East Asia Science and Security Network Report, Nov. 15, 2006
1. DPRK Energy Development
At the meeting of the Nautilus Institute’s Asian Energy Security project, held in Beijing Nov. 6-7, a delegation from the DPRK presented their country’s views of regional energy cooperation, and its efforts at wind power development.
2. Russia-Korea Electricity Trade
The Seattle-Post Intelligencer (Burt Herman, “Russia negotiating Korea energy deals,” 11/10/06) reported that a Russian official said that the country has been negotiating electricity supply deals with both North and South Korea, although the talks are now in jeopardy due to the sanctions imposed after North Korea’s nuclear test.
3. Inter-Korean Electricity Cooperation
Reuters (Jon Herskovitz, “Light shines again on South Korean power plan for North,” 11/06/06) reports that South Korea’s earlier plans to provide electricity to North Korea may be revived as a means for solving the North Korean nuclear issue.
Light shines again on South Korean power plan for North
4. Japanese Energy Security
The Los Angeles Times (Bruce Wallace, “Japan runs obstacle course in search of energy security,” 11/04/06) reports how geopolitics are hampering Japan’s ability to secure its future energy needs. Writing in Japan Focus (“Goodby Iran, Hello Iraq: Japan’s and China’s Oil Prospects Hang in the Balance,” 11/13/06) Hisane Masaki says that, after losing out on Iranian oilfields, Japan is trying to secure access to Iraqi oil as part of its rivalry with China for energy resources.
5. Japanese Nuclear Energy
An international committee of nuclear experts conducted an interim review of Japan’s long-term nuclear program.
6. Taiwan Solar Power
Delta Electronics, Inc. of Taiwan, its majority-owned subsidiary DelSolar Co. Ltd. (Taiwan), and STMicroelectronics NV signed an MOU to cooperate in the field of photovoltaic power generation.
Three World Leaders Sign MOU for Solar Energy Co-Operation
7. Nuclear Spent Fuel
In a presentation at the EASSC meeting Nov. 3-4 in Beijing, Frank von Hippel discussed why the Bush administration’s proposed Global Nuclear Energy Partnership is unlikely to solve the spent fuel problem.
GNEP and the U.S. Spent Fuel Problem
8. French Nuclear Tests
In the first two parts of a four-part series in OhmyNews International, Ludwig De Braeckeleer discusses the history of French nuclear tests in the Pacific. Part I looks at the atmospheric tests held from 1966-1974, while Part II discusses the underground tests held from 1974-1992.
9. Export Controls
At the East Asia Science & Security Collaborative workshop, held in Beijing Nov. 3-4, Tatsujiro Suzuki presented on Japan’s export controls, while Jungmin Kang did the same for South Korea.
10. Climate Change
Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the UK Government Economics Service and Adviser to the Government on the economics of climate change and development, presented a report on the economics of climate change which concludes that the benefits of early action outweigh the costs.
Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change (Executive Summary)
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