Nuclear news to January 27

On January 25th, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) moved the minute hand of the  symbolic Doomsday Clock ahead by 30 seconds – to just two minutes before midnight.The clock, created by the journal in 1947, is a metaphor for how close mankind is to destroying the Earth.  It is now the closest to the apocalypse it has been since 1953. – the year when the US and the Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs. The team of scientists made this decision based on several factors. These included North Korea’s nuclear tests, the war of words between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, America’s expanding nuclear arsenal, and rising tensions between Russia and the West.

The Bulletin pointed to climate change as an equally catastrophic danger, even if less immediate.

World close to nuclear annihilation, but in denial – Dr Helen Caldicott.

Donald Trump has set USA on a course for nuclear war – George Soros at World Economic Forum in Davos.

AUSTRALIA

The Peace Boat is on its way from Fremantle to  – Adelaide 29th Jan – Melbourne 1 st Feb – Hobart – 2nd Feb –  Sydney 5th Feb

Nuclear power proponents fighting a losing battle to get any role in Australia’s energy future.

South Australia. The Anti-Nuclear Coalition South Australia launches its campaign for the South Australian election on March 17.  They are publicising information about the Federal government’s plan to transport Lucas Heights  nuclear waste across the continent to rural South Australia. They will be surveying political candidates and MPs to identify  their views on nuclear issues.

Australia Day- January 26th, was marked by not only the usual marches, celebrations, and public holiday, – but also by strong protests, and a movement to change the date for it. While many Australians do not understand the significance of the date, for indigenous Australians, January 26th  marks Invasion Day, and the start of massacres, stolen land and stolen children.

The Trans Pacific Partnership has been revived, albeit, without America. The Liberal Establishment jumps for joy, while Labor vacillates. The new version, Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) still allows companies to sue governments – a very problematic factor when it comes to environmental issues. The 11  participating countries will need parliamentary approval, to finally join the CPTPP.

The Australian government is taking repressive action to silence charities.  Meanwhile the Minerals Council is lobbying hard for the coal industry.

Renewable Energy. Once more – there’s lots of news, Best source is reneweconomy.com.au .

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear systems: the grave risk of cyber attack.

Nuclear medicine doctors need protection from genetic damage from radiation.

USA. 

JAPAN. Ibaraki nuclear plant used erroneous fuel rod data for over 40 years, utility says.  Fukui weighs new wave of reactors to protect status as Japan’s ‘nuclear capital’.   Japan’s Reconstruction Agency to Fold in 2021.  Selective abortion and radioactive contamination in Japan. Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2: new investigation. Insufficient testing will mean playing radiation roulette for the consumers.

UK. UK’s £1m a year bribes to communities to host nuclear waste.  With big plans for new nuclear stations, Britain desperately trying to get volunteers to host waste dump. Cumbria Trust reminds UK nuclear lobby that hosting nuclear waste is a VOLUNTARY process UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) wants to raise permissable levels of radiation release. Hinkley Point C to get £14bn from UK and Japanese taxpayers – despite ever-cheaper renewables.  UK new nuclear build would create an intolerable waste burden on communities into the far future.

SWEDEN. Swedish Environmental Court rejects plan for spent nuclear fuel repository.  Wild boar in Sweden have record radiation levels – legacy of Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

AUSTRIAAustria sues European Commission over Hungary’s nuclear plant.

FRANCE.   With collapsed uranium market and nuclear stagnation, failed company AREVA rebrands itself.   Macron’s France weakening on plans to phase out nuclear power? France plans to phase out nuclear power without increasing carbon emissions.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa has no money for nuclear power: says  Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

CANADA. Ontario’s nuclear dreams no match for the reality of falling electricity demand. Quebec Labour Tribunal rules in favour of man who claims he developed cancer from radiation at work.

UKRAINE. The unpublicised un-safety problem – Ukraine’s nuclear industry.

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