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Australian news, and some related international items

Climate and nuclear news merge this week

News media seem rivetted on Hurricane Florence now affecting USA’s Carolina states.  Meanwhile there’s much less coverage of the much greater Typhoon Mangkhut afflicting the Marshall Islands, Guam, and soon the Philippines and Chinese coast.

Hurricane Florence, though now downgraded to Category 1, still threatens at least 9 nuclear waste sites and at least 12 operating nuclear reactors.

The Marshall Islands, already having radioactive leaks, are even more threatened, with the nuclear waste tomb located there.

Crisis of heat across the planet.   Scientists are now establishing the links between climate change and these extreme events.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE CHANGE is taking centre stage today, as, Trump-like,  our new Prime Minister Scott Morrison pronounces that we will meet our Paris commitments “in a canter”. Alas, that’s a lie. In reality, Australia is on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs.  Australia is going backwards on climate change. Australia stands to REALLY lose face on climate change at coming international summits.

Senator Matt Canavan ridicules climate health report, days after climate health expert wins Liberal safe seat. 68% of Australians want govt to set genuine emissions targets to meet our Paris climate commitments. Queensland government climate strategy stresses the health impacts. Doctors speak out on climate change.

Adani coal company’s groundwater bores investigated  amid claims they were sunk without approval.

Darebin Council, Victoria leads the way on climate change action.

Australian Communities Foundation Divests $90 Million From Fossil Fuels.

NUCLEARFlooding Dangers to proposed Nuclear Morgue in South Australia.    Ship loaded with Australia’s nuclear trash arrives at Cherbourg, France. Nuclear waste returning to Australia is really High Level Waste.  South Australian MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan  on plan to store radioactive trash in rural South Australia.

Tony Abbott – the mad monk, and Ziggy Switkowski are spruiking nuclear power – again Senator Cory Bernardi believes in nuclear power, but doesn’t believe in climate change. Anonymous pro nuclear “engineers” lobby Canberra ministers and premiers.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Julian Assange‘s future safety hangs in the balance.

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September 14, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Tony Abbott – the mad monk and Ziggy Switkowski are spruiking nuclear power – again!

Abbott’s election advice to Morrison: it’s time to hit the nuclear switch    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/abbotts-election-advice-to-morrison-its-time-to-hit-the-nuclear-switch/news-story/11b479d55f4d52ce7e84a2a3f19390b2      JOE KELLYPOLITICAL REPORTER @joekellyoz  15 Sep 18 

Tony Abbott has called on the Morrison government to sharpen the political contest with Labor ahead of the election by moving to lift the prohibition on nuclear power, as Bill Shorten leaves the door open to reviving the now “dead” national energy guarantee.

The former chair of the Aus­tralian Nuclear Science and Tech­nology Organisation and current chair of NBN Co, Ziggy ­Swit­kowski, told The Weekend Australian yesterday it was sensible to clear the regulatory pathway for the next generation of small ­nuclear reactors.

A revived debate over nuclear power was also backed by North Queensland MP Warren Entsch, a supporter of the NEG, who said all elements of energy policy should be on the table.

Speaking on 2GB radio in Sydney yesterday, Mr Abbott said there was “absolutely no reason why, when it’s economic, we shouldn’t have nuclear power generation in ­Australia”.

“One of the things that we could easily do is go into the parliament (and) seek to change the law here. When you’re seeking a third term, when you’re defending a one-seat majority, when you’ve got a few self-inflicted wounds, when you’ve got the unions and GetUp and the Greens as well as Labor against you, you’ve got to be prepared to create a contest.”

The push to revive the nuclear debate follows Scott Morrison declaring the NEG dead, while opposition energy spokesman Mark Butler this week held out the prospect of Labor moving to revive the policy in government following engagement with industry.

Dr Switkowski said the future for nuclear power was “likely to be defined by the arrival of small modular reactors (SMRs) of a 100MW scale” that could provide power for up to 100,000 people.

“They will be affordable, low-risk and an investment that business will find attractive,” he said. “That is likely to happen later in the 2020s, but will have special relevance to Australia where we have towns and industries and mines and desalination plants, all of (which) could be served by one of these SMRs.

“The opportunities for … large reactors have now largely disappeared … It is, however, very sensible to clear away the regulatory obstacles to developing business plans and evaluating technologies in order to have an option in the 2020s to adopt these SMRs.”

Mr Entsch told The Weekend Australian a fresh discussion on lifting the 1998 prohibition on nuclear power “made sense”, saying technological improvements made it possible to build smaller and safer reactors. “The reality is that nuclear power … is clean and green,” he said. “There is zero emissions. If they made a decision to do it, there wouldn’t be an ­objection from me.”

LNP MP Luke Howarth, in the Queensland seat of ­Petrie, said the nation “should be having the discussion about how to build a ­nuclear industry” because it would help drive the “jobs of the future”.

Others rejected the push to revive the debate. South Australian Liberal MP Tony Pasin said: “Whilst I respect the view of Mr Abbott, in my view our government’s policy agenda needs to be focused on proposals which will put serious downward pressure on energy ­prices over the course of the immediate term.”

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Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut will affect radioactive nuclear trash dumps

Media reports are concerned about the safety of nuclear reactors in North and South Carolina, as the hurricane.  storm surges and torrential rain threaten them. If the nuclear power plants survive unscathed, the nuclear lobby will crow about this as a “success”.

But little mention is made of the 9 or more toxic radioactive waste sites, also in the path of Hurricane Florence.

And – the huge danger posed by the much greater weather event  – the typhoon that has already affected the Marshall Islands, with its dome covering nuclear weapons wastes.

September 14, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Studying the climate change effect as a hurricane takes place

Here’s how climate change is fueling Hurricane Florence A novel forecast looks at the size and fury of the storm with and without human-caused warming, Science News, BY CAROLYN GRAMLING , SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 

Even as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains, one team of scientists has undertaken a different kind of forecast: Understanding the influence of human-caused climate change on a storm that hasn’t made landfall yet.

Real-time storm forecasts continuously update as new data become available. But what would happen if, from a single starting point — in this case, the state of the atmosphere on September 11 — Florence roared ahead in two parallel worlds: one with and one without the influence of human-caused climate change?

In that hypothetical scenario, Florence was bigger than if it would be if it had occurred in a world with no human-caused warming, climate modeler Kevin Reed of Stony Brook University in New York and colleagues conclude in a study posted on the university’s website September 12. And thanks to warmer sea surface temperatures and more available moisture in the air, it would dump 50 percent more rain on the Carolinas, the researchers predict.

The goal of such climate change attribution studies is to determine whether — and by how much — human-driven climate change might have caused a particular extreme event, such as a hurricane, a heat wave or a flood. It’s an increasingly high-profile area of research, particularly after three studies last year found that a trio of extreme events in 2016 simply could not have happened without climate change (SN: 1/20/18, p. 6).

Until now, such studies have been conducted only when the event is long over. Reed and his colleagues got a jump on that question, conducting the first attribution study for an extreme event that is still in progress. It’s not yet clear what role such real-time attribution studies might play in society; they could aid emergency planning, policy making and even climate-related litigation.

In the meantime, what this study reveals is that “dangerous climate change is here now,” says study coauthor Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. “The chances and magnitude of dangerous extreme weather have already been significantly increased.”

Reed talked with Science News about what a forecast attribution study is, how the new study suggests climate change may have altered Florence’s rainfall and size, and the future of real-time attribution. His responses are edited for space and clarity………https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-climate-change-fueling-hurricane-florence

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Typhoon Mangkhut far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards Philippines

‘Super typhoon’ far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards millions https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/super-typhoon-far-more-powerful-than-florence-hurtling-towards-millions/news-story/48529ee24228b6257c73bcddd0c07802

A SUPER typhoon that has already dwarfed Hurricane Florence is set to break records as it tears towards its target with up to 43 million people in the firing line. Megan Palin@megan_palin,  SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

AN “extremely dangerous” super typhoon predicted to be the one of the strongest systems on record is howling towards Hong Kong and the Philippines with up to 43 million people in the firing line.

Typhoon Mangkhut is the equivalent of a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone, boasting maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gusts up to 285kph. Bureau of Meteorology Australia tropical climatologist Greg Browning told news.com.au that Mangkhut was “significantly stronger” than Hurricane Florence which is simultaneously hurtling towards the US as North Carolina locals evacuate the region to avoid the onslaught.

“(Mangkhut is) relatively rare (because it’s) at the top of the severe scale,” Mr Browning said. It’s extremely dangerous as it’s a very large system with very strong winds and a potential storm surge over a large distance.

“There will be very heavy rainfall associated with it which has potential to cause widespread damage.”

Mr Browning said Mangkhut was the most powerful storm system to have developed on Earth this year but that it wasn’t the strongest since records began in 1946, as has been reported internationally. Typhoon Haiyan – which killed more than 6,000 people when it lashed the Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 230kph and gusts of 325kph in 2013 – holds that record.

On Friday, Mangkhut was in the Pacific, about 450km from the Philippines with the 125km-wide eye expected to make landfall on the country’s largest island, Luzon, on Saturday.

The Global Disaster Alert and co-ordination System (GDACS) said it expected a “high humanitarian impact based on the storm strength and the affected population in the past and forecasted path” of destruction. As many as 43 million people could be exposed to Mangkhut’s cyclonic winds, according to the GDACS. More than four million Filippinos are reportedly at risk of the storm which could drench areas as far south as the country’s island capital, Manila. Mr Browning said the super typhoon was then likely to continue tracking west to Hong Kong and southern China, jeopardising millions more lives, on Sunday and Monday.

‘THE BIGGEST KILLER OF ALL’

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii has categorised the system as a “super typhoon“ which Mr Browning said equates to “very destructive winds” and heavy rainfall that’s likely to cause infrastructure damage anywhere it hits.

“But the biggest killer of all with a system like this is typically the storm surge,” he said.

“The region close to the typhoon’s crossing can expect (to bare the brunt).”

With a 900km wide rain band – which is 50 per cent bigger than Haiyan’s – combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the typhoon could also set off landslides, according to forecasters.

Countries across east and southeast Asia are issuing emergency alerts and ordering evacuations as both Mangkhut and a second storm, Typhoon Barijat taunt the region.

Mangkhut is forecast to hit the northeastern Cagayan province of the Philippines, early on Saturday local time.

Office of Civil Defense chief Ricardo Jalad told an emergency meeting led by the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that about 4.2 million people in Cagayan, nearby Isabela province and outlying regions were vulnerable to the most destructive effects near the typhoon’s 125km-wide eye. Nearly 48,000 houses in those high-risk areas are made of light materials and vulnerable to Mangkhut’s ferocious winds.

Storm warnings have been raised in 25 provinces across the Philippines restricting air and sea travel. Schools have been closed and bulldozers are on standby in the event of landslides.

The military and police in Luzon have been placed on red alert — barring all troops from going on leave — so they can respond to emergencies in communities expected to bear the brunt of the typhoon.

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba told local media that this typhoon was “very different, this is more complicated because of possible storm surges”.

MEGACITIES IN PATH OF DESTRUCTION

The Hong Kong observatory’s tracking system shows a 70 per cent probability that Mangkhut could deviate within a 500km radius from its predicted position, causing uncertainty over the next few days. The observatory warned of rough seas and frequent heavy squalls, urging residents of the densely populated financial hub to “take suitable precautions and pay close attention to the latest information” on the storm.

Australian expat Alexis Galloway, who lives in Hong Kong, told news.com.au the government this morning “announced on the radio they are opening 47 emergency shelters once the T3 is raised”.

“This is the first time I’m actually quite nervous (about a typhoon) … we live right on the water too and 15 minutes from Shenzhen! Right in the thick (of it),” she said.

The system is already stronger than any of the 15 past severe or super typhoons that warranted the highest “No 10” warning sign, the South China Morning Post reports.

On the Chinese mainland, the three southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan are co-ordinating preparations, including suspending transport and moving people to shelter inland, the national meteorological agency reported. The area is home to a string of megacities and more than 100 million people. Guangdong, China’s manufacturing hub, has set up 3777 shelters, while more than 100,000 residents and tourists have been moved to safety or sent home. The province has recalled more than 36,000 fishing boats to port, while train services between the cities of Zhanjiang and Maoming have been suspended and all ferry services between the Guangdong and Hainan have been put on hold.

megan.palin@news.com.au | @Megan_Palin

September 14, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Introduction To Storm Surge — Mining Awareness +

Emphasis added; original here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/surge_intro.pdf

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Hurricane Florence Landfall Radar With Location Of Nuclear Power Stations – Weather — Mining Awareness +

For the very latest updates go to your preferred/local weather source. The orange icons are the nuclear power stations. Brunswick Nuclear Power Station is near the center of Hurricane Florence. Click to enlarge image. The time for this radar exported to Google maps is around the time of the two other radar images found below […]

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September 14 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “A Million Climate Deniers Flee Hurricane Florence, Never Stop To Ask Why” • As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas and Virginia, a million climate deniers are rushing to escape the brunt of the storm without ever stopping to ask why they are in the path of one of the most powerful […]

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New Documents Undermine Trump’s Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes — Mining Awareness +

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/storm-they-call-the-wind-maria-powerful-hurricane-maria-has-maximum-sustained-winds-of-175-mph-280-kmh-and-a-very-low-minimum-pressure-909-mb/ “New Documents Undermine President’s Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Sep 13, 2018 Press Release Cummings Says President’s Tweets Disputing Death Toll Are “Appalling, Offensive, and Ignorant of the Misery and Death Suffered by Our Fellow American Citizens in Puerto Rico” Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2018)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. […]

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Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment — RenewEconomy

Australia’s position as a green building world-leader looks set to continue with a raft of leading companies signing up to the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment being announced in San Francisco this week. The post Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Morrison gives climate the middle finger as Australian emissions soar over Paris — RenewEconomy

Morrison promises no action on climate as emissions soar to record highs, putting Australia at risk of missing Paris climate target by a billion tonnes. But what to expect from a man surrounded in his office, his party room, his ministers, and in church, by climate deniers and fossil fuel hawks. The post Morrison gives…

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The case for renewables has never been stronger, says Deloitte study — RenewEconomy

Deloitte report says the case for renewables has never been stronger, and smashes a few myths along the way. The post The case for renewables has never been stronger, says Deloitte study appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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“Largest ever” turbine blades en route to Australia’s largest wind farm — RenewEconomy

Construction is underway at AGL’s Coopers Gap wind farm in south-east Queensland, and that means delivery of “the largest wind turbine blades ever transported in Australia.” The post “Largest ever” turbine blades en route to Australia’s largest wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Regulator’s report points to outrageous gaming of South Australia energy market — RenewEconomy

Regulator’s report into July 9 event in South Australia points to outrageous gaming of the energy market in that state. Customers are getting screwed, but it’s not the fault of wind or solar. The post Regulator’s report points to outrageous gaming of South Australia energy market appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Senator Cory Bernardi believes in nuclear power, but doesn’t believe in climate change

Doesn’t Cory Bernardi get it?   – that the nuclear lobby now loves to believe in climate change – so it can pretend that nuclear power is the cure. 

Cory Bernardi writes to Angus Taylor, asking for nuclear moratorium removal, 2GB  LUKE GRANT , 14 Sep 18, Senator Cory Bernardi has written to the Federal Energy Minister, asking him to remove the moratorium on nuclear energy.

The Australian Conservatives’ leader has asked Angus Taylor to support a bill to lift the blanket ban on nuclear. With 40% of the world’s uranium resources residing in Australia, Bernardi says the government would be “mad” not to pursue the power option………….

Bernardi adds that the Morrison Government needs to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, to show that they have fully liberated themselves from Turnbull’s  beleaguered energy agenda.

“It’s a symbolic gesture that shows they’re setting out on a new path of Australian sovereignty to make sure every business, family, pensioner and household can afford to turn on the lights.” https://www.2gb.com/cory-bernardi-writes-to-angus-taylor-asking-for-nuclear-moratorium-to-be-lifted/

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