Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Legislation banning nuclear power in Australia should be retained

Murdoch papers and Murdoch’s Sky News have ramped up their campaign to have nuclear laws repealed, and far-right Coalition MPs and former MPs are along for the ride. The post Legislation banning nuclear power in Australia should be retained appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Legislation banning nuclear power in Australia should be retained — RenewEconomy

February 25, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | Leave a comment

Australian government’s nuclear waste plans unacceptable – Dr Margaret Beavis

February 25, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, health | Leave a comment

Assange’s partner exposes ongoing denial of his legal and democratic rights, 

February 25, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | Leave a comment

The remediation of Ranger uranium mine: will it really restore the environment?

Traditional owners were given land rights in return for their support for the Ranger mine, and Kakadu National Park was born.   ……. the land will finally be returned to the traditional owners… the question is, in what state?  ………    we could find the site an eroding heap of substandard scrub.    

As part of cleaning up the mine site, contaminated buildings and equipment will be buried in one of the mine’s enormous pits.    

  We’ve been told that burying the equipment and the contaminated material in the mine site is out of step with global best practice in the mining industry.

February 25, 2021 Posted by | aboriginal issues, environment, Northern Territory, uranium | Leave a comment

The media revels in rockets to Mars, ignores the horrible risk of plutonium pollution

February 25, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Murder, corruption, bombings – the company at centre of Australia’s submarine deal

February 25, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

National Farmers Federation want govt to support renewable energy (not coal or nuclear)

Guardian 23rd Feb 2021, Renewable energy zones must be “at the centre of any regionalisation agenda”, the National Farmers’ Federation has said. In a policy paper
released on Tuesday, the NFF makes the call for renewable energy to be part
of new investment to address the $3.8bn annual shortfall in infrastructure
in regional Australia. The paper, which makes no mention of coal or nuclear
energy supporting jobs in the regions, comes as the Nationals push for the
Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in those technologies.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/23/australian-farmers-call-for-renewable-energy-zones-as-nationals-push-coal-and-nuclear

February 25, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy | Leave a comment

Summary of the risks of uranium mining

Greg Phillips, 25 Feb 21, This is a very good summary of the risks of Uranium mining:
“… Uranium mining, however, adds another dimension of risk because of the potential for exposure to elevated concentrations of radionuclides. Internal exposure to radioactive materials during uranium mining and processing can take place through inhalation, ingestion, or absorption through an open cut or wound. External radiation exposure from beta particles or gamma rays can also present a health risk.
Radiation typically encountered in uranium mining or processing facility operations includes alpha (a), beta (ß), and gamma (?) radiation. All three are types of ionizing radiation—energy in the form of particles or waves that has sufficient force to remove electrons from atoms. Alpha particles consist of two neutrons and two protons, travel only a few centimeters in air, and can cause a high density of ionizations along their path. In some cases, alpha particles can penetrate the dead layer of skin. If radionuclides that decay by alpha emission (e.g., polonium-218, polonium-214) are inhaled, they have the potential to impart a significant dose to the pulmonary epithelium.
The dose of alpha energy delivered by an alpha particle to the DNA in a cell in the respiratory epithelium is fixed and not dependent on concentration or duration of exposure. Although alpha particles can travel only a short distance, they impart a much greater effective dose than beta particles or gamma rays (NRC, 1988, 2008b). The high effective doses from alpha particles, as compared with beta particles or gamma rays, result from their relatively high energies combined with their very short ranges in tissue. Alpha particles are notable among environmental carcinogens because of their potent ability to produce a high proportion of double-strand DNA breaks per particle. Double-strand DNA breaks are more difficult for the body to repair.”
free pdf of this book available from
www.nap.edu

/catalog/13266/uranium-mining-in-virginia-scientific-technical-environmental-human-health-and

February 25, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

American uranium/nuclear lobbyists fund campaigns of climate sceptics/deniers

February 25, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Coal giant AGL again tops list of Australia’s biggest emitters — RenewEconomy

Coal generators and oil and gas producers dominate latest list of Australia’s largest emitters. The post Coal giant AGL again tops list of Australia’s biggest emitters appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Coal giant AGL again tops list of Australia’s biggest emitters — RenewEconomy

February 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Morrison’s media code could be catastrophic for climate and energy news — RenewEconomy

Google’s decision to snub RenewEconomy – apparently because it does not do “public interest” journalism – and include Sky News and a celebrity gossip site on its “showcase, bodes ill for Australian media. The post Morrison’s media code could be catastrophic for climate and energy news appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Morrison’s media code could be catastrophic for climate and energy news — RenewEconomy

February 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Neoen lands $160 million in CEFC finance for Australia’s biggest battery — RenewEconomy

Neoen lands $160 million in finance from CEFC to fund the Victoria Big Battery, which will be the biggest in Australia. The post Neoen lands $160 million in CEFC finance for Australia’s biggest battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Neoen lands $160 million in CEFC finance for Australia’s biggest battery — RenewEconomy

February 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets — RenewEconomy

Australia’s summer of sport under threat from more frequent heat waves and bushfires, sport stars issue a joint call for greater action on climate change. The post “We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets — RenewEconomy

February 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

February 24 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “A Solar Panel In Space Is Collecting Energy That Could One Day Be Beamed To Anywhere On Earth” • Scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a satellite solar panel the size of a pizza box, that was designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space […]

February 24 Energy News — geoharvey

February 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment