AUDIO: Youth gather in Marshall Islands for Nuclear Survivors project http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/youth-gather-in-marshall-islands-for-nuclear-survivors-project/1272616 28 February 2014, Tomorrow marks 60 years since the Castle Bravo nuclear test which contaminated four of the atolls in the Marshall Islands.
Youth gather in Marshall Islands for Nuclear Survivors project (Credit: ABC)
The fall out from the blast impacts on the health and wellbeing of the Marshallese to this day.
To mark the anniversary, youth representatives from other nuclear-affected areas including Japan and Kazakhstan will join the young people of Marshall Islands for a week of digital storytelling workshops centred around Nuclear Survivors Day.
Rico Ishi, is co-ordinator of the youth delegates attending the Nuclear Futures workshop. Presenter: Richard Ewart Speaker: Rico Ishi, Youth Delegate Co-ordinator at Nuclear Futures
AUDIO: Renewable energy funding across the Pacifichttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/renewable-energy-funding-across-the-pacific/1270348 25 February 2014, One million dollars of extra funding has been allocated to boost renewable energy projects across the Pacific.
The Pacific Renewable Energy Project is being promoted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and, with additional support from the UNDP and World Bank, is providing practical assistance to Pacific Island nations to meet their renewable energy targets.
Presenter: Richard Ewart
Speaker: Sill’a Ualesi Kilepoa, Project Manager, Pacific Renewable Energy Project, SPREP
AUDIO THE HISTORY OF NUCLEAR TESTING IN AUSTRALIA HTTP://WWW.ABC.NET.AU/OVERNIGHTS/STORIES/S3924604.HTM?SITE=MELBOURNE Monday, January 13, 2014 by Helen Richardson Nuclear Testing in Australia Why did we have Nuclear Testing in Australia? What were the reasons for the tests, the role of the Australian government, how much did the Australia people know and what has been the long term impact? Trevor Chappell discussed this with Richard Broinowski, a former diplomat and author of “Fact or Fission”
AUDIO: The beginning of nuclear testing in Australia and the lasting effects https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/the-beginning-of-nuclear-testing-in-australia-and-the-lasting-effects/
Nuclear weapons were first tested in Australia by the British at the Montebello Islands on October 3 1952.
Elizabeth Po and Adrian Glamorgan of Perth’s community radio RTR FM’s Understorey program look at effects of these tests.
They hear from ex-serviceman Max Kimber, along with aboriginal elders, Uncles Glen Cooke and Kev Buzzacott, former WA Senator Jo Vallentine and Dr Peter Underwood from Medical Association for Prevention from War, along with Nancy Milne remembering her father’s courageous exploits as a journalist in 1952.
Understorey’s seven part series on the nuclear industry
December 18: Care or neglect? Fukushima’s silent fallout
December 11: From one disaster to another
December 4: Shorts and sandals nuclear policy
November 27: Regulating the nuclear village
November 20: Stay or go?
November 13: Geiger counting on a future
November 6: The aftershocks keep coming
AUDIO Uranium clean-up strategies challenged by new study A European study indicates that the clean-up and decontamination process after uranium mining might be more complicated than previously thought. French and German scientists examined a wetland in France that had been impacted by mining, and discovered that uranium can be highly mobile, and easily spread. They say mining companies must learn to check and test for this mobile form of uranium more thoroughly…….
LUCY CARTER: Dr Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer at Monash University, says this study disproves some key information that mining companies have relied on when cleaning up and restoring sites.
LUCY CARTER: Is this something that we should be concerned about?
GAVIN MUDD: I think it’s something we should definitely take a lot of note of, because some of the same sort of technologies have been used at uranium mines in Australia. There’s certainly active discussion in Ranger and so on about wetlands should be part of a final rehabilitated land form at Ranger. So I think it has very big relevance for Australia and globally.
LUCY CARTER: Would you like to see Australian mining companies have a close look at this study?
GAVIN MUDD: Absolutely. I think it’s very, very important research that raises a lot of questions about our common approach to mine rehabilitation for uranium.
GAVIN MUDD: There’s some basic assumptions we’ve always made about the behaviour of uranium in the environment and so we’ve used that to design rehabilitation and remediation strategies at uranium mines and former nuclear sites. And so they’ve basically shown that sometimes those strategies are clearly not viable……http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-18/uranium-clean-up-strategies-challenged-by-new-study/5163462
they’ve been treated like second-class citizens.
”This really is disgusting. How is it that these people, subject to the fury of a nuclear blast, aren’t even entitled to a gold card for their medical treatment as other veterans are?”
AUDIO Aussie nuclear veterans ‘disgusted’ by bid failure http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/17/aussie-nuclear-veterans-disgusted-bid-failure Australian veterans of British nuclear tests say they’re disgusted by the latest setback to their campaign for compensation. (Transcript from World News Australia Radio) Australia’s Human Rights Commission has decided it can’t consider the case of the 300 veterans because the matter is out of its jurisdiction.
The decision has left the veterans’ lawyers saying it’s the end of their campaign.
Murray Silby spoke to some of the veterans, including Avon Hudson “They’ll act with extreme disgust at the government and the Human Rights Commission. I mean we shouldn’t wait on the Human Rights Commission. This should have been addressed by governments of the past, but given the Human Rights heard this I have no time for the Human Rights (Commission) now.”
Avon Hudson says he and his fellow veterans have lost faith in a system that should have protected their rights.”I don’t know anybody that was there when I served there that hasn’t had either cancer or some other illness induced by radiation. Continue reading
AUDIO Worker ‘fell in’ to radioactive slurry pit, ABC Radio AM Michael Coggan reported this story on Saturday, December 14, 2013
SIMON SANTOW: The operators of the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory are facing fresh allegations they are cutting corners on safety.
A worker told his union he sunk up to his armpits into radioactive slurry while helping to clean up a massive toxic spill caused by the collapse of part of the mine’s processing plant last weekend.
The company that runs the mine, Energy Resources of Australia, says it can’t confirm the workplace accident and is checking the validity of the claim. Michael Coggan reports from Darwin.
MICHAEL COGGAN: When a 1,400 cubic metre leach tank at the Ranger uranium mine fell apart last Saturday, workers had to evacuate to avoid being hit by the mixture of sulphuric acid and uranium it was holding…….
MICHAEL COGGAN: What does that say about the safety of the mine site?
BRYAN WILKINS: I think this is fairly typical of safety on that mine site. And it goes to show when the minister said the mine was safe the other day, he obviously wasn’t right. There still are safety issues on that site, and there needs to be that full independent inquiry that we called for…….http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3911651.htm
Senator Waters gets no straight answers on the Government’s plan to hand uranium assessment to the States
Senator WATERS: …..Am I clear in that you will attempt to retain Commonwealth land and water but will not attempt to retain jurisdiction over state-run projects?
The hand over of EPBC nuclear approvals to states, Senate estimates committee 18 Nov 2013 | Scott Ludlam
“……...Senator WATERS: “…….Could you please explain to me: what is the intended effect of the alteration to the scope of the bilateral agreement as regards nuclear actions and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waters and Commonwealth waters? What is the effective change? It is on page 7, particularly clause 12.3. ……..
AUDIO: Australia, Japan under fire at UN climate talks http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/asia-pacific/australia-japan-under-fire-at-un-climate-talks/1223390 21 November 2013, Climate activists are hoping that environment ministers from around the world will be able to make some progress before this year’s United Nations climate talks in Warsaw draw to a close.
The ministerial phase wraps up the two week conference, with representatives hoping to narrow the differences between countries… as they work towards a signing a new pact on emissions cuts.
But a gulf has opened up between rich and poor countries, and delegates have hit out at decisions made by Australia and Japan.
Presenter: Bill Birtles ”,………… One of the main issues is whether or not we get a new mechanism on loss and damage. Developing countries are asking for a new mechanism, developed countries want to talk about it under an existing mechanism’.
BIRTLES: Loss and damage is an issue that has split rich and developing countries. Rich countries, such as the US, Australia and Canada have sought to keep talks on loss and damage reparations off the agenda until after 2015. Saleemul Huq says their stance prompted a walk-out this week by developing nations.
HUQ: ‘The fear from the developed countries is that this is the path to being made liable for compensation which may or may not be the case but right now in Warsaw it’s not about compensation. It’s about having a mechanism to allow these discussions to continue in the future’………
BIRTLES: And Suleemul Huq says its not just Japan disappointing delegates. He says Australia’s decision not to send a Minister and the Abbott government’s plan to scrap the carbon tax has also dampened the mood.
HIRATE: ‘The mood is quite bad. Australia and Japan have set us back with their own domestic problems and announcements about reneging on their commitments, so that has set us back here’.
Adelaide Rally ForAction On Climate Change 17 Nov 2013 Brett Burnard Stokes film
Australia suffers most extreme warming http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3890466.htm Reporter: Jake Sturmer
The UN’s World Meteorological Agency has found that this year Australia has had the most extreme warming of any country.
Transcrip:t EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The UN’s World Meteorological Agency has found that climate change is increasing the impact of storms like Typhoon Haiyan. And closer to home, in findings released tonight, the WMO says that Australia this year has experienced the world’s biggest increase in average temperatures. This report from Jake Sturmer. Continue reading
Pollie Watch: Senator for Victoria holds anti-wind farm lobby to account Yes 2 renewables November 14, 2013 by Leigh Ewbank Senator for Victoria Richard DiNatale (Australian Greens) has used his first speech since the 2013 election to hold the anti-wind farm lobby to account for spreading health fears, being subsidised by Australian taxpayers, and having links to fossil fuel investors.
Rather than distracting policy makers with spurious claims of a wind farm noise disease and wasting taxpayers money, Senator DiNatale suggests the anti-wind farm groups could campaign on the health impacts of poor air quality.
“We are seeing more people dying from poor air quality than we’re seeing die from the road toll. The mining and combustion and transport of coal is one of the reasons why that’s happening. But no, this group campaigns against a clean renewable form of energy, despite the fact that if we able to make the transition to cleaner renewable energy we mitigate against some of the most important health impacts…”
DiNatale takes aim at the Waubra Foundation and their status as a ‘health promotion charity,’
“The issue here is not that the Waubra Foundation should continue to spread the misinformation that it does. The issue here is that the Australian taxpayer should be subsidising that activity. [Australian taxpayers] are subsidising the work of the Waubra Foundation–that is, every person in this country makes a donation to the anti-wind activities of the Waubra Foundation.”
In his speech, DiNatale shines a light on the background of the founder and current chairman of the Waubra Foundation, Peter Mitchell. According to DiNatale, Mr Mitchell is a “current and former director of a number of coal, gas, and uranium related companies” as well as a background campaigning against wind farms:
“[Mitchell] is a director of Lowel Resources, who are basically the ultimate holding company of a resources fund, which are companies engaged entirely in mining and energy investment including oil, gas and uranium. He’s also the former director of the Australian Petroleum Institute Limited and Molopo Limited, a company entirely invested in oil and gas ……http://yes2renewables.org/2013/11/14/pollie-watch-senator-for-victoria-holds-anti-wind-farm-lobby-to-account/
Allan Jones: Sydney’s Master Plan for 100% Renewable Energy by 2030
Wind and health www.windandhealth.org 11 Nov 13 Wind farms are an expanding source of renewable energy, with about 90 countries granting commercial licenses in the past 30 years.
In Australia, there are 51 wind farms – 14 in South Australia, 13 in Western Australia, 12 in Victoria, 7 in New South Wales, 3 in Tasmania and 2 in Queensland.
They produce a significant amount of renewable energy in an environmentally friendly manner. In some communities they have been controversial, with some questioning whether or not they can have effects on human health. This has been investigated by numerous government inquiries.
Wind and health, published by the Public Health Association of Australia, gathers the best available evidence and presents it dispassionately with the aim of informing rational public debate.
The Future of Fukushima: Escape of Radiation is Virtually Unstoppable http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-future-of-fukushima-escape-of-radiation-is-virtually-unstoppable/5357229?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-future-of-fukushima-escape-of-radiation-is-virtually-unstoppable 7 Nov 13, Google Hangout with one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises: Dr Helen Caldicott. ot any questions about our planet’s nuclear future, chances of Fukushima issue being tackled and pros and cons of the nuclear energy?Come and ask Helen Caldicott, who the Smithsonian calls one of the most influential women of the 20th century, at a Google+ Hangout.
Fukushima’s Legacy: “Shut Down All Nuclear Power Plants!”
In one of her recent articles on RT.com, Helen Caldicott wrote:
“As I contemplate the future at Fukushima, it seems that the escape of radiation is virtually unstoppable. The levels of radiation in buildings 1, 2 and 3 are now so high that no human can enter or get close to the molten cores. It will therefore be impossible to remove these cores for hundreds of years if ever.”
She believes that one of the steps Japanese government should take to prevent worst case consequences is to cancel the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.