Australian news, and some related international items

Terrorism in Niger causes Australian uranium miner Paladin to pull out

According to Paladin, on September 16, forces associated with al-Qa’ida kidnapped the seven people employed by French uranium company Areva and its contractor, Vinci, from the town of Arlit in Niger’s uranium mining region.

Areva has subsequently evacuated expatriate personnel and France has dispatched anti-terrorism forces to the region

NGM Resources shares fall as Paladin bid is threatened * Michael Bennet *   The Australian * September 29, 2010 NGM Resources shares today plunged 43 per cent on the likelihood Paladin Energy’s takeover offer will fall through….. Continue reading

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AREVA involved as Chinese nuclear executive gaoled for 20 years

Jiang was charged with disclosing information to France’s Areva, the world’s largest builder of nuclear reactors, about a 2004 bid for China’s inland nuclear programme

China exec gets 20 years for leaking secrets  Reuters,  By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING, Sept 28 – The disgraced president of a Chinese state-owned enterprise has been jailed for 20 years for leaking state secrets in connection with a bid for foreign-made nuclear reactors, Continue reading

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Western Australian Senator urges State to reject Plibara uranium mine

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is calling for a public inquiry into the risks associated with the mine.

Greens urge opposition to proposed Pilbara uranium mine  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Sep 28, 2010 The Greens have urged the West Australian and Federal governments to follow the lead of the Northern Territory government which is opposing a proposed uranium mine.he Northern Territory Continue reading

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Aliens spying on nuclear plants? Do you believe it?

Well, I don’t.  But I wouldn’t rule out unidentified spying objects –  could be the USA and UK spying on each other, for all I know.  As for Australia – same thing, military spycraft reported in Northern Territory could look like alien  spacecraft.

Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots  Telegraph By Andy Bloxham 28 Sept, Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots. Continue reading

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Northern Territory leads the way in rejecting uranium mining at Alice Springs

Senator Ludlam has urged Resources Minister Martin Ferguson (right)  to support the decision by Mr Henderson……

NT uranium rejection is a lesson: Greens WA Business News, 28-September-10 by Kym Fuhrmann WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has urged the state and federal governments to take note of the decision by the Northern Territory government to oppose a uranium mine proposal near Alice Springs. Continue reading

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New research shows France’s failed nuclear power model

Widely Misunderstood in U.S., the French “Nuclear Miracle” is Plagued by Fast-Rising Reactor Costs and “Crowding Out” of Renewables, Vermont Law School -September 9, 2010 C ooper Analysis Shows French Approach Touted by Some For U.S. Reactor Build-Up Is a Failed Model; U.S. Wind & Solar Industries Would Suffer Under Embrace of “French Nuclear Socialism.”SOUTH ROYALTON, VT.  – The so-called “French nuclear miracle” embraced by some U.S. policymakers as a model for this nation is a misconception masking a pattern of fast-rising nuclear reactor construction costs and a “crowding out” of investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar and hydro-electric power, according to a new study by Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment….

Vermont Law School – VLS Study: Widely Misunderstood in U.S., the French “Nuclear Miracle” is Plagued by Fast-Rising Reactor Costs and “Crowding Out” of Renewables

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Hydro power giving Tasmania the lead in Australia

the island’s been really fuelled in economic direction by hydro-industrialisation; that is renewable energy.Tasmania produces some 75 per cent of Australia’s renewable energy right now

Tasmania set to become next Silicon Valley-style tech hub, Sydney Morning Herald, Ben Grubb, September 29, 2010 Continue reading

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Geothermal energy project for Western Australia

Australian Government Funds Geothermal Energy Project : Renewable Energy News, 29 Sept, 10 The Western Australia Sustainable Energy Association (WA SEA) has welcomed an announcement by geothermal proponent Green Rock Energy Limited of the receipt of $7 million in federal funding towards its proposed geothermal test well at WA University’s Crawley Campus. Continue reading

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Northern Ireland sets 40% Renewable Energy Target by 2020

the targets, which have been detailed in the Strategic Energy Framework for Northern Ireland 2010, stress the need for immediate and effective action against global climate change.

Northern Ireland aims for 40% renewables by 2020 |, September 29th, 2010 by Lucy Rees Northern Ireland has announced an ambitious new target to reach 40 per cent renewable energy by 2020. Continue reading

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