The week in climate and nuclear news

After days of denial from Iran, President Rouhani on Saturday admitted to “human error” in bringing down the Boeing 737, and the Guards’ aerospace commander General Amirali Hajizadeh accepted full responsibility. Rouhani agreed with Qatar and Pakistani leaders on de-escalation and dialogue as ‘only solution’ to solve the crisis with US. As Europe tries to preserve the Iran nuclear deal,  Donald Trump is currently a bigger headache for Europe than Iran is.

The global importance of Australia’s bushfires – climate impacts wildfires, and wildfires impact climate.  The concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases is at a record high. Nations are not meeting their already inadequate climate commitments, and if Trump is re-elected in 2020, America will continue to lead the way in sabotage of action on climate.

A bit of good news – Fukushima Japan Vows to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Use in 20 Years.

AUSTRALIA

Significant item of the week Australia needs to talk about, and plan for, our climate-changed future.
CLIMATE.
Massive fires merge across the New South Wales – Victoria border . The impact of bushfires on drinking water, rivers and fish.  The vastly different way that bushfires are experienced by Aboriginal people.  Australia just had its hottest, driest, year on record – Bureau of Meteorology.
Australia stuck in the climate spiral – producing pollution, burning from pollution. Australia’s $multi-billion climate whammy: Ross Garnaut was right. In 2008, the Garnaut Climate Change Review predicted this bushfire situation. The $billions cost of Australia’s climate disasters. Australia’s costly failure to address global warming risk mitigation.
Thousands protest in Sydney and other cities, against govt inaction on climate change.  Climate protests in London, Berlin, Madrid, Copenhagen and Stockholm target Australian government.
Dramatic drop in P.M. Scott Morrison’s popularity, over his climate stance.  Independent Australia on the Coalition’s toxic denial of climate change. Independent MP Zali Steggall calls on modern Liberals to support her proposed climate change bill.    Siemens sticks with Adani contract after intervention from Resources Minister Matt Canavan. Canavan.
The climate science deniers spreading misinformation about Australian bushfiresMurdoch media and climate change denial.  Climate change Australia, and the bizarre state of our national political conversation.
NUCLEAR.    Transporting nuclear wastes from Lucas Heights to Kimba in the age of bushfires.   Pyrphoricity – the spontaneous combustion of uranium and other nuclear materials: the unmentioned bushfire danger.   When traditional Aboriginal owners are included in the vote, support for Kimba nuclear waste dump drops to 43%. The risk of road closures, nuclear waste transport accidents.  Australia should go all-out for renewable energy, not nuclear – Dr Helen Caldicott.
RENEWABLE ENERGY. Wind, solar and batteries to slash emissions and costs in W.A.’s Esperance

INTERNATIONAL

The idea of a “Nuclear Second Strike”: NOT morally justifiable , NOT ‘acceptable.’
World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 dispels the illusion of nuclear power as a fix for climate change.
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – a wasteful distraction from real efforts to combat climate change.
Expensive but necessary – protecting nuclear reactors from cyber threats.
USA. U.S. Senate must reaffirm that the power to make war rests with Congress, NOT the President. Trump urges Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China to dump the Iran nuclear deal.  Trump’s unpredictability on Iran adds to weapons proliferation dangers. Donald Trump’s latest unwise move –setting up a massive nuclear crisis with Iran.  Pro -war opinion in Washington Post, -but the author is, quietly, a board member of weapons company Raytheon.  Fact check: Amy Klobuchar falsely claims Iran is ‘announcing’ it will develop a nuclear weaponWe must halt war funding and slash the giant Pentagon budget.
U.S. Republican law-maker opposes Canada storing high-level nuclear waste near Lake Huron  . Fukushima Nuclear Disaster | Increased Thyroid Cancer in U.S.
IRAN. Two earthquakes strike near Iran nuclear plant. Don’t Worry About Iranian Nukes Anytime Soon, Nuclear Experts Say.
EUROPE. Angela Merkel urges all parties to back Iran nuclear deal.
UK.
NORTH KOREA. North Korea said it was ‘deceived’ by the US in 18 months of nuclear talks.  North Korea’s nuclear capabilities already expanding rapidly.
RUSSIA. Is Russia’s 100- Megaton Nuclear Torpedo More Trouble Than Its Worth?
NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand veterans await nuclear radiation genetic testing study.
UGANDA. Nuclear energy for Uganda – a bad option.
PORTUGAL. CHEESE INSTEAD OF URANIUM – film record of a community decision.
CANADA. Canadians got a false alert about a nuclear power plant incident.

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