The week in Climate and Nuclear News

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As June ends, Australians have just a few weeks in which to put in submissions to the South Australian Nuclear Royal Commission. (Submissions due by 24 July and 3rd August)  They’ve made it as difficult as they can – it’s complicated, and you have to sign before a JP etc. The nuclear lobby’s subtle spin implies that it’s for South Australians only – and the mainstream media goes along with that.

But wait! It’s OK if you happen to be an overseas nuclear company. Then you’re invited to submit – and – best of all – submissions from nuclear companies need not be published – they’re “commercially sensitive”

If you’re Aboriginal – no worries – the Commission will coach you, (like a fox coaching the chickens)

Through July please look on my website http://www.antinuclear.net for guidance summaries and links for submitting, and for latest news.

NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE ROYAL COMMISSION NEWS

 

CLIMATE CHANGE Australia’s New Climate Roundtable. World is watching Australia’s pathetic performance on Climate Change. Australian farmers urge Liberal Party to defeat climate denialism

LEGAL WIN for Australia’s nuclear veterans

Trans Pacific Partnership – putting Australia’s democracy in a noose.

Lynas Rare Earths shares at all-time low.

URANIUM.  Pro Nuclear Expert John Carlson warns on selling uranium to India   Rio Tinto fears that the uranium market will not pick up. The game is up for uranium miners ERA and Paladin?. Half of ERA’s board quits.  It’s the end of big uranium mining projects in Australia.

ABORIGINAL ISSUES. Rallies across Australia protesting shutdowns of remote Aboriginal communitiesMelbourne city’s hub stops as protestors rally. Aboriginal People Need A Treaty First– Forget constitutional recognition. British musician Antony Hegarty joins the Martu people in their struggle against uranium mining

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Weakened Renewable Energy Target legisation passed in Parliament : still, big economicbenefits to regional communities, from new wind and solar farms.  South West Victoria’s wind farm goes ahead  General Electric ready to spend $billions on renewable energy in Australia. Wind farm research: Tony Abbott’s strategy to delay development by creating uncertainty.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Pope Francis denounces nuclear power.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Pope Francis and Naomi Klein – a formidable duo for action .

Optimism for a nuclear agreement with Iran, but big hurdles remain

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Record world investment in renewable energy, except for Australia, of course. Bill Gates is no friend to renewable energy, as Gates promotes his nuclear power company, Terra Power.  Jordan going ahead with solar technology in a big way, helped by China

UK.  Breast cancer rates higher near nuclear power stations.  Future of Britain’s Hinkley Point Nuclear Facility is increasingly uncertain.

USA. $1.8B in tax-payer loans for new nuclear plant – as its costs soar. Radioactive Polonium from Fukushima has contaminated Southeast USA. Pentagon’s new “laws of war” legalise killing of inconvenient journalists. Trans-Pacific Partnership: US Senate approves fast-track trade bill, sends to president Barack Obama.

FRANCE  keen to save AREVA, by selling nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Nuclear power a very poor deal for Saudi Arabia.

JAPAN company discloses possible failure of container lid bolts for low-level nuclear waste. Fukushima: 1,000,000 Bq/m3 of Sr-90 detected in seawater of Fukushima plant port / Highest in recorded history.

GERMANY: Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor closes, as Germany’s renewable energy surges ahead

SOUTH AFRICA’s purchase of nuclear reactors from Russia is by no means a done deal.

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