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Australian news, and some related international items

Wind and solar could play key role in future of Australia’s aluminium industry — RenewEconomy

Wind and solar could play key role in the future of Australia’s aluminium industry, particularly as dependence on coal becomes a reliability rather than an asset. The post Wind and solar could play key role in future of Australia’s aluminium industry appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia’s main grid sets new milestone for negative prices over weekend — RenewEconomy

Electricity prices go negative prices in all five state markets in Australia’s main grid for four consecutive settlement intervals over the weekend. The post Australia’s main grid sets new milestone for negative prices over weekend appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AEMO to resume new connections after solar constraints lifted in West Murray — RenewEconomy

AEMO tells project owners that connections will resume now that solar oscillation issues in West Murray are resolved, and tells them where they stand in the growing queue. The post AEMO to resume new connections after solar constraints lifted in West Murray appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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On-site solar is key to cost competitive renewable hydrogen — RenewEconomy

On-site solar seen as key to making renewable hydrogen cost-competitive by 2025, according to new study by Dyno Nobel. The post On-site solar is key to cost competitive renewable hydrogen appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Huge Dundonnell wind farm powers past 100MW-mark in Victoria — RenewEconomy

Tilt Renewables’ massive Dundonnell wind farm on track after powering up its output to more than 110MW last week. The post Huge Dundonnell wind farm powers past 100MW-mark in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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April 27 Energy News — geoharvey

World: ¶ “SoftBank-Backed SB Energy And EDEN Bag 900 MW Of Solar In India” • A 2-GW solar power tender received very a encouraging response amidst uncertainty of the Covid-19 outbreak. The government-owned power company NHPC set a maximum tariff bid of ₹2.78/kWh (3.64¢/kWh). It received bids for over 3.1 GW. [CleanTechnica] ¶ “Sweden Shutters […]

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No COVID-19 Didn’t Stop the Climate Crisis, But It’s Interacting with it in a Bad Way — robertscribbler

As we stand in the grips of one major global crisis, one whose first wave of mass casualties may finally be starting a merciful down-slope (on April 27, 2020), it’s important not to lose sight of the other, larger, one. Yes, I’m talking about the Climate Crisis. And as I mention it, I would be […]

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Nuclear weapons, the climate crisis, social justice, and the COVID-19 pandemic — IPPNW peace and health blog

An online international conference sponsored by the Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung NYC on April 25 provided a unique opportunity for the world’s nuclear disarmament campaigns, allied movements and organizations, and diplomats committed to banning and eliminating nuclear weapons to amplify nuclear abolition demands and to show how the nuclear dangers interconnect with the threats posed by […]

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Katrina Lester: major South Australian Aboriginal groups not consulted in Kimba nuclear waste dump decision

Katrina Lester, Submission No 49  to Senate Committee Inquiry on National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020  I, Karina Lester make this submission on behalf of concerned members of the the
Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (YNTAC) (SCD2006/001), the
De Rose Hill – Ilpalka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (DRHIAC) (SCD2005/001), the
Tjayiwara Unmuru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (TUAC) (SCD2013/001), and the First
Nations of South Australia Aboriginal Corporation (FNSAAC).

At this stage, the aforesaid concerned members are opposed to the National Radioactive Waste Management National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020. This is on the basis that there has been no engagement or consultation with the aforementioned concerned members, or the organisations of which they are a part.

While we acknowledge that the specified site for the radioactive waste management facility lies in the Barngarla Native Title Determination Area, this land has significance for a wider group of Aboriginal people, including members of YNTAC, DRHIAC, TUAC and FNSAAC.

The Bill overrides the proposed use of the specified site is thus a matter of significance for Aboriginal people
from across South Australia, whose non-native title rights and interests would be affected by
the construction and operation of a radioactive waste management facility at this site.

We particularly wish to raise concern about the way section 34GB overrides  the application of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (ATSIHPA) and the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBCA), in relation to the activities authorised under section 34G of the Bill.

Many of the activities contemplated by section 34G have the potential to be highly destructive to Aboriginal sites and objects which would otherwise be protected by ATSIHPA. These activities also have the potential to cause serious environmental damage of the kind that would otherwise be prevented by the EPBCA. Parliament should not allow the introduction into legislation of provisions that undermine the fundamental objects and functionality of essential legislation like the ATSIHPA and the EPBCA.to be negotiated for damage to the heritage and environment of our ancestors. Should our ancient rights and interests be overridden, we will take appropriate action in in court to ensure
justice for our people and their environment.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss further this submission if requested. Please feel
free to contact me by email at: in this regard.

Yours sincerely,
Karina Lester
Director: Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
Tjayiwara Unmuru Aboriginal Corporation
Member: De Rose Hill – Ilpalka Aboriginal Corporation
First Nations of South Australia Aboriginal Corporation
Lodged on behalf of Karina Lester by:
Osker Linde
Deputy Principal Legal Officer
South Australian Native Title Services

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Susan Craig: South Australia’s $27.9 billion food, wine and tourism markets endangered by Kimba nuclear waste dump plan

South Australia’s strength in this marketplace is the trust other countries have, in not only our clean reputation, but SAFE food. The establishment of a nuclear waste facility, in particular one that is built in the heart of agriculture is a profound contradiction of South Australia’s position and will put that reputation and business at risk.

Combined; the food, wine and tourism markets are valued at $27.9 billion, to South Australia, yet operators in this industry have been totally disregarded by the DIIS and denied the rightful and proper mechanisms to become involved and informed and therefore have never been given the opportunity prepare a case to defend their industries.

Susan Craig, Submission 62  (part 1) to Senate Committee re National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020

CRITICAL THREAD
We must protect the environment serving potential growth areas and industries to maintain our clean, green, reputation and maintain our global competitive advantage in agriculture and food, tourism and other industries – CSIRO- Securing South Australia’s Future, CSIRO Publishing 2017. 

Critical stakeholders in the food, wine, agriculture and tourism industries that operate throughout South Australia were never given the rightful and proper opportunity to engage with the Department of Industry Innovation and Science (DIIS) on the details relating to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

The boundaries for consultation did not take into account economic geography and focused only on a local district, overlooking the many South Australian stakeholders who will be adversely affected by the establishment of nuclear waste facility; as it is a profound contradiction of their clean, green, pristine and SAFE reputation, which is the cornerstone of their sustainable competitive advantage in world markets.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S FOOD AND WINE REVENUE IS VALUED AT $20.3 BILLION

“Particularly in regional South Australia”. “South Australia’s primary industries are a vital part of the state’s
economy. Grains, livestock, horticulture, wine, seafood, forests and dairy sectors are significant contributors to the state’s exports. In 2017–18, South Australia’s gross food and wine revenue totalled $20.3 billion.” 
https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/ data/assets/pdf file/0011/339842/PIR

The most important commodity in South Australia based on the gross value of agricultural production is wheat (valued at $1.7 billion)

– Primary Industries in SA Fast Facts Overview – 1 April 
“Clean”
South Australia has systems backed by legislation to support our state’s primary production and clean landscapes, including:
o Well-established natural resource management.
o Environmental protection frameworks.
o Impeccable food safety and quality assurance standards.
Protecting South Australia’s clean air, soil and water is vital for the prosperity of our food and wine sectors.
“Premium”
 Local and international consumers are placing greater value on high-quality food and wine.
 Demand for South Australian products is increasing due to our high quality safety and production standards.

SA Tourism soars to break new record $7.6 billion

South Australia’s visitor economy worth $7.6 billion  – NVS and IVS results.

SUMMARY
The cornerstone of South Australia’s food, wine and tourism industries is without question; its premium, clean, green, SAFE reputation which is clearly understood by the South Australian Government, South Australia’s primary producers, tourism industries and the international markets who enjoy these products and services.

South Australia’s strength in this marketplace is the trust other countries have, in not only our clean reputation, but SAFE food. The establishment of a nuclear waste facility, in particular one that is built in the heart of agriculture is a profound contradiction of South Australia’s position and will put that reputation and business at risk.

Combined; the food, wine and tourism markets are valued at $27.9 billion, to South Australia, yet operators in this industry have been totally disregarded by the DIIS and denied the rightful and proper mechanisms to become involved and informed and therefore have never been given the opportunity prepare a case to defend their industries.

Until engagement between the National Radioactive Waste Management committee, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and those critical South Australian stakeholders in the South Australian primary industries and tourism sector takes place, the current plans for the NRWMF should be halted

Please accept my submission in asking the committee to reject any amendments to the National Radioactive Waste Management Susan Craig, Independent Campaigner

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Susan Craig: in Kimba “Informed Consent” not possible, as the community was not properly informed

Susan Craig Submission No 62. to the Senate Committee Inquiry on  National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill (part 2)

CRITICAL THREAD –  “Informed Consent” – voting is not possible if there is insufficient knowledge of the process.

Informed consent is based on a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, identifying the implications, adverse risks and consequences of an action.

Because the KIMBA community were not given an unbiased and objective view
of the long term implications of the National Radioactive Waste Management
Facility (NRWMF), it is not possible for them to be in a duly qualified position
to determine the best long term solution for KIMBA and therefore they were
never afforded the opportunity to execute their decision to vote based on
“informed consent”.

INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE KIMBA COMMUNITY BY THE DEPT. OF
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE (DIIS).information in
support of the NRWMF; outlining ONLY the proposed potential benefits
to the community of KIMBA.

The proponents of the NRWMF, DIIS, only disseminated information in support of the NRWMF ,outlining only the propsed potential benefits to the community of Kimba. At no stage during the consultation process

Because the KIMBA community were not given an unbiased and objective viewof the long term implications of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF), it is not possible for them to be in a duly qualified position to determine the best long term solution for KIMBA and therefore they were never afforded the opportunity to execute their decision to vote based on “informed consent”.

At no stage during the consultation process did DIIS present the risks associated with a NRWMF to the community. Nor did they actively engage with an independent authority asking them to provide
information on the risks that the facility would pose.

A risk assessment was never carried out by DIIS to explain the
consequences of a radiological release and the effect it would have on
human life, the environment, agriculture and subsequent risk of a shift
in product / region value and land values

Refer to:
“National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce:
Information pack.”  The hyperlink below  [on original]  is to the list of 25 documents covering various aspects of
the NRWMF and is representative of the print material distributed throughout
the Kimba community, leading up to the ballot. Note the absence of
information/documentation relating to potential risks.
Furthermore, the document titled “Safety and Security,” (extract below) shows
the extreme and unfair bias for the NRWMF. The Task Force in their dealings
and consultation were unethical and opportunist by using deception and
concealment to persuade the ill-informed taskforce-information-pack.

https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications/national-radioactive-waste-managementfacility-
This information serves to demonstrate the inequitable information
that was disseminated to the Kimba community.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REPRESENTS POTENTIAL RISKS
THAT WERE NEVER PART OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DIIS
TO THE KIMBA COMMUNITY.

Interim might be forever. With regards to the intermediate/high level
nuclear waste, the Kimba community needed to understand that
“interim” could mean storage for an indefinite period—perhaps
forever—if a permanent disposal facility is not constructed. Even if a
date for opening a permanent repository was stated, it is meaningless,
as the community would be relying on future Governments to uphold
the promise over the next 10, 20 – 100 years and make the tenuous
assumption that future Governments would have the expertise, impetus
or financial resources to implement them. DIIS advised the Kimba
community that the intermediate level waste would be ‘temporary,”
never referencing “indefinite” and only once the NRWMF was
established, would they commence identifying a possible permanent
facility for the intermediate/high level

Therefore the Kimba community were never informed.
 A risk assessment was never carried out by DIIS to explain the
consequences of a radiological release and the consequence this would
have on human life, the environment, agriculture and subsequent risk of
a shift in product / region value and land values. This information was
never part of the consultation process.

Therefore the KIMBA community were never informed.

A Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Response Action plan was
never presented by DIIS to the Kimba community, in accordance with
ARPANSA regulations that refer to the IAEA Response Assistance
Network (RANET).

 As stated by ARPANSA and the IAEA. “It is the responsibility of the State
Emergency response agencies with radiation protection guidance from
State Radiation Safety Officers to respond to a radiation emergency
within their jurisdiction.” (RANET).

“As part of these activities, it develops safety standards, guidelines and
technical tools; assists Member States in building the capacity for
emergency response; and maintains the IAEA Incident and Emergency
System to efficiently implement its role in response to nuclear or
radiological incidents and emergencies, regardless of whether they arise
from accident, negligence or deliberate act.”

 A Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Response Action plan
specifically addressing and tailored to the NRWMF at Kimba does not
exist and was never presented as part of the proposal.
Therefore the Kimba community were never informed.

Without the above information being provided to the KIMBA community by
DIIS, the community has absolutely no understanding as to the consequences
of their vote in the community ballot and therefore should be disregarded and
declared to be of no consequence in assessing “broad community support”.
To do otherwise would be morally and legally negligent.

Because the KIMBA community were not given an unbiased and objective view
of the long term implications of the NRWMF, it is not possible for them to be in
a duly qualified position to determine the best long term solution for KIMBA
and therefore they were never afforded the opportunity to execute their
decision to vote based on “informed consent.”

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Govt scheme to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power needs investigation – Zali Steggall

Zali Steggall calls for investigation of Coalition plan to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power
Independent MP says scheme lacks transparency and government has no authority to introduce it,
Guardian,  Adam Morton Environment editor @adamlmorton, Mon 27 Apr 2020 Independent MP Zali Steggall has asked the auditor general to investigate a Morrison government scheme to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power, saying it lacks transparency and citing legal advice that the Coalition had no constitutional or legislative authority to introduce it.

Announced in late 2018 after the government abandoned Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed national energy guarantee, the underwriting new generation investment (Ungi) scheme promises public support for new dispatchable power generation projects to increase competition in the electricity grid. Twelve projects have been shortlisted, including six pumped hydro plants, five gas generators and an upgrade to the Vales Point coal-fired power plant.

Steggall has written to the auditor general, Grant Hehir, asking him to consider investigating the program “as a matter of priority”. Her letter refers to research by The Australia Institute, a progressive thinktank, suggesting the program has no constitutional or legislative standing, no guidelines or criteria to assess projects, and its development and implementation did not follow a clear process.

She said despite these apparent flaws the government had shortlisted projects, started “advanced negotiations” to support gas-fired plants in Victoria and Queensland and entered a memorandum-of-understanding with the New South Wales government to support three projects in the state. ……

Steggall, who entered parliament last year on a climate action platform, said the focus on fossil fuels was questionable and there was little visibility of how and why the projects shortlisted for underwriting had been chosen….

“There’s just no transparency or accountability around this,” Steggall told Guardian Australia. “We’ve seen what happened with sport rorts. We’re talking about commonwealth money at a time when we know the economy has taken a hit due to coronavirus, and I think it should be properly investigated.”……https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/27/zali-steggall-calls-for-probe-of-coalition-plan-to-underwrite-gas-hydro-and-coal-power

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Australia goes backwards in latest world press freedom index

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Chernobyl nuclear disaster marks 34 years

, Nearly 8.4M people exposed to radiation, over 400,000 displaced in wake of 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, AA, Satuk Bugra Kutlugun   |26.04.2020   ANKARA 

The catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, marked its 34th anniversary on Sunday.

On April 26, 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl, some 110 kilometers (68.3 miles) from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

“Sunday is International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. The women, men & children affected by radioactive contamination must never be forgotten,” the UN said on Twitter, designating April 26 the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

31 people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the accident, while millions more were affected.

According to the official numbers, roughly 8.4 million people in the former Soviet territories of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine got the largest exposure to radiation in the form of a cloud.

Around 155,000-square-kilometer (nearly 60,000-square-mile) area of these three countries were contaminated, and over 400,000 people were displaced.

Later research into the accident showed that the radioactive clouds reached as far as the US and China……..https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/chernobyl-nuclear-disaster-marks-34-years/1819033

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Eleven of 12 hottest years have occurred since 2000, new climate report warns

Eleven of 12 hottest years have occurred since 2000, new climate report warns, Independent, Isabelle Gerretsen @izzygerretsen 23 Apr 20

Last year was the hottest year on record for Europe after scorching heatwaves led to record-breaking temperatures in February, June and July

Eleven out of the 12 hottest years to date have all occurred since 2000, according to a new report by the European Union’s climate monitoring service.

Last year was the hottest year on record for Europe after scorching heatwaves led to record-breaking temperatures in February, June and July, scientists from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3) said in the annual European State of the Climate report.

“The number of days with high heat stress levels are increasing in both northern and southern Europe,” they said.

The findings highlight a continuing trend of warming over four decades in Europe which the Copernicus scientists say is being caused by rising greenhouse gases……

An intense heatwave at the end of July led to record melting of Greenland’s ice sheet and all-time records being broken in northern Scandinavia, the Copernicus report noted.

According to recent research, Greenland’s ice sheet and the polar ice caps are melting six times faster than they were in the 1990s. The high melt rate fits with the worst-case scenario outlined by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which states that sea levels will rise 17cm without sweeping reductions in greenhouse gas emissions…..

Concentrations of CO2 and methane in the atmosphere continue to increase. “It is only possible to find concentrations as high as they were in 2019 by going back millions of years in history,” the Copernicus scientists said.

Professor Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, told The Independent that the current level of CO2 in the atmosphere is “unnaturally high”.

He said it should be 280 parts per million (ppm) but is currently 415ppm and could reach 1000ppm by the end of the century if CO2 emissions continue to rise at their current rate…… https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-global-warming-hottest-years-on-record-a9477796.html

 

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