The (Missing) Role of Nuclear Energy in the Sustainable Development Goals

Nuclear science and technology are used in many countries to help meet development objectives in areas including energy, human health, food production, water management and environmental
protection. The focus of this paper will be on energy and specifically how nuclear energy fits into SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy) and relates to SDG 13 (Climate action).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and
prosperity by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal 7, Affordable and clean energy, aims to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, with a focus on developing countries.
This goal classes “renewable” technologies to be sustainable, while excluding nuclear energy. The term “renewable” usually includes unsustainable, high carbon biofuel. From a policy point of view, it is
a problematic term. According to multiple scientific bodies, nuclear energy is clean, reliable and is needed to transition away from fossil fuels in order to combat climate change. No country in the world
has been able to decarbonise its electricity sector without having either nuclear energy or – where available – substantial hydro or geothermal energy as part of the energy mix.

SDG 13, Climate action, focuses on lowering greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change. This goal does not mention nuclear energy. Significant research has shown that in the
absence of suitable hydro or geothermal resources, decarbonisation aims are not achieved without nuclear energy. These issues will be discussed in this paper.

Objective: To assess whether nuclear energy should be included in SDGs 7 and 13, and consider the reasons for its current exclusion.

Human Dignity Observatory / #PandemicWithoutHarm

The visibility of human rights violations contributes to the strengthening of democracy and the defense of the rule of law. The political and social impact as a tool we are developing for human rights defenders and researchers.

Education Under Occupation: Obligations of the Occupying Power

This article is part of the series Education under Occupation, which explores the legal responsibilities of Israel with respect to the Palestinian population living under the military occupation. In the first part, we considered the framework of International Humanitarian Law, including a short tour through its history and applicable normative bodies. In the present article we will explore the obligations of the occupying power with specific attention to children’s access to education, and we will present data and statistics reflecting daily restrictions to the realization of the right to education. This study pertains to the situation in Israel and Palestine, specifically to the military occupation of Palestine by Israeli forces.

Generational Gap in Learning

The existence of an identifiable generational gap between teachers and students affecting the learning process is suggested here. It begins around the social settings that surrounded the present day educator, and gets in conflict with the learning habits technology has promoted. Here, a brief explanation of how Acceleration (H. Rosa), Dyssynchrony (B-C. Han) & Hystheresis (P. Bourdieu) affect the aforementioned phenomenon is developed. Furthermore, a suggestion is given on how the concepts of Action (H. Arendt) and Resonance (H. Rosa) could reduce its widening.

The Prohibitionist Psychosis and its Constitutional Implications

Book Presentation: Author: Roar Mikalsen, Norway  AROD – Alliance for Right-Oriented Drug policies. [aux_button label=”Click Here To Download The Book” size=”medium” icon_align=”center” color_name=”dark-gray” border=”” style=”” icon=”download” link=”https://knowmadinstitut.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HUMAN-RISING-2018-PDF.pdf” target=”_blank”] “Tracing the Spirit of Freedom as it moves through the centuries, this book ties the prohibitionist experiment to other totalitarian endeavors. Arguing from a perspective of First…

Constitutional Challenges to the Drug Law. A Case Study

As the U.S. Constitution established a system of law built on first principles, much of the focus will be on the qualitative difference that separates principled from unprincipled reasoning. As shall be seen, we are dealing with two different legal paradigms, one superior to the other, and nowhere is this better exposed than in challenges to the drug law. While unprincipled reasoning is quickly revealed to be the result of confused analysis and incomplete understanding—that is, as not being supported by any valid foundation at all— principled reasoning has as its defining trait that it is always harmonious with reason, leading back to first principles.

South African Dagga Private Clubs Initiative

We, the people who use Cannabis throughout South Africa who are the keepers of traditional knowledge of the plant, have been freed after 110 years of the State-led violations of our right to privacy and our dignity as human beings after the Constitutional Court’s judgement “decriminalising the use or possession of Cannabis by an adult…