Australian news, and some related international items

Quotations from prominent Australians on nuclear power and nuclear weapons

“The nuclear power industry is unintentionally contributing to an increased risk of nuclear war. This is the most serious hazard associated with the industry.” – Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry, 1977

“We were interested in this thing [a planned nuclear power reactor at Jervis Bay] because it could provide electricity to everybody and it could, if you decided later on, it could make an atomic bomb.” – Former Prime Minister John Gorton

Quotes about safeguards and proliferation, Friends of the Earth, Jim Green 11 Jan 2012, 

…..Quoting from prominent Australians on nuclear power and nuclear weapons,    Jim Green, 11 Jan 2012, 

“Nuclear energy is a bad fuel, a dirty fuel, a dangerous fuel. This is not a good industry to encourage, and anyone that has an electricity program, ipso facto ends up with a nuclear weapons capability.” – Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, October 16, 2006, Herald Sun / AAP.

“Again and again it has been demonstrated here and overseas that when problems over safeguards prove difficult, commercial considerations will come first.” – Mike Rann, 1982, ‘Uranium: Play It Safe’. Continue reading

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Wind farming an economic opportunity for Australia’s struggling farmers

Wind farms in Australia face the toughest guidelines in the world in relation to their siting, operation and permissible
noise levels.

 opponents of renewable energy seem determined to use wind farms as political footballs, fuelling community divisions they claim they want to avoid. They make inflammatory claims about noise – when a wealth of scientific research shows that noise from wind farms does not have a harmful effect on people.

Thornton: Winds of change for farmers Adelaide Now, by: Kane Thornton   January 11, 2012  WIND turbines can help save struggling farms, argues Kane Thornton. LIFE on the land has only become tougher. The cruel effects of drought, fires and floods, along with the strong Aussie dollar and challenging global markets, have pushed farming families to the limit.

In many cases, diversification has been the key to their survival. Responding to changing market dynamics, consumer demands and weather conditions by moving into different crops, livestock and land uses, is helping save the family farm.

It would be a brave outsider who demanded the removal of the farmer’s right to make those choices for themselves.

Yet that is what the activists opposed to wind farms are doing.

They are saying that individual farmers should not have the right to choose wind farming to help them drought-proof their properties, make better use of marginal farming land, or insure against market downturns. But for those farmers fortunate enough to live in some of the windiest places in the world, farming wind can be the best option. Continue reading

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Kuwait at risk of radiation pollution if USA attacks Iran’s nuclear plant

Kuwait faces more risk than any other country in the region….. This gives Kuwait the right to request that the United States refrain from any military action that would put the Iranian plant at risk, the experts believe.

Bushehr plant damage risks 90% radiation in Kuwait KUWAIT TIMES, 11 Jan 12, : Kuwait is not prepared for any negative impact from military action against the Bushehr nuclear power plant, experts say. “A radiation leak from the Bushehr Plant puts at least 90 percent of Kuwait’s population at risk of being affected by the worst kinds of cancer that affect the brain and kidney”, according to studies mentioned recently by experts from inside and outside Kuwait who are following the development of Iran’s nuclear projects. Continue reading

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Carbon emissions from Australia’s biggest polluting companies will be published

Biggest polluters face being named, SID MAHER ,  The Australian January 11, 2012 THE details on carbon emissions of about 500 of the nation’s biggest polluters will be published from July 1, when the carbon tax regime comes into operation.

The decision was enshrined in the legislation passed by parliament establishing the Clean Energy Future package and will be overseen by the Clean Energy Regulator…..

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Warming climate shown in continent wide study of Europe’s plants

Europe’s mountains show clear and rapid change to a warming climate by ClickGreen   9 Jan 2012 The decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest since global climate has been measured, and while localized studies have shown evidence of changes in mountain plant communities that reflect this warming trend, no study has yet taken a continental-scale view of the situation – until now.

With the publication of “Continent-wide response of mountain vegetation to climate change,” scheduled for Advance Online
Publication (AOP) in Nature Climate Change on 8 January, researchers from 13 countries report clear and statistically significant evidence of a continent-wide warming effect on mountain plant communities.

The findings are “clearly significant,” says Ottar Michelsen, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and one of the article’s co-authors. “You can find studies that have shown an effect locally, and where researchers try to say something more globally, but in this case, when you have so many mountains in so many regions and can show an effect, that’s a big thing.”

The article describes the results of a comprehensive effort to measure plant community changes in the mountains over the whole of Europe, with nearly a decade of time between the sampling efforts. Continue reading

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Costly cleanup faced by mining company over Northern Territory train spill

Mining company ordered to clean up train spill, ABC Rural Radio By Matt Brann, 10/01/2012 A mining company has been ordered to clean up the site of a train de-railment on a river near Katherine in the Northern Territory. About 1,200 tonnes of copper concentrate was washed out of a freight train and into the Edith River during a flash flood a couple of weeks
NT WorkSafe has given Oz Minerals until the end of the month to clean up the mess and transport any remaining material to the South Australian border. Executive director Laurene Hull says materials which are not in the immediate vicinity of the de-railment site are not subject to the Direction. She says the company will face penalties if the job is not completed
by February.
“Yes they will be in breach of the law, but we didn’t make this direction without discussing it with them (Oz Minerals) and they’re confident they can do the job within that time.” The Country Hour has contacted Oz Minerals for comment.

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Australian energy lawyers advising on renewable energy enterprise in South Africa

Aus lawyers advise on South African renewable energy programme 11 January 2012 | by The New Lawyer Lawyers in DLA Piper’s Australian practice have advised more than half of the 28 successful bidders for Phase 1 of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers (IPP) Procurement Programme. DLA Piper is the only law firm to use lawyers from its Australian practice to advise on the programme.

The renewable energy IPP Procurement Programme is a landmark project for South Africa and has been designed to stimulate the country’s renewable energy sector. The goal is to generate 42 per cent of all new electricity from renewable energy sources over the next 20 years. Technologies under consideration include solar, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas.

In advising 16 of the successful bidders, DLA Piper’s Australian team worked in partnership with DLA Cliffe Decker Hofmeyr, a member of the DLA Piper Group and one of South Africa’s largest business law firms. The globally integrated team comprised lawyers from Melbourne, Sydney, Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Damian McNair, head of finance and projects in Australia led the DLA Piper team, said the firm is delighted with the recent announcement of preferred energy bidders.

“This is a prime example of a global law firm providing clients with a truly international service by putting forward integrated international teams with specific energy expertise,” McNair said. DLA Piper’s Australian team will continue to advise bidders for Phases 2 and 3 of the programme.

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Cameco uranium company downgraded by equities analysts as “underperforming investment”

Cameco (CCJ) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Underperform”, Localised USA, Jan 10th, 2012 Cameco (NYSE: CCJ) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

Cameco Corporation (Cameco) is a Canada-based company. The Company and its subsidiaries are primarily engaged in the
exploration for and the development, mining, refining, conversion and fabrication of uranium for sale as fuel for generating electricity in nuclear power reactors in Canada and other countries. Cameco has three reportable segments: uranium, fuel services and electricity.

The company has a 31.6% interest in Bruce Power L.P. (BPLP). Cameco’s uranium joint venture interests are comprised of McArthur River, Rabbit Lake, Cree Extension Millenium, Moon Lake, Dawn Lake, Read Lake and Virgin River. Cameco’s projects include Kintyre Uranium Exploration Project (Kintyre) and GoviEx Uranium (GoviEx). Kintyre project is located in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. Cameco holds 12% interest in GoviEx. Its wholly owned subsidiary is
Global Laser Enrichment LLC (GLE).

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