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Australian news, and some related international items

Mushrooms in Germany are still contaminated by Chernobyl radiation

Mushrooms in Germany are still contaminated by Chernobyl radiation  https://nypost.com/2021/10/08/german-mushrooms-still-contaminated-by-chernobyl-radiation/ By Reuters   Around 95% of wild mushroom samples collected in Germany in the last six years still showed radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, albeit not above legal limits, the German food safety regulator said on Friday.

Elevated concentrations of caesium-137 and caesium-134 isotopes bearing the characteristic signature of the Chernobyl blast were found especially in southern Germany, the federal office for consumer protection and food safety (BVL) said.

However, none of the 74 samples tested exceeded the legal limit of 600 becquerels of radiation per kg.

The Chernobyl reactor, located in what is now Ukraine, spewed tonnes of nuclear waste into the atmosphere, spreading radioactivity across swathes of the continent and causing a spike in cancers in the more immediate region.

The BVL said the radioactive material lingered in forests because their ecosystems recycled nutrients so efficiently, meaning that wild mushrooms will show contamination for much longer than other agricultural products.

Concern at the long-term impact of nuclear disasters has fueled public opposition to nuclear power, and in Germany triggered a decision, shortly after the accident at Japan’s Fukushima plant in 2011, to abandon it altogether. 

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Why Greta Thunberg’s speech was the best – blah none


Why Greta Thunberg’s speech was the best – blah none

Matthew Abraham.

Greta Thunberg has unwittingly invented a communications tool that can do a job on everyone from Scott Morrison to Nicola Spurrier.

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Australia could ‘green’ its degraded landscapes for just 6% of what we spend on defence


Australia could ‘green’ its degraded landscapes for just 6% of what we spend on defence

Bonnie Mappin et al

The health of many Australian ecosystems is in steep decline. Replanting vast tracts of land with native vegetation will prevent species extinctions and help abate climate change – but which landscapes should be restored, and how much would it cost?

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POWERTECH URANIUM DENIED! WATER MANAGEMENT BOARD’S VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS. — RADIATION FREE LAKELAND

Originally posted on Black Hills Clean Water Alliance: Yesterday was a good day in South Dakota, where Powertech/Azarga Uranium wants to do in situ leach uranium mining in the southwestern Black Hills.? Due to federal lawsuits filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, federal permitting for the project is in limbo.?

POWERTECH URANIUM DENIED! WATER MANAGEMENT BOARD’S VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS. — RADIATION FREE LAKELAND

  There has not been a cultural resources survey on the 12,000+ acres of the proposed project, and the area is sacred to Lakota and other indigenous peoples — as are the entire Black Hill

Nonetheless, the company has been trying to restart the process for its state water permits, which was put on hold in 2013.  Yesterday, this effort ran into determined resistance at a meeting of the SD Water Management Board.  State Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources water staff opposed the company’s effort, as did the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Black Hills Clean Water Alliance, Institute of Range and the American Mustang, citizen intervenors, and members of the public………….. https://bhcleanwateralliance.org/2021/10/07/powertech-uranium-denied-water-management-boards-vote-was-unanimous/?fbclid=IwAR2DRZ4BTPe3ILtakJZLex-9mIZjYnbPYhUsjLcW7v_7b__Jbq_DeHdF_Z4&blogsub=confirmed#subscribe-blog

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Nuke disaster radiation continues to threaten traditional ways of life in northeast Japan — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Tetsuzo Tsuboi, who has worked to prevent shiitake cultivation logs from absorbing radioactive cesium by putting them up on blocks, covering them with nonwoven fabric, and other measures, is seen in the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 5, 2021. October 8, 2021 FUKUSHIMA — When the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was […]

Nuke disaster radiation continues to threaten traditional ways of life in northeast Japan — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Alinta plans massive 1GW offshore wind project, and the first wind farm in Pilbara — RenewEconomy

Alinta plans 1GW plus offshore wind farm and the first wind farm in the Pilbara as part of a $6 billion investment in renewables and storage. The post Alinta plans massive 1GW offshore wind project, and the first wind farm in Pilbara appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Alinta plans massive 1GW offshore wind project, and the first wind farm in Pilbara — RenewEconomy

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Makes no sense to think of emission cuts as a cost, says Morrison government advisor — RenewEconomy

The Climate Change Authority says stronger climate action is key to Australia’s global competitiveness The post Makes no sense to think of emission cuts as a cost, says Morrison government advisor appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Makes no sense to think of emission cuts as a cost, says Morrison government advisor — RenewEconomy

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October 8 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion:  ¶ “Australian Politicians Working Hard To Destroy The Planet” • In the lead-up to COP26, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing greater and greater international pressure to set a net zero emissions target for 2050, members of his government are working hard to make sure he can’t. Mushrooms with their heads in the […]

October 8 Energy News — geoharvey

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