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Australian news, and some related international items

Parliamentary committee finds that Kimba nuclear waste dump law may breach Indigenous human rights

April 18, 2020 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Scientists predict that 2020 is likely to be the planet’s hottest year on record

2020 expected to be Earth’s warmest year on record, scientists say, Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 17 Apr 20, 

  • This year’s warmth is “unusual,” given the lack of a strong El Niño.
  • Already, through the first three months of the year, it’s the second-warmest on record.
  • There’s a 99.9% chance that 2020 will end among the five warmest years on record.

Federal scientists announced Thursday that 2020 has nearly a 75% chance of being the warmest year on record for the planet Earth.

Already, through the first three months of the year, it’s the second-warmest on record, trailing only the El Niño fueled year of 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

This year’s warmth is “unusual,” given the lack of a strong El Niño, a natural warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water that influences temperatures worldwide, according to Deke Arndt of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

He said both February and March were the warmest months on record without an El Niño present. The long-term trend of ongoing heat the planet continues to see is primarily because of the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, he said.

Even if 2020 ends up not being the warmest year, NOAA said there’s a 99.9% chance that 2020 will end among the five warmest years on record.

The warmth has been nearly global so far this year: “Record-hot January-through-March temperatures were seen across parts of Europe, Asia, Central and South America, as well as the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans,” NOAA said. “No land or ocean areas had record-cold temperatures during this period.”

Climate change:Antarctic glacier retreated 3 miles in 22 years, threatening global sea-level rise

What winter?:Earth just had its second-warmest December-February on record……

Sea-level rise:Greenland and Antarctica are now melting six times faster than in the 1990s   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/16/global-warming-2020-expected-warmest-year-record-noaa-said/5144767002/

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Amid climate change threat to the Murray Darling river system, the States haggle

April 18, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, environment, water | Leave a comment

With dry and windy conditions, new areas of ‘smoldering’ reported near Chernobyl nuclear plant

New areas of ‘smoldering’ reported near Chernobyl nuclear plant, Accu Weather, By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist,  Apr. 18, 2020    A massive fire that broke out in northern Ukraine at the beginning of April is no longer said to be threatening the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the region. However, officials are monitoring hot spots as winds whip through the region.

The fire began to burn in the region back on April 3, near the town of Pripyat, located over two hours north of the country’s capital of Kiev and near the border with Belarus.

Police say they arrested a 27-year-old man who is being accused of starting the fire last week. On Monday, police said that another local resident burned waste and accidentally set dry grass ablaze.

The location of the fire was reportedly only one kilometer (less than one mile) away from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe back in April 1986.

However, Greenpeace Russia, on Monday, warned that the fire being in close proximity of the power plant posed a radiation risk.

“Higher-than-usual” radiation levels were first reported by the AP on April 5, and are being carefully monitored as the fire continues.

According to Reuters, Chernobyl tour operator, Yaroslav Yemelianenko, shared on Facebook that the fire was only two kilometers away from where “the most highly active radiation waste of the whole Chernobyl zone is located.” He called on officials to warn people of the danger.

Emergency services said on Tuesday morning that there were still some acreage “smoldering” in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, but that the zone contained no open fire.

Acting Chairman of the State Environmental Inspectorate, Yegor Firsov, later said that the fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone was extinguished, and cited some rain that moved through the region as one helpful factor.

Hundreds of firefighters, as well as several planes and helicopters, battled the blaze for 10 days.

………Strong winds increased the difficulty in containing what’s left of the blaze and new areas of “smoldering” were reported in the Exclusion Zone, but did not pose a threat to any critical facilities, reported officials……..

Dry weather across much of eastern Europe has allowed for a more volatile environment for fire to thrive.

Through April 13, only two percent of the month’s normal rainfall has fallen in Kiev. Since the beginning of 2020, the city has been much drier than normal, only recording 81 mm of rain instead of the average 150 mm.

The dry weather has also caused crop losses already this year across Ukraine, with further damage possible should the dry stretch continue.

Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

 

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April 17 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Coronavirus And The Fragility Of Auto-Centric Cities” • The coronavirus has exposed the ills of continued automobile-centric urban planning practices that adversely impact equity, health, and the climate. Some of us can work at home and conveniently make grocery runs in our automobiles. But many in this country are not so lucky. [CleanTechnica] […]

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Thousands rush to S.A. home battery scheme before subsidy winds back — RenewEconomy

More than 5,000 solar households apply for battery subsidy in just five weeks, in a last-minute rush to access a $6000 discount via state government home storage scheme. The post Thousands rush to S.A. home battery scheme before subsidy winds back appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Nuclear Business as Usual — Mining Awareness +

While other small business go the wall as collateral fallout of COVID19 , the military and civil nuclear global industrial complex continues with business as usual and even seeks to benefit from the pandemic. Here in Cumbria the BAE shipyard at Barrow continues to build its next generation Weapons of Mass Destruction – nuclear submarines…

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ARENA future clouded as Taylor fudges on board appointments — RenewEconomy

Future of ARENA remains uncertain after energy minister chooses to renew terms of existing board for only three months. The post ARENA future clouded as Taylor fudges on board appointments appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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April 16 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Scientists Confirm Dramatic Melting Of Greenland Ice Sheet” • Greenland’s ice sheet melted dramatically in the summer of 2019, researchers confirmed. A study reveals the loss was largely down to a persistent zone of high pressure. If such high pressure zones become regular weather features, future melting could be twice as […]

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Australians installed 22,661 home battery systems in 2019 — RenewEconomy

Australian households invested in almost two-and-a-half “Big Batteries” worth of home energy storage in 2019, installing 22,661 systems over the course of the year with a total capacity of 233MWh, and taking further control over their energy supply. The post Australians installed 22,661 home battery systems in 2019 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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SA Water to build solar farm on former oil refinery site — RenewEconomy

SA Water to build a solar farm on a former oil refinery site to help power the Adelaide desalination plant. The post SA Water to build solar farm on former oil refinery site appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Climate Change Authority launches review into stalled Emissions Reduction Fund — RenewEconomy

Climate Change Authority launches a fresh review of the Morrison Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, following flatlining project participation. The post Climate Change Authority launches review into stalled Emissions Reduction Fund appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average — RenewEconomy

New report confirms special status of Australia as “global pathfinder” for renewable energy, deploying new wind and solar 10 times faster per capita than the global average. The post Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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