Australian news, and some related international items

To 19 February – Climate and Nuclear News Australia

Climate change is, as always, the big news this week. Some climate models now predict unexpected , unprecedented spike in global temperaturesCan the insurance industry afford the rising flood risk?

  Giant iceberg ‘calves’ from Antarctic ice shelf.

The nuclear connection is significant for the UK, too, as sea level rise threatens its new nuclear projects, at Sizewell, Hinkley Point C, as well as existing nuclear reactors and waste facilities at Sellafield and Drigg

There are many organisations worldwide, that are pushing for, and working on, action to slow or stall global warming.  Global Optimism is the latest example, in which Christiana Figueres features, with her new book “The Future We Choose”


MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen to UK to help free Julian Assange.

CLIMATE. For Australia “business as usual” on climate change will cost many $billions. Climate change extreme weather making parts of Australia uninsurable. Reserve Bank says climate change already having profound impact on Australian economy.

New Resources Minister Keith Pitt ignores renewables, pushes for more coal, gas and uranium exports.  Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade. #ScottyFromMarketing ‘s bushfire inquiry studiously ‘ignores’ carbon emissions.   Coal miners given free ride under Morrison government emissions “caps”. Zali Steggall’s climate Bill, Labor’s befuddlement on coal.


RENEWABLE ENERGY Australia’s global opportunity to lead on solar power.  Senate backs Greens call for ARENA funding extension as money dries up.  #ScottyFromMarketing and his crew – blind to the economics of renewable energy.

Australia must learn to mine rare earths responsibly.  Greens leader Adam Bandt seeks new deal with “renewable mining and manufacturing” sector.   Holden brand killed off as GM switches focus to electric vehicles.

South Australia’s renewable energy future hampered by lack of electricity infrastructure.  Queensland researchers smash solar efficiency record for ‘quantum dot’ solar cells.  How rooftop and big solar are pushing coal out of daytime energy market. Wind and batteries saved the day when storm cut South Australia adrift.   Australian ‘Solar Skin’ invention could power cities and vehicles of the future.



189 nuclear and radioactive material incidents in 2019.

Radioactive material ‘a magnet for groups with malicious intent’, warns UN nuclear watchdog chief.

Hysteria isn’t killing nuclear power. – It’s the very real dangers and catastrophic costs.  Uranium prices at rock bottom- doesn’t help the struggling nuclear industry.

February 18, 2020 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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