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Australian news, and some related international items

Bigger than last year!Earth Hour 8.30pm-9.30pm Sat 27 March

VIDEO: Sydney Lord Mayor on Earth Hour – Environment – News | Central 24 Mar 10 A RECORD 88 countries and regions took part in Earth Hour last year. This will be surpassed this year with 100 countries and more than one billion people expected to switch off the lights on Saturday (March 27) at 8.30pm.

Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that Earth Hour had taken on greater significance in the ‘’post-Copenhagen’’ era where world leaders had failed to agree on significant carbon emissions reductions.The event began in Sydney three years ago as an encouragement to world leaders to act on climate change.

In Japan, Tokyo Tower will go dark and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin will turn off its lights. Countries involved for the first time include Madagascar, Kosovo, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ecuador and the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

VIDEO: Sydney Lord Mayor on Earth Hour – Environment – News | Central

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USA- resuscitation of nuclear industry threatened by waste problem

Waste issue hurting U.S. nuclear revival-panel Lack of plan for waste seen hurting nuclear development Commission told to move beyond Yucca Mountain site Some lawmakers oppose plan to shut down Yucca  By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) The lack of a permanent home for the nation’s radioactive waste is dampening prospects for a resurgence of the U.S. nuclear industry, federal commissioners said at their first public hearing on the subject. Continue reading

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Rudd’s “aboriginal policy” more of a “uranium miners’ policy”

the big mining companies have been pressuring Australian governments to allow the opening of more mines and the establishment of a nuclear waste dump. The forced or coopted loss of Aboriginal control of their land is an important step to achieving this.

Fight for Aboriginal Rights: Labor steps up racist NT land grab, By Hamish Chitts. Rudd would make a great snake-oil seller because for all his lofty words over the past year,…..
In June 2007 the Howard Coalition government used the Little Children are Sacred report into child abuse in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities to invade these communities under what it called the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER)……. the Rudd Labor government has not only maintained the NTER, but also extended it.. Continue reading

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USA-Russia nuclear disarmament agreement in the pipeline

US, Russia Hammer Out New Nuclear Agreement, Voice of America, Peter Fedynsky | Moscow, 25 March 2010, The United States and Russia say a new strategic arms agreement will be formally announced when the presidents of both countries have spoken with one another about it.  Continue reading

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Wind power for Western Australia

Synergy signs on for Collgar wind power   The Australian  March 25, 2010 PLANS for another massive wind farm in Australia received a major boost yesterday when West Australian energy retailer Synergy signed a 15-year contract worth an estimated $1.5 billion to purchase power from the proposed Collgar wind farm. Continue reading

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Solar technology for Canberra stores

” “Retailers often have expansive roof spaces that should be perfect for capturing the sun’s rays, a clean resource Australia has in abundance.”

Woolworths Pumping Petrol With Solar Power : Renewable Energy News 23 March 2010, Last year, Woolworths Limited announced that due to the ACT’s generous gross feed in tariff system, the company had selected Canberra as its first location nationwide for the installation of renewable energy generation technology. Continue reading

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USA, Australia Lag Behind, China leads, in Renewable Energy Policy

Countries without such policy frameworks – including the U.S., Japan and Australia – lag behind

China Leads G-20 Nations In Renewable Energy Finance And Investmentin  Solar Industry:25 March 2010 For the first time, China led the U.S. and other G-20 members in 2009 clean energy investments and finance, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Continue reading

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Australia’s CSIRO develops renewable energy storage device

Renewable Energy Storage – CSIRO’s UltraBattery : Renewable Energy News, 25 MARCH, 2010 The CSIRO is continuing development on a hybrid energy storage device that combines a supercapacitor with a lead acid battery in one unit cell, called the UltraBattery. Continue reading

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Appeal to help local communities attend Senate hearing on nuclear waste dump

“Traditional Owners, Tennant residents and Barkly region pastoralists are extremely disappointed that the Senate Committee will not sit in Tennant Creek. The distance and cost to travel to Darwin makes it impossible for the majority of concerned people to attend the hearing,”

A public appeal is being launched to raise funds for Muckaty Traditional Owners to attend a Senate Inquiry hearing in Darwin on April 12.

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is considering the recently tabled National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010, which identifies an area in the Muckaty Land Trust as the only site to be initially considered for a radioactive waste dump. Continue reading

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Ionising radiation cancer risk to airline crews

if crew members and passengers already face largely unreported radiation risks from long-distance flying, we should have the right to know just how whole-body radiation scanning machines are part of this risk.


Flying and Excess Radiation, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Robert Alvarez: March 22, 2010
…..The recent reporting of dozens of cases of harm to patients from the misuse of CAT scans should serve as a cautionary warning.

Unfortunately, the doses of radiation experienced in every-day life, especially flying long-distances in jet aircraft, pose risks we should also carefully heed… Continue reading

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Australia’s right wing sabotages Earth Hour

In Australia the Conservative Leadership Foundation’s campaign includes posters and brochures; one poster proclaims: ”Don’t be stuck in the dark with the Communists. Turn your lights on!”


Earth Hour supporters left in the dark TOM ARUP , Sydney Morning Herald March 25, 2010 A THINK tank founded and chaired by the Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has launched a campaign to promote an anti-Earth Hour event – urging people to turn their lights on. Continue reading

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Earth Hour Saturday 27 March 8.30 – 9.30 pm

To register for Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.au (it’s free!).

Bright sparks say lights off | Northern Rivers News 25 March 2010, “Earth Hour started in Australia so imagine if every school and business across Australia came on board on the Friday to ‘launch’ Earth Hour – we would be the first people on the planet to do that!”…

..Earth Hour is an annual event co-ordinated by the World Wildlife Fund Australia, which is asking people to turn off essential lighting and machines, and unplug appliances at power points, for one hour from 8.30pm this Saturday, March 27. The event has grown steadily since it began in Sydney in 2007 and last year hundreds of millions of people from 4189 cities in 88 countries took part….

To register for Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.au (it’s free!).

WWF is also asking people to make the commitment to reduce their footprint on an ongoing basis. You can measure your current environmental impact on the footprint calculator at earthhour.org.

Bright sparks say lights off | Northern Rivers News | Local News in Northern Rivers | Northern Rivers Echo

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Indigenous peoples the key to renewable energy development


(USA) Report: Tribes key in renewable energy development, Google News, By FELICIA FONSECA (AP) – 24 March 2010,
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — American Indian tribes have huge potential to develop renewable energy resources on their lands but first must overcome a number of challenges, namely financial, according to a report released Tuesday. Continue reading

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