Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Nuclear and climate news – Australia

Again, there’s a collision between the twin threats of nuclear power and of climate change, as California’s wildfires ravage the once-secret Santa Susana Field Lab (Rocketdyne), site of a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, and still radioactively polluted.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhtygifsuE.   Physicians for Social Responsibility refute media claims that wildfire ash poses no radiation health problem. ( No monitoring , no assessment: the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.)

California Fires Could Be The ‘New Abnormal’ If Climate Change Continues. Scientists have identified 10 ways in which climate change makes wildfires worse.

Investigative journalism. Again, journalists cover the situation of America’s sick and dying nuclear workers. This is a 2018 story, which was covered magnificently by McClatchy News in 2015.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR. Environmentalists are urging people to contact Labor MPs on two issues:

  1. Labor needs to support the movement against a federal nuclear waste dump at Kimba or Hawker, South Australia, a dump which would contravene South Australian law.
  2. National Conference in December in Adelaide: Federal Labor to hold firm to its strong anti-nuclear policy

Federal government nuclear waste compromises safety and security in South Australia.  Protestors rally at South Australian Parliament against nuclear waste dump plan. Aboriginal landowners say delay in nuclear waste dump vote may bring more opposition to the plan.   Kimba property values plunge, following plans for nuclear waste dump there.

Northern Territory: Mirrar people at last gain some control over their traditional land, as uranium miners leave.  Rio Tinto offloads Northern Territory uranium resources to Canadian company.

Australia already has cyclotrons, producing medical isotopes with no need for nuclear power.

Mining industry and union get together to prevent mining clean-up legislation.

CLIMATE CHANGE. Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian billionaire, calls on Government to reinstate carbon price. Energy Minister Angus Taylor confirms race is on to get new coal or gas finalised before federal election.  Call to Melissa Price, Minister For Coal, (sorry, I meant Environment) to explain why Adani project ‘s massive water use is OK.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  Small scale solar surge continues to reshape Australia’s grid.   NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables. Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in “solar capital” Alice Springs . Plan to shift Kimberley to renewables could save $15m a year.   Huge solar farm planned for Murray Bridge, South Australia.    Victoria’s first big battery charges up on state grid.  Victorian Labor dials up its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030.

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear reactors “are a bad bet for a climate strategy” – former NRC chairman.

The digital danger to nuclear weapons.

Tell Ft.com that solar air-conditioning is the answer to air-conditioning’s greenhouse gas problem.

Within 50 years, ozone layer hole is predicted to be completely healed.

 

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November 12, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

CONTACT YOUR ALP MEMBERS TO SAY NO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP

ALP have their national conference in Adelaide in December. While there are no guarantees, it is looking likely that they will be running the show after the next election. It is looking unlikely that Minister Canavan will be able to select a site for the waste dump before then. [ed: because the govt doesn’t want it to be an election issue]
The SA ALP passed a pretty good motion on radioactive waste at their conference in October.  We want the federal ALP to do the same. Or better.
We have set up an online lobbying tool so people can easily email or call their ALP MPs and Senators. Information below. With lots of phone calls, emails and any other contact possible, hopefully they will take note, end the current process and sort this radioactive mess out.
CONTACT YOUR ALP MEMBERS TO SAY NO WASTE DUMP
Wherever you are in Australia, please contact your ALP members to say no waste dump. The Labor Party have their national conference in Adelaide in mid December. With a federal election just around the corner, we want as many people as possible to contact them to urge them to adopt a strong policy on radioactive waste management. Conservation SA has set up an online lobbying tool. Just enter your postcode and it will automatically send an email to your ALP members. You can use the existing text, or edit to suit. Alternatively, you can call your ALP members.

November 12, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Australia already has cyclotrons, producing medical isotopes with no need for nuclear power

Kazzi Jai   Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 12 Nov 18 
So often we are focused on things when forget to take a step back and reassess the situation……

Hands up those people who know of ANSTO’s Synchotron in Melbourne, which they write is a “major research facility” and “one of the Australia’s most significant pieces of scientific infrastructure”. ANSTO took over operation in 2013. It began operation in 2007 funded by Victorian Government.
According to their blurb…”The Australian Synchrotron produces powerful beams of light that are used at individual experimental facilities to examine the molecular and atomic details of a wide range of materials. The advanced techniques are applied to research in many important areas including health and medical, food, environment, biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy, mining, agriculture, advanced materials and cultural heritage”….

Or ANSTO’s National Research Cyclotron (2011) in Sydney.

Or the MRI-Linac at the Ingham Insitute’s research bunker within South West Sydney’s Cancer Therapy Centre at Liverpool Hospital – patient trials mid 2018.

Or that NT is getting a PET and Cyclotron after much lobbying at the last Federal Election….PET this year – cyclotron next year.

Of course, Adelaide has its own cyclotron in the SAHMRI building operating since 2015, combined with patient imaging through partnership with a private imaging company housed in the same building.

Also remember cyclotrons can produce a variety of different isotopes for diagnostic imaging that are used in medicine – it is not just Tc-99m isotope production….

The world is a-changing…….

For completeness I should mention the other cyclotrons currently in use in Australian hospitals. They are located at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW), Austin Health & Medical Imaging Australia & Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (VIC), Royal Brisbane Hospital and Wesley Hospital (QLD) and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (WA).  https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

November 12, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, health | Leave a comment

Labor Fringe 16 – 18 December Adelaide, SA

 

16 – 18 December Adelaide, SA  Welcome to Fringe 2018! “Labor is at its best when we are the party of ideas and action” ‘Labor Fringe will bring together organisations, advocates, professionals  and members of the public from across the nation  to debate, connect, promote and share ideas that will shape the future of Australia.

‘The 48th Australian Labor National Conference will be held  from Sunday 16 – Tuesday 18 December 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre,  and the Fringe Program runs alongside the action on Conference Floor. 

‘Fringe 2018 will comprise of 80 events that explore diverse and integral issues facing Australia,  it will form an integral part of Labor’s highest decision-making platform.

‘Fringe 2018 provides an incomparable opportunity for organisations to showcase  and launch integral ideas and conversations to a large and diverse Labor audience. 

‘Fringe presents innovative and creative policy proposals,  thought-provoking speakers and powerful debates on the ideas  and organising challenges facing Labor and Australia.’

Our Vision Fringe is essential to Labor’s ongoing commitment to a culture of ideas.  We are proud to bring together organisations and individuals who are  passionate and committed to Labor values and ensuring a better Australia. 

‘Fringe provides an exciting platform for all Labor Party members and supporters  to share their ideas and visions for the future, whilst being able to hear from  our Party leaders and inspiring organisations that continue to fight for change.’

November 12, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Air conditioning – if supplied by fossil fuels – increases global warming

This article highlights Sir Richard Branson (a nuclear power proponent) and correctly reminds us of the carbon footprint if air-conditioning, if fuelled by fossil power. Important to Australia, and also to India. Why didn’t Ft mention this? 

BUT – the logical alternative is renewable energy –  either by use of a total renewable energy electrical system, or just a solar air-conditioner.

FT 12th Oct 2018 Air Conditioning   A competition to find a breakthrough in air-conditioning technology has been launched with the backing of Sir Richard Branson and the Indian government, in an effort to avert the climate impact of the huge expected growth in the use of cooling systems.

The prize is intended to encourage inventors to find new ideas for indoor cooling that can be economically competitive against current technologies, while reducing energy consumption and the use of refrigerants such as hydrofluorocarbons that contribute to global warming.

There are about 1.2bn air-conditioning units installed worldwide today, and that number is forecast to rise to 4.5bn by 2050 as incomes rise and living standards improve in hot countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

If today’s technology is used for those units, they would by themselves emit enough greenhouse gases to raise global temperatures by 0.5C, according to Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy think-tank. The International Energy Agency has also sounded the alarm over air-conditioning, describing it as one of the most critical blind spots in international energy policy.
https://www.ft.com/content/1e056bde-e5ef-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3

November 12, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy | Leave a comment

Climate change making devastating bushfires the “new normal”

31 Dead In Devastating California Wildfires: Here’s What To Know | TIME

California Fires Could Be The ‘New Abnormal’ If Climate Change Continues A leading climate scientist says a worrying pattern helped light the match for the devastating California fires. 10 daily, 13 Nov 18 

The fires have devastated the state, killing 31 people so far.

It’s not looking likely the blaze will calm any time soon.

One of the reasons for the scale of destruction being visited on the state is a collection of environmental triggers brought about by climate change, according to Doctor Daniel Swain of UCLA…….He said due to rising temperatures and dryness similar fires could affect the state for many years to come.

“This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years,” he said…..https://tendaily.com.au/news/world/a181112wih/california-fires-could-be-the-new-abnormal-if-climate-change-continues-apace-20181112

November 12, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Workers exposed to nuclear radiation: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Nearly 33,500 former nuclear site workers died due to radiation exposure- report

Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

They built our atomic bombs; now they’re dying of cancer

Nuclear Fallout: This story produced in partnership with ProPublica and the Santa Fe New Mexican. (Richly illustrated with photographs, videos, charts, documents interactive map) 
Wave 3, By Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik | November 12, 2018  
LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO (InvestigateTV) – Clear, plastic water bottles, with the caps all slightly twisted open, fill a small refrigerator under Gilbert Mondragon’s kitchen counter. The lids all loosened by his 4- and 6-year old daughters because, at just 38, Mondragon suffers from limited mobility and strength. He blames his conditions on years of exposure to chemicals and radiation at the facility that produced the world’s first atomic bomb: Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Gilbert Mondragon, 38, pulls the cap off a plastic water bottle that had been twisted open by his young daughters. He hasn’t the strength for those simple tasks anymore and blames his 20-year career at the Los Alamos National Lab. He quit this year because of his serious lung issues, which he suspects were caused by exposures at the nuclear facility. (InvestigateTV/Andy Miller)

Mondragon is hardly alone in his thinking; there are thousands more nuclear weapons workers who are sick or dead. The government too recognizes that workers have been harmed; the Department of Labor administers programs to compensate “the men and women who sacrificed so much for our country’s national security.”

But InvestigateTV found workers with medical issues struggling to get compensated from a program that has ballooned ten times original cost estimates. More than 6,000 workers from Los Alamos alone have filed to get money for their medical problems, with around 53 percent of claims approved.

The Los Alamos lab, the top-secret site for bomb design in 1943, has had numerous safety violations and evidence of improper monitoring, federal inspection reports show. Continue reading

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Iran is keeping faith with the nuclear agreement

The Latest: Nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within deal limits https://www.kansas.com/news/business/article221528430.htmlThe Associated Press, November 12, 2018  VIENNA 

The U.N. atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, aimed at keeping Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for incentives.

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states Monday and seen by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has stayed with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

The issue has grown more complicated since the U.S. withdrew unilaterally in May from the deal and then re-imposed sanctions. Iran’s economy has been struggling ever since and its currency has plummeted in value.

The other signatories to the deal — Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China — are continuing to try and make it work.

The IAEA says the agency had access to all sites in Iran that it needed to visit and that inspectors confirmed Iran has kept within limits of heavy water and low-enriched uranium stockpiles.

November 12, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables — RenewEconomy

New South Wales Coalition govt unveils grid upgrade plan, to accommodate the “flood” of new renewable energy capacity in the state’s development pipeline. The post NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Clean energy industry slams Coalition’s “perverse” procurement plan — RenewEconomy

Clean Energy Council slams federal government plan to underwrite new dispatchable generation, saying it grossly distorts ACCC recommendations in favour of coal-fired generation. The post Clean energy industry slams Coalition’s “perverse” procurement plan appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, we’re serious about solar power — RenewEconomy

The Solar Insiders team gets Fair Dinkum about solar, because that’s what we do, that’s who we are, that’s what we are about. Do you have a strawberry? The post Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, we’re serious about solar power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Dispatchable renewables: it’s time to start planning the transition — RenewEconomy

What if the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine? The post Dispatchable renewables: it’s time to start planning the transition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in “solar capital” Alice Springs — RenewEconomy

Territory Generation unveils 5MW battery in “solar capital” of Alice Springs that is likely to deliver pay-back within four years. The post Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in “solar capital” Alice Springs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Lazard hails “inflection point” as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils — RenewEconomy

Latest Lazard report shows wind and solar now beating existing and fully depreciated fossil fuel generators on costs, and battery storage is also falling. The post Lazard hails “inflection point” as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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November 12 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “The Economic Truth of Coal Mines” • The hyper-partisan political debate around coal conceals the surprising economic truth that coal miners, and those worried about climate change, both benefit from the current high in world coal prices. High prices for coal benefit mining companies, but they make it harder to sell coal. [The […]

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