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Australian news, and some related international items

Nuclear news Australia – to October 15

Unfortunately, that strange and worrying individual, Donald Trump, has yet again managed to dominate the news media, on nuclear and other issues. He has has struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement – in defiance of other world powers – by choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal. If Iran now leaves the deal, there’s the prospect of  a new nuclear arms race, in the Middle East. Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN says Trump is ‘igniting new conflict rather than reducing risk of war’.

Meanwhile, there’s the escalating danger of an American nuclear first strike on North Korea.

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NUCLEAR.

CLIMATE.  Australia’s climate policy just like Trump’s , while Chief Scientist Alan Finkel makes last plea for Clean Energy Target.  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop slaps down Abbott’s climate speech.  Climate change is a “crap” theory – and climate change is also “doing good” – says former PM Tony Abbott. Tony Abbott’s climate outburst was intended to wreck Turnbull’s attempt at energy policy.

Sea level rise, and the plight of Australia’s island neighbours – Kiribati.

Across Australia, thousands protest against Adani Carmichael coal mine. Poll shows that 67% of Queenslanders want the Premier to veto the  $1 billion loan planned for Adani.

ENERGY.  Australian Energy Market Operator says shift to renewables is going to happen anyway.    Small-scale solar cutting $billions from electricity bills. The solar power juggernaut is catching Australia by surprise. New polling released   by The Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy Program, shows two thirds of voters would prefer to see governments increasing energy conservation rather than building new power stations. Queensland renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage. New $400 million solar farm for Port Augusta, South Australia. More at http://reneweconomy.com.au/

 

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October 14, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Nuclear/Climate Newsletter Australia

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).  This global campaign began in Melbourne 10 years ago, and look where it went from there! Retrieving Australia’s past reputation for work towards nuclear disarmament, ICAN’s dedicated team just kept going. Today, I can feel proud to be Australian,  despite the Australian government’s present craven record on disarmament.

Contrasting with that positive news, we have Donald Trump’s latest ominous utterance – “the calm before the storm”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU62DZ_Xf0M Who knows what he means?  At least in the 1979 Peter Sellers film “Being There” that particular  dimwitted President knew that he was talking about gardening.

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NUCLEAR.   Could Australia be the target of a North Korean missile?    Former Liberal Party leader John Hewson call on the Australian government to stop being subservient to American foreign policy, especially now in the Trump era.  Gareth Evans says Australia should not blindly follow USA on foreign policy.

Tony Abbott calls on Turnbull govt to change laws, and develop nuclear and coal power. Former Labor leader Mark Latham urges Australia to “go nuclear”.  Glamour nuclear spruiker Brian Cox – in Cumbria, then Australia.    Pro nuclear shilling group on the move in New South Wales, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ruled out nuclear power. Nuclear Reactor for Burrinjuck Dam – says Rob Parker of Nuclear For Climate Australia.

South Australia- lots of sick-making propaganda  from the nuclear waste gang – National Radioactive Waste Management Facility – they seem to have unlimited tax-payer money for this stuff. It’s available on their Facebook page.

CLIMATE. Australia must prepare for super-hot days. That’s if you believe the research of scientists at the Australian National University. On the other hand, that could all be nonsense, if you believe Australia’s (highly unpopular) former PM Tony Abbott. Australia’s farmers need action on climate change, and for renewable energy.  Scientists race to try to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Adani Carmichael coal mine:-Indian coal miner Adani  facing income crash – desperate to get Australian tax-payer funding    Former Indian minister sounds alarm  on Adani’s track record,  mega-mine’s viability– -Adani’s tax havens – the Queensland coal mine plan’s connection with corruptionMarket Forces list COMPANIES THAT COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE ADANI CARMICHAEL COAL PROJECT. In India, police action targeted ABC journalists researching Adani’s dubious dealings.

Minerals Council of Australia – a wealthy lobby works on behalf of foreign corporations

October 7, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To October 1st – latest on nuclear and climate Australia

For a change, I digress from the usual themes.  While the media fixes on Trump’s and Kim’s nuclear threats, a lot of other things go on quietly. For example, the Trump attack on workers’ rights, –on worker safety, – on public health and environmental protection.  – on refugees,  Much as I dislike joining in the media fervor for watching Trump, it becomes almost a necessity, because we are witnessing the most extraordinary dismantling of all government policy for the public  good.  It is as if it’s all happening under the cover of our angst about North Korea.

The rise of Germany’s right wing party, adopting the Trump tactics, has brought a fascist element into the German Bundestag, and signifies the new importance of populist politics in Europe.

1461 scientists speak up for saving Australia’ oceans

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Apologies – all Australians. I cannot be  a patriot, because I’m doing this stuff now, while the FOOTEE final is on. Sacrilege!

NUCLEAR. 

CLIMATE.  Australia needs a massive switch to renewables, if it is to meet its Paris climate commitments.   As Australia’s greenhouse emissions soar, Pacific islanders despair of its backward climate policies.   Did Australian govt reject China’s climate change action initiative?    National Party President Larry Anthony runs a firm that lobbies for coal industry !  Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility likely to fund coal rail line, but not coal mine itself.

ENERGY.   Six international academics refute the attack on renewable energy by Ben Heard and others.  South Australia’s Tesla big battery switched on. Yes, Mr Prime Minister: there IS an answer to all your energy problems – it’s wind and solar. South Australia’s network of charging stations for electric cars. Some recycling of lithium already going on in Australia. For lots of news, go to http://reneweconomy.com.au/

 

September 30, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This week – nuclear and climate news

As nations sign up at present, at United Nations, to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Treaty is due to come into force  later, when 50 signed members have ratified it. 122 countries out of the 193 UN member nations approved the draft treaty in July.

The nuclear weapons nations and their associates oppose the treaty, giving various important strategic sounding reasons. But when this UN treaty comes into force, joining the previous treaties that make other forms of mass destruction illegal, the governments with nuclear weapons will no longer be able to claim the moral high ground.  Their stand will sound hollow, against the growing global consensus that the possessing, threatening, using of nuclear weapons is inhumane and immoral.

Equally importantly, at the UN General Assembly, the urgency of the need to address climate change, is being discussed.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

CLIMATE.

Renowned author Tim Winton on how Malcolm Turnbull betrayed our oceans.

ENERGY Australians won over by cheapness and reliability of solar batteries, poll shows. Australia’s top 10 solar postcodes, and the top solar locations by state .  Coal country backs renewable energy – poll. For remewable energy news – http://reneweconomy.com.au/

Northern Territory may be close to getting a lithium mine.

This is just my impression – I have done no real research. But – it seems to me that the most strident anti-gay voices in Australia are the same people as the strident climate denialers, and pro nukers.

September 23, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To 17 September – nuclear and climate news

It’s all sounding a bit same-same: nuclear posturing from Kim Jong Un and from Donald Trump. Trouble is – in our atmosphere of “nuclear brink fatigue’, it still IS getting closer to the nuclear brink.

I don’t know about you, but in my patch, Australia, well you just wouldn’t know that from Sept 20, the 10-page treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will be open for signatures from any UN member state. No media coverage. It’s as if the thought of nuclear war just doesn’t matter. Hell, it could even be an acceptable idea, nowadays. Or maybe not.

Same-same on climate, too.  But again, not really, as the planet’s weather patterns change inexorably,  glaciers melt, and mainstream media covers the subject less than ever.

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Don’t get me wrong –  I’m all for  homosexuals having the same rights as anybody else, to choose the possible misery of marriage.  And I have already voted “YES”. But I wish that the media could also cover climate and the nuclear danger.

Whether or not Trump is sane, Australia will follow him into nuclear war.– Australian politicians’ mindless backing of Trump.

Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) Black and White celebrate the 20 year anniversary of their continuing  campaign – keeping Australia nuclear free. Another liberal MP (Jane Prentice, Queensland) sucked in by the nuclear lobby. South Australia’s naval defence interests aiming for nuclear submarines, eventually?

Increasing risk of losing Great Barrier Reef.

ENERGY.  Australian government aims to get rid of Renewable Energy Target.  National Party  rallies against Clean Energy Target plan. What Audrey Zibelman and the Australian Energy Market Operator actually did advise the government.  Turnbull government grossly misuses report by Australian Energy Market Operator. Energy Security Board Chair says that properly managing Australia’s energy demand would remove the need for new power plants. Massive jump in solar energy roll-out means scarcity fears unfounded: council.

 

September 16, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To September 9th – the week in nuclear and climate news

People are experiencing “nuclear brink fatigue”. It’s only human, as right now, most of the world is unable to do anything about the impending showdown between USA and North Korea. It’s all too possible that both the North Korean and American regimes are now pondering just how many lives can be blown up while still assuring the leaders of staying in power. Brown and yellow lives are the risked ones, as North Korea can’t or wouldn’t attack USA. Meanwhile Donald Trump has assured that “If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die over here — and he’s told me that to my face.” –  Senator Lindsey Graham

Climate and nuclear concerns merge in Florida. With our news media focusing on Hurricane Irma, you’d hardly know that 40 million people are impacted by floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.  International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is being urged to get strong participation of women in climate change discussions and decisions.

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Australia’s choice: back nuclear war, or support UN nuclear weapons ban.  Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull hold talks, as North Korea again threatens America.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHcRpT4zLT0 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in pro uranium session with CEO of failed miner Paladin!

Australia’s defence forces to buy lethal drones from US nuclear weapons maker General Atomics?

John Quiggan demolishes foolish Minerals Council of Australia’s pro nuclear spin.– Mining lobby out to silence environmental charities.

Australia’s (?stupid) National Party wants: nuclear power, guns, and stop renewable energy.

CLIMATE and ENERGY Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen. CSIRO a paid-up member of Minerals Council, which fights climate change action. Turnbull government encouraging mining, funds exploration. Greens warn Labor not to do clean energy deal that protects coal power.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) supports incentives for households to cut power this summer. Australian Energy Market Operator focuses on dispatchable and flexible energy generationSouth Australia’s Tesla big battery can stop the price gouging by Australia’s major energy players. Victoria takes the lead on Renewable Energy Targets. Lotsa renewable energy news at http://reneweconomy.com.au/

NUCLEAR Concerned South Australians are vigourously responding on Facebook,  to the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump plan. Fragile ecosystem of the Flinders Ranges – threatened by nuclear waste dumping.

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To September 2nd – nuclear and climate news – Australia

Climate change remains the greatest global threat – because it is getting close to irreversible. But the nuclear threat is pretty big too. This month, nations can ratify the UN  treaty on the prohibition of nuclear . It is not too late for more countries to join the treaty. It will be open for signatures from any UN member state on 20 September during the annual general assembly.

The North Korean nuclear crisis doesn’t go away.  North Korea’s missile development continues, as USA intensifies its war games on North Korea’s doorstep. One small slip-up could bring nuclear catastrophe.

Floods continue, affecting at least 41 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.  In America, the Houston flood introduces the age of climate chaos for the “developed”world.

Australian government cracking down on environmental activists.

Malcolm Turnbull tries to look climate change good, with Snowy Hydro funding.

NUCLEAR. Australia should join Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

Australian media mindlessly regurgitates nuclear lobby spin about medical wastes. Time for Australia to have an inquiry into nuclear waste production and storage.  Deep divisions caused in rural community of Kimba, over Federal govt’s radioactive trash dump plan.  Royal Adelaide Hospital waste to be shipped back overseas when it closes .

Aboriginal women’s long walk to stop uranium mining in Western Australia.

Minerals Council wants “clean” “affordable” nuclear power for Australia.

A truly good news story – the cuttlefish are back in Spencer Gulf.

CLIMATE. We can no longer tolerate climate change denial.   Australian government watering down the climate recommendations of the Finkel energy report. The Finkel clean energy target will not meet Australia’s goals in Paris climate agreement, anyway. Australian govt –‘no plans’ to build or fund coal power, says PM Malcolm Turnbull.

ENERGY Enough renewable energy to power 70% of Australian homes.Without Clean Energy Target, Australia’s booming renewable energy will flounder: Frydenberg prevaricates. Lots of renewable energy news at  REneweconomy.

 

September 2, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear and climate news Australia

In our anglophone world, it doesn’t seem to matter that much, when floods  hit Asian countries. But USA?  That’s different. As I write, Hurricane Harvey is hitting Texas. Well, they’ve had hurricanes before, but climate change just makes them that much more severe.

I fear that we are all getting “nuclear-crisis-North-Korea-fatigue”. A pity, as North Korea and USA continue to ramp up the nuclear ante.

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North Korea’s threats to Australia, as Australia backs USA war games in the Pacific.

Top-secret base Pine Gap might involve Australians in drone strikes on innocent civilians.

CLIMATE. As climate change intensifies, Australia’s farmers will be hard hit.  Australia’s coastal communities already vulnerable to climate change. Bundaberg MP insists that coastal communities must prepare for climate change.– A band of right-wing religious politicians are stopping climate action in Australia.  Dryness of vegetation in Sydney area adds risk to coming bushfire season.

Adani: Australian Conservation Foundation loses appeal against $16b Carmichael coal mine.– Aboriginal group considers appeal over Federal Court decision for lease to Adani coal project.  Anti Adani coal project movement continues, despite Court setback. Australia’s religious leaders unite to oppose Adani coal mine expansion. Bank calls for more transparency on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s $5b loan scheme.  Adani to fight $12k fine for environmental breach.

NUCLEAR.  Western Australia Shire of Leonora keen to make money by hosting radioactive trash. South Australian govt’s pro nuclear propaganda campaign was expensive.    Non nuclear production of medical radioisotopes at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Safety concerns about Port Pirie’s former uranium plant site raised by Liberal candidate.

ENERGY.

August 26, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week that has been in climate and nuclear news

Things would appear to have calmed down in the North Korea nuclear situation, with some positive signs. Unfortunately the USA does not grasp China’s point of view.-In order to defy Trump, Kim Jong-un will probably target waters near Guam. -USA defence chiefs insist that a military action is an option. Most Americans are anxious about President Trump’s ability to handle the situation.

Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute argues that endless growth, not just climate change, is the world’s biggest problem, and that  technology will not save us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALugeRQbXAM

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NUCLEAR. Stand Tall: No Dump Alliance urges South Australian leaders to halt federal nuclear waste dump plan.The ABC swallows the nuclear lobby line on medicine – hook line and sinker. Two Kimba farmers happy at the prospect of stranded radioactive trash on their land.

CLIMATE  Australia failing in migration and humanitarian help for Pacific Islanders in their drowning islands.  Climate Denial in Australia and USA: the Differences.–  Parliament passes Bill  with amendment accusing government of failing to protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef. World first: shareholders sue Commonwealth Bank of Australia for misleading shareholders over climate risks.

Adani coal project Auditor General to investigate Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) ?

RENEWABLE ENERGY South Australian Premier announces Solar thermal power plant for Port Augusta,–  Port Augusta local community welcome greenlighting of solar thermal power plant. Even the right-wing Adelaide Advertiser (!) applauds decision.

Standards Australia to ban home energy storage batteries!   -Loads more renewables news at http://reneweconomy.com.au/

 

August 19, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The ABC swallows the nuclear lobby line on medicine – hook line and sinker

The post below this is an extract from the ABC article “Nuclear medicine production in Australia at risk if dump site can’t be found, industry head says”.  I  left out the bits where ANSTO officials orgasmically discussed how much Australia needs the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor for medical reasons.

Anyone would think that this humanitarian motive is the sole raison d’etre for this nuclear reactor. The ABC apparently buys that story.

BUT, Medical radioisotopes have been made without need of a nuclear reactor. They are made in a linear accelerator https://antinuclear.net/2016/12/23/usa-to-produce-medical-radioisotopes-by-using-particle-accelerator-not-a-nuclear-reactor/
or by a cyclotron https://antinuclear.net/2016/11/27/cyclotrons-for-medical-uses-a-better-option-than-lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor/
ANSTO at Lucas Heights I believe already has a cyclotron. . The Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission recommended expanding a cyclotron industry in South Australia, to develop medical radioisotopes.
Reactor at Lucas Heights was initially intended as prelude to nuclear weapons production. The medical use was tacked on to make it look more respectable. It remains a fig leaf on the nuclear industry.

August 19, 2017 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, media, spinbuster | 5 Comments

This week’s nuclear and climate news Australia

Some puzzlement. North Korea threatens to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters NEAR Guam. USA and its deputy sheriff Australia see this as an attack ON Guam. Kim Jong Un might not be  a very nice man. But he’s not mad. He saw what happened to Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and Gaddafi in Libya, seeing that they didn’t have nuclear weapons. As for Trump – a narcissistic sociopath who delights in his own unpredictability – who knows what he might do?

A great pity that the very real global crisis of climate change is now taking a media back seat to the  USA-North Korea tensions.

I’m  attaching a picture this time – surely the saddest image from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. A boy standing at rigid attention with the dead body of his infant brother strapped to his back at a crematorium in Nagasaki . Photographer Joe  O’Donnell recalled that the boy stared motionless as bodies were being burned and he awaited his turn. He also noticed that the boy’s lips were caked with blood because he was biting them so hard, although no blood spilled.

Australian public servants face disciplinary action if they criticise govt, or “like” such criticisms on social media.

Long walk for justice: Aboriginal ‘Spiritual Walker’ Clinton Pryor crosses the country for his people

NUCLEAR.  Turnbull says Australia will join in the war, if North Korea attacks USA. (Doesn’t say whether Australia will join in if USA attacks North Korea).  The role of Pine Gap would inevitable draw Australia into a Korean war.    Tony Abbott wants Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence for Australia.   Australia still has the opportunity to join the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty.

CLIMATE. Inquiry into the security ramifications of climate change – warning on Australia’s risks.    Sunshine Coast church communities unite in concern about climate change. Did Queensland Resources Council urge Great Barrier Reef experts to ignore climate change? Australia must wake up to the climate disaster facing Pacific Islanders. Since Australia’s carbon tax was abolished, greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar.  Legal action against Commonwealth Bank over its failure to disclose climate change risk in report . Australia’s ski industry faces continuing problems due to climate change.

ENERGY.  Across Australia, rooftop solar continues its record year.  Wandoan solar farm – Australia’s largest, planned for the middle of Queensland’s gas country.  Energy executives tell Turnbull they aren’t interested in prolonging life of coal plants.    Solar power, wind power, storage – to replace Liddell coal plant.  Hydro power puts Tasmania in a leading position for battery storage of renewable energy. South Australia’s  battery project will open Australian market. Heaps more at REneweconomy.

August 14, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | 1 Comment

Hiroshima Day August 6th, and the Australian weekly news

A survivor of the atomic bombings in 1945 remarked, “This pain that we carry, let it end with us.” As memorials are held, in Japan,  in UK,  and around the world, there is hope for an end to nuclear weapons, as the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty is developed.

On climate, there’s a gradual realisation that it is still worth fighting climate change: but catastrophic change might be inevitable.

On nuclear – well – things are grim for the nuclear industry, with the abandoning of 2 reactors being developed in South Carolina – after $9 billion already spent on them, just about the last straw following the Westinghouse bankruptcy, the French and Finnish nuclear build problems, and Britain’s dubious Hinkley and Moorside projects.

CLIMATE.

Matt Canavan, (now resigned as Resources Minister)  makes it quite clear that he WAS the Minister For Mining 

NUCLEAR. Lucas Heights nuclear reactor was always intended as a step towards nuclear weapons, AND IT STILL IS.  South Australians Brett and Michael Rayner overjoyed at the beauty of nuclear wastes at ANSTO, – apparently unaware of the toxicity of the nuclear waste they’re inviting to their property.

Garma 2017[ Aboriginal reconciliation congress)  pushes for nationwide Makarrata (Treaty)

Lithium Australia – company seeks to recycle rare earths. – Western Australia’s boom in lithium mining.

RENEWABLE ENERGY – I can’t keep up. Go to REneweconomy.

 

August 5, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To July 28 – the climate-nuclear news this week – Australia

On CLIMATE the situation is eerie. Technogeeks are exploring geoengineering ways to cool the planet. Some journalists – New York’s David Wallace Wells, Slate’s Tommy Lynch, predict an uninhabitable Earth, and warn that we are not alarmed enough.

The general media inform us of greatly increased wildfires, (Europe),  (USA), floods, (India)(Germany), droughts, (USA), (Italy) . These news items whisk away under the relentless hurricane news of celebrities, sport, and Trump’s latest absurdities.

On NUCLEAR it would seem few immediate events are happening. However,important issues are being explored. Investigative journalism lives!

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Peter Dutton’s home affairs ministry will investigate itself for corruption.

NUCLEAR. Pentagon says North Korea capable of nuclear missile strike on Australia, USA in 2018.

Death of famed and much-loved Aboriginal activist Yami LesterYami Lester is mourned: his daughters carry on the anti nuclear fight.

Complaints lodged with National Radioactive Management Taskforce regarding the undemocratic nature of the radioactive waste dump process.

Quietly, nuclear -powered USS Ronald Reagan to Brisbane to join massive Talisman military exercise.

World Vision leader scathing about Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s plan for Australia to export weapons.

Western Australia: Aboriginal group’s claim against Western Australia Conservation Council over uranium mining.  Walkabout against uranium -month-long pilgrimage from Wiluna to Leonora to begin next month .

Northern Territory Norther Territory Aboriginal owners’ legal case: they wanted “low level nuclear waste dump”. Planning for the town of Jabiru to be rejuvenated as uranium mining ends.  Northern Territory Aboriginal communities begin shift to hybrid solar and storage.

CLIMATE. The world watches Australia – saving the Barrier Reef, – or pandering to Adani coal baron? ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank, slash lending to coal miners.

Resignation of Australia’s Minister Representing The Coal Industry – Matt Canavan. There is no truth in the rumour that he is to be replaced by a lump of coal. Still, the replacement is Deputy Prime Minister Barbaby Joyce, so the rumour was close.

 

July 29, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | 2 Comments

The week that has been in climate and nuclear news

I am wondering if those who read this newsletter, (and many other people, too) are getting “climate change fatigue”.

“Nuclear fatigue” too, perhaps. Still, on the nuclear scene, nothing dramatic seems to be happening this week. Nevertheless, a bit like climate change, nuclear pollution is something that continues to creep up on the unaware world. Investigative journalism still lives: a new report tells of vast areas of America’s land poisoned by mismanagement of military wastes

Not a good time to give up on reading about climate change, with the current debate on Is the Climate Emergency Just a Big Problem, or is it a Catastrophe?

Militarisation of Australia’s police?

CLIMATE and ENERGY    Climate denialism rules the Federal Liberal Party – and is bringing about a split within it. The disgraceful state of Australia’s politics and media on clean energy. Australian States and Federal Govt approve 49 Finkel recommendations, but split on Clean Energy Target.Clean Energy Finance Corporation sees rapid growth in renewables.

NUCLEAR. Did Australia cave in to France over Pacific nuclear bomb testing?

Quiet shipment of uranium from Australia to India – non signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty.

South Australia. Clear opposition to nuclear development in South Australia: no further tax-payer money should be wasted on it.  Pro nuclear activities of MP Rowan Ramsey questioned.

Northern Territory. As ERA’s Ranger Uranium mine lease to expire, town of Jabiru’s future is not clear.

Queensland. Queensland Liberal National Party members refuse to pull out of Paris Climate Accord.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. I can no longer keep up with the many developments in solar, wind, sefficency, storage of energy etc. Best information source is Giles’ Parkinson’s REneweconomy.

 

July 21, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week that was – climate and nuclear news Australia

It’s a toss-up as to which issue is now the most critical – climate change or nuclear war danger. I’m inclined to think – climate change. Some, like Paul Beckwith, Canadian Climate System Scientist, say that abrupt climate change is already with us, and drastic emergency measures are needed. Others are very concerned, pointing out severe problems – e,g today’s news – Asia faces climate change disaster.

On the nuclear scene, the world could be teetering at the brink of nuclear war, with North Korea ramping up its nuclear weapons, and Donald Trump tweeting belligerently.when what is needed is some new strategic foreign policy thinking

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CLIMATE. Former head of BP calls for an end to the cynical and dishonest denial of climate change.  Torres Strait islanders affected by climate change – evacuation eventually needed.    The Great Barrier Reef is not going to survive climate change. World’s unstoppable movement on climate change action – explained at Eco­city 2017 World Summit in Melbourne. Greenhouse gas emissions of Australian States; – Queensland’s the worst.

POLITICS.  Rather than mindlessly toeing militaristic USA line, Australia could urge negotiations on North Korea crisis. Australia should join UN nuclear weapons ban treaty, when it opens in September.

With the sudden resignation of Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Australia has lost arguably its most intelligent and public spirited member of Parliament. This is a terrible loss for all who care about the environment, because Ludlam has been the most lucid, forceful and courteous voice for Australia’s land and water, and for its indigenous people.

A States’ led Clean Energy Target could work for Australia. Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and the ACT defy Turnbull, will “go it alone” on Clean Energy Target. Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s Minister Against the Environment, warns the States not to act on clean energy target.

Australia’s mining lobby has a win , with government’s subtle tactic to hobble environmental groups

No plans for real development of Adani coal mine expansion. Adani family will benefit most, if it happens.  The real purpose of Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund? – to supply $billions to Adani coal project. Anti Adani coal project Activists claim they were ‘run over’ at protest.

Queensland Liberal National Party confirms its status as the Party For Fossil Fools.

Australian Energy Market Operator Chief abused by broadcaster Alan Jones, of the loony Right.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Queensland government would welcome an Elon Musk renewable energy storage project. Renewable energy news more – and more

 

July 15, 2017 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment