International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies: 36th Session

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The Erice International Seminars are multidisciplinary seminars attended by over 100 eminent participants from all fields of science. Each year, a few scientific issues are selected and experts are invited to present contrasting views during the plenary multidisciplinary sessions of the seminar, followed by general debates. These sessions offer a unique opportunity for specialists to enlarge their fields of vision by being confronted with ideas and suggestions from high-level scientists in complementary domains of science. Associated workshops allow the experts to further refine and process the ideas evoked during the seminar. This year's topics are all currently of high relevance. For example, on energy issues, we have focused on the future of global nuclear power. On global monitoring of the planet, we have focused on the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the Nuclear-Proliferation Treaty. On climatology, we have investigated the role of aerosols on global warming and their satellite detection. On pollution, the role of plastic contaminants in water was revealed through a series of disquieting reports.
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Table of Contents

Opening Session
Opening Address     3
A Case of Cultural Emergency in China     7
The Erice and "Ettore Majorana" Centre Contribution to Europe and the World     9
Energy Focus: Global Nuclear Power Future
Introduction, Stage Setting and Rules of the Game     13
The Future of Nuclear Energy     15
Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems     22
The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Project     26
The Climate Change Imperative and the Future of Nuclear Energy     37
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Pathway to Sustainability     42
Role and Status of Geological Disposal     50
Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection for Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles     65
Coal with Carbon Capture and Storage: The Main Competitor     72
Global Monitoring of the Planet Proliferation Focus: Nuclear Weapons
Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: The 2006 Outbreak     85
The Demise of the Non-Proliferation Treaty     88
Scientists and (Non)Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons     92
The Implications of the Indo-U.S. Nuclear Agreement     99
Proliferation and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Issues in Japan     103
Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Current State and Prospects     108
How Serious is the Crisis of the InternationalNuclear Non-Proliferation Regime?     120
Rogue State Helvetia? Switzerland and the Atomic Bomb 1945-1988     127
AIDS & Infectious Diseases Focus Avian Flu - Global Health
The Need of a Global Task Force for Influenza     139
Creating Change in Global Health     140
Climatology Focus: Global Warming/Aerosols & Satellites
Aerosols, Air Quality, and International Policy     151
Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosol Climate Effects - Progress and Potential     163
Linking Aerosols Sources to Climate Change and Air Pollution Impacts - How Good are our Global and Regional Models?     166
Fundamental Science in Climate Forecasting with Models     176
On the Connections between Aerosol, Atmospheric Radiation and Hydrological Processes in Climate Change     186
Pollution Focus: Plastic Contaminants in Water
Synthetic Polymers in the Marine Environment: What We Know. What We Need to Know. What Can be Done?     197
Occurrence and Fate of Plastic Additives in Natund and Engineering Systems     212
Leaching of Bisphenol A from Polycarbonate Plastic Disrupts Development via Epigenetic Mechanisms     221
Human Exposure to Phthalates and their Health Effects     230
Information Security Focus: Relevance of Cyber Security
The Growing Relevance of Cyber Insecurity     241
Performance Limits of Sensor Networks for Large-Scale Detection Applications     246
Economic Dimension of Cyber Security     253
The Evolving Face of Cyber-Conflict and Information Warfare     259
Countering Terrorism with Cyber Security     279
Limits of Development Focus: Development of Sustainability
Limits to Development: Sustainability Reviewed     297
New Concepts on Sustainable Development     309
Defence Against Cosmic Objects
Overview of Recent Research Activities on Cosmic Objects     321
Meteor Impact Hazards and Some Meteor Phenomena     325
Scientific Results from the Deep Impact Mission     341
WFS General Meeting Cultural Emergency Focus: Terrorism
Report of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism (PMPT)     351
Permanent Monitoring Panel Reports
Italy's Approach to Nuclear Non-Proliferation     357
Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security     361
Permanent Monitoring Panel on Pollution     363
Permanent Monitoring Panel: Limits of Development PMP     370
Floods and Extreme Weather Events Permanent Monitoring Panel     373
Limits of Development Permanent Monitoring Panel Meeting
The Dynamic Consideration of Limits of Development     379
Limits of Development Revisited: The Social and Political Implications     384
Limits to Development: The Cultural Dimension     390
Panel Participants     397
World Energy Monitoring Workshop
The Future of Nuclear Energy     401
Workshop Participants     415
Seminar Participants
Seminar Participants     419
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