This week’s nuclear and climate news

It’s getting monotonous, as well as scary,  – news reports on all the sabre rattling going on, mainly about North Korea, but also about Syria and Iran. The upshot of all this: –  risk of ‘catastrophic’ nuclear accident increases.  – communities fearful of nuclear war, especially in South Korea, and luxury bunkers in high demand by the filthy rich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3hbtM_NJ0s

March for Science events in New York, London, Paris, Berlin – crowds gathered worldwide on Earth Day.

Spin  for “new nukes” – Generation IV nuclear reactors – ramps up.

AUSTRALIA

Effusive (?nauseating) meeting as Trump’s Vice President visits Australia, seeks support for potential attack on North Korea. Australia all too ready to join America in fighting World War 3. North Korea warns of nuclear strike against Australia: Turnbull tight-lipped about joining any USA military action.

Marches For Science held in Australia yesterday, in cities including in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Brisbane and Townsville.

NUCLEAR. Stop Australia signing up to develop new nuclear reactors -submissions by 28 AprilAustralia quietly joins international forum to develop new Gen IV nuclear reactors.

A March on Anzac Day: 6 years of FRONTIER WARS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmVAxy59WVI

CLIMATE and RENEWABLE ENERGY We are about to choose Adani or Australia.   Adani coal mine just does not make economic sense. John Hewson says $1bn loan to Adani the ‘last thing’ Coalition should be doing. There’s An Army Of Indian Twitter Accounts Pushing Suspiciously Identical Pro-Mining Tweets.

The great gas con: There are cheaper, cleaner alternatives.

Bid for rare earths mining and processing in Australia.

INTERNATIONAL

Decline in the size of the world’s nuclear arsenals, due to cuts by Russia and USA.

As predicted, world’s atmosphere now has 410 parts per million C02

NORTH KOREA Confusion on North Korean situation. RUSSIA ‘moves troops and equipment’ to North Korea border. USA spy plane over North Korea, increases preparations for THAAD antimissile system in South Korea. USA considers show of strength, shooting down North Korea missile tests.  CHINA praises US on nuclear issue, criticizes North Korea. North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike On Australia.

USA.

GREENLAND New and worrying studies on Greenland ice.

JAPAN. Japan to decommission 5 nuclear reactors – but where to put the wastes. Niigata governor dashes TEPCO’s hopes for reactor restarts in 2019. Six years after Fukushima – women and children still suffer most.

FRANCE. France’s next president is in for a big nuclear headache.

SOUTH AFRICAEskom seeks exemptions from nuclear procurement rules and regulations. South Africa’s Democratic Alliance will fight Eskom’s rushed nuclear procurement process.

BANGLADESH. Tragic climate change effects already there, in Bangladesh.

RUSSIA. Russia’s claims of ability to carry out Electronic Warfare.  Secret Floating Nuclear Power Plant to be fuelled all too close to city of St. Petersburg.

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