Archive for February 12th, 2013

12/02/2013

Iran Urges To Destroy All Atomic Weapons After N. Korea Nuclear Test

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By RT*, 12 February 2013 – Iran has confirmed that its higher-grade enriched uranium is being converted into reactor fuel, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced. He also called for destruction of all nuclear arms following N. Korea’s third nuclear test.

Source: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Source: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

We need to come to the point where no country has any nuclear weapons and at the same time all weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms need to be destroyed,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast told state news agency IRNA.

However, countries should have the right to “make use of nuclear activities for peaceful purposes,” he added.

Speaking in Moscow, Iran’s foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi also said that North Korea as a sovereign state had its right to carry out a nuclear test.

North Korea, as far as I know, is not signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty, so it can afford acting according to its own interests,” Salehi told journalists.

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12/02/2013

Electricity Generation Responsible for Half of Growth in Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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By International Energy Agency (IEA)*, 12 February 2013 – Each of the last several years has seen a fresh record high in global carbon dioxide emissions, and scientists say if this trend continues the planet will suffer a catastrophic increase in temperature. With electricity generation responsible for about half of recent growth in emissions, a new IEA book looks at ways the power sector can keep up with an improvement in global living standards while minimising the risk of drastic climate change.

Source: IEA

Source: IEA

In Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World, IEA experts consider potential solutions ranging from the design of a Chinese emissions trading programme to stand-by consumption of networked appliances to carbon capture and storage.

The book lays out the reasons electricity generation must get cleaner, and do so quickly. Higher temperatures will affect all aspects of human life, including the very electricity sector that emits so much of the cause of climate change.

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12/02/2013

Unspeakable Suffering: a Comprehensive Report on Devastating Impact of Nuclear Weapons

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Unspeakable Suffering – The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, a study released today 12 February 2013 by ICAN* (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weaponspartner organization Reaching Critical Will (RCW)** of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, provides an up-to-date and disturbing look at the evidence of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons.

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With analysis from multiple angles, the report concludes that, in the event of a nuclear explosion, first responders at the national and international level would be unable to intervene to provide critical assistance to victims.

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12/02/2013

Pontifex Africanus: Could the Next Pope Be African?

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“In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s shock resignation, bookmakers and international media alike are heralding the prospect of Rome’s first black African pontiff.”

Cardinal Peter Turkson at the World Economic Forum. Photograph by World Economic Forum.


Cardinal Peter Turkson at the World Economic Forum. Photograph by World Economic Forum.

By Luke Lythgoe, Think Africa Press*, 11 February 2013 — With the shock resignation this morning of Pope Benedict XVI, the international media has gone into overdrive in an attempt to predict the next spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Could the world finally see its first black pope?

The Church (with more than one billion followers worldwide and counting) has had three ‘African’ popes in its history – all from the North African provinces of the Roman Empire and none since the fifth century.

However, the latest papal election could very realistically see the first black – indeed, first truly non-European – pope.

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12/02/2013

‘Liberated’ Afghanistan: What to Do With Three Million Refugees, Half a Million Homeless

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Jalalabd/Dubai, (IRIN*) – A key challenge for the Afghan government and aid agencies is how to help the country’s huge population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reintegrate in their home communities, or – if that is not possible – settle where they are.

An internally displaced person (IDP) shows his living conditions on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan (Jan 2013)© Sefat Sana/IRIN

An internally displaced person shows his living conditions on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan (Jan 2013)
© Sefat Sana/IRIN

Conflict-induced internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan number more than 460,000, and thousands of others have fled their homes because of natural disasters.

A recent report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suggests that three-quarters of IDPs want to settle where they are now.

In a context of widening conflict in the last 12 months between anti-government fighters, like the Taliban, and government forces backed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), displacement is a growing problem.

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12/02/2013

Up to 90 Per Cent of World Population Live in Countries That Share River or Lake Basins

More than half of the world’s people depend daily on water resources shared by more than one country and 90 per cent of the global population live in countries that share river or lake basins. However, 60 per cent of the world’s 276 international river basins lack any type of cooperative management framework, the UN reported announcing the launch of the International Year of Water Cooperation.

Photo: Millennium Promise Images | UN

Photo: Millennium Promise Images | UN

With rising demands and changing climate conditions, it will be crucial for countries to work together to ensure every person has access to quality water, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 11 February 2013 said in his video message for the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. 

“Each year brings new pressures on water,” Ban said. “One-third of the world’s people already live in countries with moderate to high water stress. Competition is growing between farmers and herders; industry and agriculture; town and country. Upstream and downstream, and across borders, we need to cooperate for the benefit of all – now and in the future.”

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