Climate and Nuclear News to 2nd April

Serious indeed, as the nuclear threat is, the climate change threat is upon the world right now, and it’s accelerating.  Paul Beckwith’s videos explain how Every spring, for the past 25 years, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) releases their State of the Climate report. This years edition clearly shows how dire our climate situation is becoming e.  While the rich world braces for future climate change, the poor world is already being devastated by it.   It’s also an issue of generational injustice with the children at the losing end of this betrayal.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE. Poll shows Australians increasingly see climate change as human-caused. Government ‘failing’ on climate change: poll .   Labor’s climate plan.    Bill Shorten’s climate policy, much better than Liberals’;  it might appeal to some Liberal voters?  Shorten’s climate policy would hit more big polluters harder and set electric car target.  Labor sets 50 per cent Electric Vehicle (EV) targets for new vehicle sales and government fleets.

NUCLEAR. –   Coalition government rejects Clive Palmer’s call for nuclear power for Australia. Clive Palmer will promise to build a nuclear reactor in South Australia.

The Australian govnt and ANSTO classify spent nuclear fuel from Lucas Heights as intermediate-level nuclear waste.  Even in 1998, the nuclear lobby and Nick Minchin, were scheming for an international nuclear waste dump in South Australia.  Nuclear waste dump proposal divides rural communities in South Australia.

URANIUM. Western Australian Aboriginal community uses solar hydropanel to solve problem of uranium in water.

RARE EARTHS. Construction begins on Australia’s biggest lithium processing plant.    Lynas silent on long-term effects of radioactive waste.   Malaysia wants Australia to help remove Lynas’ radioactive trash from rare earths processing.  Lynas considers relocating its rare earths processing to Western Australia.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Australia’s plunging wind, solar, storage costs stun fossil fuel industry.  It took just two summers for renewables to replace Hazelwood coal-power stationHuge wind farm planned for Victoria’s coal centre, overlooking closed Hazelwood plant.    Bad news. Closing coal-fired power stations costs jobs. We need to prepare.  Coalition grants permit for Australia’s first offshore wind farm AusNet: We’ve been swamped by the solar boom, and we’ve made some mistakes.  Queensland delivers first “solar hydrogen” exports to Japan, backs pilot plant.

INTERNATIONAL

The unique role of the Earth Journalism Network (EJN).

Research group finds that ending the USA-Russia arms pact will bring about a nuclear weapons race.  The huge financial risks of nuclear incidents.

Age and Gender Bias in Radiation Research.

USA. 

JAPAN. “Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics“.    Behind the Scenes / Labor shortage plagues nuclear industry.  ‘Shocked’ Fukushima evacuees say Tepco ruling fails to fairly compensate them for suffering.  Japanese people have turned away from nuclear power.

UK. UK Parliament: protesters disrupt Brexit debate by baring bottoms over inaction on climate change.  The insanity of building Sizewell nuclear power station on the beach.

IRELAND. Nuclear Resisters .

BELGIUM. Nuclear resisters. Members of European Parliament among 16 arrested at Belgian air base where U.S. nuclear weapons are stored.

NETHERLANDS. Catastrophic insect declines in Europe: butterfly numbers have fallen dramatically in Netherlands.

CANADA.  Proof now clear with evidence that Canadian government lied about the SNC Lavalin corruption case

INDIA.  India is waking up from nuclear energy dream, as renewables become safer, cheaper.

SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia announces 2.6GW solar project near Mecca .

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