Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Climate Action (nuclear has NO role) -theme for February 2020

The need for immediate action is now accepted by scientists, economists, humanitarians, and ordinary observers.

Don’t waste your time with climate change deniers.

Kick out those politicians who are funded by coal and other fossil fuel lobbies.

Also kick out the pro nuclear politicians. Crazily, they’re often climate denialists, too.

The more manipulative pro nuclear politicians and lobbyists are pretending that nuclear power solves climate change. That’s an elaborate lie, that takes energy and money away from REAL action on climate change, – energy efficiency and renewables.

February 8, 2020 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming | 2 Comments

Kimba nuclear waste dump – a total mishandling of the truth from Australian government.

February 25, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, reference | Leave a comment

The Kimba nuclear waste dump will take a huge toll on the Murray River’s water

Annette Ellen Skipworth    No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 25 Feb 20
Where is the water coming from to compact the nuclear dump site and the 31 kms of dirt road to the dump site.
I spent some time as a remote road contractor and I learnt a little bit about roads and site works.
To take the weight of the truck load, a road has to be compacted to gain the strength to take the semi plus the load on the tray.
From asking questions and scouring internet sites, I have found out, the casks containing the high grade nuclear waste.. excuse me ..the intermediate nuclear waste are very very heavy.
Now when we were building a road for a mine where the loads were heavy, we used a huge amount of water so the road doesnt blow out.
It wasn’t advisable to use water that is very salty.. it rises to the top and makes the road slippery.
As Kimba’s only water supply comes from the precious Murray River, and the local underground water is salty and unusable.. where is the water needed coming from?
I think you lot in Kimba that want to host a nuke dump and think it will only affect Kimba are very naive..  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

February 25, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, environment, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Whyalla urgently needs a policy to prevent becoming the radioactive trash port

Kazzi Jai shared a post. Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Range· February 23 

“A question was asked to (Whyalla) council regarding potential use of the port for the transport of intermediate level waste. The response is on the council website under Council Meeting Minutes Monday 17/2/20. There is no current policy.

As a community we should have a policy. We should be standing up on behalf of the divided Kimba community and refuse the use of the port and surrounding roads and rail. It is the responsibility of the council to represent the community, not to bow down and take orders from the state government.” – Mr Andrew Williams.

Link source to Minutes: http://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/…/council%20minutes%20-%20PUBL…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199/

February 25, 2020 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment

USA fails to stop G20 finance ministers and central bank governors warning on climate change

February 25, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

USA at G20 tried to stop any mention of climate change

US blocking mention of climate change in G20 statement, diplomats say Independent UK, Oliver O’Connell, New York, 24 Feb 20, 
1 day ago  G20 diplomats say the US is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world’s financial leaders.

A new draft of the joint statement shows the G20 considering including it as a risk factor to growth.

Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 largest economies are discussing the main challenges to the global economy in RiyadhSaudi Arabia, this weekend.

G20 sources told Reuters that the US was reluctant to accept language on climate change as a risk to the economy.

The US is represented at the meeting by treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin…….. G20 diplomats say the US is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world’s financial leaders.

A new draft of the joint statement shows the G20 considering including it as a risk factor to growth. Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 largest economies are discussing the main challenges to the global economy in RiyadhSaudi Arabia, this weekend.

G20 sources told Reuters that the US was reluctant to accept language on climate change as a risk to the economy.The US is represented at the meeting by treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/climate-change-g20-us-global-economy-paris-agreement-trump-a9352891.html

February 25, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

U.S. Pentagon toys with a plan to win a “limited nuclear war” against Russia

February 25, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Celebrities urge ScottyFromMarketing to to shift from coal to renewable energies.

February 25, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

#ScottyFromMarketing dodges the question of how much “climate business as usual will cost the economy

Morrison admits there are climate costs, but won’t say what 3C heating would do to economy

Ahead of the release of its technology roadmap, the Coalition tries to ramp up pressure on Labor over its net zero emissions target,   Guardian,  Katharine Murphy Political editor,  @murpharoo, Mon 24 Feb 2020   Scott Morrison has acknowledged there are “costs associated with climate change” but has declined to spell out what 3C heating would do to job creation and economic growth in Australia.

Ahead of the release of its technology roadmap, the federal government is attempting to ramp up political pressure on Labor over its commitment to a net zero target by 2050, blasting the opposition for adopting a target without a fleshed-out strategy to meet it, and pointing out that CSIRO research cited positively by Labor assumes a carbon price of more than $200 to drive the transition.

But the government is also having to fend off sustained questions about basic contradictions in its own messaging…….

While keeping all its options open, the government has been signalling for some days it is unlikely to adopt a 2050 target. …… https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/24/morrison-admits-there-are-climate-costs-but-wont-say-what-3c-heating-would-do-to-economy

February 25, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening

New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening, Science Daily, February 24, 2020, University of Waterloo

Summary:
Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive technology that could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation. The system uses harmless microwaves and artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect even small, early-stage tumors within minutes.

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive technology that could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation.

The system, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, uses harmless microwaves and artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect even small, early-stage tumors within minutes.

“Our top priorities were to make this detection-based modality fast and inexpensive,” said Omar Ramahi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Waterloo. “We have incredibly encouraging results and we believe that is because of its simplicity.”

A prototype device — the culmination of 15 years of work on the use of microwaves for tumor detection, not imaging — cost less than $5,000 to build.

It consists of a small sensor in an adjustable box about 15 centimetres square that is situated under an opening in a padded examination table………

In addition to reducing patient wait times and enabling earlier diagnosis, Ramahi said, the device would eliminate radiation exposure, improve patient comfort and work on particularly dense breasts, a problem with mammograms.

It would also save health-care systems enormous amounts of money and, because of its low cost and ease of use, dramatically increase access to screening in the developing world.

Researchers have applied for a patent and started a company, Wave Intelligence Inc. of Waterloo, to commercialize the system and hope to begin trials on patients within six months. Three rounds of preliminary testing included the use of artificial human torsos known as phantoms. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224111415.htm

February 25, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

February 24 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Is Gothenburg Europe’s Greenest City?” • In the mid-1980s, Sweden’s minister of the environment, Birgitta Dahl, toured Gothenburg and declared the decaying and dirty blue-collar city “a courtyard to hell.” Properly chastened, political and business leaders vowed to transform the gritty 17th-Century city into a beacon of urban sustainability. And they did. [BBC] […]

via February 24 Energy News — geoharvey

February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australia already has a net zero emissions target, only the Morrison governemnt denies it — RenewEconomy

Taylor claims Paris Agreement doesnt require Australia to decarbonise, as Morrison governemntos increasingly isolated in opposing net zero goals. The post Australia already has a net zero emissions target, only the Morrison governemnt denies it appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why an Australian mining giant chose wind and solar over gas for $1 billion project — RenewEconomy

Oz Minerals reveals why it chose wind, solar and batteries over gas for its new $1 billion mining project. The post Why an Australian mining giant chose wind and solar over gas for $1 billion project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yallourn owner says technology exists for low-cost, low-carbon grid — RenewEconomy

EnergyAustralia reports big slump in earnings but says technologies needed for reliable, low cost and low carbon grid – wind, solar, batteries, demand management – exists. The post Yallourn owner says technology exists for low-cost, low-carbon grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Greens seek laws to block Adani, Clive Palmer’s Galilee coal mines — RenewEconomy

Senate debates Greens legislation that would ban new coal mines in Galilee basin, as Albanese says Australia could still be exporting coal in 2050. The post Greens seek laws to block Adani, Clive Palmer’s Galilee coal mines appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The toxic political culture that makes good policy impossible in Australia — RenewEconomy

Nothing will end the climate and energy policy crisis in Australia unless you change the toxic culture of its main political parties. The post The toxic political culture that makes good policy impossible in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment