Child restraint – Northern Territory
I’m having a little trouble, concentrating this week. It’s bad enough that Australia is ignoring the nuclear threat, and the climate change threat. These are national, global matters – at least we will, as Tom Lehrer said “all go together when we go”. However, the news on how this country, this government, supports utter cruelty to children, especially Aboriginal children, and to refugees, – this personal barbarism to individuals – how on earth can Australians ignore this?
Independent inquiry finds that the ABC is not biased.
BHP Billiton’s costs for Brazil mine disaster – $3 billion and rising.
Back at the nuclear/climate front –
CLIMATE. Well, our new coal/nuclear enthusiast Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg has been making some pro renewable energy noises. I could almost feel sorry for him, although I can’t stand him, because he’ll be under attack now from the incumbent energy industry. The Turnbull government is unlikely to stand up to the coal and nuclear lobbies, and their bought friends in Parliament. Complete ecosystem collapse in sections of Great Barrier Reef.
As usual it’s all about SOUTH AUSTRALIA. They’re having Parliamentary Inquiry into nuclear waste importing. No need to get excited about this – the Committee members include 5 pro nuclear MPs and one anti-nuclear (Mark Parnell of The Greens). Global nuclear industry promoters influencing SA nuclear waste plan.
Meanwhile the government has launched its nuclear publicity juggernaut – this very day. Fortunately South Australian Greens prevented a law that would give full rein to taxpayer funded nuclear promotion.
- Wind and solar are NOT responsible for the doubling of wholesale energy prices in South Australia.
- Canberra solar project co-located with wind farm.
- Queensland’s Mt Emerald wind farm – construction to start in December.
- Tough new guidelines for New South Wales wind farms.
- Nick XenophonTeam backs 40% renewables.
- Solar and battery mini grid hits Melbourne suburbs.
CLIMATE. Accuracy of climate modelling in predicting ocean and atmospheric warming. Hottest year on record – 2016 shaping up to be that. Climate Change, Drought Fan Massive Sand Fire, Forcing 20,000 Californians to Flee. USA’s African Methodist Episcopal church speaks out on climate change. Heatwave deaths linked to climate change. World’s climate endangered by Russia’s wildfires.
Record 11 year low for uranium price.
- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on nuclear weapons. Hillary Clinton selects pro nuclear advocate Tim Kaine as running mate.
- New York Times continues to ignore the renewable energy revolution, and talk up nuclear.
- USA’s aggressive military policies in Europe increase risk of nuclear annihilation.
- Nuclear industry to get a heft subsidy from New York residents.
- NASA to send nuclear powered spacecraft to Mars (hope it doesn’t crash).
- San Onofre nuclear waste stranded on the beach.
UK. EDF approved UK Hinkley nuclear project, but now there’s a new delay. Like Brexit, UK’s Hinkley nuclear plan is based on shaky politics, not on economic reality. UK proposal to offer subsidy contracts to Russia, China and South Korea to build nuclear power stations!
Future of UK’s Bradwell and Sizewell nuclear projects now in doubt as government to review Hinkley plan. Report questions value of new nuclear projects in Wales compared with renewables. Cost of Hitachi nuclear plant for North Wales is far too high.
TURKEY. B61 thermonuclear warheads in Turkey – a worry in the light of coup attempt.
JAPAN. Radioactive cesium stays for 3 years in bodies of Fukushima nuclear clean-up workers. TEPCO admits that ice wall will not stop groundwater from entering crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings. Japan Atomic Energy Agency again fails to do safety tests at Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor. Citizen science takes on Japan’s nuclear establishment. Japan business lobby says Abe govt can’t rely on nuclear energy.
SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s nuclear company Eskom urging government to freeze renewable energy program.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. South Korea in charge of nuclear power system in United Arab Emirates.
POLAND‘s restrictive new law hampers wind energy development.
NORTH KOREA‘s nuclear weapons not able to reach Britain