Australian news, and some related international items

Climate Change the deciding issue in Australia’s coming election?

Which way the Labor Party now decides to go on the environment could yet prove to be the issue that decides the election.

Climate a hot issue in deciding election date – The Canberra Times, 11 July, “……….Australia’s response to climate change remains an unresolved political sore that continues to rub with the Australian public.The popularity of the Greens is clear evidence that the environment remains an area of great concern to many voters, yet those who feel passionately about the need to act are at present being given little choice between the incumbent and the alternative governments………. Continue reading

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Energy from solar getting cheaper than from nuclear

proposed new nuclear plants would generate power at a cost of 14 to 18 cents per kilowatt-hour. But commercial-scale solar developers are already offering utilities electricity at 14 cents or less per kWh.

(USA) Solar power now cheaper than nuclear in North Carolina  FACING SOUTH 12 July 2010, While the price of solar photovoltaic systems has been falling for decades, the cost of new nuclear plants has been climbing — and a historic crossover point has been reached in North Carolina, where solar power is now cheaper than nuclear. Continue reading

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Costs and low uranium prices put Olympic Dam expansion at risk

BHP’s Olympic Dam expansion under pressure, Business Spectator 12 Jul 2010 BHP Billiton Ltd’s $US20 billion Olympic Dam expansion in Australia may be delayed by a protracted environmental assessment and cost, the Australian Financial Review reports. The recent softening prices for Olympic Dam’s key minerals, especially uranium, and a significant increase in the required capital is also understood to be weighing on BHP, the paper said. Continue reading

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USA’s Delaware region’s population at risk from nuclear power growth

they [Nuclear Regulatory Commission]  have acknowledged in public documents that it is “virtually certain” that radiation exposures will occur more than 150 miles from big reactors in a serious accident……………

(USA) Nuclear growth puts region at risk The Daily Times, By Jeff Montgomery • July 11, 2010 P ort Penn resident Julie L. Harrington is surrounded by nuclear reactors. Continue reading

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Uranium mining companies us the language barrier to manipulate Australia’s Aboriginals

the communities feel the mining companies are using language barriers to manipulate them.

Miners exploiting language barriers: traditional owners ABC Online Indigenous – News, 12 July 2010, Traditional owners at the centre of controversial plans to mine uranium in the Northern Territory say they feel under siege from the Central Land Council and mining companies. Continue reading

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Convergence of black and white to fight for Aboriginal rights

Aboriginal people fighting to protect their land from mining companies and the government described uranium mining and nuclear waste dumping in detail. “Breaking the nuclear chain” was a forum that included Diane Stokes from Muckaty, whose community is fighting to stop the government from dumping nuclear waste on their land…….

“The students are really passionate, and they’re up with what’s happening, through the internet and networks. The Aboriginal people are more isolated and we haven’t got all the technologies to campaign on the same scale.

“But we’re directly affected. So that’s why we need to fight for change together.”

Alice Springs convergence condemns NT intervention , Green Left, July 10, 2010, By Jay Fletcher, Alice Springs

“…….The convergence brought together Aboriginal communities affected by the Northern Territory intervention to speak and coordinate with anti-intervention and Aboriginal rights groups from around the country. Continue reading

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The world remembers how France blew up anti nuclear protest ship

The tragedy reinforced powerfully New Zealand’s sense that it had been right to ban nuclear-powered or armed ships,

Rainbow Warrior fallout still felt, 25 years on * Rowan Callick,  The Australian * July 10, 2010 “…….Around the world, the blowing up of the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland, 25 years ago today, still reverberates Continue reading

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