Australian news, and some related international items

About Australia’s water, and about those naughty radioactive fish

Australia is a water scarce continent.  Nowdays the technocrats are bleating about how we need Desalination Plants.

But let’s get it straight about who really needs desalination plants. Why it’s that rapacious  old multinational corporation, BHP Billiton.  BHP B has open slather, at no cost whatever, to its daily guzzle of 35 million litres, and BHPB plans to extract an additional 120 million litres of publicly-owned artesian water per day, every day, for the next 70 years.

Then the desal plant in South Australia. (Never mind that this will mean extinction for the unique and beautiful giant cuttlefish. Just another victim to corporate profit.)

Now to those naughty radioactive fish, with Cesium that lasts for 30 years. Well, 1. they don’t stay in one place – they swim elsewhere.

And 2. they get eaten by bigger fish, and so on, in each case concentrating radioactivity further, as predators take the radioactivity up the food chain.  -it’s very concentrated by the time it gets to top predators.  And shock horror – who are these top predators. Why – it’s US! – Christina Macpherson

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Courageous Aboriginal owners value their land above money

In a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, this week, Ms Margarula said it was “with great sadness” the Mirarr people learnt of the suffering of the Japanese people following the earthquake and tsunami.

Ms Margarula told Mr Ban her people had been blocked from opposing the export of uranium from their land to Japan…..

Jeffery Lee, the sole member of the Djok clan, offered Koongarra to the government, shunning the chance to become a billionaire, saying he is happy to work as a ranger protecting the land….

Forget the billions, return Jabiluka site to Kakadu, say traditional owners, Sydney Morning Herald, Lindsay Murdoch Jabiru April 7, 2011 ABORIGINAL traditional owners have declared they want the multibillion-dollar Jabiluka uranium deposit to remain undeveloped and be incorporated into Kakadu National Park. Continue reading

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Citizens fight to protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining

the uranium mining industry has lined up more than 1,000 claims throughout hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine ecosystem……”Radiation and other pollution in these streams would directly impact human health and perceptions of wildness,” …… “Even very small reductions of flow in tributaries and springs would impact the experience of these places

Razing Arizona? Citizens Fight to Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining, News by Jess Leber · April 04, 2011 Every year, 5 million tourists from all over the world flock to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where they can view 2 billion years of geologic history in its glory.

Today, this national landmark is under threat. Continue reading

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BHP’s Olympic Dam uranium mine the reason for desalination plant

Olympic Dam, South Australia BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company The most ambitious mining-water supply project, which includes the expansion of the associated mine—it will become the world’s largest uranium producer…But the expansion depends on a coastal desalination plant— —at Point Lowly on southern Australia’s Spencer Gulf. Four pumping stations will move water through the 320-kilometer (200-mile) pipeline, providing nearly 90 percent of the 83 million cubic meters (22 billion gallons) of water the mine will use each year for ore processing and dust suppression,

Australia Builds Desalination Plants and Pipelines to Bring Water to Mines, Circle of Blue WaterNews,  05 April 2011 To feed water-hungry mining industries, similar plans are in the works to supply drought-ridden regions of Australia and China. Continue reading

April 7, 2011 Posted by | South Australia, uranium, water | , | 1 Comment

Fish off Japan found to contain radioactive Cesium

Toxic caesium found in fish off Japan, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation),  By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy, 7 April 11, Traces of radioactive caesium have been found for the first time in fish off Japan’s east coast.It is believed the contamination came from overheated fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Continue reading

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