 2011.


How New Zealand Became a Green Leader
By John Peet

Editor's Note: Envision a future society in which all the right changes have been made.  Could this be the view from 2050?

From New Zealand’s position now in the year 2050, in a state of strong sustainability, it is clear that its citizens were quite unready in 2009 to embrace the concept of sustainable living and the changes required to achieve it. Modern historians have marvelled at the fact that the 2008 general election scarcely mentioned the subject, despite the substantial evidence of imminent, unprecedented change. The drivers of major change that had been identified soon appeared in 2008, some with much more severity than had been envisaged. To read on click here.


The end of growth
The Post Carbon Institute has done a good job in getting across complex issues in a clear, accessible way.  To see the video clip on you tube click here.


REPOERTS FROM RECENT EVENTS

Seminar on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

On August 29, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation convened a seminar on the International Day against Nuclear Tests at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates from 43 countries attended the seminar along with several NGO representatives, U.N. Disarmament Fellows and graduate students from universities in Geneva. Read the report of Tom Collina, Research Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA).