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Australian news, and some related international items

Climate and nuclear news to 14 October – Australia

The world has 10 years to ward off global warming disaster.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2018 Report on Monday 8th October. By Tuesday, its news was all over the media.  By Wednesday, other news had to some extent taken over. By now, in Australia, we’re back to the important stuff – horse racing and royal weddings.

However, climate change is still important, and indeed, urgent. Experts warn that the IPCC report may be understating the climate situation. And in particular – the risk of catastrophic sea-level rise.

Again, however much the nuclear lobby might not want you to know this, – the dangers of climate change and nuclear power are merging. Hurricane Michael has threatened nuclear power stations in Georgia and Florida. But there’s precious little information on how that is going.

AUSTRALIA

An alt-right, all-male, racist, anti-semitic, pro nuclear group aims to join Liberal-National politics.

CLIMATE.

NUCLEAR. The nuclear lobby now touts SMRs – Small and Medium Nuclear Reactors – deliberate confusion about size.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison resuscitates the nightmare dream of the nuclear chain in Australia.   Nuclear reactors DO have a harmful impact on coastal environments, despite the false claims of the Australian nuclear lobby.  Cory Bernardi promises to explain why nuclear power is a “compelling investment opportunity”

ANSTO still dreams of nuclear power for Asia,and Australia taking back their radioactive trash.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Renewable energy bringing a new golden age to South Australia,   Nation-first renewable energy project recognised.   Australia installs 50th public EV fast charger.  Telstra’s first solar farm up and running as other projects join the grid . Solar Insiders Podcast: Solar’s big year, and Senec storage. New wind farm developments bring jobs to Victoria.

INTERNATIONAL

Rising sea levels will mean flooding of vulnerable cities- e.g: London, Jakarta, Shanghai and Houston.

ExxonMobil CEO Depressed After Realizing Earth Could End Before They Finish Extracting All The Oil.

$2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift – better than climate apocalypse.

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What the IPCC Report 2018 says about nuclear power.

Cheap flexibility from storage, demand-side response and distributed renewable energy generation poses a “huge threat” to the nuclear industry.

USA-Russia relations at a low ebb: nuclear treaties are under threat.

Genetic changes in children of soldiers who were exposed to ionising radiation.

Vitrified nuclear waste: glass corrodes and melts long before the radioactive trash is inert.

The very bad news about what space travel can do to your gut.

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October 13, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australia in the firing line as climate change hits the planet

It is sad to see that Australia, the country that could be the leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency, is instead the laggard.  Among the wealthy nations that could take action, Australia’s governments, with the exception of the Gillard govt (2010-2013), have refused to act. .

While it might be a reality that coal mines are being started up in other parts of the planet, and that if Australia shut down its coal mines, the global impact might not be huge, there would still be quite an impact.

Meanwhile, a rich country like Australia looks very bad, internationally, as our government lies about our greenhouse emissions, and continues to promote coal, while trying to suppress renewables. As to energy efficiency –  nobody seems to be mentioning that –  yet it can be an enormous component of climate change action. Australia hypocritically does little to help Pacific neighbours, threatened by sea level rise.

Australia is an international climate change disgrace.

And, even sadder –  Australia is the most vulnerable of developed countries, to the ravages of global warming.  When those global warming chickens come home to roost, will other countries feel like helping us?

Australia’s traumas could set off even this summer – with bushfires.   And still our leaders do not care about global warming, do not care about joining in international action against it.

 

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

To October 6th- nuclear, climate and renewable energy news – Australia

The new U.N. climate report will reveal urgent disastrous climate change now on the way.

Beyond Nuclear counteracts the industry’s false propaganda about ionising radiation.

 

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange’s health in danger– but he lacks medical care.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science chief economist enthusiastic about the lithium industry.

Australian government grossly inflates the number of jobs to be needed at planned South Australian nuclear waste dump.

Labor Senator Gallacher joins the Labor-Liberal pro nuclear dance team. Flinders Ranges – a top tourist destination – a crazy choice for a nuclear waste dump.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – no resolution of dispute. Submissions are still accepted.

– Call for independent Inquiry into management of Australia’s Lucas Heights nuclear wastes.

Suggestion that Australia get nuclear weapons.

CLIMATE. The value of Australia’s coal exports is forecast to decline sharply.

WA Indigenous community tries to rid water supply of unsafe level of uranium.

RENEWABLE ENERGY  Greens propose 30 renewable energy zones, backed by grid fund.     Australia installed solar capacity to double to 18GW by 2020 .  Regulator says announced wind and solar projects now topping 10GW.     Three biggest solar farms join the grid in Victoria, NSW, and South Australia . Victoria’s renewable energy boom set to create thousands of jobs.  It’s a tie! Tasmania defies federal Coalition on bipartisan approach to energy. Kidston Renewable Energy Hub in Far North Queensland fast tracked. Wind farming – a benefit and source of pride to farmersEnergy storage ‘a game-changer’ for Australia.

October 5, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To 29 September -nuclear and climate news, Australia

Insightful journalism: Don’t miss this conversation with Dr Gordon Edwards – about Canada’s nuclear wastes

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR 

Jobs for South Australians at nuclear morgue? That is a shaky promise.   Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation to continue legal fight over proposed nuclear waste dump – the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site selection ballot will not be undertaken until the matter is resolved.

American transnational corporation AECOM would be the biggest beneficiary from a South Australian radioactive suppository.    Lobbyists for nuclear-related firms hold key positions in National Party.

CLIMATE Great Barrier Reef scientists told to focus on projects to make government look good.   Australia has no plan of action on climate change.

Queensland releases new guidelines as another 16 solar proj ects queue to join grid.    Clean energy industry releases Victorian election policies for clean energy future .      Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy comes to the party  on renewable energy jobs, yet commitment to Renewables Target is the real test .

Global news

On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov saved the world.

Debunking the claims about generation IV nuclear waste .  Facing up to the reality of nuclear wastes: it requires longterm continuing stewardship.   What to expect from media and politicians when we want action on nuclear wastes. Magical thinking about nuclear waste – but that doesn’t solve the problem.

Extremely high radiation doses threaten the plan to colonise Mars.

Cardiologists and Other Medical Professionals at risk from radiation in nuclear medicine.

Vatican will continue condemning nuclear weapons.  Nations continue to work on nuclear security.

Consumer society, high energy, lifestyle underlies climate change.  Science reporting on climate change: the severity is downplayed for political reasons.

September 29, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week that has been in nuclear and climate news

Huge clean-up tasks face areas affected by Super Typhoon Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence. In the many reports of these extreme weather events, climate change is rarely mentioned. Also played down is the effect on the nuclear industry. Thankfully, there seems to have been no big nuclear disaster. But there is little or no coverage of the effects on hazardous radioactive waste dumps.

Investigative journalism: Authorities deceive the public on radiation from Fukushima Daiichi

Sea levels could rise by up to 30 feet, due to Antarctic melting.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR The Australian govt’s plan to dump Lucas Heights nuclear waste near a small rural community in South Australia is surely the precursor to a plan for importing the world’s nuclear waste. Submissions to stop this nuclear waste “foot in the door” can be sent to the govt by 24th September. It’s not hard to do.

Feasability Study found Radioactive Waste Dump UNSUITABLE for Flinders Ranges and Kimba regions.

Radon gas leaked from Woomera’s radioactive waste drums.

Greenpeace takes legal action against Australian nuclear waste transport to Cherbourg, France.

Changing acceptance of nuclear to DEMAND for nuclear- Australian propagandist Ben Heard to join new global spin?

Defence officials become military lobbyists.

‘Welcome’ to Steve Ciobo, the new Australian Minister for the Arms Trade.

Australia won’t get the nuclear bomb – these are the reasons why not.

CLIMATE.  Labor holds meeting with industry, on emissions reduction, as COAL-ition holds private dinner with coal-nuclear lobbyist Trevor St Baker. Australia’s Minister For The Coal Lobby, Angus Taylor’s false statement about carbon emissions.– Oh dear! Coal-loving Angus Taylor’s electorate wants action on climate change.- Australian financial watchdog hones in on climate risk, warns companies to lift game. Scott Morrison’s lump of coal not enough: he needs a fairy tale on climate change.

Sydney takes global climate fight to the next level

Adani’s Carmichael coal project massively downsized, but still a climate threat. Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says. Traditional owners call on Qld Government to never extinguish their native title: they announce Adani court appeal.12.5b litres of water for Adani coal project – no environmental impact statement needed.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Australian government ‘won’t be replacing’ renewable energy target – Angus Taylor, (Minister For Fossil Fuel Energy). Angus Taylor attacks renewable energy. Clean Energy Regulator counts 9GW in big solar and wind pipeline. Solar takes centre stage in South Australia, becoming No 1 energy source in middle of day .

September 22, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Climate and nuclear news merge this week

News media seem rivetted on Hurricane Florence now affecting USA’s Carolina states.  Meanwhile there’s much less coverage of the much greater Typhoon Mangkhut afflicting the Marshall Islands, Guam, and soon the Philippines and Chinese coast.

Hurricane Florence, though now downgraded to Category 1, still threatens at least 9 nuclear waste sites and at least 12 operating nuclear reactors.

The Marshall Islands, already having radioactive leaks, are even more threatened, with the nuclear waste tomb located there.

Crisis of heat across the planet.   Scientists are now establishing the links between climate change and these extreme events.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE CHANGE is taking centre stage today, as, Trump-like,  our new Prime Minister Scott Morrison pronounces that we will meet our Paris commitments “in a canter”. Alas, that’s a lie. In reality, Australia is on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs.  Australia is going backwards on climate change. Australia stands to REALLY lose face on climate change at coming international summits.

Senator Matt Canavan ridicules climate health report, days after climate health expert wins Liberal safe seat. 68% of Australians want govt to set genuine emissions targets to meet our Paris climate commitments. Queensland government climate strategy stresses the health impacts. Doctors speak out on climate change.

Adani coal company’s groundwater bores investigated  amid claims they were sunk without approval.

Darebin Council, Victoria leads the way on climate change action.

Australian Communities Foundation Divests $90 Million From Fossil Fuels.

NUCLEARFlooding Dangers to proposed Nuclear Morgue in South Australia.    Ship loaded with Australia’s nuclear trash arrives at Cherbourg, France. Nuclear waste returning to Australia is really High Level Waste.  South Australian MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan  on plan to store radioactive trash in rural South Australia.

Tony Abbott – the mad monk, and Ziggy Switkowski are spruiking nuclear power – again Senator Cory Bernardi believes in nuclear power, but doesn’t believe in climate change. Anonymous pro nuclear “engineers” lobby Canberra ministers and premiers.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Julian Assange‘s future safety hangs in the balance.

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

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut will affect radioactive nuclear trash dumps

Media reports are concerned about the safety of nuclear reactors in North and South Carolina, as the hurricane.  storm surges and torrential rain threaten them. If the nuclear power plants survive unscathed, the nuclear lobby will crow about this as a “success”.

But little mention is made of the 9 or more toxic radioactive waste sites, also in the path of Hurricane Florence.

And – the huge danger posed by the much greater weather event  – the typhoon that has already affected the Marshall Islands, with its dome covering nuclear weapons wastes.

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

The past week in nuclear news Australia

Japan acknowledges that prolonged exposure to ‘low level’ ionising radiation caused the cancer death of a Fukushima nuclear worker, and compensation will be paid to his family. This is the first time that the Japanese Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry have ruled on a radiation-caused death.

This will no doubt upset the nuclear lobby, who like to say that only high level radiation is harmful. It’s like the tobacco companies suggesting that only smoking 100 cigarettes a day would cause lung cancer – a few a day would be harmless, or actually good for you.

In fact, worker deaths from low level radiation have been reported many times, notably in the USA research by McClatchy News, which recorded 33,480.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR.  Injunction to halt Kimba nuclear waste ballot remains in place.  Wallerberdina needs similar injunction.

Walkatjurra anti-uranium Walkabout completed.

CLIMATE. Australian government out to wreck international climate talks. Very reluctantly, Australian govt signs declaration on Pacific climate threat.   Australia’s two-faced attitude to Pacific Islands on climate change. Australia losing credibility, reputation, in the Pacific, as it follows Trump’s anti-climate policies.

Australia could cut electricity emissions by 68 per cent by 2030.  On climate chang


Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor pretend to be meeting Paris climate goals.   Australia’s new Energy Minister Angus Taylor is not a climate science denier – he’s much more dangerous.

Elections. The heat’s on solar farm for anti-renewables Liberal candidate Beverley McArthur.  Wagga Wagga by-election: Independent candidate sticks to policy of action on climate change.

Coalition aims to clamp down on activist charities.

RENEWABLE ENERGY  Australian solar starts to dig a hole in mid-day electricity prices.  Queensland could be 90% renewable by 2030 – with right policy settings . Solar energy microgrid for Euroa, Victoria. The inconvenient truths about South Australia’s renewable success .  South Australia commits $180m to batteries, storage and virtual power plants16 renewable hydrogen projects backed by ARENA grants.  Australian manufacturers urged to in ditch gas for solarEnergy Minister Taylor says there is too much wind and solar in electricity grid. CWP moves forward with 600MW solar farm in Angus Taylor’s electorate.

RARE EARTHS. Another lithium mine opened in Western Australia.

 

September 8, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | 2 Comments

Climate and nuclear news this week- Australia

Melting permafrost in Alaska reveals ancient fossils and artifacts. Container ships can now save lots of time, going via a new shipping route through the Arctic. New mining opportunities in Greenland. Americans will be able to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildl.ife Refuge.

Ain’t it all great? Not really. The melting of the Arctic is a global horror story. Is anyone noticing? Does anyone care?  That is the question that our children and grandchildren will be asking.

 

Australia’s climate action is now stuffed.   PM Morrison visiting drought areas “not terribly interested” in climate change.   Misogynist and Cowardly – Australia’s Liberal govt passes the hard jobs on to women! We in Oz now have to suffer dismissal of the climate issue by our new Energy Minister, and the hypocritical platitudes of our new Environment Minister, both comfortably in the service of the fossil fuel industries.

But – is the shit about to hit the fan? Australia’s failure on climate action is likely to doom the $15b European trade deal.

The Pacific Forum is on this week, but coal-loving PM Scott Morrison will not attend, especially as the Pacific leaders demand Australian action on climate change. Foreign Minister Marise Payne will be there, working hard to avoid that subject. Pacific nations see climate change as the top security issue.

Moderate Liberals angry at Morrison government’s stance on climate change. Malcolm Turnbull’s son can’t vote Liberal because of their failure on climate change.

NUCLEAR.

Cyclists start 900km journey to Canberra, with Nobel Peace Prize and aim to end nuclear weapons.

Call to Australian War Memorial: Stop accepting funding from weapon-makers.

South Australia’s Greens leader Mark Parnell urges a united stand against nuclear waste dump plan.   Survey shows North region of South Australia mainly opposed to nuclear waste dump.  Environmental and flooding dangers to planned Flinders Ranges nuclear waste dump.  Michele Madigan – update on the struggle against nuclear waste dumping in the Flinders Ranges.

Western Australia’s Traditional owners steadfast in 40 years’ opposition to uranium mining. Aboriginal Elders take action against uranium mining.  Last week of the Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Aboriginals not happy with former PM Tony Abbott as Envoy on Indigenous Affairs.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Queensland says wind, solar key to lower power bills, creates new renewables generation company. APA to add solar park to biggest wind farm in Western Australia.

 

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australia: the week in nuclear and climate news

Putin’s “invulnerable”nuclear-powered missile lost at sea. Joins the rest of Russia’s nuclear junk there, and could be leaking radiation.

Jonathon Porritt and 60 other British writers, politicians and academics condemn the concept of a “balanced debate” about human-caused climate change. “Balance implies equal weight. But this then creates a false equivalence between an overwhelming scientific consensus and a lobby, heavily funded by vested interests, that exists simply to sow doubt to serve those interests.”

AUSTRALIA

Well, suddenly we have a new Prime Minister –  “S coal mo”  – i.e Scott Morrison. We all feared that we would get that truly dreadful man Peter Dutton. But now – we have “Dutton in sheep’s clothing”. Believe me, Morrison will be just as bad –   same policies, just a bit more intelligent in spinning them.

And the new Cabinet?  A motley crew of climate denialists and pro nuclear proponents.

CLIMATE

Australia’s climate change policy sets a dangerous precedent for the world.  Pathetic Australia ?- freeloading as the rest of the world grapples with climate change.  Annabel Crabb outlines the demise of Australia’s climate policy in 7 killings.

Former coal industry boss is Scott Morrison’s chief of staff.  Morrison names leading anti-wind campaigner as energy minister.

The Liberal Party is imploding largely because of climate change. Right wing MPs wanted Dutton as PM to exit Paris climate agreement.

NUCLEAR

Earthquake 20 August near Hawker planned site for nuclear waste dump.

Supreme Court keeps the halt on Kimba nuclear waste dump vote. Hawker vote on nuclear dump siting delayed, after Bangarla people’s cot win.  Barngarla Aboriginal community’s Native Title includes the land aruround Kimba nuclear waste dump plan: Human Rights Commission to consider their voting rights.

Kimba’s aging population will hand the disaster of a “temporary” nuclear waste dump on to their descendants.

No clarity in Australian govt’s $31 million grants for communities to host nuclear waste dump. So called benefits from the waste dump don’t add up according to a new report.

Protesters against national radioactive waste dump march on Joy Baluch AM Bridge.

Is South Australian group Engage 2 Act a nuclear propaganda front?

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders call on Queensland Govt not to extinguish native title. –Black Mist Burnt Country: art under the nuclear cloud of Maralinga.  Coniston Aboriginal massacre descendants reunite  to push for national truth-telling process.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar.   CSIRO roadmap finds hydrogen industry set for scale-up. Two major solar farms for Whyalla, South Australia.

 

August 27, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

What will Scott Morrison mean for Australia’s nuclear -free movement?

Well – not much, at this stage. And anyway, I doubt that Scott Morrison will be Prime Minister for long enough to do anything about anything.  There’ll be an election before long, much.and perhaps Scott Morrison will not matter much.

All the same, I would bet that Morrison would promote the nuclear industry, if he could. As  now – we don’t know who will be his cabinet Ministers, but they’re all likely to be nucearphiles.  Morrison, more cunning than Peter Dutton, who led the political wrecking job that brought Morrison to the throne, has not been outspoken on matters nuclear.

BUT – here’s Scott Morrison expressing his support for the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission:

“This, I think, has been a very practical and very worthy process the South Australian government has been working through”  news.com.au MAY 11, 2016

August 24, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This week in nuclear news Australia

Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost beneath Arctic lakes is irreversible – could accelerate climate change. Climate change is starting to pack an economic punch.

Nothing dramatically new in the nuclear news. Nuclear waste problems are still intractable around the world, while governments continue to promote “new nuclear” – in what looks like a sad act of religious faith.

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health. BBC wants to place cameras in apartments opposite Julian Assange’s refuge at Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange should be assured of immunity before taking risk of testifying to U.S. Senate.

CLIMATE.  Climate change is increasing Australia’s heat and drought.   At least 75 bushfires raging across New South Wales and Queensland. But hey!   Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, desperate to hang on to his job, is about to further weaken the emissions reduction target – trying to placate the climate deniers in his party.

NUCLEAR.

Despite weather extremes the grand Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining presses on.

Australian mining companies get federal funding to promote coal, uranium etc to schoolkids?

Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Chief scientist pushes for a hydrogen export industry. South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 – market operator. Coalition votes to kill renewables, encourage new coal generation. Bodangora wind farm connects to the grid in NSW.

August 17, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To 4th August – nuclear news Australia

6th August Hiroshima 9th August Nagasaki  – so far these anniversaries are being ignored by the media. But not in Japan.   Japanese children will pass on the history of Nagasaki’s horror nuclear bombing on 9 Aug 1945

The heatwave continues in the Northern hemisphere, but rarely is that awful left-wing term “climate change”mentioned in news reports. It’s affecting all the Northern countries, though there is more news coverage about USA and Europe. Human-caused climate change made heat wave five times more likely.

Much nuclear news about the heatwave, too. The nuclear lobby’s poster boy, France, is copping it, with nuclear reactors having further cuts to their production, their cooling systems being unable to cope. Other countries’ reactors are similarly affected.

AUSTRALIA

Investigative journalism greatly threatened by Nine-Fairfax merger.

NUCLEAR

ANSTO has the luxury of its commercial follies being funded by the tax-payer.

CLIMATE Aboriginal landowners Wangan and Jagalingou take land rights fight to the UN.

ENERGY   National Energy Guarantee (NEG) discriminates against rooftop solar, makes emissions task more expensive. Australia’s 2017 solar PV installation tally already eclipsed – in July.  Lots more news at reneweconomy.com.au

August 4, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Nuclear news this week in Australia

On the Australian telly news, I saw English people having a lovely time on Brighton beach, because the weather is so warm.  But I think that there’s more to the story of warm days in the Northern hemisphere. Some of the heatwave effects are not so jolly. Could it possibly have something to do with climate change? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG-GlVSKbJQ

And, by the way, Japan’s heatwave is a problem, now, in 2018. The Tokyo Olympics are planned for exactly the same time of the year, in 2020.

AUSTRALIA

The death of Australia’s quality news media? – Fairfax gobbled up by Nine.

Prosecuting Julian Assange – a dangerous precedent threatening journalists’ rights.

NUCLEAR.

Wastes. South Australia sleeps on. Australia sleeps on, apparently quite unaware of the machinations of the nuclear lobby. Led by the secretive and highly tax-payer funded Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the aim has never wavered – to establish  the full nuclear fuel cycle in Australia. They tried in 2016, and failed. Now, using the deceitful story of “medical necessity”, they’re trying to set up a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, or in Hawker, South Australia, and putting it over the locals, big-time. Bribery helps.

The Senate Inquiry into this will report on 14 August. Read summaries of Submissions-.  The dilemma facing the towns of Kimba and Hawker.  99% of South Australians are excluded from vote on nuclear waste dump for South Australia. Nuclear waste dump opposed by Aboriginals, and will stigmatise the whole State of South Australia. Sham of ‘Broad Community Support’ for Kimba or Hawker for nuclear waste dump – Senator Rex Patrick.

Scrutiny on Hansard reveals the Australian government’s confusion about nuclear wastes. Kimba’s nuclear waste dump is planned to facilitate DOUBLING of nuclear wastes in Australia.

Scotland could help Australia deal with its nuclear waste.

Nuclear industry bigwig Jim McDowell now boss of South Australia’s public sector.

Safety problems at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

CLIMATE CHANGE. Australian governments finally admitting the dire fate of the Great Barrier Reef.

RENEWABLE ENERGY   South Australia’s Liberal government now happy with progress towards 75% renewables target.   AEMC gives huge boost to solar PV and batteries.  Victoria’s biggest solar farm reaches financial close, to power steel works. Beryl solar farm to power NSW trains, may add battery storage.   WSU students win major US solar car race – a first for Australia.

 

 

July 28, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

At last – completed analysis of submissions re nuclear waste dump proposal!

Back to normal.   Not sure what to do with these summaries of 109 submissions, but it has been a very revealing process. A vote or a decision , or something – is supposed to happen on August 20.  The Senate Committee Inquiry on selection process for the planned dump site will report back on August 14.

Too late to have any impact?  Is that the Australian Government’s plan  – in its frenzied rush to convince small drought afflicted rural communities in the Flinders Ranges that to get the services and infrasturcture that they need, – they should rejoice at becoming Australia’s hub for radioactive trash?

 

July 11, 2018 Posted by | Christina reviews | 2 Comments