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Australian news, and some related international items

Pyrphoricity – the spontaneous combustion of uranium and other nuclear materials: the unmentioned bushfire danger


pyrophoric@hush.com– 7 Dec 2020 Why doesn’t anyone care about pyrphoricity and the speading of unquenchable wildfires in populated areas, in industrial Countries? Especially around large nuclear complexes like INL, Hanford, Mayak? Fukushima and Chernobyl?The current wildfires in Australia are some the worst catastrophe in History. I have been reading about Uranium and rare earth mining, close to the Amazon. The mining and contamination of areas around and, in the Amazon. The contamination maybe a more important factor in the wildfires there, than climate change.

The human encroachment via clearing of forests, heavy metal mining, rare earth mining and uranium mining are certainly important factors.

There is a 70 percent chance that there will be another major nuclear reactor accident, in the world, in the next 2 years. So far they have been occuring on an average of about every 10 to 15 years. They have become much worse.

Most reactors are well beyond their initial licensing dates. More than 30 years old. Corroded, embrittled, cracked with poor to no backup. Poor supervision in countries like the USA, Ukraine, and eastern Europe.
The reopened Japanese reactors are old and damaged. Many are in earthquake zones.

Accelerated climate change is significantly increasing the risk of nuclear reactor catastrophe.
ONE OR TWO major nuclear explosions, meltdowns and fuel fires, probably will occur in the USA or europe in the next 2 years.
They will spread, an unimanigable swath of pyrophoric and highly toxic, hi level radionuclides across the USA or in europe. Wildfires in populated swaths of the USA will surely accelerate dramatically within a few years, of nuclear reactor catastrophes in the USA . The large areas that burned at Santa Susana and INL fires sent radionuclides across Socal from Santa Susana and 6 states, from the 900,000 acre INL fire. These fires occured in the past 2 years. They have been all, but ignored.

FROM IAEA PDF on Uranium PDA

“Uranium metal can be melted by any of several different techniques. However, because uranium is very reactive when heated in air, melting must be done either under a protective inert atmosphere or in a vacuum.17
Uranium and its alloys are considered difficult to machine and almost
all machining of uranium results in some sparking or burning because of its pyrophoricity.

Health and safety considerations must be carefully considered when using uranium because of its high toxicity and pyrophoricity. The main hazard to health occurs where finely divided particles can become airborne and inhaled. For this reason, vents and fume hoods should be used, or the workers should use respirator equipment to avoid inhalation.
Uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element that exists in recoverable amounts, averaging about 4 ppm in the earth’s crust”

The use of pyrophoric phosphorus to fire bomb dresden, in world war 2 killed 120,000 people and burned Dresden to the ground. Guess what, Uranium is more pyrophoric than phosphorus and takes much less to start fires and keep them burning. The government will not talk about it. Nobody will talk about it primarily because of the implications for storage of nuclear waste, what can happen after nuclear catastrophes, and because of the militaries ongoing uses, of depleted Uranium that is highly pyrophoric and radioactive.

 

January 7, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

In 2008, the Garnaut Climate Change Review predicted this bushfire situation

January 7, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Malcolm Turnbull blasts government’s ‘right-wing’ over energy policy sabotage

Malcolm Turnbull blasts government’s ‘right-wing’ over energy policy sabotage, SBS 7 Dec 2020 Malcolm Turnbull had harsh words for some in the Morrison government, the media and the coal lobby. SBS

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blasted the “right wing” of the Morrison federal government for bringing down his signature energy policy, calling for it to be “reinstated now”.

On Monday, a Twitter user challenged Mr Turnbull for only “calling for coherent energy policies now [he’s] out of government”

The former PM responded by defending his proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), which faced opposition in government ranks and was later ditched.

“The National Energy Guarantee was a coherent integration of climate and energy policy,” he tweeted.

“It was sabotaged by the right-wing of the Coalition and their supporters in the media and coal lobby and finally abandoned by Morrison Government. It should be reinstated now.”

The policy was intended to deal with rising energy prices as well as cutting emissions.

Mr Turnbull was later dumped as the leader and his successor Scott Morrison announced the NEG “is dead”…… https://www.sbs.com.au/news/malcolm-turnbull-blasts-government-s-right-wing-over-energy-policy-sabotage

January 7, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, politics | Leave a comment