This week’s climate and nuclear news

From the news media, you would hardly know it, but two big international meetings are happening. In New York,  delegations from more than 130 States are working  to finalize the text  for the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.  In Hamburg, the G20 summit is about to be held, with climate change as a central issue. Meanwhile, as I write, the “important”  news item is, as usual, occupied by Donald Trump, who apparently has tweeted rudely, again – ho hum.

A warning from climate experts – just 3 years left to start real action against climate change.

Investigative journalism lives!  The Center for Public Integrity’s Nuclear Negligence examines safety weaknesses at U.S. nuclear weapon sites operated by corporate contractors.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

Australia’s Karina Lester speaks at United Nations conference on a nuclear weapons ban treaty.

Karina Lester tells the Anangu story, and of the Aboriginal fight against nuclear waste dumping.

Washed up former Prime Minister Abbott still in the embrace of the nuclear industry.

What tests go on at Woomera – ‘the largest land testing range in the world’ ?

Minister For Nuclear and Coal, Matt Canavan pushes forward with Kimba radioactive trash dump plan. South Australia federal nuclear waste dump plan. Organisation NO RADIOACTIVE WASTE ON AGRICULTURAL LAND  IN KIMBA OR SOUTH AUSTRALIA bitterly disappointed at Minister Canavan progressing this plan without broad community support. 

CLIMATE.

United Nations concerned over impact of climate change on Aboriginals: lack of indigenous inclusion in policy-making. United Nations committee encourages Australia to rethink its support for coal mining industry.

For Australian climate scientists, climate change is becoming a personal and serious concern.

Great Barrier Reef headed for death, without a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions – UNESCO report. Great Barrier Reef’s huge economic value to Australia.

Twists and turns in the saga of Adani loan deal for giant Carmichael coal mineFarmers for Climate Action gathering huge support in their fight against Adani coal mine expansion.

John Pratt ‘s climate and coal news.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Most Australians want renewables to be primary energy source, survey finds. New South Wales’ largest solar energy farm to go ahead.  Melbourne Water’s network of “mini-hydro” electric plants.  Sorry I just can’t keep up! ……..Energy news from REneweconomy.  More  energy news from REneweconomy. 28 June renewable energy and climate news

INTERNATIONAL

G20 summit July 7-8. Paris climate deal is ‘non negotiable‘- Angela Merkel.

Sea-Level Rise: Bubble, Bubble, GigaTons of Methane Trouble -Paul Beckwith.  Global Warming Effects Map – Effects of Global Warming.  Climate change refugee numbers – 2 billion by 2100?

UKRAINE Cyber attack knocks out the radiation monitoring system of Chernobyl nuclear plant.

GREENLANDGreenland ice melting – a big contributor to sea level rise.

EUROPE. Three European nations spanned in human chain demanding closure of Belgian nuclear reactors.

USA.

UK. UK govt has set up a new team to plan UK’s withdrawal from Euratom.  Financial problems for Britain’s nuclear power projects.  South Korea’s Kepco would rescue Britain’s Moorside nuclear project, but only with its own reactors.  Bradwell nuclear wastes reclassified as “low level”: failed technology now used for disposal. Hackers trading passwords used by managers at British nuclear power plants. Britain’s Hinkley Point nuclear project to cost billions more than was forecast.

JAPAN. Former Nuclear Power Plant Executives to Stand Trial for the Fukushima Disaster and the Deaths of Over 40 People.

INDIA. 37 sites close, as world’s largest coal company winds down. Low morale in India’s nuclear industry: exodus of scientists.

FRANCE.  Activists halted nuclear waste ship for several hours.   Flamanville nuclear reactor 3 likely to go ahead, despite weak spots in its steel. French Nuclear regulator requires more inspections of Flamanville EPR reactor pressure vessel anomaly.

SOUTH KOREA. Fall in South Korea’s nuclear shares. Kepco not now likely to buy out bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear. South Korea  suspends construction of 2 nuclear reactors.

RUSSIA. Russia’s fears of nuclear war: underground bunkers prepared. Russia’s nuclear marketing may create unhealthy dependency in Middle East nations.

GERMANY. “There’s more value today in helping reduce consumption than in selling energy itself”.

CHINA. China “looks to small nuclear reactors” – but it’s not really a very good look.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s govt and nuclear power utility Eskom undermine renewable energy development.

IRAN. Donald Trump leads the world to war against Iran.

CZECH REPUBLIC. Angry reaction to nuclear power plant’s bikini contest for selecting female interns.

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