Australian news, and some related international items

Chernobyl anniversary week – nuclear news

What a week!   All about the war crimes –  though it is not certain that all these crimes are committed by just one side in this truly awful Ukraine war.   Meanwhile Julian Assange is blamed, persecuted., and kept in apparently endless imprisonment for exposing war crimes. 

Coronavirus .  Latest on worldwide coronavirus spread, and medical developments. 

Climate.  The climate has become unstable. Scientists warned us for decades. Now even they are rebelling.  Why climate change matters for human health.


Will Australia’s nuclear submarines end up being built overseas?

Unexplained Ordnance: A Missile on Aboriginal Land and a Breakthrough Legal Complaint.

Scott Morrison, Angus Taylor stack clean energy agencies with fossil fuel mates.   Coalition spending on fossil fuel subsidies tops $1.3 billion in first week of campaign.  Major parties suffer from a climate credibility gap: new health election scorecard     ‘Climate change isolationism’ puts Australia on par with Saudi Arabia       Australia’s election debate on energy ignores the miracle of rooftop solar

Australian politics -GRIFT, LIES & INFLUENCE –

The US Cries About War Crimes While Imprisoning A Journalist For Exposing Its War Crimes.

‘Worst it’s ever been’: a threatened species alarm sounds during the election campaign – and is ignored


 Who Profits From Narrative Management & Eliminating Dissent?         Big Tech monopolies — Facebook, Google, and Amazon control media in the interests of American militarism. Ukraine: The End Game – A Proxy War and Armageddon – Who are the Flag Waivers supporting? America’s aim is not for Ukraine to win, It is to prolong the war and weaken Russia.   Western think tanks push permanent NATO presence on Russian border, Asia-Pacific analog — Anti-bellum     U.S., allies pour arms into Ukraine for war of prolonged attrition .  Nuclear weapons manufacturers see stock prices rise.

How do we assess the dangers of nuclear power plants in wartimeInternational Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

The big mistake of sudden renewed optimism about nuclear power.    First-ever talks: Pentagon completing integration of EU into transatlantic military network ,

An increased 2 degree Celsius world will not be liveable for vast swathes of humanity – but that’s the latest semi-optimistic research result.

Why are nature-based solutions on climate being overlooked?

UKRAINE. Ukraine can fight Russia ‘for 10 years’ claims Zelensky.     Ukraine threatens ‘terrorist’ attack on Crimean Bridge – the longest bridge in Europe.       Mariupol – city under siege – the OTHER SIDE OF THIS STORY        Playing with fire at Chornobyl.

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day Date in the current year: April 26, 2022  

Until recently, Memorial Day for the Victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident was observed only in the countries directly affected by the accident (Ukraine, Belarus and Russia). This changed in 2016, when the United Nations General Assembly designated April 26 as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

The Chernobyl accident, also referred to as the Chernobyl disaster, was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred in Ukraine (then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic). On April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was completely destroyed by an explosion caused by a catastrophic power increase. The explosion resulted in radioactive contamination of large parts of the USSR, now the territories of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Over 8 million people in these countries were exposed to radiation.

Four years passed after the accident before the Soviet government reluctantly acknowledged the need for international assistance in mitigating the consequences of the disaster. In 1990, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that called for international cooperation in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.

Since 2002, the main focus of the Chernobyl strategy has been a long-term developmental approach instead of emergency humanitarian assistance. In 2009, the International Chernobyl Research and Information Network was launched to provide support to programs that aim to contribute to the sustainable development of affected territories.

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day was inaugurated in 2016 to raise awareness of the consequences of the accident and to consolidate efforts to eliminate them. In Ukraine, it is one of the official remembrance days marked by memorial ceremonies and special lessons at schools. In addition, Ukraine observes Chernobyl Liquidators Day on December 14.

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

America’s aim is not for Ukraine to win, It is to prolong the war and weaken Russia

US Makes It Clear Its Aim Is to ‘Weaken’ Russia Consortium News,  By Joe Lauria April 25, 2022

The U.S. makes plain its plan is not just to win its poxy war in Ukraine, but to continue flooding the country with weapons systems and ammunition, long enough to “weaken” Russia, reports JoeLauria. 

The United States on Monday gave away a bit more of its ultimate goals in Ukraine by saying for the first time that it aims to “weaken” Russia’s military capabilities as a result of the war.

………………………..  Russia says its aim was never to take control of Ukraine but to defend Russian-speakers in the eastern Donbass region who have fought an 8-year civil war of independence against Ukraine after it resisted the U.S.-backed unconstitutional change of government in 2014.

Moscow says it “demilitarizing” Ukraine and “de-nazifying” it of neo-fascist groups that took part in the overthrow of the elected government in 2014, and in the Donbass war. The West has been saying that Ukraine is winning the war since it began at the end of February. It claims that the Ukrainian forces defeated a Russian attempt to takeover Kiev.

But Russia says it never had any intention of taking the capital and had only parked its forces outside the city as a diversion to pin down Ukrainian forces while Russia fought to gain control of Mariopuol in the south.  Russia says it withdraw its troops from near Kiev to join the battle for Donbass.

Austin’s remarks are the clearest indication of U.S. goals for Russia via a proxy war in Ukraine since President Joe Biden said in Poland on March 26, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” referring to Putin. Biden also said on two occasions that the reason for the economic sanctions on Russia was never to prevent an invasion but to get the Russian people to rise up against its government.  In fact the U.S. needed the invasion to launch its economic and information warfare against Russia. It got the invasion by dismissing Russia’s treaty proposals to remove NATO troops and missiles from Eastern Europe, even though Russia threatened war.  The U.S. did not stop Ukraine from beginning an offensive on Donbass, luring Russia to invade.

Prolonging the war as long as possible — Blinken said ten days ago it would last at least until the end of this year — is part of the trap the U.S. has set for Russia, similar to the one that former Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted he set for Moscow in Afghanistan to bring down the Soviet Union by giving it its “Vietnam,” much as the U.S. is aiming to topple Putin.

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is New Mexico’s Nuclear Waste dump right now affected by wildfires?

Emergency declaration for multiple wildfires in New Mexico SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed emergency declarations as 20 wildfires continued to burn Sunday in nearly half of the state’s drought-stricken 33 counties.

One wildfire in northern New Mexico that started April 6 merged with a newer fire Saturday to form the largest blaze in the state, leading to widespread evacuations in Mora and San Miguel counties. That fire was at 84 square miles (217 square kilometers) Sunday and 12% contained. An uncontained wind-driven wildfire in northern New Mexico that began April 17 had charred 81 square miles (209 square kilometers) of ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass by Sunday morning north of Ocate, an unincorporated community in Mora County.


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‘Worst it’s ever been’: a threatened species alarm sounds during the election campaign – and is ignored

‘Worst it’s ever been’: a threatened species alarm sounds during the election campaign – and is ignored

Warnings of dramatically escalating extinctions in Australia over the next two decades seem to be falling on deaf ears

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 One dead and thousands forced to flee as wildfires sweep across US

One person killed in Nebraska, while hundreds of structures damaged in New
Mexico, where thousands forced to leave.

 Guardian 24th April 2022

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fire training, equipment lacking at US nuclear dump in New Mexico

KNAU News Talk – Arizona Public Radio | By Associated Press

Published April 25, 2022  Independent federal investigators say there are significant issues related to fire training at the U.S. government’s nuclear waste repository in New Mexico.

The U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General also found that firefighting vehicles at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were in disrepair from years of neglected maintenance.

Federal officials say they’re making changes to address the issues.

The repository is the backbone of a multibillion-dollar program for cleaning up tons of Cold War-era waste from past nuclear research and bomb making.

The safety concerns come as New Mexico’s governor and others voice opposition to expanding the types of radioactive waste that can be shipped to the repository.

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Scientists: Japan’s Plan To Dump Nuclear Waste Into The Pacific Ocean May Not Be Safe

CIVIL BEAT, By Thomas Heaton   , 25 Apr 22,

A panel of scientists has identified critical gaps in the data supporting the safe discharge of wastewater into the Pacific.

Independent scientists are questioning Japan’s plans to dump just over 1 million tons of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, following a review of the available evidence.

The panel of multi-disciplinary scientists, hired by the intergovernmental Pacific Islands Forum, has not found conclusive evidence that the discharge would be entirely safe, and one marine biologist fears contamination could affect the food system.

Last year Japan announced that wastewater from the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, destroyed in March 2011 following the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, would be dropped into the Pacific in 2023.

The announcement triggered immediate concern from nations and territories in the Asia-Pacific region and led the Pacific Islands Forum to hire a panel of five independent experts to review the plan.

Previously, it was broadly believed that dropping the wastewater into the ocean would be safe, given it had been treated with “advanced liquid processing system” technology, which removes radioactive materials from contaminated water.

But panel scientist Robert Richmond, director of the University of Hawaii Kewalo Marine Laboratory, says the panel unanimously believes that critical gaps in information remain.

Previous discussions over the safety of Japan’s plans emphasized the chemistry of the discharge, but not how it could interact with marine life, he said.

“If the ocean were a sterile glass vessel, that would be one thing,” Richmond said. “But it’s not, you know, there’s lots of biology involved.”

Richmond has been particularly concerned about the potential for tritium – a key compound of concern – being absorbed into the food system because the radioactive isotope can bind to phytoplankton.

Through phytoplankton, Richmond says, the radioactive element could then find its way into the greater food system as the microscopic plants are consumed by mollusks and small fish, which are later consumed by other fish and eventually humans.

“Things like mercury in fish are now of an international concern. Radionuclides will be the same,” Richmond said.

The situation is dynamic too, as climate change affects the temperature of waters and weather patterns change.

As temperatures go up, many chemicals become more interactive, they become a little bit different in terms of break down,” he said. “So these are all the things we need to consider.”

…………………………………….  the information seen by the panel showed less than 1% of the tanks of wastewater had been treated and less than 20% had been adequately sampled, Richmond says.

Based on those numbers alone, we’re uncomfortable in making predictions of where things are going to end up,” Richmond said.

The Pacific Perspective

Community groups and environmental organizations were quick to respond to the news last year, raising concerns about the longterm effects to their region, with its legacy of nuclear testing and the fallout. And coastal communities and fishermen in Japan have also raised concerns.

The U.S. expressed its support for the plan in April last year, which has since been criticized by U.S. territories and affiliated states.

Rep. Sheila Babauta of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands introduced a resolution to CNMI’s House of Representatives opposing any nuclear testing, storage or waste disposal in the Pacific.

It was passed in December, months after the U.S. stated its position and after other Pacific groups and governments condemned the move.

“I’m really disappointed in the lack of engagement, the lack of information and the lack of free, prior and informed consent,” Babauta, who chairs the Natural Resources Committee, said.

The mistrust that is harbored by many in the Pacific stems back to U.S nuclear testing in the Republic of Marshall Islands following World War II, British testing in Kiribati and the French in French Polynesia, which had flow-on effects to the environment and long term health of Pacific people. And in 1979, Japan provoked backlash when it revealed plans to dump 10,000 drums of nuclear waste in the Marianas Trench.

Babauta says she introduced the resolution as a show of solidarity for the rest of the Pacific.

“The ocean is our oldest ancestor. The ocean is our legacy,” Babauta said. “It’s what we’re going to leave for our children.”

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Swiss population keen for nuclear bunkers, -but it’s doubtful that they’d be any use anyway.

‘A large-scale nuclear war would however be catastrophic, and no state would be able to guard against the effects.’

Companies are ‘overwhelmed with enquiries’ for NUCLEAR BUNKERS in Switzerland and reporting shortage of materials following Ukraine invasion

  • Since 1960s, every Swiss municipality had to build nuclear bunkers for residents
  • Residents are now contacting specialist companies to build or renovate shelters 
  • The bunkers are being viewed in a new light since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


Companies that build and repair bomb shelters are being ‘overwhelmed with enquiries’ for nuclear fallout bunkers in Switzerland, as Russian’s invasion of Ukraine has reawakened interest in the secure facilities.

Residents in Switzerland, where nuclear bunkers have been mandatory for every household since the 1960s, are now contacting the companies to build or renovate their shelters to make sure they can be protected in the event of bombings or nuclear war.

Demand is so high for the concrete nuclear bunkers that specialist companies are now facing shortages in raw materials required to build them………………………………………………………………….

Switzerland’s vast network of nuclear bunkers have a range of other day-to-day uses, including as military barracks or as temporary accommodation for asylum seekers. But Swiss authorities require that they can be emptied and reverted back to nuclear shelters within five days. 

So far, Switzerland’s population has never been ordered down into the shelters, not even in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster. 

Experts say the most likely scenario for needing to use them has always been a possible accident at one of Switzerland’s own nuclear power plants. 

But now the conflict raging in Ukraine has added a new, urgent layer to the national nuclear anxiety. 

With public concern growing, Swiss authorities have published overviews of the available shelter spots, and have urged households to always maintain a stock of food to last at least a week. ………………………………..

Experts caution though that the level of protection provided by the shelters in the case of actual nuclear weapons use would depend heavily on the intensity and proximity of the strikes. 

‘The shelters could offer the population a certain level of temporary protection against radioactive events,’ Swiss defence ministry spokesman Andreas Bucher said.

‘A large-scale nuclear war would however be catastrophic, and no state would be able to guard against the effects.’

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US Planned A Nuclear Explosion On Moon; Information Revealed From Intelligence Documents Some intelligence documents have revealed that the US wanted to conduct a nuclear explosion on the moon. The purpose of this US mission was to make a tunnel on the moon and dig in its core. Huge expenditure was also spent on this campaign

There has been a big disclosure about America’s Moon Mission. Some intelligence documents have revealed that America’s plan was to conduct a nuclear explosion on the moon. Under the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the US spent a lot on this mission, but did not get the expected success.

The US was working on such a plan, which is very difficult to believe. Its mission included visibility cloaks, antigravity devices, traversable wormholes, and tunneling to the Moon by detonating nuclear weapons. However, now AATIP is inactive and currently this program is not working.

In the 1600-page document, there have been many revelations about the research being done by AATIP. Documents show that the AATIP was a secret organisation and information about it came to light when its former director Luis Elizondo resigned from the Pentagon in 2017. At that time it was claimed that about USD 22 million had been spent on this Moon mission.

This agency, which plans Nuke Explosion on the Moon, was funded by the US Department of Defense and has also been at the center of discussion about UFOs many times. According to the documents, America wanted to dig in the core of the moon.

The reason for this was the discovery of a metal as strong as steel, but 100,000 times lighter than that. It could be used to build spacecrafts. Scientists associated with the mission had plans to build a tunnel through the lunar crust and mantle with thermonuclear explosives to reach the Moon’s core. However, this plan could not be fully implemented.

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April 25 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion:  ¶ “John Kerry Is Trying To Convince The World To Act On Climate Change. Russia’s War Made It That Much Harder” • John Kerry has a mission. It is To convince the rest of the world to embrace renewable energy and reduce their planet-warming emissions as much as possible. The US Climate Envoy’s job […]

April 25 Energy News — geoharvey

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