Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

In 2020 Chernobyl is again at risk of radiological catastrophe

Chernobyl Is Again Close To A Disaster! What Happened There In 2020?  http://www.thesentrybugle.com/2020/07/chernobyl-is-again-close-to-disaster.html#.XwZuet3J6Vg.twitter    Ukrainian officials have sought calm after forest fires in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident, led to a rise in radiation levels.

Firefighters said they had managed to put out the smaller of two forest fires that began at the weekend, apparently after someone began a grass fire, and had deployed more than 100 firefighters backed by planes and helicopters to extinguish the remaining blaze.
The fire had caused radiation fears in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, which is located about 60 miles south of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Government specialists on Monday sent to monitor the situation reported that there was no rise in radiation levels in Kyiv or the city suburbs.
“You don’t have to be afraid of opening your windows and airing out your home during the quarantine,” wrote Yegor Firsov, head of Ukraine’s state ecological inspection service, in a Facebook post about the results of the radiation tests.
As of Monday afternoon, the country’s emergency ministry said that the remaining fire in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone covered about 20 hectares and was still being extinguished. Footage released by the ministry showed firefighters dousing flames on the forest floor, and clouds of smoke rising.
Police have arrested a suspect believed to have caused the blaze, a 27-year-old man from the area who reportedly told police he had set grass and rubbish on fire in three places “for fun”. After he had lit the fires, he said, the wind had picked up and he had been unable to extinguish them.
An earlier post by Firsov had warned about heightened radiation levels at the site of the fire, which he said had been caused by the “barbaric” practice of local grass fires often started in the spring and autumn. “There is bad news – radiation is above normal in the fire’s center,” Firsov wrote on Sunday.
The post included a video with a Geiger counter showing radiation at 16 times above normal. The fire had spread to about 100 hectares of forest, Firsov wrote.
The country’s emergency ministry put out a warning for Kyiv on Monday about poor air quality but said it was related to meteorological conditions, and not to the fire.
The service had said on Saturday that increased radiation in some areas had led to “difficulties” in fighting the fire while stressing that people living nearby were not in danger. On Monday, it said that gamma radiation levels had not risen near the fire.
Chernobyl polluted a large area of Europe when its fourth reactor exploded in April 1986, with the region immediately around the power plant the worst affected. People are not allowed to live within 30km of the power station.
The three other reactors at Chernobyl continued to generate electricity until the power station finally closed in 2000. A giant protective dome was put in place over the fourth reactor in 2016.
Fires are common in the forests near the disused power plant.

July 9, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Climate action now will get results only after 20-30 years – that is the problem

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Australia now the biggest exporter of global heating- the Saudi Arabia of coal and gas

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Reducing radioactive waste in processes to dismantle nuclear facilities

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European Union lawmakers ban nuclear from green transition fund

EU lawmakers ban nuclear from green transition fund, leave loophole for gas   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-eu-transitionfund/eu-lawmakers-ban-nuclear-from-green-transition-fund-leave-loophole-for-gas-idUSKBN2472HN
By Kate Abnett and Marine Strauss, 8 July 20, 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are split over which fuels deserve support from the bloc’s flagship green energy fund, after lawmakers on Monday called for rules that could allow the money to be spent on some fossil gas projects.

The European Commission wants to launch a 40 billion euro ($45 billion) Just Transition Fund using cash from the bloc’s coronavirus recovery fund and its budget for 2021-27, to help carbon-intensive regions launch green industries and retrain workers currently in polluting sectors.

All EU member states agreed last week that the new fund should exclude nuclear and fossil fuels projects, including natural gas projects – a position also shared by the EU Commission.

But on Monday a committee of lawmakers leading talks on the issue in the European Parliament broke ranks. They said that while nuclear energy projects should not be eligible, some fossil gas projects could get just transition funding.

The committee voted in favour of requiring green finance rules to be applied to funding of gas projects – which would effectively exclude such projects. But they also said the EU Commission could make exemptions to this rule and approve some gas projects that don’t meet the green criteria.

The full legislative assembly will vote in September on whether or not to approve the rules. Once the assembly has agreed its position, talks will start with the EU Commission and national governments in the EU Council on the final terms of the funding.

Gas emits roughly 50% less CO2 than coal when burned in power plants, but it is not a “zero-carbon” fuel and is associated with leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

July 9, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Dubbo’s new renewables zone shows the path away from fossil fuels — RenewEconomy

 

Markets are telling us renewables are the best solution for a faster recovery. The post Dubbo’s new renewables zone shows the path away from fossil fuels appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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West Australia ready to seize ‘once-in-a-generation’ battery storage opportunity — RenewEconomy

 

New report finds that establishing a battery manufacturing base in Western Australia it is both commercially and technically feasible. The post West Australia ready to seize ‘once-in-a-generation’ battery storage opportunity appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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July 8 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “June Matched Historic Temperature High” • Globally last month was on a par with 2019 for the hottest June on record, with temperatures 0.53°C above the 1981 to 2010 average, and Europe saw its joint second warmest June on record. Arctic Siberia was exceptionally warm, C3S experts said, at 10°C (18°F) […]

via July 8 Energy News — geoharvey

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Lynham keen on renewable energy zones, warns LNP will bring renewables to a halt — RenewEconomy

Queensland says its watching NSW REZ plans with interest, and remains committed to wind, solar and green hydrogen. The post Lynham keen on renewable energy zones, warns LNP will bring renewables to a halt appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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“Five times size of Snowy 2.0” – V2G trial to tap potential of EVs as mass mobile storage — RenewEconomy

First large vehicle-to-grid trial in Australia will look to unlock potential of EVs as mobile batteries, and the potential to provide a resource five times the size of Snowy 2.0. The post “Five times size of Snowy 2.0” – V2G trial to tap potential of EVs as mass mobile storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Speculation grows that Israel may be behind spate of mystery blasts in Iran — intelNews.org

There is growing speculation that Israel’s intelligence services may be behind a spate of blasts that have damaged military and civilian industrial sites in Iran in recent days. Citing a “Middle Eastern intelligence official”, The New York Times reported on Sunday that Israel was behind at least one of the blasts, which struck an Iranian nuclear complex.

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Rapid coal phase-out could drive European green recovery: Bloomberg — RenewEconomy

Decarbonising Europe’s remaining coal-reliant countries could pave the way for a vital green recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The post Rapid coal phase-out could drive European green recovery: Bloomberg appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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 webinar South Australia – too good to waste! – tonight!

webinar South Australia – too good to waste!

Please join us on Wednesday 8 July from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm (AEST) to take a deep look at the current plans to both dump and store radioactive waste at Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

Speakers:

Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner, Vivianne McKenzie
Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC) Chair, Jason Bilney
Kimba grain grower and a leader in the local anti-waste campaign, Peter Woolford
Australian Conservation Foundation nuclear-free campaigner, Dave Sweeney

Wednesday 8 July

NSW/VIC/ACT/QLD: 7.30 – 9pm

WA 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm

NT/SA: 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89732027745

For many years the South Australian community has said no to plans for national and international radioactive waste facilities. Now the town of Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula is being targeted by the federal government as a site for both the disposal and extended storage of Australia’s radioactive waste.

This webinar will explore some of the community concerns and actions and outline what is needed to advance a new and responsible approach to radioactive management in Australia.

July 8, 2020 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

NUCLEAR’s WHOPPING CLIMATE LIE – theme for July 2020

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth ”

Dr Goebbels would be delighted with the nuclear lobby’s lie that nuclear power is zero carbon and will fix climate change. He would be even more delighted with the current success of this lie.

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

The failing nuclear industry is fighting for its life. It now pitches its salvation on its claim to halt climate change. Even if
that were true (which it isn’t) the world would have to construct several thousand ‘conventional’ reactors, or several millions of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) very quickly, within a decade or two.

How is it that politicians , media, academics have swallowed this lie?

 

July 7, 2020 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Climate, nuclear, coronavirus – news to 7 July

Well, I do leave the biggest news – coronavirus  – to others, although Jane Goodall eloquently reminds us that the pandemic is utterly connected with our onslaught on the natural world and may well be a foretaste of worse to come, if the human species does not respect nature.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0SoLNdftHw&t=111s  It’s time to get emotional about climate change.

But anyway, Covid 19 – climate change – global phenomena that don’t care about borders, are affecting  above all, the world’s poorest and most vulnerable – what are we to do?  Some media are rejoicing about hot weather in the Arctic, but the reality is that the persistent Arctic heatwave is wreaking havoc, with uncontrolled forest fires in Siberia, thawing permafrost destabilising buildings and industry, especially oil and gas, in Northern Russia and the Arctic North of America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75IxMysh10E&t=8s  Meanwhile, the South Pole is warming at triple the global average.   Climate change will make world too hot for 60 per cent of fish species.

It’s hard to get concerted action on global heating, with powerful influencers like Facebook and the oil industry sabotaging efforts and information about climate change. Climate denialists are increasingly spreading misinformation on Facebook, while Facebook  is actively discouraging fact-checking.

Meanwhile – don’t let’s forget, even a limited nuclear war, whether started by intent or by accident, would bring a rapid climate change, a nuclear winter, which the human species might not survive.

A bit of good news –  Meet the Nuns Who Created Their Own Climate Solutions Fund.

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange’s fight for freedom.  Julian Assange’s father in tireless fight to free his son, calls on Scott Morrison to help Australian citizen Julian.

Australia –  USA’s Deputy Sheriff goes for bloated military expenditure.  Agressive defence policy – Australian Strategic Policy Institute has too much influence on government and media.

CLIMATE.  Canberra unprepared for climate upheavals that will rock the nation.    Australia seen as successful in Covid-19 response, deplorable in climate response. Australia ranks second worst in world on climate action, outside top 50 on clean energy. Independent MP Zali Steggall calls for conscience vote on zero carbon bill to kickstart Covid recovery.  Former Socceroos captain wants Australia to show climate leadership as World Cup host.  Australia claims Kyoto success, but three decades as a climate wrecker is all it can boast.

NUCLEAR.

Napandee  nuclear waste Bill.

Yellowcake Country- a new webinar series explores the local, national and international impacts of Australia’s uranium industry.

Murdoch press enthusiastic about nuclear propagandist Michael Shellenger. Michael Shellenberger mucked up the pro nuclear “climate action” propaganda.

Queensland splinter political party   North Queensland First pushing for uranium mining in Queensland.

Western Australia: call for Mt Walton hazardous waste facility to accept toxic material from across Australia, (includes radioactive wastes.)

Australia was the guinea pig population for Britain’s nuclear weapons tests radiation fallout.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Australia’s secretive defence operations HQ to get 1.9MW solar farm.  Deakin’s new Hub for world-leading energy storage and conversion.  Much more renewable news, but I am running out of time.

INTERNATIONAL

Rethinking security: Nuclear sharing in Europe in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nuclear power is incompatible with a Green New Deal.

Misinformation about Energy Economics, from nuclear companies and their propagandists

US, Russia nuclear arms talks end with plans for second round.

July 6, 2020 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment