Ecology and Environment

25.10.2012

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Want Nukes Abolished

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Want Nukes Abolished

By Ramesh Jaura* Much to the chagrin of several millions in Japan and beyond, who are relentlessly campaigning for a nuclear weapons-free world, the government in Tokyo has declined to join an initiative calling for efforts to outlaw nukes out of concern it would affect the country’s security arrangement under… »

16.10.2012

Most EU Nuclear Power Plants ‘Unsafe’

Most EU Nuclear Power Plants ‘Unsafe’

The so-called ‘stress tests’ on nuclear power plants in the European Union (EU) have confirmed environmental and energy activists’ worst fears: most European nuclear facilities do not meet minimum security standards. The tests on 134 nuclear reactors operating in 14 EU member states were carried out in response to widespread… »

16.10.2012

Karipbek Kuyukov: “My Dream is to Save Our Children from Radiation”

Karipbek Kuyukov: “My Dream is to Save Our Children from Radiation”

This is an English version of the special interview with Karipbek Kuyukov on August 30, 2012 in Astana, Kazakhstan during the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament conference. The original Japanese version is on the interview section of… »

09.10.2012

Breaking the nuclear chain”, a new campaign

Breaking the nuclear chain”, a new campaign

The campaign “Breaking the Nuclear Chain” will be launched on 22 October 2012 by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), IKV Pax Christi and Peace Boat. We talk about this initiative and its objectives with Marte Hellema, Programme Manager Public Outreach at the GPPAC Global Secretariat. »

27.09.2012

2012 Right Livelihood Awards go to UK, US, Afghanistan and Turkey

2012 Right Livelihood Awards go to UK, US, Afghanistan and Turkey

The 2012 edition of the Right Livelihood Awards, the alternative Nobel Prizes, have been announced in Sweden today. According to the Jury, the “2012 Laureates define essential conditions for global peace and security.” The awards are made by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, based in Stockholm, and honours organisations and… »

14.09.2012

South Korea: World’s largest environmental organization in ethical quandary

South Korea: World’s largest environmental organization in ethical quandary

Should it answer to conference sponsors Samsung and the Korean government, or to its historical mission to protect the environment and social justice? The world’s largest and oldest conservation organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is holding its giant quadrennial convention on Jeju Island, South Korea. But what… »

06.09.2012

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)

“Here the situation is really tense. Heavy contingent of police being deployed. Police have stopped public transport. Sand bags are at the entry points of the Tirunelveli district coastal villages including Idinthakarai. Vehicles are screened. Normal life is heavily disrupted. We have the villagers Leaders’ Meet today at 4pm to… »

05.09.2012

ATOM Project launched at parliamentary assembly in Kazakhstan

ATOM Project launched at parliamentary assembly in Kazakhstan

The ATOM Project, an exciting new initiative to build global support for nuclear abolition, was launched at a parliamentary assembly in Astana, Kazakhstan on 29 August, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. The project, entitled Against Testing Our Mission (ATOM), highlights the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of… »

10.07.2012

Open Cast Mining in Latin America: Water Pollution and Human Rights Violations

Open Cast Mining in Latin America: Water Pollution and Human Rights Violations

Four people dead, many injured and a priest battered by the police following massive protests in Cajamarca, Peru, are just the tip of the iceberg. Conga gold mine threatens the water of four lakes. The same story repeats throughout several Latin American countries. Multinationals (surprise, surprise!) are involved. Financial crisis fuels Gold (and other minerals) Rush »

09.07.2012

Rio+20 Was Not All In Vain

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit with expressions of deep disappointment from broad sections of members of the media and the environmental NGOs, who saw little new commitments to action in the final text that was adopted by the heads of states and governments and their senior officials. »

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