Australian news, and some related international items

Radioactive poisoning and water exploitation in Niger

“pasture economy is about to disappear in north-eastern Niger because of the dozens of mine projects installed there which over-exploit the scarce water resources of the area”.

Niger: French State-Owned Company ‘Poisoning’ Poor | Coalition Against Nuclear Energy, Julio Godoy, April 2010, Paris — Recent research by Greenpeace suggests that French state-owned company Areva’s public claims of decontamination of populated areas near uranium mines in Niger are false. High radio-activity persists in towns and rural areas near the mines, affecting some 80,000 people… Continue reading

April 21, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium, water | , , , , | Leave a comment

Queen Noor of Jordan, and “Countdown to Zero”

“I am one of a million for whom Islam and Western cultures are not incompatible,” she said, reminding the nearly filled auditorium that she is Muslim…Her Majesty says nuclear weapons have no place in a world striving to achieve international security. Rather terror can be their only purpose.

Queen Noor On Nukes, THE HUFFINGTON POST, April 19, 2010, Cross-Cultural Understanding, at CU Boulder “……..Queen Noor al Hussein of Jordan is the founder of Global Zero, a worldwide movement that seeks to eliminate both actual and potential stockpiles of nuclear weapons across the globe by year 2030. Continue reading

April 20, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium poisoning of Native Americans’ land

Native America, Discovered and Conquered » Blog Archive » American Indians and uranium poisoning In what  might be an example of environmental and economic racism, I believe that more than 50% of the uranium mining in the United States occurs on tribal lands. Tribal lands make up only 1% of the land mass in the lower 48 states. I just heard very disturbing evidence presented on very serious and very significant cancer clusters on the Navajo Nation reservation blamed on water and land contaminated with uranium tailings.Watch this video complied from a conference held on the Hopi Nation in November 2009 about this issue.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Anti-Nuclear Movement Gathering Strength

The New Anti-Nuclear Movement, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Frida Berrigan:, 16 April 2010, “……… At the end of April, people will be coming to New York City from all over the world to participate in and monitor the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. They will gather at the “For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World” conference at Riverside Church in Manhattan on April 30 and May 1. Continue reading

April 17, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Israeli soldiers made infertile by depleted uranium

Experts say the dramatic drop in Israel’s sperm count could eliminate their ability to reproduce.

Israel’s Declining Sperm Quality Tied to Depleted Uranium Exposure,  Atlantic Free Press, by Tim King, 16 April 2010 Israel’s population is facing a dire threat: a drastic depopulation, from the use of weapons that leave behind Depleted Uranium (DU). Continue reading

April 17, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NASA’s cruel radiation experiments on squirrel monkeys might be stopped

NASA should drop the monkey business at Brookhaven Lab,, April 15, 2010 By MARJORIE CRAMER ….. We know that these and other sources of ionizing radiation are harmful to humans. So why would NASA want to bombard as many as 30 squirrel monkeys with radiation to try to understand how interplanetary travel affects astronauts? The proposal for this research is now being reviewed…OPINION: NASA should drop the monkey business at Brookhaven Lab

April 16, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , | Leave a comment

Earthquake danger to Nuclear plants, and fuel transport

Quake rattles Chilean-U.S. uranium move ,   SANTIAGO, Chile, April 14 (UPI) – A Chilean-U.S. nuclear waste disposal arrangement was nearly derailed, with dangerous consequences for North and South America, when a magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile Feb. 27, interfering with deliveries of radioactive waste to U.S. processing plants. Chilean reports on the narrowly missed mishap involving the weapons-grade uranium, published by The Santiago Times, weren’t immediately commented upon by industrial sources and officials……

Chile doesn’t produce nuclear power but has a research reactor and the uranium usually is stored at the reactor site and a military base.

The quake caused widespread concern in Chilean and American nuclear communities. A U.S. team sent to Chile was especially keen to ensure the volatile material didn’t set off a chain reaction while in transit. Quake rattles Chilean-U.S. uranium move –

April 16, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan back in the nuclear sales business

Pakistan Offers Global Nuclear Fuel Services Again,  Planet Ark: 15-Apr-10 , Louis Charbonneau Pakistan, the country of the disgraced nuclear scientist who provided Iran, Libya and North Korea with uranium enrichment technology, is once again offering its atomic fuel services to the world. Continue reading

April 16, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , | Leave a comment

Limitations of Nuclear Security Summit’s achiievement

What the summit did not address in any detail was the likelier and more easily achievable possibility that a terrorist organisation might obtain highly radioactive material and attach it to a conventional, crudely made dirty bomb that could still spread lethal material over a wide area.

World takes aim at nukes | The Australian,   Brad Norington, Washington correspondent, April 16, 2010 Obama’s plan, endorsed at the summit by all attending countries including Australia, is to conduct an enormous accounting exercise with the objective of securing all nuclear materials across the world during the next four years. Continue reading

April 16, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

India’s ionising radiation problem continues

NDMA warns soil at Mayapuri could be contaminated, The Times of India, Dwaipayan Ghosh, TNN, Apr 16, 2010, Even as experts from BARC claimed that no “new sources” of radioactive cobalt-60 were found in the market on Thursday, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) sent out a note of caution saying that the soil has been “contaminated” at various locations……. “Those who are admitted at hospitals are still not fit enough to answer our questions,” said the DCP.NDMA warns soil at Mayapuri could be contaminated – Delhi – City – The Times of India

April 16, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , | Leave a comment

Uranium shares threatened by Nuclear Security Summit decisions

Nuclear Summit Changes Uranium Outlook ninemsn 14/04/2010   By Rudi Filapek-Vandyck US President Obama’s success in convincing world leaders the best way forward is through the conversion of hundreds of thousands of tons of weapons-usable nuclear fuel into non-military fuel for power stations might be good news for world peace, but probably not so for investors in uranium companies.

This week’s nuclear summit in Washington has ended with a general pledge by participants from all over the globe to convert hundreds of thousands of tons of weapons-usable nuclear fuel by 2014, plus an intention to set a 2012 summit in South Korea to measure progress.This inevitably means the supply-outlook has dramatically changed for the sector this week. Nuclear Summit Changes Uranium Outlook

graph from Purchasing 14 April, Uranium prices are stuck in a slump – 2010-04-14 18:23:54 | Purchasing

April 15, 2010 Posted by | 1, climate change - global warming, energy, uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Immense Solar Power Capacity on Desert Land

“Nuclear power for all of the United States is about 100 gigawatts. We can produce 90 on barren land with just solar in this tiny region,

(Canada)  Solar Power in Ontario Could Produce Almost as Much Power as All U.S. Nuclear Reactors, Studies Find  ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2010) — Solar power in southeastern Ontario has the potential to produce almost the same amount of power as all the nuclear reactors in the United States, according to two studies conducted by the Queen’s University Applied Sustainability Research Group located in Kingston, Canada. Continue reading

April 15, 2010 Posted by | 1, energy, solar | , , , | Leave a comment

UK pledges disarmament while upgrading nuclear weapons

It is shameful that both main political parties, far from phasing out our our so-called deterrent, insist on upgrading a weapons system that is as anachronistic as it is unaffordable.

The world unites against nuclear danger: so why is Gordon Brown upgrading Trident?  Telegraph UK By Mary Riddell World April 14th, 2010 “…….While Mr Netanyahu is a prime obstacle to global security, Britain cannot claim nearly as much credit as it would like.  Gordon Brown, who is pledged, like Obama, to creating a nuclear free world,  is going an odd way about it. Continue reading

April 14, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , | Leave a comment

Local govts would have to deal with catastrophic nuclear blast

VIDEO Nuclear blast victims would have to wait –
Nuclear blast victims would have to wait , By Steve Sternberg, USA TODAY  14 April 2010. The White House has warned state and local governments not to expect a “significant federal response” at the scene of a terrorist nuclear attack for 24 to 72 hours after the blast, according to a planning guide. Continue reading

April 14, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama, Rudd, speak on nuclear security

Australia’s PM won’t be at world nuclear summit Radio Australia,April 9, 2010 Presenter: Linda Mottram
Speakers: Barack Obama, U-S President; Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Prime Minister; Rory Medcalf, director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy

Radio Australia:Connect Asia:Story:Australia’s PM won’t be at world nuclear summit

April 13, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment