To 31 March – nuclear and climate news

The United Nations has just held the first of two global summits to negotiate “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.   This was sponsored by 57 nations, and with 125 nations represented, but the nuclear weapons-dependent  nations did not participate.

Does this mean that the conference is meaningless? Perhaps. Yet, increasingly, public opinion supports nuclear disarmament, and those governments are being challenged, to explain their support for nuclear weapons.

As for the “peaceful” nuclear industry – it is having a financial meltdown. Westinghouse’s bankruptcy, and Toshiba’s record loss, shed doubt on new nuclear build in America and Britain.

Globally, the Paris climate agreement will continue, while Trump Trashes U.S. Climate Policy.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR. Australia – America’s Deputy Sheriff again, as USA opposes nuclear-weapons-ban talks. Radioactive soil dumped at Mary Kathleen mine.

CLIMATE.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Australian Energy Market Operator new boss Audrey Zibelman will reform Australia’s energy vision. Success of Australia’s Clean Energy Program.

As costs tumble, Australia poised for large-scale solar boom. Canberra’s shining example of renewable energy development. $1billion battery and solar farm for South Australia’s Riverland. Giles Parkinson explains need for battery storage to be configured properly

Indigenous. Success of Indigenous rangers program: calls for it to be expanded

Environment. Western Australia: Uranium mining OR the rare and beautiful Night Parrot?

Canberra’s Beyond Uranium Campaign Launched.

INTERNATIONAL

Pope Francis backs nuclear weapons ban treaty. Buddhist Association joins Christian groups in support of historic UN nuclear weapons negotiations

Climate change forcing indigenous peoples from their homelands.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA): global economic growth possible with 2˚C scenario with Renewable Energy.

USA.

JAPAN.  11,000 Wikileaks documents related to Fukushima.   Residents furious over high court decision to revoke Takahama nuclear plant injunction. TEPCO fails to pinpoint melted fuel at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

NORTH KOREA. Need for America and China to work together on North Korean situation.

UK.  Ireland demands to be consulted on potential effects of nuclear power station on England’s west coast.   Nuclear decommissioning debacle is costly for Britain. Britain will struggle with nuclear regulatory system, after leaving European Union. Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) sounds alarm over doctored papers and security breaches at French nuclear parts supplier.  As if in a department store sale day, foreign nuclear companies compete to sell their radioactive products to Britain.

UKRAINE. Danger to Europe of Ukraine’s nuclear corruption.

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