Roundup of the week’s climate and nuclear news

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CLIMATE CHANGE. Australia’s coming election: climate change policy to be a vote changer. Australia’s political leaders ignoring climate change, in lead-up to election. Great Barrier Reef should be a central election issue – Tim Flannery. As sea levels rise fast, CSIRO sacks world sea level expert ! Sydney Peace Prize to go to Naomi Klein.

Corporations rejoice as Fairfax media sacks a top investigative journalist

SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Now that South Australia’s shonky Nuclear Royal Commission is over, the push for making Australia the hub of global radioactive trash moves into a new stage. And, I’m happy to report, it is a troubled one!

South Australian Premier creates two new Nuclear Advisory Agencies.  Unfortunately their touted “independence” is already in doubt.  Parry Agius – founding member of Uranium lobby group – should not be on a new “independent” Nuclear Advisory Board.  The S.A. government sets up parliamentary inquiry on proposed nuclear waste importing

The Citizens Juries are being organised by New Democracy. I’ve had several emails from them, in response to my questions, and I do think that they are trying to do this nuclear community consultation honestly and fairly.

However , there is considerable distrust in South Australia, about this process. Global nuclear waste dump for South Australia is opposed by women and Labor voters. Premier Jay Weatherill could now be in a dither over nuclear waste dump proposalAboriginal groups demand better consultation on nuclear waste dump plan.

ALP National President Mark Butler states  that there is no change to Labor’s policy against importing nuclear waste .  Maritime Union of Australia will fight plans to import world’s nuclear waste. No Dump Alliance – an anti-nuclear advocacy group launched.

 

INTERNATIONAL

CLIMATE CHANGE. NASA – World Just Had Seven Months Straight of Record-Shattering Global Heat.  World Bank warns on the growing dangers of climate change.   Climate change exacerbates wildfires – Canada’s tragedy. Women head UN climate change body/

Noam Chomsky on the twin threats: Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation.

NUCLEAR   Uranium industry finally acknowledging its dire situation. International Atomic Energy Agency keen to teach kids how great is the nuclear industry.

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FRANCE.  Sparks flew at Electricite de France’s AGM: EDF has €37 billion of debt.  EDF hoping to extend life of nuclear reactors, postpone decommisson costs. Credibility of nuclear corporation EDF taking a beating over Hinkley Nuclear project shemozzle. French prosecutors launch probe into Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid.

UK.  How Margaret Thatcher’s nuclear dream has turned into UK’s Hinkley nightmare.  Genetic damage in children of nuclear test veterans: an investigation begins.  Former AREVA CEO ‘Atomic Anne’ Lauvergeon under a cloud at Rio Tinto.  Greens Urge Ireland to Insist on Hinkley Nuclear Power Consultation Following UNESC Ruling.

JAPAN. Japanese cities say ‘no’ to nuke restart.   Mayor blasts nuclear power to students visiting from Taiwan.  FUKUSHIMA: No one knows where the Fukushima nuclear reactor melted cores are.  Tepco to put some Fukushima decommissioning work on hold during G-7 summit.   School to close in Fukushima as too few children able to attend.

RUSSIA plans for Africa to be its nuclear colony, starting with south Africa. Russia joins the throng desperate to sell nuclear radioactive trash to Britain.

CANADA. Indigenous residents of Yellowknif, Canada, send Terrestrial Energy nuclear salesmen packing.

CHINA. Chinese nuclear companies planning to carve up nuclear exports between each other.

ARMENIA. Nuclear danger in Armenia.

INDIA.  to sell nuclear reactors to Bangladesh (But what if Bangladesh is under water before long?)

PAKISTAN wants to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

GERMANY Adolf Hitler’s secret NUCLEAR BOMBS found – claims engineer

100% renewable energy powers Portugal for four days.  Revolutionary solar power: London Borough’s solar panels over marketplace. Berkely Lab finds that Solar Power brings Environmental and Public Health Benefits.

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