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Australian news, and some related international items

A race against time — Beyond Nuclear International

An ICAN founder dedicates his life to ending nuclear weapons

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A grandmother explains the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Our Future || Caring for planet is a moral responsibility  https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6244511/caring-for-planet-is-a-moral-responsibility/?cs=14246 Thea Ormerod, 30 June 19   

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Tiny nations challenge Australia’s carbon ‘carryover credits’

Tiny nations challenge Australia’s carbon ‘carryover credits’ SMH Peter Hannam, June 30, 20Nations from Senegal to Tuvalu have used a United Nations climate conference to challenge the Morrison government’s use of carbon “carryover credits” to virtually halve Australia’s abatement ambition out to 2030.

The conference that wrapped up at the end of last week in Bonn, Germany, debated among other things, the rules of the Paris Agreement.

The discussions included whether nations including Australia should be allowed to count the surplus it expects to generate during the Kyoto Protocol period that runs to 2020.

On the government’s projections, 328 million tonnes of Australia’s pledged cut of about 695 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent could be met by counting the Kyoto surplus for the Paris pledge over the decade from 2021-2030.

Among the nations that opposed the use of “carryover credits” at the Bonn conference included the Association of Small Island states, including Tuvalu.

South Korea, the European Union and New Zealand were also against using Kyoto surplus, according to Kate Dooley, a researcher with the the Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne, who was an observer at the Bonn conference.

“Discussions here in Bonn have made it clear that most countries do not accept the carry-over of Kyoto units into the Paris Agreement,” Dr Dooley said.

“The world’s most vulnerable countries have spoken out to say that accounting tricks, such as those the Australian government intends to use, are not consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.”

…….. The Bonn talks were largely focused on preparing the rules for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement ahead of a Conference of the Parties (COP25) summit in Santiago, Chile later this year. The article is one of the main unresolved issues from the pact signed in Paris in 2015.

The Carbon Pulse newswire said while the new text agreed at Bonn had the potential to scupper Australia’s plans to use Kyoto credits without a specific prohibition in place they would still be able to be banked.

Still, the newswire quoted Gilles Dufrasne of Carbon Market Watch as raising the issue of how such credits had undermined nations’ abatement efforts.

“We have seen how damaging this has been under the Kyoto Protocol and we cannot afford to repeat the experience under the Paris Agreement,” Mr Dufrasne said. “It is very important that [Kyoto Protocol] units are not allowed for use towards [national targets}.” https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/tiny-nation-s-challenge-australia-s-carbon-carryover-credits-20190630-p522n0.html    

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Chernobyl has blown up twice — Beyond Nuclear International

First the reactor, and now the astonishingly good TV series

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Dispute in USA over reclassifying some high level nuclear waste

If USA can change some high level nuclear waste to “low level”, might not ANSTO be tempted to do the same for Lucas Heights’ nuclear waste? 
State and top fed official at odds over Hanford high level radioactive waste, Tri City Herald,  ANNETTE CARY

A top Department of Energy official is fighting what he says are misconceptions about a new policy on which Hanford and other nuclear weapons complex waste must be treated and disposed of to the stringent standards required for high level radioactive waste.

The DOE undersecretary for science, Paul Dabbar, said as of now there is no change proposed for waste handled as high level at Hanford.

“We’re proposing nothing here,” he said. “We don’t have any plans to propose anything in Washington state.”

But key state of Washington officials are not buying his explanation……..

When the new DOE policy on classifying high level waste was announced earlier this month, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a joint statement that all options would be considered to stop “this reckless and dangerous action.”

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Chernobyl — daryanenergyblog

HBO’s Chernobyl series has gotten a lot of people talking about that fateful night back in April 1986. While I’ve not seen the series in full yet, I am sufficiently familiar with the accident to know the chain of events. And from what I have seen, they seem to have mostly engaged in a lot […]

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June 30 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “American Farmers Can’t Afford This Administration’s Climate Apathy” • If only American farmers had the luxury of sharing this administration’s indifference to climate change. While millions of farmers are reeling from damage by rapidly shifting weather patterns, Trump’s agriculture chief just advises them to check the weather forecast. [The Hill] ¶ “How James […]

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G-20: Trump Deeply Disgraces and Damages the USA with his Fawning Bromance with Putin; Trump Again Refuses to Reveal Discussions with Putin — Mining Awareness +

“Trump deeply disgraces & damages our nation in his fawning bromance with Putin—an engraved invitation to Russian military agents reving up their 2020 machine for hacking, disinformation, deceptive social media & newer weapons of sabotage” (US Senator Blumenthal, 28 June 2019) From US Senator Reed: “Reed: Instead of Joking About Russian Interference in U.S. Elections, […]

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Trump Praises Saudi Crown Prince at G-20 Meeting  — Mining Awareness +

From VOA News: “Trump Praises Saudi Crown Prince at G-20 Meeting By VOA News June 28, 2019 09:23 PM VOA’s White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman in Osaka, Japan, and Dorian Jones in Istanbul contributed to this report. U.S. President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the two met on […]

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