The week in nuclear and climate news, especially Australia

Putin’s “invulnerable”nuclear-powered missile lost at sea. Joins the rest of Russia’s nuclear junk there, and could be leaking radiation.

Jonathon Porritt and 60 other British writers, politicians and academics condemn the concept of a “balanced debate” about human-caused climate change. “Balance implies equal weight. But this then creates a false equivalence between an overwhelming scientific consensus and a lobby, heavily funded by vested interests, that exists simply to sow doubt to serve those interests.”

AUSTRALIA

Well, suddenly we have a new Prime Minister –  “S coal mo”  – i.e Scott Morrison. We all feared that we would get that truly dreadful man Peter Dutton. But now – we have “Dutton in sheep’s clothing”. Believe me, Morrison will be just as bad –   same policies, just a bit more intelligent in spinning them.

And the new Cabinet?  A motley crew of climate denialists and pro nuclear proponents.

CLIMATE

Australia’s climate change policy sets a dangerous precedent for the world.  Pathetic Australia ?- freeloading as the rest of the world grapples with climate change.  Annabel Crabb outlines the demise of Australia’s climate policy in 7 killings.

Former coal industry boss is Scott Morrison’s chief of staff.  Morrison names leading anti-wind campaigner as energy minister.

The Liberal Party is imploding largely because of climate change. Right wing MPs wanted Dutton as PM to exit Paris climate agreement.

NUCLEAR

Earthquake 20 August near Hawker planned site for nuclear waste dump.

Supreme Court keeps the halt on Kimba nuclear waste dump vote. Hawker vote on nuclear dump siting delayed, after Bangarla people’s cot win.  Barngarla Aboriginal community’s Native Title includes the land aruround Kimba nuclear waste dump plan: Human Rights Commission to consider their voting rights.

Kimba’s aging population will hand the disaster of a “temporary” nuclear waste dump on to their descendants.

No clarity in Australian govt’s $31 million grants for communities to host nuclear waste dump. So called benefits from the waste dump don’t add up according to a new report.

Protesters against national radioactive waste dump march on Joy Baluch AM Bridge.

Is South Australian group Engage 2 Act a nuclear propaganda front?

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders call on Queensland Govt not to extinguish native title. –Black Mist Burnt Country: art under the nuclear cloud of Maralinga.  Coniston Aboriginal massacre descendants reunite  to push for national truth-telling process.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar.   CSIRO roadmap finds hydrogen industry set for scale-up. Two major solar farms for Whyalla, South Australia.

INTERNATIONAL

The nuclear establishment cannot be trusted on radiation. Beware of the nuclear apologists.

Renewable energy systems set to go ahead with new technology enhancing flexibility.

JAPAN. Japan’s 2020 Olympic Games a public relations cover-up of the Fukushima fiasco, for the nuclear industry.   Risk of terrorist attacks in Japan Olympics: Japan strengthening waterfront security.  Japan’s emergency drill envisages nuclear accidents at multiple locations. Watchdog says TEPCO nuclear disaster drill ‘unacceptable’.   Big safety costs for Japan’s nuclear power stations- and costs will grow yearly.

-Japan plans to reduce its 47.3 tons of stockpiled plutonium. Fukushima: UN says cleanup workers in danger of ‘exploitation’.

FRANCEHot weather continues to cause lower nuclear power production in France.    Increased danger for mountaineers, as climate change melts the French Alps.

RUSSIA. Scepticism, even among pro-nukers, about Russia’s much boasted floating nuclear power plant.   Russian official threatens use of nuclear weapons in Syria.

UK. Following Brexit, UK will no longer be a member of Nuclear Fusion for Energy.  UK government outlines plans for the civil nuclear sector if Britain leaves European Union without any deal.

Continued safety worries at UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).  Dumping of Hinkley nuclear’s radioactive mud would break the law.  Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) points out the climate change threats to proposed Bradwell B new nuclear power station.

Following Chernobyl, Britain’s District Councils’ information role was limited to PR for the government. Demolition of Windscale Pile One Stack at Sellafield.

USA.

PAKISTANImran Khan and Pakistan’s nuclear bomb.

SOUTH KOREA. War fear panic is good for bunker salesmen in South Korea.

TAIWAN. Taiwan Premier encourages renewable energy, repeats commitment to phase out nuclear power.

IRANBritain is now contributing to upgrade of Iran’s Arak nuclear reactor.

FINLAND. Finland company looks to China’s lucrative nuclear decommissionig and nuclear waste market.

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