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Australian news, and some related international items

Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef

Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe  As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return, Guardian, by Robin McKie, 2 Dec 18 “…………Great Barrier Reef  Coral reefs cover a mere 0.1% of the world’s ocean floor but they support about 25% of all marine species. They also provide nature with some of its most beautiful vistas. For good measure, coral reefs protect shorelines from storms, support the livelihoods of 500 million people and help generate almost £25bn of income. Permitting their destruction would put the planet in trouble – which is precisely what humanity is doing.

Rising sea temperatures are already causing irreparable bleaching of reefs, while rising sea levels threaten to engulf reefs at a faster rate than they can grow upwards. Few scientists believe coral reefs – which are made of simple invertebrates related to sea anemones – can survive for more than a few decades.

Yet those who have sounded clear warnings about our reefs have received little reward. Professor Terry Hughes, a coral expert at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, recently studied the impact of El Niño warmings in 2016 and 2017 on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef and its largest living entity – and wept when he saw the damage.

“The 2016 event killed 30% of corals, the one a year later killed another 20%. Very close to half the corals have died in the past three years,” he said recently.

For his pains, Hughes has faced demands from tourist firms for his funding to be halted because he was ruining their business. “The Australian government is still promoting new developments of coal mines and fracking for gas,” Hughes said, after being named joint recipient of the John Maddox prize, given to those who champion science in the face of hostility and legal threats. “If we want to save the Great Barrier Reef, these outdated ambitions need to be abandoned. Yet Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising, not falling. It’s a national disgrace.”

This grim picture is summed up by the ethnographer Irus Braverman in her book Coral Whisperers: “The Barrier Reef has changed for ever. The largest living structure in the world has become the largest dying structure in the world.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/02/world-verge-climate-catastophe

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Fukushima evacuees forced back into unacceptably high radiation zones — Beyond Nuclear International

“A comprehensive decontamination is impossible”

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Why the UK Labour Party — and everyone — should reject nuclear power — Beyond Nuclear International

Too unreliable, too late, and with better renewable alternatives

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UK company chooses Sydney for Australian HQ — RenewEconomy

United Kingdom-based renewable energy investment and asset management specialist Bluefield Partners has chosen Sydney for the headquarters of a new Australian subsidiary, Blueshore. The post UK company chooses Sydney for Australian HQ appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Why coal – and not renewables – is root cause of surging Australia power prices — RenewEconomy

BNEF analysis says rising coal costs are major cause for Australia’s surging power price, and wind and solar now major hedge against fossil fuel commodity hikes. The post Why coal – and not renewables – is root cause of surging Australia power prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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December 2 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Portrait of a Planet on the Verge of Climate Catastrophe” • As politicians gather for the annual UN climate conference, climate catastrophe looks inevitable. We have simply left it too late to hold rising global temperatures to under 1.5°C and so prevent a future of drowned coasts, ruined coral reefs, spreading deserts, and […]

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Milestone – Australia renewables output hits 9GW for first time — RenewEconomy

Renewables reach 9GW for first time on Saturday, and wind and solar do that without hydro on Sunday. The post Milestone – Australia renewables output hits 9GW for first time appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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TEPCO and state slapped with new lawsuit over nuclear crisis — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against TEPCO and the government gather in front of the Fukushima District Court in Fukushima on Nov 27. November 28, 2018 FUKUSHIMA–Dismayed at a breakdown in talks for compensation, residents of the disaster-stricken town of Namie filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the central government for damages stemming […]

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Drone footage probably closest evacuees will get to going home — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Elementary school pupils in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, watch drone footage of their hometown of Futaba, which they are not permitted to enter due to high levels of radiation, and talk to local officials there via a satellite hookup. Children living as evacuees are glued to images shot by a drone of their hometown of […]

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Spatial pattern of plutonium and radiocaesium contamination released during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

November 14, 2018 Abstract Plutonium and radiocaesium are hazardous contaminants released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) disaster and their distribution in the environment requires careful characterisation using isotopic information. Comprehensive spatial survey of 134Cs and 137Cs has been conducted on a regular basis since the accident, but the dataset for 135Cs/137Cs atom […]

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Top solar postcodes of Australia – state by state — RenewEconomy

Clean Energy Regulator has updated data on solar hot-spots in each Australian state and territory, leading the uptake of rooftop solar systems sized between 0-100kW. The post Top solar postcodes of Australia – state by state appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Clean Energy Council calls for NSW renewables target, as another state election looms — RenewEconomy

CEC calls on NSW political parties to lift game on renewables with long-term policies to drive investment, and drive down power costs, in lead-up to March 2019 election. The post Clean Energy Council calls for NSW renewables target, as another state election looms appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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UQ makes 25-year solar farm commitment to Southern Downs — RenewEconomy

The University of Queensland has officially taken ownership of the Warwick Solar Farm project, sealing a 25-year commitment to the Southern Downs. The post UQ makes 25-year solar farm commitment to Southern Downs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Tesla big battery turns one, celebrates $50 million in grid savings — RenewEconomy

Tesla big battery celebrates first birthday, delivering some $24 million in earnings, some $50 million in grid savings, and new confidence in a renewables future. The post Tesla big battery turns one, celebrates $50 million in grid savings appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Right’s Toxic Shame on Climate Change — Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine: I’m relieved, I suppose, that Trump officials didn’t actually suppress, censor, or doctor volume two of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. All they did was release it on the Friday after Thanksgiving, suggesting that somewhere deep in what passes for someone’s conscience in this putrid presidency, some residual shame […]

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