Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Support for nuclear power is support for coal: John Quiggin refutes the arguments of Australia’s pro nuclear shills

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May 27, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Torres Strait lodges case at UN against Australia on human rights as climate change issue

May 27, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal, politics international | Leave a comment

Free media now under grave threat, as USA aims to gaol Julian Assange for life

May 27, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, politics international | Leave a comment

Carbon dioxide soars to record-breaking levels not seen in 800,000 years

Carbon dioxide soars to record-breaking levels not seen in 800,000 years, Fox News, 26 May 19, There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been for 800,000 years — since before our species evolved.

On Saturday (May 11), the levels of the greenhouse gas reached 415 parts per million (ppm), as measured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Scientists at the observatory have been measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide levels since 1958. But because of other kinds of analysis, such as those done on ancient air bubbles trapped in ice cores, they have data on levels reaching back 800,000 years. [8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World]

During the ice ages, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were around 200 ppm. And during the interglacial periods — the planet is currently in an interglacial period — levels were around 280 ppm, according to NASA.

But every story has its villains: Humans are burning fossil fuels, causing the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are adding an extra blanket on an already feverish planet. So far, global temperatures have risen by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) since the 19th century or pre-industrial times, according to a special report released last year by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change……

“We keep breaking records, but what makes the current levels of CO2 in the atmosphere most troubling is that we are now well into the ‘danger zone’ where large tipping points in the Earth’s climate could be crossed,” said Jonathan Overpeck, the dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. “This is particularly true when you factor in the additional warming potential of the other greenhouse gases, including methane, that are now in the atmosphere.”

The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were this high, way before Homo sapienswalked the planet, the Antarctic Ice Sheet was much smaller and sea levels were up to 65 feet (20 meters) higher than they are today, Overpeck told Live Science.

“Thus, we could soon be at the point where comparable reductions in ice sheet size, and corresponding increases in sea level, are both inevitable and irreversible over the next few centuries,” he said. Smaller ice sheets, in turn, might reduce the reflectivity of the planet and potentially accelerate the warming even more, he added…….. https://www.foxnews.com/science/carbon-dioxide-soars-to-record-breaking-levels-not-seen-in-800000-years

May 27, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

A fight for the future as climate change school strikes grow for fourth month running

Skipping School to Stop The Climate Crisis: Greta Thunberg and the Student Protests

A fight for the future as climate change school strikes grow for fourth month running

An estimated 4,000 teenagers and young people turn out in Manchester – and another 1.5m around the world – to demand they inherit a planet that is not dying, The Independent, 27 May 19,  Colin Drury, Manchester @colin__drury I t is a hot, sunny day in Manchester and 14-year-old Carmen King is dressed in full black funeral garb, complete with veil and thick white face paint.

“It’s pretty warm,” she says of her outfit. “But then, if adults don’t get it sorted, it’s only going to get hotter anyway.”

The year nine student was one of some 4,000 children, teenagers and young people who flooded into the city centre on Friday to protest against climate change.

They themselves were among an estimated 1.5 million-plus youngsters doing the same in hundreds of towns and cities across the world: in London, Paris and Berlin, of course, but, crucially, in the provinces too, in places – like Manchester – where the battles for hearts and minds are often truly won.

They went on strike from school classes and university lectures, as they have done one Friday a month since February, to demand adults do just one thing: save the planet and their futures…….

Nationally the strikes have been coordinated by the UK Student Climate Networkand come partially in response to a UN report in October, which stated the world’s carbon emissions needed to be halved within 12 years to prevent some of the severest effects of global warming – flooding, droughts, mass displacement – becoming inevitable.

But, because this month’s protest coincided with exam season, there were some expectations that numbers may be down. They decidedly were not……

In conversation, many offered considered and thought-out policies, which they believed would help decarbonise the UK economy: subsidies for renewable energy companies, integrated public transport with Europe to reduce flight numbers, citizens’ assemblies and the reversal of Brexit (inevitably mentioned) were all among ideas suggested.  ……. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/youth-strike-4-climate-manchester-climate-change-global-warming-uk-student-climate-network-a8929636.html

May 27, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Japan’s proposal for June G20 meeting – a bout disposing of nuclear waste (but no mention of stopping making it)

Japan to push for int’l conference on nuclear waste disposal at June G-20 meet  https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190525/p2a/00m/0in/006000c    26 May 19, TOKYO — The Japanese government announced May 24 that it plans to arrange an international meeting to consider how to dispose of highly radioactive nuclear waste.

Tokyo is set to get approval for the plan at the Group of 20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth scheduled for mid-June in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, and aims to launch the first roundtable this autumn.

Nuclear waste is a problem for all countries operating nuclear power plants, and the Japan-backed international summit on cooperating to dispose of it will be a world first. Participating nations are expected to aim for improved cooperation and formulation of an international “basic strategy” on dealing with radioactive waste.

High-level nuclear refuse is usually “vitrified” — mixed with melted glass and solidified — before being deposited in an underground storage facility. Japan’s own disposal plans call for holding the waste for 30 to 50 years to cool it before burying it in stable rock formations at least 300 meters below ground. Finland is already building a major underground disposal site, while its neighbor Sweden is conducting a safety evaluation at the location of its own planned facility. However, there is no precedent for actually operating such an installation, and Japan has not yet even begun the survey process to choose a site.

The Japanese government will thus use the June 15-16 G-20 environment and energy summit meeting to urge member nations to cooperate on realistic solutions. Specifically, Japan will press nations with advanced nuclear disposal technology including those in Europe to share their know-how, and also promote international collaboration among research facilities and staff exchanges. The international roundtable will put together a collection of proposals on a basic nuclear waste disposal cooperation strategy and how to explain the issue to the citizens of member nations.

(Japanese original by Hajime Nakatsugawa, Business News Department)

May 27, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

US conducted nuclear explosion experiment in February

US conducted nuclear explosion experiment in February, NHK,26 May19,

A US government laboratory says the country held a subcritical nuclear test in the state of Nevada on February 13.

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made the announcement on Friday.

The test was the first of its kind since December 2017, and the second under the administration of President Donald Trump. It was the 29th in the United States.

The laboratory says the experiment, dubbed “Ediza,” used high explosives to implode plutonium and captured “numerous, detailed scientific measurements.”  ……

The latest test was conducted just before the second US-North Korea summit in February, meaning the Trump administration was demanding Pyongyang abolish its nuclear weapons while it was trying to enhance its own.

The revelation is expected to prompt criticism from anti-nuclear groups. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190525_13/

May 27, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

The tiny plant that helped save a desert from uranium mining — Beyond Nuclear International

A spectacular landscape is spared, but opposition will remain vigilant

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May 27, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Russia Launched New Nuclear Power Icebreaker While Other Countries Pay To Clean up Russian Nuclear Waste Ship (& Other Russian Nuclear Messes) — Mining Awareness +

Russia launched its new nuclear icebreaker just as Norway and the EU have started helping financially and technically to cleanup one of Russia’s old nuclear waste ships! The US, Europe (including Norway), Canada, and Japan have given billions to Russian nuclear cleanup efforts, freeing Russian funds to develop more nuclear icebreakers, submarines, etc. This goes […]

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May 26 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “State of Global Air 2019 – A Special Report On Global Exposure To Air Pollution And Its Disease Burden” • Scientists, doctors, lung associations, medical journals, and another recent report, State of Global Air 2019, have conducted tens of thousands of studies on such topics. At this point, the message is clear – […]

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May 27, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Taylor gets energy and emissions portfolio, Price dumped from environment — RenewEconomy

Angus Taylor to combine energy and emissions reductions, while Melissa Price dumped from environment and replaced by Sussan Ley. The post Taylor gets energy and emissions portfolio, Price dumped from environment appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Assange Indictment Marks Alarming New Stage in US War on Leaks Says The Committee to Protect Journalists — Mining Awareness +

According to The Committee to Protect Journalists https://cpj.org: “Assange indictment marks alarming new stage in US war on leaks May 24, 2019 12:00 PM ET Mexico City, May 24, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the U.S. Justice Department’s indictment yesterday of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange [1] . The administration of […]

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A False Answer, a Big Political Connection and $260 Million in Tax Breaks (Re Holtec International Nuclear) — Mining Awareness +

From Propublica.org: https://www.propublica.org/series/the-real-bosses-of-new-jersey “A False Answer, a Big Political Connection and $260 Million in Tax Breaks Holtec International gave a false answer in a 2014 New Jersey tax break application connected to political boss George E. Norcross III, a Holtec board member. Five days after WNYC and ProPublica asked about it, lawyers called it “inadvertent” […]

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