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Fight over millions in native title mining royalties will be thrashed out in the Supreme Court

Fight over millions in native title mining royalties will be thrashed out in the Supreme Court , 24 Nov 21,

Fight for native title mining millions heads to Supreme Court | The Advertiser (

The credibility of the native title system itself has been called into question as a fight over millions in uranium royalties paid to the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association heads to court.

A dispute over potentially tens of millions of dollars in uranium royalties paid to a South Australian native title group is headed to court, with claims there have been “serious failures” in the management of the money.

The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association was placed in “special administration” in March last year by the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. The move was a bid to address what the registrar said were “chronic and severe problems” around record keeping issues relating to meetings, memberships, directorships and spending.

The group, whose native title claim covers the Flinders Ranges, has become bitterly divided in recent years, with a dissenting faction claiming that former chief executive Vince Coulthard and his associates have failed to provide clarity over how much money the organisation receives in royalties, and how that money is spent.

ATLA is paid royalties from uranium producers Heathgate Resources and Quasar Resources, which own the Beverley uranium mine in the northern Flinders Ranges. But the money flows into a trust through a company called Rangelea Holdings, managed by Mr Coulthard and others, which does not fall under the remit of the regulator.

The registrar, Selwyn Button, who placed ATLA in administration, has been seeking access to Rangelea’s books. But Mr Coulthard and Rangelea’s other directors have declined to meet with representatives from Mr Selwyn’s office, and last month the company filed a Supreme Court action seeking to wrest back control of the funds.

Mr Button said on Monday that the amount paid by the mining companies over the past decade was estimated to be about $30m.

ATLA’s administrator had successfully called a halt to royalty payments from the uranium mining companies to Rangelea, which now wants those payments reinstated.

In court documents, Rangelea argues that the legal agreements with Heathgate and Quasar stipulate that the royalties be paid to Rangelea, on behalf of ATLA, “without interference from ATLA, the special administrator or any other person”.

But ATLA argues it is the agent for the Adnyamthanha people as registered native title holders, and Rangelea is not the correct recipient of the funds.

ATLA said in the first quarter of 2021, about $260,000 was paid into the master trust each month by the mining companies, on top of about $4m in 2020.

It also said the request to suspend royalty payments was “necessary and appropriate” in light of Rangelea’s refusal to open up its book.

The Advertiser attempted to contact Mr Coulthard for comment. The matter is scheduled to return to court on December 10.

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

Climate change is driving a drier Australia. So why are we having such a wet year?

Climate change is driving a drier Australia. So why are we having such a wet year?

The southern parts of Australia are expected to become increasingly dry due to climate change. Yet, we now find ourselves subject to another La Niña event. What’s going on?

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

Australia, with its solar energy, could be the long-term winner worldwide

Australia could be the long-term winner worldwide

Peter Bowden

‘We could power the entire world five times over from the Australian sun… It’s a good measure of how large our country is, and how much great sun we have.’

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

Economic Cost Of Peak Population: Japan, China, The World. — One Finite Planet

The world has reached peak child, and is headed towards peak population. Many economic metrics collapse between peak child and peak population, resulting in bear stock markets and even collapses, all if the real economy and outside their investment portfolios, most people are relatively unaffected. Economic Ponzi Scheme Metrics. Peak Child and National Economies. Market […]

Economic Cost Of Peak Population: Japan, China, The World. — One Finite Planet

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

These 129 reputable organisations have signed up to letter opposing inclusion of nuclear and gas as being ”sustainable” and ”green”.

France Nature Environnement, France
CEE Bankwatch Network
European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
The Green Tank, Greece
Umanotera – Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, Slovenia
Umweltinstitut München e.V., Germany
Socio-ecological union international
Climate Strategy Group
Andy Gheorghiu Consulting, Germany
Green Liberty, Latvia    10
BürgerBegehren Klimaschutz
Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende, Germany
AnsvarligFremtid, Denmark
Klimabevægelsen i Danmark (350 Denmark), Denmark
Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V., Germany
BirdLife Europe, Germany
eco-union, Spain
Mouvement Ecologique (FoE-Luxembourg), Luxemburg
urgewald, Germany  20
.ausgestrahlt, Germany Europe
Deutscher Naturschutzring, Germany
Stowarzyszenie Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot, Poland
Legambiente, Italy
Carbon Market Watch
Health and Environment Justice Support (HEJSupport)
Counter Balance
ZERO – Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System, Portugal
Clean Air Action Group, Hungary  30
Alofa Tuvalu, Tuvalu
Réseau pour la transition énergétique CLER, France
Creatura Think & Do Tank, Finland
Women Against Nuclear Power, Finland
Women for Peace, Finland
The Alliance of the Associations Polish Green Network, Poland
FMKK – The Swedish Anti Nuclear Movement, Sweden
Polish Ecological Club Mazovian Branch, Poland
Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne EKO-UNIA, Poland
Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczno-Kulturalne “Wspólna Ziemia”, Poland   40
Arbeitskreis Indianer Nordamerikas, Austria
EuroNatur Stiftung, Germany
Our Fish
E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism
Bioland e.V., Germany
Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., Germany
Germanwatch e.V., Germany
Fair Finance International
National Society of Conservationists – Friends of the Earth Hungary, Hungary
Nucléaire Stop Kernenergie – Belgium  50
Tegengas/Dégaze – Belgium
IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), German affiliate, Germany
Urgenda Foundation, The Netherlands
Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia
Milieudefensie, The Netherlands
Za Zemiata/Friends of the Earth Bulgaria, Bulgaria
Fair Finance Guide, Sweden
Corporate Europe Observatory
Jihočeské matky, z.s., Czech Republic

WEED e.V. – World Economy, Ecology and Development, Germany  60ShareAction
Global Witness
Reclaim Finance, FranceFossielvrij NL, The Netherlands
Bürgerinitiative “Kein Atommüll in Ahaus” e.V., GermanyThe Peace Movement of Orust, Sweden
Global Nature Fund, Germany
Climate Action Network International
Transport & Environment
NewClimate Institute gGmbH, Germany   70
Miljöringen lovisa Finland
Réaction en chaîne humaine pour l’arrêt du nucléaire France
Calla – Association for Preservation of the Environment, Czech republic
Réseau “Sortir du nucléaire”, France
BI “Stoppt Temelin”, Germany
GLOBAL 2000 – Friends of the Earth Austria, Austria
Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto (Finnish Association for Nature Conservation), Finland
Forum Ökologie & Papier, Germany
Plattform gegen Atomgefahren Salzburg (PLAGE), Austria
Gas Free Pensions, Europe  80
Réseau Action Climat France
PSR / IPPNW Switzerland (Physicians for Social Respon
sibility /International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)
Begegnungszentrum für Aktive Gewaltlosigkeit, Austria
Hiilivapaa Suomi, Finland
Food & Water Action Europe, Europe
International Network for Sustainable Energy – Europe
ReCommon, Italy
Inter-Environnement Wallonie, Belgique  90
Campagna “Per il Clima Fuori dal Fossile”, Italy
Movimento No TAP/SNAM Brindisi, Italy
Redazione, Italy
BankTrack, the Netherlands
TerraBlu, Italy
Bellona Europa, Belgium
Bellona Deutschland, Germany
Forum Ambientalista O.d.V., Italy
Climate Action Network, Europe
Associazione Tarantola Rubra, Italy  100
Friends of the Earth, Europe
Trivelle Zero Molise, Italy
Environmental Coalition on Standards, Belgium
Collettivo No al Fossile Civitavecchia, Italy
WWF Forlì-Cesena, Italy
Coordinamento ravennate Fuori dal Fossile, Italy
The Swedish Anti-Nuclear Movement, Branch Gävle, Sweden
NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark
Wiener Plattform Atomkraftfrei, Austria
Parents For Future Vienna, Austria   110
Trivelle Zero Marche, Italy
Parents for Future Gütersloh, Germany
A Sud, Italy
European Alliance for the Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples, Austria/France/Germany/Switzerland
Mom Loves Taiwan
Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft e.V., Germany
WISE Netherlands
atomstopp_atomkraftfrei leben!, Austria
Freistädter Mütter gegen Atomgefahr, Austria
Grandparents For Future Austria  120
Parents For Future Oberösterreich, Austria
Frauen für den Frieden Schweiz
Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) e.V – Friends of the Earth Germany, Germany
nternational Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA International), Liechtenstein
Rete “Legalità per il clima”, Europe
Collectif anti-nucléaire Ouest, France
Fédération anti-nucléaire Bretagne, France
Greenpeace, Russia   129


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

Bellona signs open letter to prevent nuclear energy and fossil gas from being labelled as green

(Signed by 129 reputable European and international organisations)

Granting nuclear and fossil gas the label of sustainability would undermine the EU’s climate targets, divert much-needed investments in the green transition and jeopardize the credibility of the entire European Green Deal.  Olaf ScholzFederal Minister of Finance
and Vice Chancellor
11016 Berlin

Dear Federal Minister,

We are extremely concerned by the announcement of the European Commission’s President, Ursula von der Leyen, to likely label both nuclear energy and fossil gas as sustainable in the context of the EU’s taxonomy. According to media coverage, it was the absence of a strong German voice against nuclear in the European Council on 21/22 October that directly contributed to this decision. In your role as current finance minister and future Chancellor, we call on you to swiftly and decisively confirm the German veto against labelling nuclear as a sustainable form of energy and highlight that the Commission’s attempt to shape this discussion during the sensitive time of a new government being formed in Germany is not acceptable.

The EU taxonomy regulation is meant to provide guidelines for the necessary future-oriented investments for Europe’s economic transition. Nuclear energy, however, is unsustainable due to severe safety risks, environmental pollution and the unsolved waste problem. Fossil gas emits large quantities of climate-damaging greenhouse gases, especially methane, along its extraction and transport chain. Granting nuclear and fossil gas the label of sustainability would undermine the EU’s climate targets, divert much-needed investments in the green transition and jeopardize the credibility of the entire European Green Deal.

Dear Federal Minister, Germany has embarked upon a clear path to phase out nuclear power by the end of next year. NGOs from across Europe count on you to take an equally clear stance against nuclear energy but also fossil gas at the European level. more

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

The UK’s nuclear plan is a financial, environmental and political risk

The UK’s nuclear plan is a financial, environmental and political risk, Investment Monitor,   Jon Whiteaker , 16 Nov 21,    If the UK government thinks the RAB model will solve all its nuclear power problems, it may have a nasty surprise coming its way.

As the dust settles on COP26, the UK government will turn its attention away from global discussions and towards what it is doing domestically to help mitigate the climate crisis.

The government’s Net Zero Strategy sets aside £120m towards developing new nuclear power plants, which it says “could support our path to decarbonising the UK’s electricity system” by 2035.

Could’ is doing a lot of work in that sentence, because although nuclear power plays a prominent role in the government’s decarbonising strategy, bringing additional nuclear capacity online is far from straightforward.

The government says nuclear is a continuous, reliable and low-carbon form of energy that has been part of the UK electricity system for 65 years. Nuclear is also controversial, hugely expensive in comparison to other fossil fuel alternatives, and often proves challenging to develop.

According to the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report, between 1951 and 2021, of the 783 nuclear reactor projects launched, 12% have been cancelled. Delays and cost overruns are also very common when constructing nuclear plants.

The UK government is hoping to kickstart development of new nuclear in the UK through the introduction of the regulated asset base (RAB) funding model. This model is intended to widen the investor pool for nuclear power, reduce financing costs, and ultimately save bill payers money.

While the RAB model has proved successful for other large UK infrastructure projects, it comes with risks for the government. It is unclear which investors will be happy to support new nuclear projects, and there are potential political costs if UK citizens are made to pick up at least part of the tab if things go wrong.

The government expects electricity usage to increase by 40–60% by 2035. It has mapped out several scenarios for how this demand can be met solely by renewables, all of them dependant on building new nuclear power capacity.

Yet in 2020, while generation from all other renewable energy sources increased, generation from nuclear power actually declined in the UK due to a decision not to restart operations at the Dungeness B plant in Kent, which had been suffering a prolonged outage since 2018.

The UK nuclear fleet is old, suffering performance issues and largely due to be decommissioned. By 2035, the UK will lose almost 8GW of nuclear power plants to decommissioning.

The only new nuclear plant under construction is the 3.26GW Hinkley Point C plant, which is now due to be completed in 2026.

All this means the government needs to quickly develop new nuclear capacity. It seems very taken by new small modular reactors, particularly if they are developed by UK companies such as Rolls-Royce.Yet this and another new technology, advanced modular reactors, are not due to reach the demonstration phase until the early 2030s.

So, the government has been seeking a way to deliver several new Hinkley Point Cs…………………

The National Infrastructure Commission, a body designed to give impartial advice to the government, said in March 2020 that a “renewable-based system looks like a safer bet” and a “substantially cheaper” option than the construction of multiple new nuclear power plants.

That sounds like advice worth considering again.

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November 24 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion:  ¶ “Will Russia Ever Leave Fossil Fuels Behind?” • In Russia, oil and gas provided 39% of the federal budget revenue and made up 60% of Russian exports in 2019. The share of all fossil fuel rents (the price of fossil fuels minus the cost of producing them) amounted to 14% of GDP that […]

November 24 Energy News — geoharvey

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

“Game changer:” Senate clears way for offshore wind farms in Australian waters — RenewEconomy

Landmark federal legislation that will allow offshore wind farms to be built in Australian waters for the first time has passed through the Senate. The post “Game changer:” Senate clears way for offshore wind farms in Australian waters appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Game changer:” Senate clears way for offshore wind farms in Australian waters — RenewEconomy

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