Australian news, and some related international items

This week’s nuclear, climate, coronavirus news

On the coronavirus scene –   it’s pretty much same same. Spain registered more than 8,000 new cases in 24 hours, France also reported a second consecutive day of more than 4,000 new cases.  USA leads the world in Covid-19 deaths, and exceeded 70,000 confirmed infections per day in July –  recorded 43,000 new cases on Thursday. With no usable vaccine yet available, the most prominent tool governments have at their disposal is to confine their populations or enforce social distancing.  Still, the World Health Organisation hopes that the coronavirus crisis can be over in two years.   Making everything more difficult, disinformation about vaccines is flourishing.

Climate change: 2020 Is proving another disastrous year for our Earth’s climate.  Don’t blame the IPCC – at least they warned us.  Once again, the Arctic is the star, in this ongoing global tragedy.

The nuclear lobby keeps toting small nuclear reactors as clean and green, and journalists and politicians keep buying that story. The U.S. Democratic Party now supports the nuclear industry, making it indistinguishable from the Republicans on this issue.

 Some bits of good news.  The Latest COVID-19 Tests Work Without ‘Tickling Your Brain’.    Large Blue Butterflies Were Extinct in England, But Now Those Beauties Are Back After 50 Years.    Beautiful Mural in Warsaw Eats Up Smog, purifying the Air, Equal to 720 Trees.


International Lawyers Make Urgent Appeal to British Government- not to extradite Julian Assange.


Pointless to remove New South Wales Uranium mining ban, as uranium glut continues, and nuclear industry declines.  Uranium mining to become legal in NSW, as govt supports OneNation in nuclear push  –  NSW to start mining uranium after agreement on plan to lift ban.   Uranium ban brought benefit to New South Wales.  New South Wales Nature organisation calls for the State to remain free of uranium mining.

Reject the racist, undemocratic National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill.  Dept of Industry hiding the facts on choice of Kimba nuclear waste site.  Conflict of interest in Kimba Community Liaison Officer’s connection to nuclear waste dump push.

BHP’s Uranium mine Olympic Dam makes a financial loss for second year running.

Military to Weapons Sales – Professor Peter Leahy and the revolving door.

CLIMATE.   Adam Bandt urges another Labor-Greens coalition for climate action.
Labor Left weighs up plan for ‘drastic’ climate policy
  How to avoid a housing industry bloodbath – invest in making buildings more efficient.

We’ve been electing governments that damage our children’s future.

The end of the environment – Bob Brown.  Slowing of population growth could be a good thing for Australia.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Wind and solar output surge to new record high in main grid.  How rooftop solar is eating into Australia’s biggest coal generator. West Australia’s biggest solar farm sails to full generation capacity.   Many car dealers are simply not interested, or don’t have the information, to deal with Electric Vehicle inquiriesSolar drinking water for Adelaide, as Happy Valley Reservoir adds 5B array. Golden Plains wind farm set for 2021 construction after Supreme Court win.  Researchers find black and white solution to wind turbine bird deaths.

.Artificial Intelligence brings a new worry into nuclear weaponry.

Take the money away from nuclear weapons – spend it on Covid-19 relief.  The Prospects of Nuclear Disarmament in the New Nuclear Architecture.

Greta Thunberg on the global inaction on climate change.

Unprecedented rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

28 trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared from the surface of the Earth since 1994.

Global warming is bringing new “fire regime”all too quickly.   Experts are calling for international collaboration to combat wildfires.

Book Review- Tempting Fate – Nuclear Politics.

ARCTIC.  Heat from the ocean’s interior contributes to loss of Arctic sea ice.  Permafrost will thaw faster, as global heating causes more rain in the North.  Greenland’s meltdown taking flight.

August 24, 2020 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Uranium ban brought benefit to New South Wales

Uranium ban brought us benefit, Newcastle Herald, Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation 23 Aug 20, 

THE state government’s proposed removal of a long-standing and popular ban on uranium mining in New South Wales flies in the face of evidence, community interest and market reality. The global uranium price remains depressed following the Fukushima nuclear disaster and is not likely to recover. The uranium market is over supplied and existing producers are shelving projects across Australia and around the world.

In November 2019 the CEO of the world’s largest uranium miner, Canadian company Cameco, stated that “not only does it not make sense to invest in future primary supply, even the lowest-cost producers are deciding to preserve long-term value by leaving uranium in the ground.”

The ban has served NSW well. It has provided policy certainty and avoided the radioactive waste and legacy mine issues affecting other places, including Kakadu, where a massive $1 billion clean-up is underway at the former Ranger mine. This poorly conceived piece of gesture politics could lead to lower tier and inexperienced mining companies cutting corners and increasing environmental and community risk and it simply makes no sense for NSW to jump aboard a sinking nuclear ship. NSW’s energy future is renewable, not radioactive.

August 24, 2020 Posted by | New South Wales, politics, uranium | Leave a comment