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Australian news, and some related international items

To May 19 – nuclear and climate news Australia

International politics teeters about over the Iran nuclear deal. Plans falter for nuclear summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un. Trump will “decimate” North Korea unless Kim agrees to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

Pro nuclear propaganda becomes more sophisticated and subtle. National Geographic now a stooge for the International “New Nukes”lobby

Scientists warn that worst-case climate change scenario could be more extreme than previously thought.  Climate change is heading for a major wipeout of the world’s insect species.

AUSTRALIA

Labor prepared to strengthen environmental protections, as grass roots members demand.

ACT brings forward zero emissions target to 2045.

Australia’s nuclear propagandist Ben Heard wrote a paper rubbishing renewable energy’s potential: a group of international scientists refute it.

NUCLEAR. South  Australia nuclear waste dump plan. A journey to the heart of the anti-nuclear resistance in Australia: Radioactive Exposure Tour 2018.  ANSTO is lying to South Australians: nuclear medicine does NOT need a nuclear waste dump in Flinders Ranges.   South Australia’s battles against nuclear waste dumping won, – and now fought again.     Federal Nuclear Waste Dump the precursor to importing nuclear waste – South Australia’s Liberal Party plan.  We must not leave nuclear waste decisions up to poorly informed Kimba residents. 

Latest Submissions to Senate Inquiry:

CLIMATE. Turnbull’s budget shows complete ignorance about climate change.  Adani’s vain hope global coal market will save Carmichael mine.    ECOM withdrawal from Adani Coal Should be ‘Final Nail in the Coffin’

RENEWABLE ENERGY Australia’s scarce water could be helped by solar and wind power.  Australian businesses on the move to renewable energy.    Community Buying of solar power – a very good deal for Australia’s Non Profit organisations.   Australia’s biggest solar farm switches on in Port Augusta .   Australia’s biggest wind farm project lands connection deal.  Queensland’s biggest solar farm connects to the grid.   Mackay council goes solar – and saves big – with city-wide rollout . NAB, CBA to provide $80m finance for Crowlands wind farm .

 

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May 19, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week that has been in nuclear news – Australia

Trumpiness AGAIN!  Yes! He’s pulled America out of the Iran nuclear deal. Doesn’t augur well for the North Korea – USA summit to be held in Singapore on June 12. Increased risk of war in the Middle East.

Thirty thousand experts, policy people and diplomats are in Poland, planning for the next round of climate talks, The 1.5 degree C limit is a matter of life and death for some Pacific Island nations. 2 degrees is beyond safe.

Isn’t it good to learn about some sane, co-operative action? The power of environmentalism – Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians unite in campaign for the environment.

Renewable Energy Now Employs 10.3 Million People Globally.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

Nuclear waste dump plan,  Some more submissions to the Senate Inquiry on Selection of Site

  • Eddie Hughes MP– Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection Process is Deeply Flawed.
  •  David Noonan: No sound reason for ANSTO’s nuclear reactor wastes to go to Kimba South Australia as STRANDED WASTES.
  •  Gary Cushway shows up the lack of indigenous support for nuclear waste dump.

Geophysicists say that North Korean nuclear blast ‘moved mountain’. Australia’s seismic station plays role in monitoring.

CLIMATE. Adani’s Carmichael mine in Queensland no longer a viable proposition.  Turnbull’s election budget dumps on climate and renewables.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.

South Australian Parliament debating law to protect whistleblowers.

USA, Australia, want to keep fossil fuel lobbyists in climate talks – developing nations want them OUT.

 

May 11, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

to 7th May – nuclear news Australia

Oh dear – it’s all  – will he or won’t he destroy the Iran nuclear deal? Will he have a successful nuclear talk with Kim Jong Un? Will he sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia without safeguards against nuclear weapons?  Will I ever do a newsletter without Trumpiness?

NUCLEAR 

Australia, France, in support of Iran nuclear deal.

Federal Nuclear waste dump plan  Two years of community resistance to nuclear waste dump plan for Australia’s iconic Flinders Ranges.  Local indigenous not impressed! ANSTO brought an indigenous nuclear spruiker from New South Wales to Flinders Ranges.  Australia’s “Nuclear Archbishop” Dr Adi Paterson, graced Kimba with a visit.

These are some more submissions received by the Senate Inquiry into Selection Process for Siting Nuclear Waste Dump

Unanswered questions: what does ANSTO do with the high level nuclear waste canisters at Lucas Heights?

BHP, Heathgate, and Turnbull government keen to sell uranium to India.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists praises “straight talk” from Dr Helen Caldicott.

CLIMATE

The North Shore Environmental Stewards – Liberals aim to unseat Tony Abbott, over his climate denialism.  Malcolm Turnbull has become a de-facto climate denier.  Doctors for the Environment Australia speak out on Australia’s disgraceful response to climate change. South Australia Health now dealing with infectious disease threats increased due to climate change.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Australia can be the first 100 per cent renewables-powered continent.  Renewable energy jobs up by a third – Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Images of the Day: Australia top solar postcodes, from the sky . Sapphire wind farm turns on for ACT’s 100% renewables target. Gupta signs up solar farm to power Victoria steelworks.

Australia becoming the global centre for renewables for mines.

Commercial solar hots up in WA, as business wakes up to savings.  The subsidy-free wind farms that returned money to ACT consumers in 2017.  “No way” anyone will fund new coal plants under NEG, says Schott. CEFC and Pro-Invest reach for the stars with first clean energy investment in the hotels sector .   Australia Zoo goes solar, with 648kW of PV .  South Australia solar farm connects to the grid.   first lithium battery recycling plant established in Gisborne, Victoria.

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Climate and nuclear threats merge – Australian news to 27 April

It’s a critical time for human and other species, as the threats from climate change and nuclear power are now merging. Climatologist Paul Beckwith explains this in his latest podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRu-Xs4U2r4&feature=push-u&attr_tag=jW6Jq2IuMN0E13lZ-6  Carbon in the Atmosphere is Regularly Exceeding 410 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History.

This crisis in the global ecosystem is manifested in other ways, notably in loss of biodiversity.

Professor Majia Nadesan explains “Nuclearity” – how politics trivialises the nuclear threat bringing the probability of global nuclear catastropheNuclear scientists have lower awareness of risks, compared to “life”scientists.

AUSTRALIA

USA wants nuclear attack submarines to be based in Perth.

Labor candidate for Monaro Bryce Wilson refutes MP Barilaro’s simplistic push for Small Modular Nuclear reactors.

Federal Nuclear Waste Dump Plan for South Australia. Gathering of South Australian groups to stand firm against nuclear waste dumping.

Submissions to Senate. The Senate Inquiry  on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. has now  73 submissions published  I am going through them, not at this point able to estimate how many pro-nuke how many anti-nuke.

Some recent submissions:

Woomera’s high level nuclear waste to go to Kimba as “Intermediate Level Waste”.

Uranium market slump looks like being permanent. Paladin may shut loss-making Langer Heinrich uranium mine.

Applause for Aboriginal veterans in ANZAC Day march.  Indigenous Rangers left waiting for funding commitment.

Renewable Energy.  Big Queensland business first to use Tesla Powerpack to go off-gridWestpac joins growing corporate push into wind and solar .  Rental solar scheme targets 15,000 Queensland investment homes.  Angry and frustrated, more customers are quitting the grid. More news at reneweconomy.net.au

INTERNATIONAL

Earth Day and the climate message of the “hockey stick” graph.

NORTH KOREA. Trump’s North Korea talks not likely to succeed.   Report from China that North Korea’s “nuclear mountain” test site has collapsed. Was the collapsed nuclear test site Kim Jong Un’s REAL reason for suspending nuclear tests?

SOUTH KOREA. Hotline set up between North and South Korea.

USA. 

UKRAINE. United Nations report finds Chernobyl radiation has caused many cases of thyroid cancer.  New gigantic confinement dome over Chernobyl nuclear wreck is now almost completed. The true impacts of the 1986 nuclear disaster on people and the environment. Caring for Chernobyl’s children. Sisters now ill, exposed to Chernobyl radiation, – urge others to get cancer checks .

FRANCEElectricite de France (EDF) now recognising the reality that new nuclear power is not economically viable.

UK. 

IRELAND. Concern raised by Kilkenny County Council over proximity to Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.

RUSSIA. Loss of ice in Russian Arctic has doubled over past 10 years. Future Nuclear-Powered Spaceships (oh by the way, one crashed to Canada in the past).   Nuclear corporation Rosatom partners with National Geographic – to promote nuclear power!

IRAN. The ‘demonising’ of Iran, by USA and other Western powers, despite Iran’s good record on the nuclear deal. Investigative journalist Gareth Porter refutes the spin and deception in claims that Iran is a nuclear threat. Iran’s warnings if Donald Trump tears up 2015 nuclear deal.

OCEANIA. Sea level rise will force evacuation of communities from low-lying islands. Many low-lying atoll islands could be uninhabitable by mid-21st century .

NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand’s Prime Minister Just Stood Up to One of The Most Powerful Industries in The World.

CANADA. Indigenous, environmental, groups warn that Canada is mismanaging nuclear wastes.

SOUTH AFRICA. 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize goes to South African anti nuclear activists.

JAPAN.  Japan ‘covering up’ Fukushima nuclear danger-zone radiation levels and blackmailing evacuees to return to radiated areas swarming with radioactive pigs and monkeys.    Japanese trading house Itochu ‘pulls out of nuclear plant project in Turkey’.

BELGIUM. Belgium’s move away from nuclear power – now pushing offshore wind parks,

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | 1 Comment

The week that was in Australian nuclear news

Donald Trump says he’s ready to pull the plug on the summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful.”   It took years of careful multi-national negotiations to develop a nuclear deal with Iran. Trump apparently expects Kim Jong Un to quickly agree to “complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of the North Korean program”.  That can’t be done quickly, even if Kim agreed. And what would Kim want, in return?

Remembering that Donald Trump’s main aim is to be the centre of attention – what better centre-stage position, than walking out of the summit, and bringing us all to the nuclear brink again?

Dr Helen Caldicott – forthright and clear – on Donald Trump, and the nuclear war danger.

AUSTRALIA

48 submissions now published on the Senate website –  Inquiry into Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia.  This top submission from ENUFF not yet published.

Australia to join global health and climate change initiative.  Whichever way you cut it, Turnbull’s climate policy is still a sham . Coalition squibs on emissions in new energy policy paper.

Aboriginal Tent Embassy camp shines light on frontier wars. Indigenous rangers facing ‘nervous wait’ over funding.

New South Wales New South Wales Acting Premier John Barilaro is gung ho for nuclear power. He claims that nuclear power – Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) are “inevitable for Australia”.

Time to close the unnecessary Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, now that bushfires are contained?   New South Wales firefighter warns on the importance of climate change bringing extreme weather (near to nuclear reactor) Climate change – unseasonably hot weather made bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor become “apocalyptic” blazes. Government and media silence on the bushfire danger to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor. ANSTO closed the Lucas Heights nuclear complex to all but the most essential staff.

South Australia. Visit of pro nuclear Resources Minister Canavan has strengthened Aboriginal opposition to nuclear waste dump.   Australian government successfully bribing Kimba community to host radioactive trash?  Maralinga – Britain’s guinea pig land for toxic nuclear bomb testing.

Environment Victoria welcomes revelations of final brown coal project collapse .

April 20, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week to 15 April in nuclear news Australia

US, British and French forces  launched air strikes on chemical weapons sites in Syria. Russia claims that most  missiles fired were intercepted by Syrian air defence systems using Soviet-produced hardware.  We all hope that this will not escalate, at present it being a targeted attack in response to Syria’s illegal use of chemical weapons.

Accelerating rate of heat increasing in oceans, especially around Australia. Even America might now wake up to global warming – A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

AUSTRALIA

Australian govt plans for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia. Kimba area local communities to have a Postal Ballot on this – BUT the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  Taskforce is NOT truthfully informing people.

Still the Senate has published only 19 mainly pro nuclear submissions. You can bet that Holtec and other nuclear-related companies have sent in unpublished ones. Meanwhile, here are some of the better submissions so far (more to come later):

Nuclear Promotional Activities planned :Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.  Kimba Economic Working Group on nuclear waste dump set up by Dept of Industry Innovation and Science.   Mayor of Kimba wavering about the area hosting a nuclear waste dump?

Lucas Heights’ accumulation of dangerous nuclear wastes. Costly and top secret transport of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to (possibly)  Port Kembla, then to France.

Bushfires today 15 Aug near Barden Ridge (i.e. Lucas Heights): could they be a threat to the nuclear reactor complex?

South Australia’s Liberal Premier “open to nuclear power“.

Whyalla steelworks boss Sanjeev Gupta says renewables ‘cheaper and easier’ than nuclear.a.

 

April 14, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This week in nuclear and climate news, Australia

While I’m supposedly focussed on nuclear news, it is really madness to ignore climate.  The  biosphere is being dramatically changed by human activities.  Climate news has become ever more complicated.  Last week, I struggled to explain the complexity of the Arctic currents of warm air, their effects on the polar vortex, and the extreme cold in Northern Europe and America.

At the same time, climate change is heating up the southern half of the globe.

Rapid Sea Level Rise Possible as Ocean Floods into Antarctica at up to 400 Meters Per Year. Antarctica’s great ice sheet being eroded by warm water circulating underneath. Drastic action on fossil fuels is needed, as the Poles melt – with unpredictable consequences.

Women, today and always, understand and fight the peril of nuclear war, nuclear pollution.

The carbon footprint of huge digital data centres.

AUSTRALIA

Australia needs an independent National Environment Protection Agency.

The latest sally in the fight to further dumb down the ABC.

We should be outraged at the silencing of Julian Assange.

NUCLEAR. Submissions to the Australian Senate on process for siting of nuclear waste dump . Well, I think that this is a disgrace. Apart from the Terms of Reference being so weighted, and with the assumption that it’s a fait accompli that the proposed dump must be in South Australia – apart from all that – their handling of the submissions is odd indeed. For many weeks they published only 5 pro nuclear submissions. those 5 looked suspiciously alike – all coached by the nuclear lobby?

Now they’ve published 19 submissions – that would appear at first glance to be heavily weighted pro nuclear. (they did not publish mine, by the way).

New South Wales National Party rules out nuclear power plan. They distanced themselves from their Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, who spruiked for “new nuclear”. Barilaro, practically unknown as a nuclear advocate, was publicised, in his tax-payer funded jaunt to an American nuclear conference, billed  as “one of the biggest names in nuclear“. Barilaro is a stooge for the shadowy group “Nuclear For Climate”. (I will attach their map plan for nuclear reactors below this page). Labor MP Yasmin Catley calls for Premier Gladys Berejiklian to rule out nuclear power in New South Wales.

URANIUM-  Aboriginal traditional owners warn that Rum Jungle uranium mine rehabilitation is jeopardised. 20 years’ anniversary of Mirarr traditional Aboriginal owners blockade of Jabiluka.

Worrying changes to Gippsland mining plan – risk of radioactive pollution.

ENERGY– Monash family calls for coal power politicians to change the name of their group (Monash Forum)  Australian rooftop solar boom rolls on – 351MW in first quarter – and heaps more news at reneweconomy.com.au

 

April 6, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australia – CLIMATE and nuclear news this week

Easter – Passover – time for religious observances and/or to be helping that bunny, (or bilby) to hide those chocolate Easter eggs – or something fun like that.  Probably bad timing to be talking about climate change, as the news is not good.

It’s so bad, in fact, that I aberrate here from things nuclear to draw attention to what is happening in the Arctic. Radio Ecoshock keeps us up to date, and the latest news explains the exceptionally cold Northern winter, the Arctic Meltdown, and the proposals for renewable power AND geoengineering.

Arctic temperatures have skyrocketed to 30 degrees celsius over the long-term average. Warm humid air going into the Arctic hits the dense dome of cold air, and bypasses it, going up into the upper atmosphere, even to the stratosphere. The high altitude Polar Vortex split, and a deep persistent jet stream trough over North America shifts, bringing freezing weather.The high Arctic warming  in the spring, autumn, and throughout the winter results in melting ice. The complexity of atmospheric “rivers”brings streams of warm air to the Arctic, carrying water vapour , itself a greenhouse gas, which increases absorption of heat.

For a detailed explanation of the Arctic situation, see the youtube videos by Paul Beckwith:

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE.  Escalating bushfire dangers, as climate change brings record winter temperatures. Victoria: peat fires near Cobden could continue burning for months.  Marine heatwave in Tasman sea breaks all records. Good climate policy is beyond the Australian government – and maybe it should be .

Many supporters rally to Julian Assange, after his access to Internat is cut off. The Age print version carried article – Supporters rally after Assange banned from net access – but it’s not available on the Internet

Opposition to planned Gippsland mine – risks of thorium contamination.

NUCLEAR.  Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on siting federal nuclear waste dump – deadline 3rd April .  Senate Inquiry into Nuclear Waste Dump Siting. Australian Senate Committee has published only the PRO NUCLEAR submissions. ?ignoring the others. Submission for the public good – to Senate Inquiry on nuclear waste dump selection.

South Australia’s new Liberal MP Dennis Hood will push for nuclear dump.

Strong support for Sydney’s Aboriginal rally against Brewarrina nuclear dump plan.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. How renewables trumped brown coal and gas over Australia’s summer. Victorian government backs push for solar on all new-build homes. Write-downs and rebates: What states can do about gold-plated grid. More at reneweconomy.com.au

 

March 30, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This week in nuclear news – Australia

Well, it’s been quite a week, with all the Cambridge Analytica stuff showing the power and influence of corporations and political parties in manipulating social media– We should not be so surprised, except for the speed and effectiveness of the Cambridge Analytica’s opinion-influencing campaigns.

Manipulation of public opinion has a long and dishonourable history. Following the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, America launched a successful pro nuclear power propaganda campaign, resulting in the growth of the ‘peaceful’ nuclear industry, especially in Japan.

Hitler used the 1936 Berlin Games to ‘sell’ Nazi Germany as a fine culture.  Currently, Putin is being accused of using the FIFA World Cup as a glorification of his Russian regime.

We can look forward now to two years of global hype over the 2020 Olympics in Japan as a glowing  (though lying) recommendation of a now healthy Fukushima.

All this in the desperate effort to save the reputation of the global nuclear industry. However not everyone, even conservatives, are buying this, as the situation in Britain shows, with renewables gaining popularity.

Climate:  social science research also shows the way in which conservatives are being won over to accepting climate change, and the need to work actively to slow its progress. Polar Anomaly Flip in an Abnormally Warm World: Arctic to Cool as Antarctica Heats Up.

AUSTRALIA

Global bank HSBC warns that Australia is especially vulnerable to climate change.

The new Trans Pacific Partenership (TPP) just as bad for Australia as the old one.

NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPING.  The Senate is accepting submissions about this, with (narrow Terms of Reference). closing on April 3.  So far only 5 pro nuclear submissions have been published on their site. Yet I know that several anti-nuclear submissions have been sent. I’m working on mine now, and I urge others to send submissions. Ask the Australian Senate to consider this: why was South Australia chosen – to house Lucas Heights’ nuclear waste?   Best way to make submissions to the Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dumping.

Nuclear waste dump for South Australia? Deafening silence from politicians and journalists.

David Noonan’s Submissions to Senate regarding Reprocessing Nuclear Fuel and Safety of Intermediate Level Wastes.

Group of Montebello nuclear test veterans have no medical insurance, not entitled to gold card.

Minerals Council of Australia wants nuclear technology to be government funded as “clean and green”.

Supreme Court appeal lodged against Yeelirrie uranium mining approval decision.

Neighbours not happy as a man builds his nuclear war bunker in Victoria.

CLIMATE and RENEWABLE ENERGY.   Can Stephen Marshall stop South Australia’s transition to clean energy? Probably not.   South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall carrying out the Liberal agenda – Cuts Access To Solar Batteries For Low Income Households.   South Australia’s new Premier vows to kill the Tesla battery storage plan.   There’s miles and miles of mostly very good news about renewable energy. Find this at reneweconomy.com.au

March 23, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australian nuclear news – on anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster

Tomorrow, Sunday March 11,  will mark the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. I’m not sure that the mainstream media will cover this properly – or even at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHqbNmhx-d4 .  . Radioactive debris piling up at Fukushima interim facility.  The  costly underground “Ice wall” to prevent radioactive leakage has not really been effective.  Radioactive water continues to pour into the Pacific ocean. Exposures levels go up while environmental health protections are lifted: life is devalued.   No. of children at time of Fukushima disaster diagnosed with thyroid cancer reaches 160. Fukushima Nuclear Fuel Release “Explicitly Revealed” In Wider Environment. Fleeing from Fukushima: a nuclear evacuation reality check.

The power of the people Safecast gets the facts on Fukushima radiation.

Crucial US-North Korea talks – could defuse nuclear tensions? Donald Trump’s historic gamble on meeting Kim Jong Un – so much could go wrong.

A sad reflection on International Women’s Day –   Climate change ‘impacts women more than men

AUSTRALIA

Seven years on, Fukushima still a disaster without a solution Toshiko Okada will be speaking at the Channon Market, NSW  March 11

Nuclear waste dumping plan.

Big global weapons corporations lavish gifts on Australian Defence executives and top military personnel.

Don’t Let Josh Frydenberg [ Minister for Uranium, Coal etc] approve Yeelirrie uranium mine or extinction!

Minerals Council lobbies for changes to native title laws .

RENEWABLE ENERGY/CLIMATE – lots of news at reneweconomy.com.au

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To 4 March Nuclear News

The corporate-political-media machine now gears up the spin for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  This is no coincidence, as March will mark the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.  After the 1945 nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagsaki, the American government swamped Japan with propaganda for setting up nuclear reactors – and indeed, the world, for”Atoms for Peace”. So again, the deception now is that the Fukushima tragedy is over – solved – fixed.

The Winter Olympics are over. We now return to your regularly scheduled nuclear crisis.

CLIMATE: Record warming in the Arctic.  Some of the world’s biggest lakes Are drying.

AUSTRALIA

Visit of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.  60 minutes duly focused their interview on her pregnancy, not her policies.  Of course Australian PM did not agree with her on New Zealand’s policies – of signing the nuclear weapons ban, and helping climate refugees.

NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPING.

Greenpeace finds nuclear waste headed to Australia classified as high-level waste by France. Vitrified nuclear waste due to be sent from UK to Lucas Heights, Australia by 2022.

The Australian government, indeed the major parties, are complicit in the pretense that the “temporary”nuclear waste  dump planned for rural South Australia is of concern only to the immediate local community, where some white Australian has volunteered his land, in the expectation of making big bucks.  However, at long last, at least there will be a Senate Committee Inquiry about this.

A draft Radioactive Waste Code drawn up by The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) widens the waste types permitted, and prepares the way for nuclear waste to be dumped on South Australia. Responses to this have been overwhelmingly negative.

South Australia election – nuclear garbage dump IS an election issue.

South Australia Liberal Party – confused policy on nuclear waste dumping.  The lunar right: Senator Cory Bernardi promises $445 billion for South Australia, if it hosts international nuclear waste dump.

New South Wales – Brewarrina nuclear dump protests send clear message to Council: “Keep Bre Nuclear Free”.

Climate Change. Labor wavers back and forth on the Adani coal mine question.

Renewable energy – miles and miles of interesting stuff at reneweconomy.com.au

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To 24 February – past week in Australian nuclear news

Not much has changed this week: the simmering North-Korean -USA nuclear continued to simmer  quietly while the Winter Olympics were on: the global nuclear waste anxieties ratcheted up a little.

We got an insight into Donald Trump’s mindset about how to deal with  teenage gunmen, (or anyone difficult?) . He suggests giving bonuses to teachers who carry guns into the classroom. As a former teacher, I shudder to think what might happen in some classrooms with a bunch of obstreperous kids.

Climate change: global sea level rise is inevitable, but more emissions will make it worse. Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR.  The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency asks for submissions,  by 2nd March, on its draft Radioactive Waste Disposal Code.  So far, they’ve published 16 submissions, all opposing the planned nuclear waste dump, except for one, from Denise Carpenter (  member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committee’s role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.)

Meanwhile submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Selection for Nuclear Waste Dump Site close on 3rd April. The membership of this Committee is not known, but  The Medical Association for the Prevention of War has written to Senators, outlining concerns  about the dump site process.

Brewarrina residents step up campaign against proposed nuclear dump.

Hunters Hill residents still waiting on government to clean up uranium contaminated land.

Eleven members of the Turnbull Government openly support nuclear power for Australia.

Longterm slump in uranium industry looks like being permanent.

CLIMATE: ADANI COAL PROJECT  Labor’s doublespeak about Adani coal mine plan. Townsville City Council censors documentary about Adani coal megamine plan.  Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce bought up land near Inland Rail project.

ABORIGINAL ISSUES. Australia’s shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities:  Solitary confinement.

RENEWABLE ENERGY A renewable energy jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia.  Premier Jay Weatherill says that South Australia’s election will be a referendum on renewables. S.A. Labor shoots for 75 per cent renewables by 2025.  Mark Parnell outlines The Greens environment policy for the coming South Australian election. Liberal Federal MP Warren Entsch urges Queensland Govt to promote renewable energy.  Miles more at reneweconomy.com.au

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To 18th February – the week that has been , in Australian nuclear news

A thaw in North Korea’s attitude, with the Winter Olympics. Cynics dismiss this as propaganda, but it has obviously brought some calm to the situation in the two Koreas, and perhaps even changed the equation North Korea v USA.

The nuclear news this week has been dominated by the global problem of nuclear waste – what to do with it? France’s EDF proposes a  gigantic nuclear garbage pool.  Japan has a glut of plutonium wastes. America’s Hanford wastes cleanup will cost $111 billion.  The Swedish version of UK’s Radioactive Waste Management was rejected by Swedish Environment Court. Only now after 32 years, is Ukraine starting to remove the liquid nuclear wastes from the shattered Chernobyl reactor. Cumbrians are rejecting UK’s nuclear waste. The Australian government is quietly trying to bribe outback communities into hosting nuclear waste, with a deceptive tale about “medical needs” . As for Fukushima – don’t get me started.

Of course – none of the authorities in any of these countries has suggested the idea of stopping making  radioactive trash!

AUSTRALIA

ICAN summary of the Peace Boat and Making Waves speaking tour..

The nuclear waste issue is simmering away, under the radar, with only a few outback towns getting very slanted and limited information from the National Radioactive Waste Management Project -(an arm of ANSTO and the nuclear lobby). National Radioactive Waste Management Project is deceiving local communities. The rest of Australia sleeps on. A Senate Committee is to examine the Selection Process for a dump site in South Australia, (could put  a spanner in the nuclear works) . We don’t know who is on this Committee. It will not report until 14 August, (by which time the site may well have been selected anyway). Kimba or Wallerberdina Station could be stuck with Stranded Radioactive Trash.

Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrina’s Aboriginal people?

“Standing Strong” – the No Dump Alliance releases a book on the successful campaign to block an international nuclear waste dump for South Australia.

The machinations of Australia’s military-industrial-nuclear complex macho men.

Julian Assange loses bid to have UK arrest warrant withdrawn .

Natalie Cromb The case for treaty with Aboriginal people. Wangan Jagalingou oppose Adani coal mine expansion – NO EXTINGUISHMENT OF NATIVE TITLE.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. South Australia a global leader in clean energy: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). New South Wales Liberal Premier Berejiklian is approving a solar energy revolution.  And so much more – at reneweconomy.com.au

 

SOUTH AFRICA. Hopes that South Africa’s new president will scrap nuclear deal.

RUSSIA. Mayak area- Radiation levels last fall 1,000 times above normal. Residents of Russia’s Yaroslavl region got a “false’ radiation alert scareBlow to Russia’s nuclear marketing ambitions – other investors back out of Turkey nuclear build.

ALGERIA. The untold story of Algeria’s victims of French nuclear bomb tests.

CHINA. China again delays building Westinghouse-designed AP1000 nuclear reactor, because of safety worries.

PAKISTANNew types of nuclear weapons being developed by Pakistan.

 

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The week that has been in Australian nuclear news

Same old same old, but new, angst about being close to the nuclear brinkRussia is upset at America’s new Nuclear Posture Review. Many commentator’s are alarmed as it escalates the arms race. No doubt, weapons companies are salivating at the thought of it, and America’s tax-payers ought to be concerned at its beyond  $1.2 trillion cost.

I know that this newsletter is now supposed to be leaving out climate stories. But it’s hard. Here we are, worrying about nuclear bombs, – while climate change is bringing us its own “weather bombs”.

AUSTRALIA

Peace Boat with nuclear bomb survivors arrives in Sydney. ICAN founder Tilman Ruff calls US’s new nuclear policy ‘a blueprint for war’ 

Australia’s new weapons export industry – secret men’s business.

Most Australians do not want the government to limit charities’ ability to advocate.

Julian Assange remains stuck in London, still at risk of extradition to USA.

Australian Senate to inquire into process for nuclear waste dump site selection. This news item appeared only in the Adelaide Advertiser print version – thus making it available to some in South Australia, but not to Australians in other States. The Advertiser following the Australian government line – the pretense that this is not a national issue?  South Australia’s peak environment body welcomes Senate nuclear waste dump inquiry. Senate Inquiry into Selection for Nuclear Waste Dump Site – the process and call for submissions.  Senate Committee investigating nuclear waste project may already be compromised.

Regina McKenzie – I will say NO to the waste dump.

The nuclear industry lobbyists rule the Australian radiation regulator.

Australian uranium mining company Paladin: most shares in hands of creditors.

Yeelirree uranium project Court decision – “a bad decision, but not the end decision”.

The Adani Carmichael coalmine will not receive federal funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for a vital rail line.  Australians demand lawmakers #StopAdani  from building the country’s largest coal mine.

So much is happening in Australia on RENEWABLE ENERGY, especially South Australia. Follow it all at reneweconomy.com.au

February 9, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Latest in nuclear news Australia

Henry Kissinger, long term and still influential political adviser, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that a pre-emptive strike on North Korea was “tempting”and “a rational argument”. And, with Trump’s new  Nuclear Posture Review, the world moves even closer to the brink. With the nuclear weapons race, is the unthinkable now becoming a comfortable idea?

I think of the “Me Too”movement – to change the situation of women being sexually exploited by predators,  and of this being covered up by men in power. And it is surely now time for a “Me Too” movement  – as insane decisions are being made about nuclear weapons by men in power.

AUSTRALIA

The “Peace Boat” continues its successful tour of Australian cities, continuing now from Hobart to Sydney.

Nuclear Racism in Australia.

Media silence on Julian Assange‘s precarious situation.

Federal nuclear waste dump plan for South Australia. ARPANSA considering components in radioactive trash dump– asking for public comments, by February 23.   Australia’s history of mismanaging nuclear wasteDishonest scare-mongering linking nuclear medicine and radioactive waste dumps.   Keep Lucas Heights nuclear  waste-at Lucas Heights, for the safety of all Australians.   Any South Australian nuclear waste dump must have broad social consent and specific community consent.

Weatherill Government opposition to all nuke waste dumps in SA welcomed. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill could take High Court action against proposed Federal Nuclear waste DumpAustralian Greens welcome Labor switch on nuclear waste dump.

Australia’s nuclear macho men always wanted nuclear weapons, and they still do. Australian women – no say in nuclear decisions. BUT – Women take the lead in Australia’s energy revolution.

Jim Green questions Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA), on its pro nuclear seminar.

Labor Party branches want a new and more effective environment act and independent watchdog.

Turnbull govt to give $3,8billion to develop a weapons export industry.-Sisters of St Joseph speak out against Australian government plan for weapons export industry.

Native Title, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, and Adani Coal Mine Project.  Adani mega coal mine – a threat to Australia’s most valuable water source. Polling shows that even Liberals now opposing Adani coal megamine project. Australia way behind on low carbon action – UN investor expert warns.

Great progress in renewable energy: see reneweconomy.com.au

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | 1 Comment