Australian news, and some related international items

Ziggy Switkowski’s nuclear push just does not stack up economically

‘‘Nuclear has had its day,’’ Mr Wakeham said. ‘‘Ziggy Switkowski has been trying to drum up support for nuclear power for five years, but there is not a single company that is interested, and that’s because the economics don’t stack up, particularly in a country like Australia that has really good renewable energy resources.’’

Business in push for Victoria to go nuclear, The Age, Clay Lucas October 19, 2010 “…………Environment Victoria campaigns director Mark Wakeham said nuclear power was currently illegal in Victoria, and should remain so. He said the Committee for Melbourne was trying to ‘‘grab some headlines’’ by including it in its plan. ‘‘But a plan for Melbourne’s future that’s reliant on nuclear energy is seriously lacking in credibility,’’ he said. Continue reading

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Terrorist danger for uranium mining in Africa

France has large economic interests in Africa.  One is the mining of uranium for nuclear power.  Recently several French in the industry were taken hostage in Niger.  A French hostage being held in Mali was killed last summer.

France Terror Warning, Fox News, October 18, 2010 by: Amy Kellogg French sources tell Fox News that the latest threat of a potential terrorist attack in Europe and particularly France is being taken seriously in Paris. Continue reading

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Big polluters head Australia’s carbon tax advisory panel

For a carbon tax to truly make a significant difference on carbon emission levels, revenue raised from the tax needs to be funnelled back into renewable energy projects, not into concessions for energy intensive industries and big polluters,….Australia has vast solar power potential that is being neglected

Australia’s Carbon Tax And The Big Business Roundtable : Renewable Energy News :by Energy Matters, 19 Oct 10 Big business will head the discussion on how to implement a carbon tax in Australia; a situation causing concern in some sectors. Continue reading

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USA Republicans’ disinformation on global warming

creating an alternative reality in which climate change is a hoax or conspiracy……in a fog of disinformation,

In Climate Denial, Again  The New York Times, October 17, 2010 Former Vice President Dick Cheney has to be smiling. With one exception, none of the Republicans running for the Senate — including the 20 or so with a serious chance of winning — accept the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming. Continue reading

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NSW govt second thoughts on radioactive waste to Western Sydney

A protest by local residents, and attended by Liberal candidate for Mulgoa, Tanya Davis, was due to take place today outside the Sita facility.

Radioactive site waste ‘options’ sought | Herald Sun October 17, 2010 THE New South Wales government will look at other ways to dispose of hazardous material from a radioactive site on Sydney’s north shore, with a community backlash over fears it would be dumped west of the city. Continue reading

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“Restricted solid waste” sounds better than “radioactive”

The government maintained for years that Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill was safe, despite six people who lived there dying from cancer……..Ms Keneally said the waste was not ‘‘radioactive” but rather ”less hazardous, classified as restricted solid waste”’………

NSW government cover up Penrith toxic waste plan, Sydney Morning Herald, Alexandra Smith, October 18, 2010 The state government deliberately delayed briefing Penrith City Council on plans to dump 5000 tonnes of toxic soil in western Sydney until after it had signed a contract with the waste company, internal documents reveal. Continue reading

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Solar powered desalination plants – small or large

the team hopes scale up the size of the solar module for use in disaster zones and desert areas where climate change has impacted on water stocks.

Portable Desalination System Powered By Solar Energy  Renewable Energy News, 18 Oct 10, A group of researcher s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have unveiled a portable solar-powered desalination plant which they say will help provide access to clean drinking water in the developing world. Continue reading

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Australian doctors not aware of cancer risk in new scanning technology

with more advanced CT scans emitting higher doses of radiation than old scanners, doctors should be better educated about the risks of radiation causing malignancies.

Doctors warned over X-ray risks, The Age, Julia Medew HeOctober 18, 2010 DOCTORS should be better educated about the risk of X-rays and other scans causing cancer after a survey found they had poor knowledge of radiation doses, researchers say. Continue reading

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$Billions of Western aid later, Russia’s arctic nuclear dumps still polluted

Although Russian authorities pledged transparency about the region’s nuclear issues, foreign journalists are denied access to a number of sites.

Russian Arctic’s ‘nuclear dump’ gets a faceliftBy Pierre-Henry Deshayes , Google hosted news, (AFP) –18 Oct 10, MURMANSK, Russia — An electronic sign along a busy street posts the outside temperature, the wind strength — and the radioactivity level.Welcome to Russia’s Kola Peninsula, Continue reading

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