Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

The UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and other news this week

Even the generally pro nuclear mainstream media could not ignore the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as it reached the required 50 ratifications to become law.      Nuclear weapons – always inhumane and unacceptable, now illegal — IPPNW peace and health blog. The ethical and moral case grew stronger, for the U.N. nuclear ban treaty.

One important article this week links the otherwise irrational push for small nuclear reactors (SMRs) to their connection with the nuclear weapons industry.

Second COVID-19 wave swells across US and Europe as winter looms.

‘Back to the future of climate” –– research on the  Eocene period, some 55 million years ago, when atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide were over  1,400 ppm, indicate what the Earth’s future climate might be. Then the temperatures on Earth must have resembled those of a sauna. It was hot and humid, and the ice on the polar caps had completely disappeared. That situation deeloped over millions of years. Now, industrialisation is bringing it about by soon after 2100.

AUSTRALIA.

After Victoria’s long and difficult coronavirus lockdown, it’s now the envy of the world. As coronavirus cases plummet, it’s time to ask: Is Australia ready for the third wave?

New government Bill could target journalists, environmental and human rights groups.

NUCLEAR.

Uranium: the mineral that never made sense now doesn’t even make dollars.  BHP dumps its plan to expand Olympic Dam uranium mine.     The Olympic Dam silver bullet is forever tarnished – BHP abandons plan to expand Olympic Dam uranium mine – a sign foe the future.

Australia has nuclear waste problems.   Kimba residents have been sold a lemon – dubious financial gain from nuclear waste dump.   How ANSTO’s Synroc nuclear waste solution turned out to be a dud.

CLIMATEKevin Rudd’s vision for a green recovery out of the pandemic.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  Twin peaks: South Australia reaches 100 pct solar, and then 100 pct wind power in same week.

INTERNATIONAL.

Global Covid-19 cases top 42.5mn: Johns Hopkins Oct 25, 2020.

The passing of the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty  – an  embarrassment and a problem for the USA, and the other nuclear weapons nations. .   Difficulties in the membership of countries in the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Why nuclear power Is unsustainable.       Climate change a big threat to nuclear reactors – as water supplies at risk.    Every dollar wasted on nuclear power is a dollar not invested in clean energy.  The very genuine promise of cheap electricity – solar power.

Study finds that bees are harmed by quite low levels of ionising radiation.

The Guardian was grossly unfair to Julian Assange. They could still make up for this.

Geological disposal of nuclear waste – a focus of interest in the coming months.

PACIFIC ISLANDS. Pacific islands demand truth on the decades of nuclear testing, now that nuclear weapons are becoming illegal

October 26, 2020 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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