Despite pre-Christmas excitement, the climate/nuclear news is gloomy

I know. It’s just not what you need to hear in the week before Christmas.  Unfortunately, I am reminded by the wonderful Katharine Hayhoe  that even if you ignore, or even disbelieve in scientific findings –  they are still there, still real.

My two big influences this week come from Radio Ecoshock. Firstly – we’ve underestimated global warming. Our current path heads to worst 5 degree warming. And, there’s suppression of climate facts, and some disinformation on global warming.  My second – it’ s the same as last week’s – Future Earth may be home to grass, bugs, and maybe, – maybe – a few humans. It’s a hot radioactive world.

Well – on with the dance –

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR.Significant radiation dose” received by Lucas Heights worker in nuclear accident.

Unrealistic call for rural Australians to host Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs).

Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN. “My people are still suffering from Australia’s secret nuclear testing” – Australia resists efforts to ban nuclear weapons, and Australian Prime Minister snubs ICAN Nobel Peace Prize win.

Federal nuclear waste dump plans. AUSTRALIA’S RADIOACTIVE WASTE: WHAT TO DO WITH IT? WHERE TO PUT IT? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHY KEEP PRODUCING IT?  Call For Senate Inquiry Into South Australia’s Proposed Nuclear Dump Sites  Aboriginal custodians ‘in dark’ over nuclear waste dump plans.

CLIMATE. For Australia’s cities, climate change is already here.  Despite the Turnbull government, Australia quietly waking up to the existential threat of climate change. Australia’s top companies ignore climate change, and we let them . AGL resists govt pressure, goes for gas, wind, solar – not coal.

Adani coal megamine plan. Traditional Owners Want To Delay The Government Removing Their Rights Over Land  Adani Wants To Mine.   Having won the Queensland election, Annastacia Palaszczuk will be vetoing the Adani coal megamine.    Queensland Premier’s first act will be to veto Adani railway line loan. The Greens will not stop “until this mine is stopped’. Traditional Owners fighting Adani make demands of new Queeensland Labor Govt.

Audit office slams Australia’s dud investments in “clean coal”.

ENERGY. Any integrity Turnbull ever had is now blown as he kowtows to the Right on energy.

Clean Energy Finance Corporation passes 1GW big solar milestone, after backing two new projects. Tesla big battery goes the full discharge – 100MW – for first time . Byron bay’s world-first solar train gets ready to trundle. How Sydney could become a zero-carbon city. lots more at reneweconomy.com.au

INTERNATIONAL

The Arctic is melting with no turning back. We have been underestimating the amounts of sea level rise due to global warming. For the first time, scientists identify human-driven climate change as the cause of global heat waves in 2016. Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective – American Meteorological Society

10 December: Nobel Peace Prize awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson changes his mind: now will not talk with North Korea without “conditions”.  U.N.’s Guterres warns against ‘sleepwalking’ into war over North Korea.

USA. 

FRANCE. EDF keen to market nuclear to Asia, demands tax-payer support to build new nuclear reactors.

UK.

JAPAN. Government and utilities shaken by high court challenge to public trust in Japan’s nuclear authority. One Fukushima Tepco employee’s Leukemia certified, how many of the subcontracted employees ignored? Intensifying the Fukushima denial campaign. Many children diagnosed with thyroid cancer after 3.11 disasters, families still worried.

FRANCE. New defects detected in AREVA’s European Pressurised Nuclear Reactor (EPR). France faces a decade-long struggle to upgrade its nuclear power plants. France’s nuclear corporation EDF to make a massive push into solar energy.

RUSSIA. Russian nuclear plant says it finally emits nuclear isotope #Ruthenium106. Donor nations to pay up for trying to fix Russia’s devilish nuclear waste problem at Andreeva Bay. The unsolved hazard of damaged spent nuclear fuel rods – Andreeva Bay.

NORTH KOREA. The danger of the unsafety of North Korea’s nuclear facilities.

EGYPT. Russia disburses El Dabaa nuclear power plant loan/bribe to Egypt. Egypt to go into big debt to buy Russian nuclear reactors that it doesn’t need.

SAUDI ARABIA. It looks as if Saudi Arabia wants uranium enrichment etc as prelude to nuclear weapons development.

MIDDLE EAST. In Middle East – a heightened risk of attacks on nuclear facilities.

CHINA. Tests reveal crack in key component of Chinese nuclear power plant, 130km west of Hong Kong. China builds refugee camps – prepared for influx should Kim Jong-un’s regime collapse.

NIGERIA. Nigeria: Nuclear Agency Spent N367 Million Illegally – Senate Panel.

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One Response to “Despite pre-Christmas excitement, the climate/nuclear news is gloomy”

  1. chris Says:

    Think about the “science-based” and “evidence-base” true knowledge that honestly shows what nuclear radiation, radionuclide bioccumulation, and nuclear waste does to “fetuses” and biological “diversity.” Two hundred species a day going extinct. Think about populations made much more “vulnerable” to cancer and disease, by living close to chemical factories, nuclear waste and nuclear reactors.
    If there were no government nuclear-corporate-chemical and homicidal polluting “entitlement” programs, to bail nuclear reactor explosions like 3 mile island, nuclear would not exist. Reactors are not held liable for poisoning , irradiating and murdering millions, because of an act of congress called, The Price-Anderson Act. The Price-Anderson Act entitlement allows nuclear waste, nuclear bomb, nuclear isotope, nuclear reactors manufacturers, to keep doing their murderous dirty-work. The price-Anderson act allows reactors to stay open that are killing us all and at risk for catastrophic mass murder on a grand scale. The Price-Anderson act is truly a monumentally- psychotic piece of entitlement legislation. The Price-Anderson and ignores and defies, any sense of rationality humans may have.
    People like Trump dont give a damn about honor, truth, empathy, compassion. They are like insects that want to kill most of us. “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?” – George Orwell, 1984
    Trump has banned the CDC using these words: “ “evidence-based” “science-based,”
    “vulnerable” “entitlement” “diversity” “transgender” “fetus”
    This is what the Nazis did before WW2 banned open-thinking and used propaganda, hate to murder and kill. Think about how Trump and republicans use “free speech” as an excuse to defend Nazis.

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