Australian news, and some related international items

Climate and nuclear news to 14 October – Australia

The world has 10 years to ward off global warming disaster.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2018 Report on Monday 8th October. By Tuesday, its news was all over the media.  By Wednesday, other news had to some extent taken over. By now, in Australia, we’re back to the important stuff – horse racing and royal weddings.

However, climate change is still important, and indeed, urgent. Experts warn that the IPCC report may be understating the climate situation. And in particular – the risk of catastrophic sea-level rise.

Again, however much the nuclear lobby might not want you to know this, – the dangers of climate change and nuclear power are merging. Hurricane Michael has threatened nuclear power stations in Georgia and Florida. But there’s precious little information on how that is going.


An alt-right, all-male, racist, anti-semitic, pro nuclear group aims to join Liberal-National politics.


NUCLEAR. The nuclear lobby now touts SMRs – Small and Medium Nuclear Reactors – deliberate confusion about size.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison resuscitates the nightmare dream of the nuclear chain in Australia.   Nuclear reactors DO have a harmful impact on coastal environments, despite the false claims of the Australian nuclear lobby.  Cory Bernardi promises to explain why nuclear power is a “compelling investment opportunity”

ANSTO still dreams of nuclear power for Asia,and Australia taking back their radioactive trash.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Renewable energy bringing a new golden age to South Australia,   Nation-first renewable energy project recognised.   Australia installs 50th public EV fast charger.  Telstra’s first solar farm up and running as other projects join the grid . Solar Insiders Podcast: Solar’s big year, and Senec storage. New wind farm developments bring jobs to Victoria.


Rising sea levels will mean flooding of vulnerable cities- e.g: London, Jakarta, Shanghai and Houston.

ExxonMobil CEO Depressed After Realizing Earth Could End Before They Finish Extracting All The Oil.

$2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift – better than climate apocalypse.


What the IPCC Report 2018 says about nuclear power.

Cheap flexibility from storage, demand-side response and distributed renewable energy generation poses a “huge threat” to the nuclear industry.

USA-Russia relations at a low ebb: nuclear treaties are under threat.

Genetic changes in children of soldiers who were exposed to ionising radiation.

Vitrified nuclear waste: glass corrodes and melts long before the radioactive trash is inert.

The very bad news about what space travel can do to your gut.


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Lip service and lies: Coalition’s response to the IPCC report — RenewEconomy

Little surprise that the Coalition is mixing its message on climate, but overall it’s clear to see our current leaders are unwilling to part with the financial support of Australia’s coal barons. The post Lip service and lies: Coalition’s response to the IPCC report appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Nation-first renewable energy project recognised — RenewEconomy

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project partners and Pacific Hydro are celebrating after taking home one of the Premier’s 2018 Sustainability Awards. The post Nation-first renewable energy project recognised appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Nuclear reactors DO have a harmful impact on coastal environment, despite the false claims of the Australian nuclear lobby

Paul Richards ‘     Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 12 Oct 18    Of course none of this has any impact on plants built at coastal locations…” Robert Parker, speaking about release of nuclear reactor’s hot water into sea.

Dismissing this saying no impact is simply, false.

Nonetheless, that fact, is subjective to whether an individual or corporate group values the earth environment in saying: ‘there is no impact’.

Because it is a matter of record there are three major outcomes.

1. The temperature increase in the bodies of water can have serious adverse effects on aquatic life.

2. Warm water holds less oxygen than cold water, thus discharge from once-through cooling systems can create a “temperature squeeze” that elevates the metabolic rate for fish.

3. Additionally, suction pipes that are used to intake water can draw plankton, eggs and larvae into the plant’s machinery, while larger organisms can be trapped against the protective screens of the pipes.

Furthermore, before anyone comes back with a smart comment just be aware these nuclear reactor cooling systems run 24/7, 356 days per year.

Pushing out up to 3.745 gigalitres of water, taking excess heat out of the nuclear reactor system.

3.745 gigalitres = 3,785,411,784 litres per day of heated water is dumped into a coastal ecosystem.

* Based on whose value system, is there ‘no impact’, on the ocean environment from the hot water out of a nuclear reactor?

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ANSTO still dreams of nuclear power for Asia,and Australia taking back their radioactive trash

MoU for Australian and Vietnamese nuclear organisations, WNN, 10 October 2018, The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow further collaboration between the two organisations. The agreement was signed during a visit to ANSTO by a delegation led by VAEA Director General Hoang Anh Tuan.

ANSTO CEO Adi Paterson said the MoU would give the organisations an opportunity to cooperate more closely on areas of mutual benefit. “ANSTO has worked with a variety of Vietnamese agencies for many years through multilateral fora such as the IAEA, the Regional Cooperative Agreement, and the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia”, he said.

Discussions were held on possible areas for cooperation including research reactor operation and utilisation, environmental monitoring of mining tails, and food provenance…………The visit, which has been facilitated by ANSTO’s International Affairs team, is part of the International Atomic Energy’s Technical Cooperation Programme.

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Cory Bernardi promises to explain why nuclear power is a “compelling investment opportunity”

Seize the mantle and stop this moratorium’: Cory Bernardi to lay out investment case for nuclear power 

Earlier this week, Scott Morrison suggested there was no investment case for nuclear power in Australia.

But Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi begs to differ and  has confirmed he will lay out an investment case to pursue the power generation option next week.

“If Scott Morrison says he’s not afraid to use the nuclear word, I want to give him the economic case so that he can seize the mantle and stop this 20 year green moratorium on even contemplating nuclear power in this country,” Bernardi tells Luke Grant. “I will lay out an investment case that makes nuclear a compelling opportunity. It will detail not only the energy benefits of nuclear energy but the whole range of other spin-off benefits. It could relieve drought-affected areas, it could ensure greater crop production.”

“We can also detail a way, which is a little riskier in a political sense, that it could be built with no additional capital input from the government right now.”

Bernadi says the time for an elimination of the ban is now, with the blanket prohibition precluding Australia from capitalising on its uranium resource abundance and shutting us off from the economic advantages that would flow on.

“We’re crazy,” he says.

“There’s 30% of the world’s uranium resources in this country, something like 20% in South Australia alone. We could radically change Australia’s economic future. You can do it perfectly safely and to those who want to stop carbon dioxide emissions, you can cure that problem too.”

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Alex Turnbull, son of former Prime Minister denounces the “crazy” climate agenda of the Liberal Party

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull is gone but son Alex keeps the climate faith, The Conversation, Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra, October 11, 2018  In a Thursday video for the Wentworth byelection, Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex has denounced “extremists on the hard right” who, he says, have taken over the Liberal Party.

The younger Turnbull called on voters in his dad’s old seat to register a protest about the party’s direction, and deliver a message on climate change. “If you want to pull the Liberal party back from the brink, there is one clear signal you can send,” he said, urging people not to vote Liberal.

Apart from the leadership coup Turnbull, a Singapore-based investment manager, highlighted energy policy to make his point about the hard right’s “crazy agenda”.

“As an investor in energy, I’ve seen that in particular there’s no way coal can compete anymore. Renewables have gotten too cheap, firming costs are reasonable, and really there’s no trade off any more between lowering your power bills and reducing emissions. And yet still some would like to prosecute a culture war over this issue”.

Kerry Schott, head of the Energy Security Board, is coming from a rather different place but at the Australian Financial Review’s energy summit this week she delivered an equally blunt message about the politics of energy, describing “the general state of affairs right now as anarchy”. ……..

Business is more tuned into, and willing to talk about, the emissions challenge and climate change than the government is. For the government, going there takes it down the alley of internal ideological conflict.

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report came this week, the Coalition was unimpressed by its call for the international community to phase out coal by mid-century in order to contain the temperature rise. After all, the government is still under internal pressure to underpin investment in new coal-fired power, if investors can be found.

In contrast, Alex Turnbull said in his video the IPCC report “frankly was terrifying … and it’s seemingly insane to me that we could not be doing something about this and soon”.

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Australian farmers now turning to acceptance of need to act on climate change

Why farmers are forcing climate change into the spotlight
Farmers’ climate denial begins to wane as reality bites, The Conversation   Sarah Ann Wheeler, 
Professor in Water Economics, University of Adelaide Céline Nauges, Research Director, INRA
October 12, 2018  Australia has been described as the “front line of the battle for climate change adaptation”, and our farmers are the ones who have to lead the charge. Farmers will have to cope, among other pressures, with longer droughts, more erratic rainfall, higher temperatures, and changes to the timing of seasons.Yet, puzzlingly enough to many commentators, climate denial has been widespread among farmers and in the ranks of the National Party, which purports to represent their interests.

Back in 2008, only one-third of farmers accepted the science of climate change. Our 2010-11 survey of 946 irrigators in the southern Murray-Darling Basin (published in 2013) found similar results: 32% accepted that climate change posed a risk to their region; half disagreed; and 18% did not know.

These numbers have consistently trailed behind the wider public, a clear majority of whom have consistently accepted the science. More Australians in 2018 accepted the reality of climate change than at almost any time, with 76% accepting climate change is occurring, 11% not believing in it and 13% being unsure.

Yet there are signs we may be on the brink of a wholesale shift in farmers’ attitudes towards climate change. For example, we have seen the creation of Young Carbon FarmersFarmers for Climate Action, the first ever rally on climate change by farmers in Canberra, and national adverts by farmers on the need for climate action. Since 2016 the National Farmers Federation has strengthened its calls for action to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Our latest preliminary research results have also revealed evidence of this change. We surveyed 1,000 irrigators in 2015-16 in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, and found attitudes have shifted significantly since the 2010 survey.

Now, 43% of farmers accept climate change poses a risk to their region, compared with just 32% five years earlier.  Those not accepting correspondingly fell to 36%, while the percentage who did not know slightly increased to 21%…………

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An alt-right, all-male, racist, anti-semitic, pro nuclear group aims to join Liberal-National politics

Is Australia’s ruling Liberal-National coalition even more in danger from the extreme right-wing than we thought?    This all-male crowd likes violence – fighting (The Lads Society), racism, anti-semitism, and of course  – coal and nuclear power.
Manifesto reveals alt-right’s plans to go mainstream after ‘infiltration’ of NSW Young Nationals, Background Briefing , By Alex Mann

The ABC has uncovered a covert plot by Australia’s alt-right movement to join major political parties and influence their policy agendas from within.

Haircuts and hatred

Inside Australia’s alt-right movement. Who are its members and what does their manifesto reveal about their political ambitions?
Background Briefing has witnessed members of the NSW Young Nationals in Sydney attending a secret men’s-only fight club set up by some of the country’s most prominent alt-right nationalists.

The program has also gained access to a private Facebook group in which these same people discuss their manifesto, which includes plans to shake up mainstream politics.

The group is called The New Guard and its followers are self-described fascists

At least three NSW Young Nationals — including Clifford Jennings, who sits on the executive of the party’s youth wing — are, or recently have been, members.

On Facebook and elsewhere online, more NSW Young Nationals are sharing alt-right talking points, racist in-jokes containing coded references to Hitler, and theories of a global Jewish conspiracy.

In response to these revelations, one member of the party has been asked to resign, while two others have been sent show-cause notices.

The first sign of an alt-right push within the NSW Young Nationals came during a dramatic state conference in May. Continue reading

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Australian business ready to adopt its own emissions reduction scheme.  

Business set to leave Coalition behind Phillip Coorey, 12 Oct 18  Appeasing the political cancers on the right of the Liberal Party has left business furious and ready to adopt its own emissions reduction scheme.

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The horrifying possibility of 15-to-20 feet of sea-level rise

What’s Another Way to Say ‘We’re F-cked’?

One of the leading climate scientists of our time is warning of the horrifying possibility of 15-to-20 feet of sea-level rise, By 

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The nuclear lobby now touts SMRs – Small and Medium Nuclear Reactors – deliberate confusion about size

Steve Dale Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, October 10

Small Modular Reactors don’t exist yet, and the picture below shows that the size of these speculative reactors are far from “small” (red arrow points to tiny human figure). Yet Barry Brook continues to receive funding from the “Australian Research Council” to investigate all things nuclear, including putting these reactors on small islands. How much money has gone to funding pro-nuclear fantasy research?
“Economic Feasibility of Energy Supply by Small Modular Nuclear Reactors on Small Islands: Case Studies of Jeju, Tasmania and Tenerife” Sanghyun Hong and Barry W. Brookmore

Noel Wauchope they are now referred to by IAEA as small and medium reactors (SMRs)…..A subcategory of very small reactors – vSMRs – is proposed for units under about 15 MWe, especially for remote communities……..Note that many of the designs described here are not yet actually taking shape. ……. They go on to list a bewildering array of reactor designs, listed in MWe (MegaWatts electic) -not in physical size.

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For Australia to take its share in climate action – 12 coal-fired power stations need to close by 2030

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 The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ’s Special Report understates the threat

Climate report understates threat

By Mario MolinaVeerabhadran RamanathanDurwood J. Zaelke, October 9, 2018 The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, released on Monday, is a major advance over previous efforts to alert world leaders and citizens to the growing climate risk. But the report, dire as it is, misses a key point: Self-reinforcing feedbacks and tipping points—the wildcards of the climate system—could cause the climate to destabilize even further. The report also fails to discuss the five percent risk that even existing levels of climate pollution, if continued unchecked, could lead to runaway warming—the so-called “fat tail” risk. These omissions may mislead world leaders into thinking they have more time to address the climate crisis, when in fact immediate actions are needed. To put it bluntly, there is a significant risk of self-reinforcing climate feedback loops pushing the planet into chaos beyond human control.

The report does describe how much more serious climatic impacts will be if the world lets warming reach 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Limiting the warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius can, for example, cut many impacts in half, including those of fresh water shortage and losses of many species and of ocean fish catch. The report is relatively optimistic that this can be done, but only with unprecedented commitment and cooperation from governments, industry, religious and secular leaders, and citizens around the world.

So far, average temperatures have risen by one degree Celsius. Adding 50 percent more warming to reach 1.5 degrees won’t simply increase impacts by the same percentage—bad as that would be. Instead, it risks setting up feedbacks that could fall like dangerous dominos, fundamentally destabilizing the planet. This is analyzed in a recent study showing that the window to prevent runaway climate change and a “hot house” super-heated planet is closing much faster than previously understood. Continue reading

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Fukushima nuclear plant owner apologizes for still-radioactive water — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

TOKYO (Reuters) – The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, said water treated at the site still contains radioactive materials that for years it has insisted had been removed. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at […]

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