Australian news, and some related international items

Western Australia: Black and White Unite Against Uranium Mining

“Uranium mining is not like any other mining, it poisons water, land and life through radiation. The mining industry and the government are trying to make people believe uranium mining is inevitable but we say No.”

We Can’t Close the Gap by Digging a Deeper Hole” 4 April 11The Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA), made up of Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners from the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great Victoria Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, and the South West and their allies, met from 2 – 4 April 2011 on Whadjuk Boodjak (Noongar Land) near Perth.

The meeting was the first gathering of Western Australian traditional owners since the continuing nuclear emergency at Fukushima in Japan and comes against a backdrop of increasing contest over plans for uranium mining in WA. Continue reading

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Release of radioactive Cesium 137 making Fukushima worst nuclear disaster in history

If true, Fukushima has already released higher levels of Cesium 137 than Chernobyl, making it the worst source of nuclear radiation release in history….If preliminary information is correct, Fukushima already is the worst nuclear disaster in history…..In the absence of admitting the severity of the problem and acting with haste, Japan’s economy and its people face potentially grave consequences, and the northeast Asia region faces unknown consequences from the release of high levels of cesium-137.

Japan’s Government Needs to Move Quickly, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Daniel Wagner, 4 April 11, Daniel Wagner is managing director of Country Risk Solutions, a political risk consulting firm based in Connecticut, and senior advisor to the PRS Group. Why the Japanese Government Needs to Move Quickly The focus of much of the press since the quake and tsunami has been on levels of radioactive iodine that has been released into the environment, but cesium-137 is a much greater health concern and has been linked to cancer deaths nine times greater than radioactive iodine, with a half life of 30 years. Last week, for the first time, the Japanese science ministry began to release measurements of cesium-137 in soil around the plant. Continue reading

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Dr Helen Caldicott refutes George Monbiot on nuclear radiation

If you inhale a millionth of a gram of plutonium, the surrounding cells receive a very, very high dose. Most die within that area, because it’s an alpha emitter. The cells on the periphery remain viable. They mutate, and the regulatory genes are damaged. Years later, that person develops cancer…..It’s imperative that people understand that internal emitters cause cancer, but the incubation time for cancer is any time from two to 60 years. …

VIDEO Nuclear industry propaganda about low-level radiation is “absolute rubbish” says physician who taught at Harvard Med School — It’s all about internal emitters (VIDEO) « Energy News Energy News, HELEN CALDICOTT 4 April 11, : … Up to a million people have already died from Chernobyl, and people will continue to die from cancer for virtually the rest of time. What we should know is that a millionth of a gram of plutonium, or less, can induce cancer, or will induce cancer. Continue reading

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Australia’s trade hit by Japan’s nuclear crisis

“Japan’s nuclear situation and power shortages continue to weigh on international financial markets and may prolong the impact of this crisis on the global economy.”……

Japan disaster to cost Australia $2b, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 4 April 11, “…..Japan is Australia’s second largest trading partner, but its economy has been hit hard by the deadly tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis… Continue reading

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German churches back public wish for more modest lifestyle, with no nuclear energy

Those in favour of ditching nuclear energy have the churches on their side too, it emerged on Sunday, when the Catholic and Protestant representatives on the Ethics Commission on Atomic Energy expressed their views.

Most Germans would sacrifice lifestyle to ditch nuclear energyThe Local, 4 April 11, A majority of Germans would sacrifice a certain level of quality of life in order to close down the country’s nuclear power stations, according to a new survey. The poll found that 60 percent of those questioned were in favour of Germany generating its energy from only non-nuclear sources – even if this meant personal sacrifices…… Continue reading

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Indian govt adviser calls for halt to nuclear energy

Are India and Germany beginning to show the way for other democracies around the world? The nuclear moratorium issue appears to be fast becoming the clarion call of our times.

“I” for India comes after “G” for Germany. Energy Collective 4 April 11, A top Indian scientist and government advisor, backed by more than 50 prominent figures, has called for a moratorium on all future nuclear projects following the nuclear crisis in tsunami-hit Japan. Continue reading

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