To August 18 – nuclear and climate news – Australia and International

Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost beneath Arctic lakes is irreversible – could accelerate climate change. Climate change is starting to pack an economic punch.

Nothing dramatically new in the nuclear news. Nuclear waste problems are still intractable around the world, while governments continue to promote “new nuclear” – in what looks like a sad act of religious faith.

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health. BBC wants to place cameras in apartments opposite Julian Assange’s refuge at Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange should be assured of immunity before taking risk of testifying to U.S. Senate.

CLIMATE.  Climate change is increasing Australia’s heat and drought.   At least 75 bushfires raging across New South Wales and Queensland. But hey!   Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, desperate to hang on to his job, is about to further weaken the emissions reduction target – trying to placate the climate deniers in his party.

NUCLEAR.

Despite weather extremes the grand Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining presses on.

Australian mining companies get federal funding to promote coal, uranium etc to schoolkids?

Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Chief scientist pushes for a hydrogen export industry. South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 – market operator. Coalition votes to kill renewables, encourage new coal generation. Bodangora wind farm connects to the grid in NSW.

INTERNATIONAL

Climate change brings risks of more devastating tsunamis. Questions about viability of nuclear power in a warming world.  Climate change threats to coastal nuclear power plants.

Asbestos fibres contain radium: lodged in a person’s lungs, this radioactivity causes mesothelioma.

NORTH KOREA. A new Summit between South and North Korea. North Korea Now in Standoff With U.S.A. on nuclear negotiations.

JAPAN.  Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base off Okinawa.  Fukushima clean-up workers, including homeless, at grave risk of exploitation, say UN experts. For the first time, scientists can reliably estimate highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by Fukushima nuclear disaster .

USA.

UK. With the unsolved wastes problem, the threats from climate change, why build new nuclear?    Mud from Hinkley Point nuclear sites may contain Uranium, Plutonium,- to be dumped on South Wales coast. UK’s “new nuclear” commitment not OK by all MPs. Waste disposal problem is the killer factor. Immediate safety changes are needed at UK Atomic Weapons Establishment.  UK compensation for nuclear workers with radiation induced cancers.  The growing costs of Scotland’s police protecting nuclear waste shipments.

CHINA. To the dismay of the global nuclear industry, China’s nuclear expansion has stalled. China aims to lead the world exporting its own nuclear reactor design

RUSSIA. Russia and China pushing to create their economic nuclear empires. Russia’s removal of radioactive barge is helped by Italian floating dock.

SWEDEN. Sweden’s Nuclear Code of Conduct under threat from populist political party.

CANADA. Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) dismisses concerns about the  aging Pickering Nuclear Station.  Cleaner, cheaper, safer, more practical – cyclotrons for medical isotopes.

SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia’s push for nuclear power and nuclear weapons ability has met an obstacle.

EGYPT. Egypt going into a huge debt to Russia for building Dabaa nuclear plant.

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