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Australian news, and some related international items

40th ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Thanks to Botswana, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has now reached 40 states parties. After just 10 more ratifications, it will enter into force. Botswana deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on 15 July, the anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty of Pelindaba, which established the whole of Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

In case you missed it, our neighbouring Fiji also ratified the ban treaty last week. You can read about the significance of this step and Fiji’s long history of activism against the bomb in the Guardian, thanks to Dr Vanessa Griffen and Talei Luscia Mangioni.

The 40th ratification is a significant milestone, dispelling any doubts over the treaty’s inevitable entry-into-force. The Australian Government simply cannot ignore the ban forever.

In more good news, on Tuesday night the City of Port Adelaide Enfield became the first South Australian council to endorse the ICAN Cities Appeal. There are now 28 Australian councils that call for the federal government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Congratulations Port Adelaide and thanks to the SA campaigners that made this happen!

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, code-named “Trinity”. This event has significance for all people impacted by nuclear weaponry worldwide, including in Australia. Nuclear explosions don’t stay in the past, the effects of radiation continue through the decades and generations. In just a couple of hours we’ll begin our special Trinity video panel with three incredible women who are fighting against the bomb. Check the details and get the Zoom link here, or watch it later from the ICAN Australia Facebook page.

July 16, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war | Leave a comment

The devastating impact of nuclear bomb testing on a remote area of Kazakhstan

This Is What Nuclear Weapons Leave in Their Wake   https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/10/nuclear-ghosts-kazakhstan/  
A remote area of Kazakhstan was once home to nearly a quarter of the world’s nuclear testing. The impact on its inhabitants has been devastating.

BY ALEXANDRA GENOVA, PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHIL HATCHER-MOORE  OCTOBER 13, 2017
Decay and desolation scar the landscape of a remote corner of the Kazakh Steppe. Unnatural lakes formed by nuclear bomb explosions pockmark the once flat terrain, broken up only by empty shells of buildings. It appears uninhabitable. And yet, ghosts – living and dead – haunt the land, still burdened by the effects a nuclear testing program that stopped nearly 30 years ago.

The site, known as the Polygon, was home to nearly a quarter of the world’s nuclear tests during the Cold War. The zone was chosen for being unoccupied, but several small agricultural villages dot its perimeter. Though some residents were bussed out during the test period, most remained. The damage that continues today is visceral.

Photographer Phil Hatcher-Moore spent two months documenting the region, and was struck by the “wanton waste of man’s folly.”

His project ‘Nuclear Ghosts’ marries the wasted landscape and intimate portraits of villagers still suffering the consequences.

The figures are astonishing – some 100,000 people in the area are still affected by radiation, which can be transmitted down through five generations. But with his intimately harrowing pictures, Moore sought to make the abstract numbers tangible.

“Nuclear contamination is not something we can necessarily see,” he says. “And we can talk about the numbers, but I find it more interesting to focus on individuals who encapsulate the story.”

Moore interviewed all his subjects before picking up his camera and learned that secrecy and misinformation plagued much of their experience.

“[During the 50s] one guy was packed up with his tent and told to live out in the hills for five days with his flock. He was effectively used as a test subject to see what happened,” says Moore. “They were never told what was going on, certainly not the dangers that they may be in.”

Though human stories were central, Moore also documented the scientific test labs that are still uncovering the damage. The juxtaposition of these labs alongside portraits of people disfigured by radiation makes for uncomfortable viewing. But this proximity is deliberate.

“There was a history of humans being used as live subjects,” says Moore. “I wanted to marry these ideas together; the way people were used by researchers at the time and how that trickles down into every day life – what that looks like, what that means.”

While some of Moore’s subjects are severely deformed, many suffer from less visible health issues like cancer, blood diseases or PTSD. And the hidden, insidious nature of the thing is what is perhaps most troubling. “For a long time there hadn’t been much nuclear development but it is a very real issue right now,” says Moore. “But we don’t talk about what it takes to renew these weapons. These people are legacy and testament to what was done to meet those ends.”

See more of Phil Hatcher-Moore’s work on his website and follow him on Instagram.

July 16, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Nuclear racism, nuclear colonialism

Danielle Endres: Nuclear testing as a form of colonization,   https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2020/07/15/danielle-endres-nuclear/   By Danielle Endres ·16 July 20
At 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, scientists in the Manhattan Project detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon in the desert homelands of the Mescalero Apache, a place now known as Alamogordo, New Mexico. As the detonation cloud mushroomed into the sky, the Trinity test ushered in a new era, the atomic age.

Some researchers argue that the atomic age is the beginning of Anthropocene — the planetary era defined by the impact of humans on global ecological systems — because of the release of radiation into our ecosystem from nuclear weapons production and testing. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control notes “All people who were born since 1951 have received some exposure to radiation from weapons testing-related fallout.”
With this opening of the nuclear Pandora’s box, nuclear weapons remain a ubiquitous though often unseen feature of geopolitics, modern warfare, culture and society. While there are many arguments to be made about the social and environmental legacies of nuclear weapons, I focus on how the nuclear weapons production process is linked with structures of racism and colonialism.
Trinity downwinders have tracked cancers, other illnesses and deaths linked to radiation exposure in communities near the Trinity site in their call for compensation trough RECA. The Mescalero Apache Reservation is a Trinity downwinder community. The impacts on Mescalero Apache nation from the Trinity test are just one example of a larger pattern in which Black, Indigenous, people of color and poor rural communities disproportionately experience adverse consequences from nuclear weapons production and testing.
After the Trinity test, and the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that it enabled, the world entered a nuclear era with a massive proliferation of nuclear weapons. There are many scholarly resources from which learn more about how the cradle to grave cycle of nuclear weapons production relates to racism and colonialism.
Historian Gabrielle Hecht’s “Being Nuclear” shows how uranium mining in African countries is linked with race and colonialism. In “The Nuclear Borderlands,” anthropologist Joseph Masco recounts the impacts of nuclear weapons production on Indigenous and Nuevomexicano communities in New Mexico. And Traci Voyles tells of devastating effects of uranium mining on the Navajo nation in “Wastelanding.”
My research focuses on nuclear colonization, a phenomenon in which the nuclear production process disproportionately damages Indigenous peoples’ land, health and sovereignty due to the disparate location of nuclear production and testing sites on or near Indigenous reservations and homelands.
Spiritual leader and anti-nuclear advocate Corbin Harney called the Western Shoshone Nation the most nuclear bombed nation in the world because of the more than 1,000 nuclear tests that happened on Western Shoshone treaty-protected homelands, a.k.a. Nevada Test Site. For more than 30 years, the federal government then seriously considered storing the nation’s high-level nuclear waste from nuclear power inside Yucca Mountain, a spiritual place in Western Shoshone homelands.
Nuclear colonialism is yet another example of environmental injustice. Marginalized people are disproportionately harmed in the production of nuclear technologies just as they are disproportionately damaged by climate change, air pollution, and toxicity.
We must fight to end our reliance on nuclear weapons, not just to protect future generations from accidental or intentional use, but also to work toward a more just and equitable world in which everyone can breathe clean air, have access to a clean water, live in a healthy environment, participate in decisions about their land and communities, and not be asked to sacrifice in the name of a “national interest” that rarely works in support of Black, Indigenous and people of color.
On this 75th anniversary of the Trinity test, let us commit to nuclear abolition from the standpoint of environmental justice and decolonization.
Danielle EndresSalt Lake City, is a member of Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and a professor of rhetoric and communication at the University of Utah whose research focuses on the sociopolitical implications of nuclear technologies. Views in this article are her own and do not represent the University of Utah.

July 16, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Citizen group keeps up the fight against nuclear waste dump

Citizen group keeps up fight against nuclear waste dump, Wellington Advertiser, Patrick Raftis, July 15, 2020   TEESWATER – Organizers of a campaign to stop a high level radioactive waste Deep Geological Repository (DGR) in South Bruce say it has gained new momentum with a recent victory and hiring of a renowned environmental lawyer. However local environmental advocates caution the fight to keep radioactive material out of the South Bruce and the surrounding region is not over.

On June 22 Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced it was formally ending plans for a low/intermediate level radioactive waste Deep Geological Repository (DGR) for the Bruce Power site near Kincardine. OPG has formally notified federal regulators it is ending plans for the low/intermediate waste DGR. The project was discontinued following a vote by Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) in January 2020, whereby the SON voted overwhelmingly not to support the project in their traditional territory.

The decision however, does not impact a separate proposal for a high-level radioactive waste nuclear dump in South Bruce.

On June 22 Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced it was formally ending plans for a low/intermediate level radioactive waste Deep Geological Repository (DGR) for the Bruce Power site near Kincardine. OPG has formally notified federal regulators it is ending plans for the low/intermediate waste DGR. The project was discontinued following a vote by Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) in January 2020, whereby the SON voted overwhelmingly not to support the project in their traditional territory.

The decision however, does not impact a separate proposal for a high-level radioactive waste nuclear dump in South Bruce.

“Protect Our Waterways – No Nuclear Waste is grateful for the decision by SON community members to vote against the low/intermediate DGR and the formal cancellation of the project by OPG at the Bruce site,” said POWNNW vice-president Bill Noll. “The struggle however is not over as the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) continues with plans to construct a high-level radioactive waste nuclear dump within the Municipality of South Bruce,” Noll added.

In a process that began nearly a decade ago, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is looking for a site to store millions of bundles of used nuclear fuel. The organization has optioned approximately 1,300 acres of land north of Teeswater as a potential site to bury the waste. The decision on where to bury the high-level nuclear waste from reactors across Canada is down to the Municipality of South Bruce and Ignace, in Northern Ontario. On its website, the NWMO states it is aiming to identify a single, preferred site “in an area with informed and willing hosts” by 2023……..

According to a July 3 POWNNW press release the lands optioned by NWMO for the proposed dump site of highly radioactive waste are located approximately 30  kilometres from Lake Huron and would be built under and around the Teeswater River, a tributary of the Saugeen River, which flows to Lake Huron and the Great Lakes – a source of drinking water for 40 million people in both Canada and the USA. The proposed dump site would remove an estimated 1,500 acres of prime farmland from agricultural production and “replace it with an intensive mining project to effectively house this waste.”

The group is inviting all concerned stakeholders to join in the fight to prevent the project and “protect future generations.”

Seeking referendum

Protect Our Waterways – No Nuclear Waste is seeking a community referendum on the issue in South Bruce.

“The municipality and NWMO can no longer ignore this expression of opposition against this project from residents and regional stakeholders.”

The group notes that over 1,500 residents of South Bruce have signed the petition to date through both hard copy and online.

An online change.org petition has gathered over 11,000 signatures from regional stakeholders in neighbouring municipalities and waste transportation corridors concerned about this project and expressing opposition. https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/citizen-group-keeps-up-fight-against-nuclear-waste-dump/

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Remote community loses their court fight to get uranium-free drinking water

Residents of remote NT community of Laramba lose legal battle over uranium in water, ABC News, By Katrina Beavan and Henry Zwartz  15 July 20, 

Residents of the remote central Australian community of Laramba have lost a case against the Northern Territory Government over high levels of uranium in their drinking water.

Key points:

  • The tribunal ruled drinking water uranium levels were not the housing department’s responsibility
  • The residents were seeking compensation over the contamination and also tap filters to bring their water in line with guidelines
  • The tribunal has called for further submissions relating to claims about housing conditions and repairs

Data compiled by the NT’s Power and Water Corporation had shown there were 0.046 milligrams of uranium per litre (mg/L) in the town’s water supply — close to three times the level recommended in national guidelines.

According to Australia’s national guideline, published by the National Health and Medical Council, uranium levels in drinking water should not exceed 0.017 milligrams per litre.

Residents of Laramba, north-west of Alice Springs, lodged a legal case against the landlord, which in this case is the NT’s Department of Housing.

The case was submitted to the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) in November last year, highlighting problems with not only residents’ drinking water but also housing repairs and conditions in the town.

Residents sought compensation over the uranium contamination and also asked for a filter system on at least one tap in their household kitchens to bring uranium levels in line within Australia’s drinking water guidelines.

But in the NTCAT’s ruling against the residents, the tribunal member Mark O’Reilly said the uranium in the water was not the responsibility of the landlord.

“In my view the landlord’s obligation for habitability is limited to the premises themselves,” the decision read…….

Appeal of NTCAT decision ‘likely’

Daniel Kelly, lawyer assisting for Australian Lawyers for Remote Aboriginal Rights said the result was disappointing and an appeal was likely.

“We’re in the process of speaking to our clients, but our view is — and the views that we’ve been able to garner from our clients are — that we should seek to have this decision reviewed,” Mr Kelly said.

“The decision leaves the question well who is responsible? Because these people have been exposed to uranium in the drinking water for over 10 years.”

“The Department of Housing is doing nothing about it, Power and Water is doing nothing about it and the Northern Territory Government is doing nothing about it.”

In a statement to the ABC, the NT Department of Housing said it would not be providing comment as proceedings were ongoing.

In relation to the rest of the Laramba case, involving housing conditions and repairs, the tribunal has called for further submissions.  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-14/nt-community-laramba-lose-legal-battle-over-uranium-in-water/12454206?fbclid=IwAR2Vb6AHk4MlypQI-_s8MMuWSLFCVQOViknD4nXc52RY4-i5NyA767hOHYk

July 16, 2020 Posted by | legal, Northern Territory, uranium | Leave a comment

Global heating – Farmers can’t afford the higher insurance premiums. Fossil fuels killing agriculture

Climate change-driven disasters making insurance premiums too dear for farmers, ABC News, Vic Country Hour, By Jane McNaughton  16 July 20
Australian farmers are facing increasingly frequent droughts, floods, hailstorms and bushfires, resulting in insurance premiums rising to the point where cancelling or underinsuring are the only options.

Key points:

  • A NSW farmer says the fossil fuel industry is effectively killing the agriculture sector
  • Insurance premiums are being driven to unaffordable levels by the impacts of climate change
  • The Insurance Council of Australia says 80 per cent of Australian homes are underinsured — and that figure’s likely higher in the bush

Climate change has already cost farmers more than $1 billion since 2000, according to ABARES.

Third-generation lamb and cropping farmer Peter Holding said government inaction on global warming could have disastrous flow-on effects to the agriculture industry.

“Climate change poses a cataclysmic set of challenges for farmers,” the Farmers for Climate Action member said.

“It’s pretty severe and it’s getting worse…………

Fossil fuels ‘undermining’ agriculture

Financial strain is not the only issue climate change has delivered to farmers.

“Unfortunately we’re getting less good years and a lot more variability,” Mr Holding said.

“There’s a lot of impacts and I can’t see it stopping any time soon.

“The droughts are just continuing, since the turn of the century we’ve had [so many years] of drought, interlaced with floods.”…….

“The fossil fuel industry is creating emissions and that is slowly but surely making agriculture unviable.

“We’ve cut the emissions from livestock probably in half, farmers in cropping areas have done all sorts of things to reduce the use of diesel and better use fertilisers.

“So farmers are working on all of these problems to cut their own emissions, but we definitely need some quick action to reduce the emissions of fossil fuel.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-07-16/climate-change-blamed-for-farmers-rising-insurance-costs/12455052 

July 16, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Australia’s Liberal Coalition climate deniers are at it again

COALITION DENIERS AT IT AGAIN, MARK BUTLER. July 15, 2020

Coalition MP Craig Kelly has mounted an extraordinary attack on the Bureau of Meteorology in a Facebook post shared more than one thousand times in 36 hours.

Coalition MP George Christensen was among those who shared the post, saying: “Craig Kelly is in detective mode. Crooks within data-altering government agencies should be worried. Very worried.”

Does the Environment Minister Sussan Ley agree with these attacks on the Bureau of Meteorology? Does the Assistant Minister, Trevor Evans?

What about Mr Kelly and Mr Christensen’s backbench colleagues like Ross Vasta, Tim Wilson, Dave Sharma, Fiona Martin or Katie Allen?

If they don’t agree, what are they doing about the fact that their colleagues are using social media to spread disinformation in an attempt to discredit a government agency and undermine action on climate change?

This is beyond a joke. The Government needs to take responsibility for the actions of its own backbench.

Links to Mr Kelly and Mr Christensen’s posts:
https://www.facebook.com/CraigKellyMP/photos/a.251794581681850/1553197208208241/
https://www.facebook.com/CraigKellyMP/photos/a.251794581681850/1555461397981822/
https://www.facebook.com/gchristensenmp/posts/2988498467871728?__tn__=-R

July 16, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Global heating – the essential factor in Siberia’s heatwave

Siberia heatwave was ‘almost impossible’ without climate change, scientists say, SBS News 16 Jul 20, An extreme heatwave in the Arctic is a problem for the entire planet, say scientists, because the region regulates weather around the globe and contains much of the world’s carbon-rich permafrost.

A recent heatwave in Siberia that saw temperature records tumble as the region sweltered in 38-Celsius highs was “almost impossible” without the influence of man-made climate change, leading climate scientists say.

An international team of researchers found that the record-breaking warm period was more than 2 degrees hotter than it would have been if humans had not warmed the planet through decades of greenhouse gas emissions.

The five hottest years in history have occurred in the last five years and there’s a better-than-even chance that 2020 will be the hottest ever recorded.

Earth’s poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, and temperatures in Siberia – home to much of the world’s carbon-rich permafrost – were more than 5 degrees hotter than average between January and June. ………

‘Important for everyone’

The team behind the calculations stressed that the Siberian heatwave was a problem for the entire globe. Some 1.15 million hectares of forest going up in flames released millions of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

At the same time, the wildfires and sustained heatwaves accelerated the region’s permafrost melt. This caused an oil tank built on frozen soil to collapse in May, leading to one of the region’s worst-ever oil spills…….

The 2015 Paris climate deal commits nations to capping temperature rises to “well-below” 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels and to strive for a 1.5 degrees limit if at all possible. With just 1 degree of warming so far, Earth is already buffeted by record-breaking droughts, wild fires and super storms made more potent by rising sea levels.

To keep in line with the 1.5-degree target, the United Nations says global emissions must fall by 7.6 per cent every year this decade.

Sonia Seneviratne, from ETH Zurich’s Department of Environmental Systems Science, said the research showed the heatwave was an example of “extreme events which would have almost no chance of happening” without man-made emissions. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/siberia-heatwave-was-almost-impossible-without-climate-change-scientists-say

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Disaster danger – wild fires in the Chernobyl closed zone

Chernobyl fires: how neglected forests, poor coordination and old equipment could spark disaster, GDF Watch, 
 Emil Filtenborg and Stefan Weichert   14/07/2020  
 When fires broke out inside the closed 30-kilometre zone around Chernobyl this spring sending huge amounts of smoke over Kyiv, many feared there would be issues with radiation.

The Ukrainian capital temporarily had the worst air quality in the world as hundreds of firefighters, supported by helicopters and planes, fought the devastating fire. It only went out after several weeks thanks to some help from heavy rainfall.

The European Space Agency used the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite to map the spread of the fires, noting the threat of “increased radiation from the burning of contaminated forest and soil.”

The fires destroyed multiple tourist sites and threatened nuclear waste storage facilities inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – the site of the colossal 1986 nuclear accident.

Luckily radiation levels remained low. France’s Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) noted the readings ‘did not reveal abnormal values.‘ But those with intimate knowledge of the site fear the fires, and the way they were dealt with, demonstrate just how vulnerable the zone is to potentially catastrophic consequences.

“It was complicated for firefighters to get to certain places inside the zone because state agencies had not taken care of the woods properly,” asserts Yaroslav Yemelianenko, head of the travel company Chernobyl Tour.

“A lot of fallen trees made it possible for the fire to spread quickly in the thick and wild forests. We also saw that there was no planning. Every time someone had to be sent somewhere, the information had to go to the officers, who then would decide to send firefighters and equipment, but when they finally decided to do so, the fire would be five times bigger, and had spread to another place.”

Because of quarantine measures due to COVID-19, many journalists were not able to travel to the zone, but Yemelianenko got there and reported what he saw on Facebook. He says he saw evidence of “ill-equipped firefighters, lousy management, lack of coordination, and disinformation from the government.” He believes more must be done to secure the area, starting with a better fence and more patrolling.

He questions the security of the site, asserting that it is easy for anyone to sneak past the manned checkpoints around the perimeter.

He questions the security of the site, asserting that it is easy for anyone to sneak past the manned checkpoints around the perimeter………

He also alleges that the firefighters were giving only a little water and food while spending too much time exposed to radiation………..

strong winds and a dry winter and spring made it almost impossible to stop the fires, which started in the western part of the closed Chernobyl zone. It quickly spread, partly because of strong winds often outpacing firefighters, but also because of new fires starting in other parts of the area. Pavlova believes that unidentified people started some of the fires inside the zone, and she agrees that the area is vulnerable, and changes need to happen………

Chaos’

While Pavlova was trying to coordinate the efforts from a distance, firefighters fought for weeks against the fires that, according to Chernobyl Tour, destroyed 30 percent of all tourist attractions and large parts of the forests. Euronews spoke to one fireman who worked during this time. He spoke on condition of anonymity due to fears of losing his job.

He alleges that everything was “chaos” inside the zone when firefighters tried to control the fires, that firefighters’ lives were in danger, and that equipment measuring radioactivity was failing.

“There was no coordination between the different divisions,” he said. ”My team and I were fighting some fire when a fire truck came past yelling ‘guys, get out of here because there is fire coming this way.’ We were not given any instructions from our commander about this. The phones did not work there, the mobile phones did not work – the network was not good. The walkie-talkies were in the truck but they did not reach the headquarters. There was no information. There were no physical maps or GPS navigators. We were just blind.”

He says that in his opinion, firefighters were lucky that rain came and that he fears what would have happened if it hadn’t. He says that his team was fighting a fire at one point, when suddenly another fire broke out behind them. They found out later that another unit was told to fight the fire with fire while they were told to use water and were almost caught in the middle, but that “nobody told me anything.”

He says he was surprised when he heard authorities tell journalists that the fires were under control when they were still going strong. While authorities said that firefighters got plenty of water and food, his team of nine got six litres of water to share between them for three days, and they had to rely on other units and volunteers. He says that he only received food twice during what was around three days in the zone.

“Of course, the lack of coordination posed a risk to us. Even on Facebook, a video on the Boycott of Firefighters of Ukraine page shows how firefighters tried to escape through a burning forest in a fire truck. Of course, the temperature there is too high, and it is simply impossible to be there without protective suits and equipment. You could lose your vehicle and your life there,” he says. http://www.gdfwatch.org.uk/international-media-articles-and-news-stories/

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Massive Moorabool wind farm connected to the Victorian grid — RenewEconomy

The first turbine of Goldwind Australia’s 312MW Moorabool wind farm has been connected to the Victorian transmission network and is generating electricity. The post Massive Moorabool wind farm connected to the Victorian grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Massive Moorabool wind farm connected to the Victorian grid — RenewEconomy

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Fossil fuels get four-times more Covid stimulus than renewables, report says — RenewEconomy

New analysis of Australia’s Covid-19 economic response finds governments have funnelled four-times more financial support into fossil fuel sector than to clean energy. The post Fossil fuels get four-times more Covid stimulus than renewables, report says appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Fossil fuels get four-times more Covid stimulus than renewables, report says — RenewEconomy

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July 15 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Hydrogen: The Great Energy Hope, Or A Whole Lot Of Hype?” • It’s likely that every Asian country will want to be as energy independent as possible. Locally produced wind and solar is one solution, but many Asian countries are not as suited to mass deployment of solar or wind as Australia. And […]

July 15 Energy News — geoharvey

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UNSW busts myth on energy returns, says renewables will boost economy — RenewEconomy

UNSW study disproves popular nuclear lobby theory that shift to renewables will damage the macro-economy by consuming too much global energy generation. The post UNSW busts myth on energy returns, says renewables will boost economy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

UNSW busts myth on energy returns, says renewables will boost economy — RenewEconomy

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Offshore wind defies COVID as renewables prove their resiliency — RenewEconomy

Offshore wind saw significant Final Investment Decisions over the first six months of 2020, resulting in the strongest 6-month period for the technology ever. The post Offshore wind defies COVID as renewables prove their resiliency appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Offshore wind defies COVID as renewables prove their resiliency — RenewEconomy

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Methane emissions surge to new record in blow to gas lobby — RenewEconomy

Researchers say growth in gas production, including in Australia, and agriculture responsible for huge rise in methane emissions that put world on path to dangerous levels of global warming. The post Methane emissions surge to new record in blow to gas lobby appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Methane emissions surge to new record in blow to gas lobby — RenewEconomy

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