Nuclear news to 8th September

Japan acknowledges that prolonged exposure to ‘low level’ ionising radiation caused the cancer death of a Fukushima nuclear worker, and compensation will be paid to his family. This is the first time that the Japanese Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry have ruled on a radiation-caused death.

This will no doubt upset the nuclear lobby, who like to say that only high level radiation is harmful. It’s like the tobacco companies suggesting that only smoking 100 cigarettes a day would cause lung cancer – a few a day would be harmless, or actually good for you.

In fact, worker deaths from low level radiation have been reported many times, notably in the USA research by McClatchy News, which recorded 33,480.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR.  Injunction to halt Kimba nuclear waste ballot remains in place.  Wallerberdina needs similar injunction.

Walkatjurra anti-uranium Walkabout completed.

CLIMATE. Australian government out to wreck international climate talks. Very reluctantly, Australian govt signs declaration on Pacific climate threat.   Australia’s two-faced attitude to Pacific Islands on climate change. Australia losing credibility, reputation, in the Pacific, as it follows Trump’s anti-climate policies.

Australia could cut electricity emissions by 68 per cent by 2030.  On climate change


Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor pretend to be meeting Paris climate goals.   Australia’s new Energy Minister Angus Taylor is not a climate science denier – he’s much more dangerous.

Elections. The heat’s on solar farm for anti-renewables Liberal candidate Beverley McArthur.  Wagga Wagga by-election: Independent candidate sticks to policy of action on climate change.

Coalition aims to clamp down on activist charities.

RENEWABLE ENERGY  Australian solar starts to dig a hole in mid-day electricity prices.  Queensland could be 90% renewable by 2030 – with right policy settings . Solar energy microgrid for Euroa, Victoria. The inconvenient truths about South Australia’s renewable success .  South Australia commits $180m to batteries, storage and virtual power plants16 renewable hydrogen projects backed by ARENA grants.  Australian manufacturers urged to in ditch gas for solarEnergy Minister Taylor says there is too much wind and solar in electricity grid. CWP moves forward with 600MW solar farm in Angus Taylor’s electorate.

RARE EARTHS. Another lithium mine opened in Western Australia.

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear power: molten salt reactors and sodium-cooled fast reactors make the radioactive waste problem WORSE.

Nuclear reactors shutting down faster than ones are being built.

Climate change talks – in Bangkok – which sinking below rising sea

Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050.

JAPAN.

UK. A report on Sellafield highlights the likely nuclear damage to IrelandSpinning’O-Wind Turbine captures wind from any direction.

RUSSIARussia’s nuclear wastes, and the clean-up of Andreeva Bay .

USA.

NORTH and SOUTH KOREAThird summit this year between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un.

GERMANY. New highs for solar power generation in Germany, as extreme heat shut nuclear and coal plants.

AUSTRIA. Austria continues its legal action crusade against nuclear power in Europe.

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