This week’s nuclear and climate news

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South Australia’s Nuclear Royal Commission has gone very quiet.  They are now in Japan, then to Taiwan, Finland, Austria, France and the United Kingdom.  It’s all quite secretive – no idea what their global junket is costing the South Australian tax-payer. Why is no media covering this?

South Australia’s agriculture in danger from nuclear developments

Meanwhile the pretense continues that it’s just a State matter – ignored by the media in all other States. Except for The Saturday Paper in which Dr Helen Caldicott dissected the propaganda for South Australia’s Nuclear Chain Royal Commission.

Australia’s nuclear lobby never lets up. Their social media propaganda has lately stepped up its vilification of Dr Caldicott. I guess that could be seen as  a tribute to her expertise, and to the impact of her splendid article – which I urge you all to read.

Some people who care are quietly organising their Submissions to the Royal Commission, due by 24 July, and 3 August. The Conservation Council of South Australia gives helpful advice .  They put out a long IssuesPaper and a summary one.

Senators David Leyonhjelm and Bob Day salivate over thought of free nuclear-powered electricity and want nuclear powered submarines.

Nuclear waste. ANSTO’s problem of mounting radioactive wastes at Lucas Heights.

Uranium Paladin – the ugly Australian in Malawi faces opposition, as its uranium pollution takes its toll. Paladin (apparently not Australian owned) signs Western Australian uranium deal.

Rare earths AND URANIUM company allying with Clean Energy Council!

Big mining companies are losing the public opinion battle.

Climate Change. Universities can get tax-payer funding for a Bjorn Lomborg climate centre.

Renewable Energy:

 

INTERNATIONAL

WORLD. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists launches Cost Calculator for the nuclear fuel chain.

Cyber attack an increasing threat to nuclear facilities – says IAEA.

Whole brain radiation found not to be beneficial for brain cancer patients.

USA. Significant rise in ionising radiation in atmosphere over Southern California. Censored emails show US govt concern about Fukushima radiation on West Coast of USA.

USA’s defense authorisation bill- unaffordable – detached from budgetary reality. New EIA analysis shows nukes don’t help reduce carbon emissions under EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

70 years of cancer-causing nuclear pollution in St Louis.

JAPAN. Japan’s government’s optimism on nuclear power future doesn’t ring true- finance analysts. Restart of Sendai nuclear plant will be delayed.

Fukushima. Greenpeace releases confidential IAEA Fukushima-Daiichi accident report. Fukushima Daiichi ‘s Port has Record Levels of Radiation.  Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) official warns on hydrogen explosion risk at Fukushima. A nation-wide network formed in Japan, to sue government and TEPCO, over the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

UK. Dead nuclear reactors in Plymouth – expensive to maintain, and a cause of local anxiety.

AUSTRIA. ready to take legal action against subsidising of nuclear reactors.

FRANCE. Merger of AREVA and EDF, to save nuclear giant AREVA- French tax-payers to fork out.

SOUTH AFRICA.  Secrecy, and no costing known, in South Africa’s plans for nuclear power

Iran. Urgent talks between USA and Iran before June 30 deadline.

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