Sunday, August 31, 2008
The recommendations came Saturday at the end of a six-day international conference on global warming and food security in South Asia.
Results of global climate change, such as melting Himalayan glaciers, rising sea levels and frequent natural disasters are threatening food production and economic development in the South Asia region, the experts said.
The region — which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives — is home to nearly a fifth of the world's people, and 40 percent of its poor. More >>>
Friday, August 29, 2008
Worldwide, average irrigation water productivity is now roughly 1 kilogram of grain per ton of water used. Since it takes 1,000 tons of water to produce 1 ton of grain, it is not surprising that 70 percent of world water use is devoted to irrigation. Thus, raising irrigation efficiency is central to raising water productivity overall.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As starvation bit, the viceroy, Lord Lytton, oversaw the export to England of a record 6.4m hundredweight of wheat. While Lytton lived in imperial splendour and commissioned, among other extravagances, "the most colossal and expensive meal in world history", between 12 million and 29 million people died. Only Stalin manufactured a comparable hunger.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Mr Evans said the world faced major proliferation challenges - the leakage of weapons material from the increasing adoption of civilian nuclear energy, terrorism, and nuclear weapons states standing outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime - but also a large opportunity from US politics.
He cited a changed atmosphere in Washington, led by a bipartisan alliance on disarmament of former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, former defence secretary William Perry and former Senate armed service committee chairman Sam Nunn.
"(They are) making over the past two years a hard-headed, realistic case for the first time in US history for serious nuclear disarmament and the prospect that will flow through into the new US administration - particularly Obama but also a McCain administration." More >>>
Monday, August 25, 2008
Dozens of scientists and policy makers from 18 countries and international agencies gathered Monday at the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, for the start of a six-day conference to discuss ways to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on food security in South Asia.
South Asia is home to a fifth of the world's population, and 40 percent of its poor.
The region — which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives — is prone to incessant monsoon rains, drought, heat waves, frost freezes, desertification and salinization, all of which experts attribute to climate change. More->>>
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Climate Change: Joint Study Indentifies Humanitarian Hotspots and Warns of Dire Consequences Unless World Leaders Act Now
"Leaders and communities in these pivotal states and in other states at risk in the Sahel, Horn of Africa and southeast Asia are already facing enormous political, social, demographic, economic and security challenges. Climate change will greatly complicate and could undermine efforts to manage these challenges," said Dr. Charles Ehrhart, climate change coordinator for CARE International and one of the report's authors. More >>>
Saturday, August 23, 2008
On Thursday and Friday, representatives of 45 countries in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, meeting in Vienna, failed to agree on a U.S. proposal to allow, for the first time, the transfer of nuclear technology for civilian purposes to India, which hasn't signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. More >>>
Friday, August 22, 2008
The decision removes from Pakistan's political stage the leader who for nearly nine years served as one of the United States' most important -- and ultimately unreliable -- allies.
And it now leaves U.S. officials to deal with a new, elected coalition that has so far proven itself to be unwilling or incapable of confronting an expanding Taliban insurgency determined to topple the government.More >>>
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Speaking to reporters today Prime Minister Helen Clark said that New Zealand, as a nuclear free state, was concerned about the deal.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invested his political future in a treaty with the US where Washington will supply India with civilian nuclear fuel and technology.
He narrowly survived a confidence vote last month to push through the deal on his side.More >>>
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Rudd's statement comes ahead of an August 21 meeting in Vienna of the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group on the deal, under which the United States will provide energy-starved India with nuclear fuel and technology.
Australia is a key member of the NSG, which must approve the US-India deal in order for it to proceed. The US Congress must also ratify the agreement.
"We have already indicated to the most recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors that the government of Australia would not stand in the way of such an agreement," Rudd said after giving a lecture. More >>>
Monday, August 11, 2008
WASHINGTON - A military attack on Iran's major nuclear facilities by the United States or Israel would likely result only in a delay - and not a particularly significant one at that - in Tehran's ability to produce the fuel necessary to build a nuclear weapon, according to a report released on Friday by an influential think-tank on nuclear proliferation issues.
The 15-page report by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) concludes that too much is unknown about Tehran's entire program for enriching uranium and how quickly it can be reconstituted if its major known facilities were destroyed in such an attack.More >>>
Saturday, August 9, 2008
It's unlikely that Switzerland would want to single-handedly derail the India-US nuclear deal but its ambassador to India Dominique Dreyer told TOI on Friday that the Swiss government had not yet taken a decision on whether or not to support the deal at the NSG because of non-proliferation concerns. More >>>
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Another August 6, and the horrors of 63 years ago arise undiminished in the minds of our hibakusha, whose average age now exceeds 75. "Water, please!" "Help me!""Mommy!" — On this day, we, too, etch in our hearts the voices, faces and forms that vanished in the hell no hibakusha can ever forget, renewing our determination that VNo one else should ever suffer as we did."
Because the effects of that atomic bomb, still eating away at the minds and bodies of the hibakusha, have for decades been so underestimated, a complete picture of the damage has yet to emerge. Most severely neglected have been the emotional injuries. Therefore, the city of Hiroshima is initiating a two-year scientific exploration of the psychological impact of the A-bomb experience.
This study should teach us the grave import of the truth, born of tragedy and suffering, that "the only role for nuclear weapons is to be abolished." More >>>
The deal with Washington would reverse more than three decades of U.S. policy that has barred the sale of nuclear fuel and technology to India.
"We need to confirm that this nuclear cooperation is satisfactory in the sense that it will maintain and further strengthen the international nuclear disarmament and not undermine the nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime," Masahiko Koumura told reporters in New Delhi at the end of a three-day visit to India. More >>>
Sunday, August 3, 2008
He says Iran is "serious in nuclear talks" and hopes "the other side" will do the same.
A deadline expired this weekend for Tehran to respond to a package of incentives offered by six world powers, in exchange for Iran's promise to curb uranium enrichment. That's a process that can generate electricity, or the material for a nuclear bomb. Ahmadinejad said Saturday his country would not give up its "nuclear rights," and that any participation in international talks would "be aimed at reinforcing" those rights. More >>>
The deal with Washington would reverse more than three decades of U.S. policy that has barred the sale of nuclear fuel and technology to India, a country that has not signed international nonproliferation accords and has tested nuclear weapons.
To implement the deal, India must strike separate agreements with the IAEA and with the Nuclear Suppliers Group of countries that export nuclear material. It then goes to Congress in Washington for approval.