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Australian news, and some related international items

To 4th February – Climate And Nuclear News Australia

It’s going to be costly for the world to take real action on climate change. On the other hand, fighting climate change Is the cheapest option we have left, to ensure the survival of the human race.   Australia is still in climate crisis, with a government strangely unaware of the reality of climate change, of its long-lasting impacts on this continent.

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics draw closer, the Japanese government redoubles its efforts to downplay any radioactive problems to health and safety .  Fukushima is the location for the start of the torch relay, and for some Olympic events. But radioactive trash bags are a defining feature of the Fukushima landscape. And Japan now plans to release over a million tonnes of radioactive water into the sea from the Fukushima power plant, as the radioactive water continues to accumulate.

A bit of good news –  Even Under Trump, U.S. Renewable Investment Hit a Record in 2019.

This one really appealed to me –Rather Than Slip into Depression, Man Quits Job, Sells Possessions, and Travels the World With a Ferret

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR. A reminder to South Australian govt that nuclear waste dumping is illegal there. High Level Nuclear Waste: do we believe Canavan’s Queensland mates or official sources? Federal Government chooses Kimba farm Napandee on the Eyre Peninsula for nuclear dump.   Strong rally in Kimba, South Australia, against nuclear dump plan. Dodgy #ScottyFromMarketing govt process for Kimba nuclear waste dump needs investigation.

CLIMATE.

Aboriginal peoples must be restored as custodians of Country.

Inhumane treatment of Australian Julian Assange by UK government.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.

INTERNATIONAL

“Mercenary science”– crooked science funded by corporations.

Past time to listen to Greta.  Meet the scientists quitting academia for climate activism.

Media has ignored climate strategies to stave off ecological disaster.   BUT – Weather reporters now joining the battle against climate change. As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk. Could geoengineering strategies help tackle climate change?.

Katherine Hayhoe on A BETTER WAY TO TALK ABOUT THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

Oxford City Council says NO to nuclear weapons.

Dangers of Artificial Intelligence with Nuclear Weapons.

Westinghouse will acquire the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Systems and Services’ 11 locations in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Surplus nuclear power has become an embarrassment. Inflexible baseload power no longer needed.

ARCTIC. Why Arctic glaciers are melting away at an accelerating rate.

JAPAN.  With 170 tons more radioactive water added each day, Japan’s desperate plan for dumping Fukushima water into Pacific Ocean. 

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A reminder to South Australian govt that nuclear waste dumping is illegal there

Brett Burnard Stokes To the Premier and to my representatives in State Parliament – 4 Feb 2020

Our laws are clear, there are ten year imprisonment penalties and multi million dollar fines for offences relating to planning and promotion and establishment and operation of a nuclear waste dump in South Australia – these are very serious penalties, in accord with the gravity of the threat.

These laws have been breached by recent bribery and deception activities … and there are clear public statements of intention to breach these laws further in the near future, recently moving from conspiring to breach the importation prohibition, to specifying a precise place where an illegal dump is planned, on farm land in the middle of a large area of precious farm land.

Please act to fight this evil criminal activity.

As specified in the legislation, this is a matter of acting “to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of South Australia and to protect the environment in which they live by prohibiting the establishment of certain nuclear waste storage facilities in this State.”
(Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000 https://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/…/NUCLEAR%20WASTE… )

Best wishes
from
Brett Stokes
resident of Willaston 5118

February 3, 2020 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment

High Level Nuclear Waste: Believe Canavan’s Queensland mate or official sources?

Kim Mavromatis  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch Australia, 4 Feb 2029 

DEFINITION OF HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE :

Source : US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) :
High-level radioactive wastes are the highly radioactive materials produced as a byproduct of the reactions that occur inside nuclear reactors. High-level wastes take one of two forms:
1) Spent (used) reactor fuel when it is accepted for disposal.
2) Waste materials remaining after spent fuel is reprocessed.

Source : International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) :
High-Level Radioactive Waste (HLW) is produced from the burning of uranium fuel in nuclear power reactors. It is of two kinds:
1) Spent nuclear fuel.
2) Waste resulting from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.
Due to its high radioactivity and very long half-life, HLW has to be well contained and isolated from the human environment.

RADIOACTIVE WASTE 10,000 X MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN URANIUM ORE
Source: Nuclear Waste Management Org , Canada :

Even after 30 years, spent nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors is still 10,000 times more radioactive than uranium ore. And the waste that is shipped back to Australia from France from the reprocessed spent nuclear fuel, still contains 95% of the radioactivity.

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Weathercasters Are Talking About Climate Change—and How We Can Solve It 

Weathercasters Are Talking About Climate Change—and How We Can Solve It   https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/02/weathercasters-are-talking-about-climate-change-and-how-we-can-solve-it/

In recent years there’s been a seismic shift on climate change within the weather reporting community. MADDIE STONE THIS piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk PARTNERSHIP.

For many years, as the science of human-caused climate change grew ever clearer, TV meteorologists avoided discussing the topic on air. Today, many weathercasters bring up climate change regularly. By embracing the science and presenting it in a simple, locally-relevant manner, TV meteorologists have managed to become some of the most effective and trustworthy climate change educators in the country.

Now some meteorologists are taking the conversation a step further and talking not just about the science of climate change, but how we can solve it.

At the 100th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Boston earlier this month, a panel of broadcast meteorologists, climate communicators, and policy experts assembled to discuss how solutions to the climate crisis can be woven into TV weather reporting. While wading into politics on the air can carry career risks for many meteorologists, weathercasters are also uniquely positioned to educate the public about climate solutions in a nonpartisan way, whether that’s by delivering locally tailored forecasts of renewable power production or discussing climate resilience strategies in the wake of a major storm.

“Broadcasters have an unusually good platform from which to engage,” said Ed Maibach, the director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, during the panel. “You not only have the access but consistency of relationships with an audience.”

In recent years there’s been a seismic shift on climate change within the weather reporting community. In a 2011 survey of AMS members and the National Weather Association, less than 20 percent felt sure humans are the primary driver of global warming, a statistic that Maibach attributes, in part, to an “aggressive misinformation campaign by the Heartland Institute,” a climate change–denying think tank. But by 2017 that figure had jumped to 80 percent. That’s thanks largely to the efforts of the educators who organized Climate Matters, a climate reporting resource developed by the nonprofit Climate Central, the AMS, and various governmental and academic partners.

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#ScottyFromMarketing has no climate target, because he is controlled by climate denialists

 

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Pro nuclear stooge Minister Matt Canavan faces conflict-of-interest inquiry

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How the ocean is gnawing away at glaciers,

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‘An Appalling Act of Industrial Vandalism’: Japanese Officials Do PR for Plan to Dump Fukushima Water Into Ocean

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Liberal Senator Jim Molan disgrees with the scientific evidence on climate change

Senator Jim Molan grilled over climate change, bushfire response on Q&A with Hamish Macdonald, ABC PAUL JOHNSON 4 Feb 2020 The new era of Q&A kicked off with a bang under new host Hamish Macdonald, with Liberal senator Jim Molan taking centre stage as the nation’s bushfire crisis was discussed.

Key points:

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Dirty Politics: Palmer spent $89m on election, fossil fuel lobbies back LNP and Labor — RenewEconomy

Clive Palmer spent almost $90 million to re-elect the Morrison government as the fossil fuel industry split its donations between the major parties. The post Dirty Politics: Palmer spent $89m on election, fossil fuel lobbies back LNP and Labor appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Morrison’s refusal to move on climate, and the “prosperity doctrine” — RenewEconomy

Morrison’s refusal to act on climate may not just be due to the denialists and the fossil fuel lobby that surround him, it’s also guided by the “prosperity doctrine” of his pentecostal church. The post Morrison’s refusal to move on climate, and the “prosperity doctrine” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Coalition energy policy void could reverse wind and solar price gains — RenewEconomy

Slump in renewables investment could cut short electricity price declines – and potentially send them back in the opposite direction – under current federal policy settings. The post Coalition energy policy void could reverse wind and solar price gains appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 3 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “If There’s A Silver Lining In The Clouds Of Choking Smoke It’s That This May Be A Tipping Point” • As a climate scientist on sabbatical in Australia, I’ve had plenty of conversations about the climate crisis lately. Although the Murdoch media make it seem as if there’s plenty of debate, the reality […]

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Behind the mask of “medical necessity” the nuclear lobby prepares the way for its birth-to-grave nuclear cycle dream

Dennis Matthews, 3 Feb 2020 It is obvious to me that the nuclear industry’s nuclear dump campaign is based on connecting the dump with nuclear medicine, just look at the last 2 issues of The Advertiser (1st and 3rd Feb).

Once the public accepts that we need to have a centralized dump for the dangerous but necessary nuclear waste from hospitals then the rest is easy – throw money, promise of jobs, etc, etc and it’s all over bar the shouting.

By volume, most of the waste will be from hospitals, universities, mining companies. However, from the point of view of radioactivity and hence hazard, by far the most dangerous and difficult to manage material is from the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights in NSW. This material will remain highly dangerous for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on for many more generations.

Moving long-lived radioactive nuclear waste from a place (Lucas Heights in NSW), where it is already stored and which has more nuclear scientists than the rest of Australia put together, to a remote place like Kimba is not scientifically, environmentally or morally defensible.

The initial dump is highly likely to be the thin edge of the wedge. When people get tired of complaining the nuclear industry can slowly and quietly up the ante.

February 3, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Strong rally in Kimba, South Australia, against nuclear dump plan

SA community calls on government to scrap planned nuclear waste dump, SBS, 2 Feb 2020  Protesters are venting their anger at a nuclear waste dump proposed on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Protesters are calling on the federal government to scrap a proposed nuclear waste dump on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula at a rally on Sunday.

The farming property Napandee near the town of Kimba was announced as the site of the radioactive facility on Saturday.

But the No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA committee says the community consultation process was flawed.

“Those opposed to the facility have had no choice but to fight, at every opportunity, for our legitimate concerns to be heard,” president Peter Woolford said…..

Federal Resources Minister Matthew Canavan said a decision on the site would be announced soon. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sa-community-calls-on-government-to-scrap-planned-nuclear-waste-dump

February 3, 2020 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment