WHAT'S NEW IN INES?
Dateline: June 18, 2000
This is a weekly electronic information service of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
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INES Congress 2000
''Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century''
Stockholm, 14-18 June 2000
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CONTENTS of WNII No. 14/2000
MEMBER ORGANISATIONS' AND PROJECT GROUPS' NEWS
2001 International Council Meeting
The 2001 International Council Meeting has been scheduled for Berlin, Germany, 25-27 May 2001 (More information on this year's International Council Meeting will follow)
"INES Newsletter" No. 29 out now
The "INES Newsletter" No. 29/May 2000 has the following contents:
A pure ASCII version is available for distribution by e-mail. Ask the "INES Newsletter" editor to put you on his distribution list. The "INES Newsletter" is also available at: http://inesglobal.org
New Zealand: Engineers for Social Responsibility (ESR) http://www.esr.org.nz
At the last ESR Annual General Meeting on 16 March, new officers have been elected for the coming year: -- President: John La Roche < > -- Secretary: David Roche < > -- Treasurer: Sean Finnigan (for the report on this AGM see the ESR webpage indicated above)
The latest ESR Newsletter of May 2000 (Vol. 16 No. 2) carries the following main articles:
Also note the following web references made in this Newsletter issue regarding selected conferences in New Zealand:
A small but very interesting information refers to the "2000 BBC Reith Lectures" whose theme this year is Respect for the Earth, looking at sustainable development from the angles of Governance, Biodiversity, Business, Health and Population, and Poverty and Globalisation. The BBC has provided scripts of the lectures, as well as downloadable audio and video at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/REITH2000
Newsletter Editor: Neil Mander
"The SEU TIMES" No 3 (12) - April 2000
"The SEU TIMES" is the electronic newsletter of the "Socio-Ecological Union", one of the Russian INES member organisations. The latest issue has the following contents:
Editor: Sviatoslav Zabelin
Previous issues of "The SEU Times" may be found at "The Online Gadfly": http://www.igc.org/gadfly
Russia: Ecodefense!, Anti-nuclear campaign of the Socio-Ecological Union http://www.ecoline.ru/antinuclear/eng/index.htm
From an Ecodefense! press release of May 24, 2000: The national strategy for [Russia's] nuclear development includes 23 new reactors to appear before 2020. Investment needed for implementing this strategy is US$ 32 billion. According to [Minister for Atomic Power] Adamov's speech, the expenses will be covered by increasing prices for electricity and by importing nuclear waste from all over the world to Russia. [On 25 May, the Russian government approved the new 50-years strategy for nuclear development prepared by Minatom (Ministry of Atomic Power); the editor] "The new nuclear developments projected by Minatom include 23 new dangerous, expensive and unnecessary reactors," said Vladimir Slivyak, antinuclear campaigner for Ecodefense! and Socio-Ecological Union. "At the same time, energy-efficiency technologies just don't exist on an industrial scale in Russia. Development of renewable sources of energy would provide Russia with a great amount of electricity as well. But the lobbyists for efficiency and renewables aren't as good as those for one of the richest corporations in the world - Minatom." The amount of spent nuclear fuel accumulated in Russia is about 14,000 tons. The new strategy allocates only about US$ 3,6 billion in 30 years for nuclear waste management - the lowest amount ever.
For more information and copies of documents contact: Vladimir Slivyak
USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), "Waging Peace Worldwide" http://www.wagingpeace.org
The Spring 2000 issue (Vol. 10, No. 1) of NAPF's print magazine "Waging Peace Worldwide" carries the following main articles:
USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 36, May 2000
Back issues: http://www.wagingpeace.org/sf/index.html
The May issue of The Sunflower covers the following:
Armin Tenner: Help! Save the Brazilian rain forests!
I seldom send petitions, but we have been asked to do so by our Brazilian friends, who might just be able to deter their politicians from this mad venture by showing the huge international concern for its impact on the fate of the planet. "I am deeply concerned about the deforestation of our Planet. The loss of habitat especially of the indigenous forests is of the gravest concern. "Brazilian congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the Amazon forest to 50% of its size. The area to be deforested is 4 times the size of Portugal and would be mainly used for agriculture and pastures for live stock. All the wood is to be sold to international markets in the form of wood chips, by multinational companies. The truth is that the soil in the Amazon forest is useless without the forest itself. Its quality is very acidic and the region is prone to constant floods. At this time more than 160.000 square kilometers deforested with the same purpose, are abandoned and in the process of becoming deserts. "We cannot let this happen. Copy the text into a new email, put your complete name in the list below, and send to everyone you know." (Don't just forward it 'cause then it will end up with rows of 's ) If you are the 100th person to sign please send a copy to Thank you.
01- Hamish Brookes-Lockie, Albany, West Australia. 02- Marla Mollicone, Windsor, Ontario, Canada 03- Gerald Tetreault, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 04- Adrienne Bartlett, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 05- Justin Harper, London, Ontario, Canada 06- Eric Fawcett, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07- Guenter Emde, Pittenhart, Germany 08- Armin Tenner, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org
Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/
Two VERTIC reports for the NPT Review Conference
The London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) has published two reports for the NPT Review Conference. The reports, "Fulfilling the NPT: Strengthened Nuclear Safeguards" and "Fulfilling the NPT: A Verifiable Test Ban," can be found on VERTIC's website at: http://www.vertic.org/current/issue.html Copies are available from VERTIC through Executive Summaries can be obtained from the WNII editor upon request.
INES WEB AND E-MAIL SERVICE
All INES e-mail addresses and homepages are available upon request from:
NEW: Two members of the INES Executive Committee
The International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP) has the following new website address: http://www.inesap.org
NOTE: New postings include the INESAP Annual Report 1999 and the INESAP Briefing Paper No. 7: "Has the time come for the Nuclear Weapons Convention?" by Martin B. Kalinowski, Wolfgang Liebert, and Jurgen Scheffran
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