Australian news, and some related international items

23 April Past week in Australian nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANIt has been a big week for climate news, with the New York signing, by a record 175 countries,  of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

CLIMATE. I’d love to say that Australia was  a big participant in the historic climate change meeting, and Agreement, in New York on 22 April. Sadly, not so. Yes, we signed up, but ratification, and any meaningful action – No!  Indeed, Australia was not invited to high level climate group in New York – a meeting for “high ambition” climate action nations, not “low ambition” ones.

IF that were not bad enough, Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis publicly stated his doubt about the science of climate change, as did another Coalition Senator, Deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash. Indeed, Australia at New York was the ultimate climate action hypocrite.

Steaming hot world sets more temperature records, especially in Australia. The dying Great Barrier Reef – due to Australia’s carbon exports. Traditional Owners’ rejection of Carmichael coal mine stands, despite Adani bank rolling bogus “land use agreement”

NUCLEAR. Australia to sell uranium to Ukraine? – insensitive timing, economic and security folly.

NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION. Just where does South Australia’s charismatic Senator Nick Xenophon stand on nuclear waste importing?

Responses to the Commission’s ‘Tentative Findings’ included this telling one from Dan Monceaux, writing about the health of uranium and nuclear workers, and about the secrecy surrounding this.

Meanwhile the nuclear lobby has revved up its propaganda, prior to the Commission’s announcement on May 6th, that South Australia should start a nuclear waste import industry.

However, the nuclear lobby’s determined campaign to show the Commission as solely a matter for South Australia has not worked internationally. America’s influential Nuclear Information and Resource Service is running a petition  Help stop A Global Mobile Chernobyl! supporting Australians’ opposition to the nuclear waste import plan.

April 23, 2016 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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