Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Nuclear news to 13 June – Australia

Although climate change is still the monumental threat to all life on earth, I’ve decided to return, above all, to the original focus of this newsletter – nuclear news.

The nuclear issue is the perfect subject for examining how  prevailing journalism and shonky history distort genuine historiography.  And, this week, there’are fine examples of this in articles about the HBO TV min-series “Chernobyl”. There are articles claiming that the series is “inaccurate”, “exaggerated”, and quoting minimal health effects, and the area as a wildlife paradise.

In fact, series writer Craig Mazin extensively researched the subject, to faithfully retell the events of the April 1986 nuclear disaster. Historian Kate Brown thoroughly examined copious records of the huge health toll in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and reported on this, and on its implications for the future.   Daniel Taylor discusses the accuracy of the series, and reflects on the secrecy, bureaucratic mismanagement, and the war on truth which prevails concerning the nuclear industry, both in the Soviet era, and in today’s world, whether East or West.

AUSTRALIA

Australia heads for authoritarian rule, as Federal Police under government control, threaten press freedom. Australia’s police raids on the media will silence whistleblowers. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton “knew nothing” about police raids on Australian media offices, and on a home!!  Statement by Ita Buttrose, ABC Chair, on the public’s right to know. Journalists who joined in the attack on Julian Assange may find themselves to be the next victims.

NUCLEAR. Liberal National Coalition’s “nuclear cowboys”. Despite the evidence, the Australian government refuses to accept Chronic Radiation Syndrome in nuclear test veterans. The health toll of Australia’s uranium nuclear industry.

CLIMATE. Australia’s reputation in the Pacific now trashed due to its failure to help, in climate crisis.  Adani’s flawed protections for groundwater: its Carmichael mine may dry up ancient desert springs.  Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor delayed releasing data that shows greenhouse gas levels continue to riseAl Gore – Australia is at climate crossroads, – could lead on renewable energy.  ClimateWorks to launch platform to track business pledges on zero emissions.

RENEWABLE ENERGY – AEMO to model “step change” in energy transition and major emission cuts  CEFC big solar investments pass $1 billion, with stake in Kiamal Solar Farm. Colonial backs solar and battery roll-out in major shopping centres. Sydney Catholic schools  install 1.3MW “power generator” worth of solar. Victoria’s biggest solar farm secures finance, may add huge battery.  NSW notches up 2GW of rooftop solar, as record installs continue.  Renewable hydrogen getting cheaper, Australia could lead global market.  Sydney Opera House turns to wind and solar, may add battery for perfect match.

INTERNATIONAL

Investigative journalism : Detailed history of violence of nuclear power – from start, to finish in the very very long future.

These Are the Banks and Financial Institutions Investing $748 Billion in Nuclear Weapon Producers.

Mars and travel to Mars – will kill astronauts with ionising radiation.

Global extinctions of plant species – going at a frightening rate.

A ‘P5+4’ summit could break the nuclear weapons deadlock.

 

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