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Australian news, and some related international items

To October 31 – nuclear and climate news Australia

Climate changeBig Trouble on a Small Planet-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMra7pPFqmE&t=188sn –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyZs6LdQ1cQ&t=9s     The world is pumping out more oil and other petroleum liquids than ever before.   Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere broke another record in 2018.

Climate change is already affecting human society in some terrible ways. Persistent drought is one main cause of the migration of Central Americans towards the USA –   where they will be confronted by 5,000 soldiers!

In matters nuclear, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey has brought world attention to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who almost certainly ordered this killing. Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record, abuses in Yemen, and international condemnation of the murder make its bid to become a nuclear nation a big worry to the rest of the world. But Trump is still keen to sell weapons and nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

World peace teetering again, as President Trump, egged on by his belligerent National Security Advisor John Bolton, prepares to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.

Investigative journalismHALF-LIFE   Chad Walde believed in his work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he got a rare brain cancer linked to radiation, and the government denied it had any responsibility.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE.  Only a few years left, for action on climate change – but do we care?  Australia losing all credibility with Pacific neighbours, as Morrison pulls out of global climate fund. Coalition digs deeper into coal and climate denial.  Climate change policy – the wrecking ball that destroys Australia’s prime ministers.   Coalition votes down COAG push to keep climate on energy policy agenda.   Liberal MP Dean Smith warns – “Young will abandon us”  New member of Parliament, Kerryn Phelps, will push for strong role for Climate Change Authority. About drought – Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Angus Taylor, Melissa Price are a disgrace!!

As Antarctica thaws, China, Russia and others move in.

NUCLEAR. Australia’s latest 60 Minutes – on Fukushima – a nuclear infomercial.

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in disarray – costs and safety problems.

Saturday 3 November: Adelaide. Rally – Don’t Dump on South Australia.

Australian govt documents name Whyalla, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln as possible ports for nuclear waste transport.

Legal action in Western Australia means delay, uncertainty, for Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium mine.

Is it time for BHP to sell unreliable and expensive Olympic Dam uranium mine?

Nuclear weapons for Australia? – at what cost?

Radioactive pollution problems: Australia’s rare earths mine in Malaysia.

Nuclear lobby revs up its frenzied campaign in Australia. Ben Heard is their front man. Ben Heard and pro nuclear company Frazer-Nash pushing for nuclear Australia.

ENERGY Scott Morrison’s desperate electricity measures have no real policy future.  Greens leader Adam Bandt says that  Labor backing of Liberal coal plan is outrageous. Things are crook for the Liberals, when the right wing IPA blasts them on energy policies!

RENEWA BLE ENERGY Australian business urged to join global embrace of 100% renewables.    ZEN Energy and the stunning solar future for South Australia.  South Australia opens biggest house. energy costs.     Perth’s Scotch College installs 512kW solar, cuts grid power usage by 25% .     WA off-grid school runs 100% on solar and battery.  Coca-Cola to add 3.5MW solar across Australian operations. CSIRO expands rooftop solar rollout to slash energy costs.

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Radioactive pollution problems: Australia’s rare earths mine in Malaysia

Australian mining plant in Malaysia faces radioactive waste inquiry, As China, the world’s largest producer of rare earth metals, scales back its export operations, the future of Australia’s industry is under a cloud. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australian-mining-plant-in-malaysia-faces-radioactive-waste-inquiry  By Jarni Blakkarly  30 Oct 18, The Chinese government has announced a slashing in the production of rare earth metals, a type of metal used in a range of high-tech products from mobile phones to wind turbines and electric cars.

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WA off-grid school runs 100% on solar and battery — RenewEconomy

New-build, off-grid school north of Perth becomes first in Australia to be powered completely by rooftop solar and battery storage. The post WA off-grid school runs 100% on solar and battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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October 29 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Energy Transitions are Nothing New but the One Underway is Unprecedented and Urgent” • As a historian who has studied the oil industry’s earliest years and petroleum’s role in world history, I believe that keeping the world habitable for future generations will depend on a swift transition to more sustainable energy sources. [Cosmos] […]

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Climate migration in Central America

The Climate Implications of the Migrant Caravan, EcoWatch,   The U.S. military will send as many as 5,000 troops to the country’s Southern border to meet thousands of refugees and migrants who are traveling north through Mexico from Central America, The Independent reported Monday.

The group of thousands grew out of 160 people who gathered at a bus stop in the crime-plagued Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Oct. 12, BBC News explained. News of the plan spread on social media, and, by the next day, the group had reached 1,000 members.

The migrants are heading north for a variety of reasons, from unemployment to violence. But one of the underlying causes is climate change.

“Central America, in general, has had chronic impacts of climate change,” Oxfam Guatemala Country Director Ana María Mendez Libby told Earther.

That’s because of drought and irregular rainfall in something called the Dry Corridor, a region in the lowlands of Central America along the Pacific coast. Migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador has rapidly increased in the past 10 years, which coincides with a period of drought that has cost the three countries around 700,000 acres in corn and bean crops just this year.

A study led by the UN World Food Program found that the drought, rather than violence, was the driving factor causing people to leave the region to seek food and work elsewhere, National Geographic reported.

While scientists still don’t know how much the current drought, driven primarily by an increasingly erratic El Niño cycle, can be blamed on man-made climate change, experts with experience in the region know the current weather patterns are more extreme than in the past. ……… https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-implications-migrant-caravan-2616282125.html

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South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support scheme — RenewEconomy

South Australia opens country’s biggest support scheme for household battery storage – with $200 million in the form of grants and loans. The post South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support scheme appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: Which Australian companies will go 100 per cent renewable? — RenewEconomy

Which Australian companies will go 100 per cent renewable? We talk to the head of RE100, who has been to Australia, while David Leitch let’s fly against the “fair dinkum bullshit” of the latest government energy intervention. The post Energy Insiders Podcast: Which Australian companies will go 100 per cent renewable? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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October 28 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Where To for Australia’s Renewable Energy Sector?” • The Australian Government has no plans to revise the country’s renewable energy target “with anything” after 2020. It will reach its watered-down goal for 2026 anyway, so why bother? Some analysts expect this to cause a slowdown of renewable growth. Others see things differently. [CleanTechnica] […]

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Egypt goes for renewable energy in a big way

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Middle East Monitor 27th Oct 2018 , Egypt is “entering the world of solar energy” after it inaugurated the
largest solar power plant in the world early this year, RT reported on Friday. Reporting the remarks of Egyptian official Hassan Abaza, RT said that the superpower plant was built in the city of Aswan, southern Egypt.
It began supplying the national grid last December. Abaza reiterated that this is the largest solar power plant in the world, noting that his country is heading towards more investment in this kind of power as part of its plans for sustainable development.
He also said that solar power energy is better than oil because it is renewable, stressing that the “green
economy” is a mechanism to achieve sustainable development.   https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181027-egypt-builds-largest-solar-power-plant-in-the-world/

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Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in disarray – costs and safety problems

 

 

 

Delays hold back nuclear medicine – SEAN PARNELL, OCTOBER 26, 2018 https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/delays-hold-back-nuclear-medicine/news-story/16d8606ac2f0e5c1d8e9010ea316aa74

Australia’s production of nuclear medicine is in disarray, with a promised world-class manufacturing plant running two years behind schedule, unresolved questions over waste management, and broader concerns over ageing facilities and safety issues at Lucas Heights.

A conveyor breakdown in June at building 23 — where a ­series of safety incidents prompted a damning independent review — has caused ongoing supply issues throughout Australia and overseas.

The Weekend Australian has learned the existing plant will not be able to resume full domestic production of generators until next year. Amid the disruptions, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has been forced to import generators and trade local ingredients with an American producer. It is refusing to detail how much the inefficient workaround is costing.

One of the safety incidents that prompted a rare intervention by the regulator was caused by a wheel falling off a trolley. It has now emerged the conveyor breakdown was caused by damage to the guide rails that other trolleys use and the conveyor chain guides themselves.

With nuclear medicine stakeholders expressing frustration at the ongoing delays, and a perceived lack of transparency by ANSTO, Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen ­Andrews has asked the agency to respond to the internal review as a priority.

“I’ve also sought assurance from ANSTO that they are supplying the market at normal levels,” Ms Andrews said.

Stakeholders had raised concerns with the minister’s predecessor without response and point to continuing practice ­restrictions.

A new $168.8 million plant, to be known as ANSTO Nuclear Medicine, was meant to be operational in 2016 and as much as triple the production of generators, making Australia a major global player. However, it will not be operational before early next year — ANSTO will not say if the budget has blown out — and license conditions set by the Australian Radiation Protection and ­Nuclear Safety Agency add to the challenges.

ARPANSA will not allow any overall increase in production until the existing plant is decommissioned, adding to delays, and is demanding more information on plans for a new waste-management facility — including contingency plans should it, too, be delayed.

The ANM would also rely on building 23 which, like the existing plant, was built in the 1950s and is past its use-by date. The independent review revealed ANSTO wanted to replace the building “but federal government budget restrictions have meant that this has not been progressed”.

“A number of additions and modifications have been made to the facility, but these cannot possibly resolve all of the issues associated with a facility not designed for its current use,” the review concluded.

Ms Andrews would not be drawn on the issue, saying it was a matter for ANSTO to respond to the independent review, which also raised concerns over culture.

ARPANSA is overseeing the independent review and has given ANSTO more time to respond to the recommendations.

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Legal action in Western Australia means delay, uncertainty, for Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium mine

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Nuclear lobby revs up its frenzied campaign in Australia. Ben Heard is their front man.

Frazer-Nash Consultant, Ben Heard, will be speaking at The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne on Wednesday 31 October.  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia.

Steve Dale “Ben will be giving the keynote address, “Nuclear power in Australia: an ongoing debate”, which discusses the changing nature of the Australian power industry.”

It is only an ongoing debate because lobbyists and unknown sourced lobbying money have such a corrupting influence on our politics. The nuclear push is reaching fever pitch because a lot pro-nuclear pollies will probably be gone after the next election – and the cross bench may get their wish of a Federal ICAC – which could shine a spotlight on the corrupting influence of Nuclear cack lobbying.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/permalink/2171512056213773/?comment_id=2173512052680440&notif_id=1540684271625148&notif_t=group_comment

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New member of Parliament, Kerryn Phelps, will push for strong role for Climate Change Authority

First thing’: Phelps set sights on reviving fortunes of climate body, Brisbane Times, By Peter Hannam, 27 October 2018  Kerryn Phelps, the likely new member for Wentworth, will push for the revival of the near-defunct Climate Change Authority as part of her efforts to advance action on global warming at a federal level.

Dr Phelps, who appears to hold an unassailable lead of 1783 votes for the seat vacated by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, said her determination to emphasise cutting carbon emissions and advancing renewable energy was reinforced by a meeting in Sydney on Saturday with ex-Kiribati president Anote Tong.

Dr Phelps said that while Mr Tong’s island nation faced immediate threats from rising sea-levels, the former leader stressed that “sooner or later everyone will be on the frontline” from threats wrought by a warming world.

The independent candidate said it was clear from this month’s byelection that climate change – and the lack of federal policies – was among the highest concerns for Wentworth voters.

If she takes her seat in Parliament as expected next month, Dr Phelps said an early target will be to restore the Climate Change Authority.

It’s the first thing that we could actually do – to reinstate the funding and the scientific credibility of the Climate Change Authority,” Dr Phelps told Fairfax Media. “It’s very important that we do have an independent authority looking at the evidence and providing advice to governments.”……

Many Pacific islands are low-lying or have populations clustered to coasts that facing inundation from rising sea levels. Salt water intrusion into groundwater and exposure to more powerful cyclones are other risks.

Earlier this month, environment minister Melissa Price was accused of disrespecting the Pacific leader by telling him during a chance meeting in a Canberra restaurant that the region was “always” seeking cash and she had her chequebook ready. Ms Price denied she made such comments but she did ring later to say she wished no offence……. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/first-thing-phelps-set-sights-on-reviving-fortunes-of-climate-body-20181027-p50cd3.html

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About drought – Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Angus Taylor, Melissa Price are a disgrace!!

How long can Australians put up with these climate criminals ? Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Angus Taylor, Melissa Price , and dont let us forget that complete ignoramus Barnaby Joyce- happily leading Australia further into climate disaster, with their pretense that the current drought has nothing to do with climate change –    that it’s only temporary the good times will come back. We can prop up unsustainable farmers, using the money intended for disability support.
Meteorologist expects severe drought and heavy rain events to worsen globally https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181025141009.htm, October 25, 2018, University of Oklahoma

Summary:  Meteorologists expect severe drought and long-lasting rainfall events to worsen in the future. Researchers have  determined how frequent, intense and long lasting these types of events will be in the future.
A University of Oklahoma meteorologist, Elinor R. Martin, expects severe drought and long-lasting rainfall events to worsen in the future. In Martin’s new study just published, she determines how frequent, intense and long lasting these types of events will be in the future. Martin looks at both severe drought and rain events, but it is the first time extended heavy rain events have been studied.

“In some places, there will be more frequent droughts, and other places can expect more frequent rainfall,” said Martin, professor in the School of Meteorology, OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. “The Caribbean and Central America will have more extreme droughts and the north and northeast of North America can expect more extreme heavy rain events. Around the world, some places will see droughts and heavy rain events become more intense, longer lasting and more frequent. For the agriculture and related industries, this is particularly important.”

Globally, there are areas that will overall become wetter and areas that will become drier. When it gets warmer, the water builds up and it rains for long periods, but there will be longer periods between rain events and in places, it will become drier. Even regions that are projected to become drier overall, like the Southwest and South Central United States, are expected to see more severe, longer and frequent periods of heavy rain. Martin refers to the May 2015 rain event in Oklahoma and Texas as one example of what could be expected in the future.

“When it gets warmer, water vapor can build up in the atmosphere, so when it does rain it rains a lot and for long periods, but there will be longer periods between rain events so droughts will become worse.” said Martin. She points to a changing climate as the reason these events will worsen, and defines droughts and rain events by using a standardized rainfall index to compare events between regions and seasons. For this study, Martin used the same climate models as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


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Materials provided by University of Oklahoma. Original written by Jana Smith

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Ben Heard and pro nuclear company Frazer Nash pushing for nuclear Australia

 

 

New industry white paper for Australia from  published for the coming mining conference: ‘Identifying the role for nuclear power in Australia’s energy transition’. “Free download” from International Mining and Resources Conference – but ya gotta fill in dirty great forms to read it. The nuke lobby doesn’t want outsiders in on this

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