Australian news, and some related international items

Bombing of Hiroshima – an unwarranted American atrocity

Ham’s conclusion to his very well documented and stringently argued book is that for 70 years the world has accepted an American myth – that the atomic bombs ended the war by shocking Japan into surrender. In fact it was ‘a planned massacre of innocent civilians – an unwarranted, American atrocity’.

Hiroshima: A stain on human history , HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI BY PAUL HAM (Bantam Press £25) By PETER LEWISPUBLISHED, 26 July 2012 This controversial book delivers a double-whammy in the way of shocks. First, it argues that the Atomic Bombing of two Japanese cities in August, 1945, was militarily unnecessary and politically unjustified.

Second, by interviewing many survivors while he was living in the two cities, Paul Ham, an Australian journalist and expert on the Pacific war, gives an eye-witness picture that leaves Dante’s Inferno looking pale.

Let me start with the inferno, so that we realise just what we are considering. Tomiko Nakamura was a schoolgirl of 13 at Shintaku High School in Hiroshima when the Bomb exploded, killing almost all her 300 schoolmates in the playground. Although over a mile from the blast, the flash, she remembers, ‘felt like the sun had fallen out of the sky and landed right in front of us’.

She regained consciousness in darkness. The mushroom cloud had turned dirty brown and cut off the sun. Flashes like ‘sunrises’ were coming from it in all directions. She examined her scalp covered in glass splinters. ‘My skin rolled off my legs like stockings’. Her shirt and trousers had been burnt onto her flesh. ‘I felt very sick and sat down but the flames were coming closer’. She started to walk over the rubble. ‘Voices beneath the timbers cried “Help! Help! It’s so hot!” I just kept walking’.
She reached a bridge where people with black or red faces were jumping into the river. ‘I couldn’t tell men from women. Some were holding their insides in their hands, staring at them. Everywhere dehydrated people were crying for water but when they drank some they died. A girl screamed: ‘The faster I die the better!’ as she jumped into the river. Continue reading

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To 4th August – nuclear news Australia

6th August Hiroshima 9th August Nagasaki  – so far these anniversaries are being ignored by the media. But not in Japan.   Japanese children will pass on the history of Nagasaki’s horror nuclear bombing on 9 Aug 1945

The heatwave continues in the Northern hemisphere, but rarely is that awful left-wing term “climate change”mentioned in news reports. It’s affecting all the Northern countries, though there is more news coverage about USA and Europe. Human-caused climate change made heat wave five times more likely.

Much nuclear news about the heatwave, too. The nuclear lobby’s poster boy, France, is copping it, with nuclear reactors having further cuts to their production, their cooling systems being unable to cope. Other countries’ reactors are similarly affected.


Investigative journalism greatly threatened by Nine-Fairfax merger.


ANSTO has the luxury of its commercial follies being funded by the tax-payer.

CLIMATE Aboriginal landowners Wangan and Jagalingou take land rights fight to the UN.

ENERGY   National Energy Guarantee (NEG) discriminates against rooftop solar, makes emissions task more expensive. Australia’s 2017 solar PV installation tally already eclipsed – in July.  Lots more news at

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Aboriginal landowners not allowed to vote on planned nuclear waste dump

Traditional owners “locked out” of nuclear waste vote,  InDaily, 3 Aug 18 Stephanie Richards   The head of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association says the majority of Adnyamathanha people have been denied a vote on a proposed radioactive waste management facility near the town of Hawker in the Flinders Rangers.

Wallerberdina Station, located approximately 30km northwest of Hawker on Adnyamathanha country, has been shortlisted by the Federal Government for a facility that will permanently hold low-level nuclear waste and temporarily hold intermediate level waste.

It is one of three sites, the other two situated close to Kimba, that were shortlisted by the Federal Government to store nuclear waste.

The selection process is entering its final stages, with a postal ballot beginning on August 20 to measure community support for the three nominated sites.

But ATLA CEO Vince Coulthard said the voting guidelines were disrespectful to traditional owners, as the majority of Adnyamathanha people do not live close enough to the proposed Wallerberdina site to be eligible to vote.

The voting range includes residents of the Flinders Ranges Council and those who live within a 50km radius of the Wallerberdina site.

According to Coulthard, there are approximately 2500 Adnyamathanha people in total but only about 300 Adnyamathanha people who live in the voting range.

Coulthard said about 50 Adnyamathanha people who lived outside the voting range had expressed interest in voting, but when ATLA asked Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan during a consultation trip to Hawker last week if those people could be granted a vote, Coulthard said Canavan told him that only those living in the prescribed voting range could participate.

“It’s a crazy situation,” Coulthard said.

“This is Adnyamathanha country and it is a very important place to the Adnyamathanha nation.

“People have strong connections to land. There’s a large amount of people, many who don’t live on the land but they go back on a regular basis to travel around the land.”

……… Coulthard said he was disappointed that Canavan had not consulted with all ATLA members during his consultation visit.

He said Adnyamathanha people had been “locked out” from the vote, despite holding native title rights over the land.

“Canavan is saying this will strengthen our culture, that this will be good for us, but what it is actually doing is punishing the environment.

“This is a place where we have gone to get bush tucker, where we have come as traditional owners for thousands of years.

They’ve shown us disrespect and this is very hurtful.”

The proposed site holds sacred meaning for Adnyamathanha people, as it is located close to the Hookina Waterhole and ancient burial sites.

…….. Last month, the Federal Government tripled the incentive package for the community that hosts the nuclear waste repository.

The Government had promised to spend more than $10 million in the district where the facility is built, but under new incentives announced by Canavan, the Government increased funding to $31 million.

……. The Government has previously indicated it wants to choose a preferred site before the end of this year.

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ANSTO has the luxury of its commercial follies being funded by the tax-payer

Steve Dale    Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 3 Aug 18  ‘ANSTO has ambitions to dominate the world’s market for medical isotopes’ – oh the luxury of having your follies funded by the taxpayer.

ANSTO’s messy, fragile isotope factory is for producing Moly99/Technetium99 – but Technetium for gamma imaging is slowly being replaced with positron emission tomography (PET) scans.

““Technetium is more or less like black and white TV,” Wilson said. “It’s low definition.”
By varying the target material used in the cyclotron, the technology can produce other medical isotopes like radioactive fluorides for PET, something traditional nuclear reactors cannot produce.”

ANSTO has built a messy, fragile, hyper-waste producing factory to make an isotope that will be as popular as betamax in 10 years. more

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Cyclotrons, not nuclear reactors, are the way of the future for medical radioisotopes

University’s cyclotron facility could fully supply province’s demand for medical isotopes HINA ALAM, Edmonton Journal : May 15, 2018  

For an Albertan who needs it, the journey of a radioactive isotope that has the ability to detect a potential heart or a bone cancer could begin at the University of Alberta’s Medical Isotope Cyclotron Facility…….

Although tests conducted over the past few months have shown that the U of A facility is capable of meeting the province’s need for 1,000 diagnostic procedures a day, there are still hurdles to overcome and its future use for producing technetium is still unclear…..

But research lead and university oncology department chairman Sandy McEwan sees a silver lining….

There are three isotopes that are commonly used — technetium-99m, a radioactive molecule of fluorine used in PET (positron emission tomography) scanning, and isotopes of iodine, used to detect and treat thyroid cancers.

Technetium-99m is the most common of these, and has a half-life of six hours, meaning that only half of it remains after that time. This is advantageous because the imaging scan is quick and the technetium doesn’t linger around in the body. This also means that the isotope must be produced quickly.

In the cyclotron, McEwan said it takes about six hours to make enough technetium-99m for the province each day.

……… ……The U of A technology shows that the isotope can be made locally and the science replicated across the country.

As it stands now, a dose of technetium-99m produced by the cyclotron at U of A is about 10 per cent more expensive compared to a dose of technetium-99m produced by traditional reactors.

“But that includes costing everything,” McEwan said. “It includes costing the cyclotron, the building, the research, the operations — everything.”

McEwan said the technetium-99m produced by the cyclotron is of a slightly higher purity profile than what you get from a reactor.

Also, most of the reactors are extremely old, said John Wilson, manager of the facility……

“Nuclear reactors are the highest capacity source for technetium-99m but are very, very expensive and create nuclear waste,” he said. “No one wants a reactor built close to where they live.” Jan Andersson, a researcher at the facility said as the supply stands now, reactors produce molybdenum-99, which has a half-life of 66 days and decays into technetium-99m, which is used in patients. This allows isotope to be supplied from far away but only if the reactors are running.

McEwan believes that technetium PET imaging will soon fade to give way to newer technologies, and the cyclotron is well-positioned to handle that.

“The cyclotron is Canadian,” he said. “We have a made-in-Canada solution.”


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USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission can impose nuclear waste dump without New Mexico State’s permission

“(F)irst, that the NRC has the statutory authority to license and regulate consolidated interim nuclear waste storage facilities, and secondly, that the comprehensiveness of that federal regulatory scheme pre-empts virtually any state involvement,

New Mexico powerless to stop N.J. company’s nuclear waste plans, By The Associated Press

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Canadian govt bribing a struggling rural town to give “broad social acceptance” for nuclear waste dump

Morrison cited several fears some of the townsfolk have about the project, such as negative impact on tourism, water contamination from the DGR boring project and the risk of accident while transporting high level  waste along the highway.

Morrison said money has already come into Hornepayne because of its progression into the project. NWMO’s Learn More Project provides funding to cover travel expenses for individuals who represent the community to meet with the NWMO at its office in Toronto. It also funds the hiring independent experts to advise the community ($15,000 or less) and pays to support authorities to engage citizens in the community to learn about the project ($20,000 or less).

“Businesses that are for the project get some of that money from council and businesses that aren’t don’t get any.”

Nuclear waste debate divides Northern town   Ben Cohen Special To The Sault Star, August 3, 2018  Hornepayne, Ont., a community of 980 people about 400 kilometres northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, is one of the five finalists to see who becomes home to a nuclear waste facility.

In 2011, the town entered a bid to become a repository for 5.2 million log-sized bundles of used nuclear fuel. They were joined by 21 other Canadian communities that have since been whittled down due to internal protest or geological unsuitability.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) of Canada’s plan is to take this used fuel, known as “high-level nuclear waste,” contain it in steel baskets stuffed into copper tubes and encased in clay, and place that in a Deep Geological Repository (DGR), a 500-metre deep hole reinforced with a series of barriers. This is where it will stay for the 400,000 years it remains radioactive.

Bradley Hammond, senior communications manager for NWMO, told the Sault Star that the project only moves forward if it receives “broad social acceptance” within the selected communities.

“We won’t proceed in an area with opposition,” he said, adding that he has complete confidence that NWMO will find a suitable town by 2023.

When asked if there was a plan in place if all five of the finalist communities, Huron-Kinloss, Ont., Ignace, Ont., Manitouwadge, Ont., and South Bruce, Ont., back out of the project, Hammond indicated there isn’t, because that would be impossible.

A rally is being held in Hornepayne Aug. 14 to oppose the town being used for nuclear waste storage. Those at the helm of the rally said the project “exploits” their small town. Continue reading

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Japan’s electricity supply fine during heatwave, largely due to energy conservation and renewable energy

The principal factor behind the reserve capacity rates are the energy-saving efforts that were ingrained across Japan after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

“Energy saving has become common at factories and homes

Fears of energy shortages melt away in stifling summer heat, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, August 2, 2018

Japanese households will be able to crank up their air conditioners to survive the record-setting heat wave without the risk of power outages, thanks to conservation efforts and the spread of renewable energies.

The central government had previously encouraged residents and businesses to cut their summer power usage to prevent energy shortages.

But for the third consecutive year, the government has not issued such a request.

Instead, the government has asked people to be wary of heatstroke symptoms as the torrid temperatures are expected to continue through August.

“Please turn on air conditioners and give the highest priority to preventing heatstroke,” a government official said. Continue reading

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Aboriginal landowners Wangan and Jagalingou take land rights fight to the UN

3 August 2018

‘Traditional Owners take land rights fight to U.N.
to head off threat of native title extinguishment for Adani

Authorised representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council,
Adrian Burragubba and Murrawah Johnson, have submitted a request to the
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
for urgent action under the early warning and urgent action procedure.

‘The request to the CERD is in relation to Australia’s violations of the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,
for the Committee’s consideration during its upcoming 96th session in Geneva.
The complaint raises six violations of Australia’s international obligations under the Convention..
(Link to the CERD submission )

‘The complaint was also sent to the Queensland Premier and Ministers in the Queensland Government,
as well as the Foreign Affairs Minister and Federal Attorney General.

Adrian BurragubbaWangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners’ Council spokespersonand cultural leader said, 

‘“We are seeking the United Nations’ help to stop the destruction of
our ancestral homelands, waters, and sacred sites by Adani’s
massive Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project. Continue reading

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Canada’s particle accelerator produces medical isotopes: no need for nuclear reactor

U of A develops new particle accelerator to supply medical isotope Calvin Chan May 16, 2018  

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Canadians concerned at secret transport of nuclear wastes to port (Do Australians care?)

Group: Nuclear waste could be trucked from Illinois to Port Huron, Bob Gross, Port Huron Times Herald, 3 Aug 18  

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August 3 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Reconciling energy and Indigenous rights” • In 2007, Canada was one of four countries to vote against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It signed in 2010, but has made little progress on the issue. Because it prioritizes oil sands, mining, fracking, and pipelines over indigenous rights, all its people […]

via August 3 Energy News — geoharvey

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Queensland backs start-up with plans for low-cost EV fast-charging — RenewEconomy

Queensland government backs Brisbane-based company whose vision is to supply low cost electricity supplies electric vehicle fast-charging.

via Queensland backs start-up with plans for low-cost EV fast-charging — RenewEconomy

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Designing a ‘solar tarp,’ a foldable, packable way to generate power from sun — RenewEconomy

Building on others’ work, my research group is working to develop flexible solar panels, which would be as efficient as a silicon panel, but would be thin, lightweight and bendable.

via Designing a ‘solar tarp,’ a foldable, packable way to generate power from sun — RenewEconomy

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Australia’s 2017 solar PV installation tally already eclipsed – in July — RenewEconomy

The amount of solar PV installed in Australia so far in 2018 has already surpassed the combined total of all installations for the whole of 2017.

via Australia’s 2017 solar PV installation tally already eclipsed – in July — RenewEconomy

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