Australia: Nuclear, Climate, Covid19 – a weird week of news

graph above is of world total.

Events happen so quickly. It becomes important to know what news is true, and what is not. It is something of a crisis in journalism, – which analysis, which interpretation is credible? I try to follow articles that make sense, and come from reliable writers and journals. Reported numbers vary a lot – of those infected with Cov19, of the deaths. For one example – USA infection numbers are almost certainly far greater than reported, because of inadequate testing. In interpretation, Donald Trump’s phrase the “Chinese virus” feeds in to xenophobia, an unfortunate theme when global co-operation is needed, to combat a global epidemic. Politicians exploit false conspiracy theory that the coronavirus is a bioweapon.

What action is needed?  I found this article, with its excellent graph, a reliable guide. It helped me to conclude that the drastic shutdowns and “social distancing”will have awful results, but that inaction on coronavirus would be worse.

Some bits of good news – 10 Positive Updates on the COVID-19 Outbreaks From Around the World


The Morrison govt’s emergency measures are a massive subsidy to Australia’s largest corporations.

Doctors again call on Australian govt about Julian Assange’s precarious health, risk of coronavirus.

NUCLEAR National Radioactive Waste Management must come clean. Kimba is the start of continued high level nuclear waste dumping. A radioactive waste dump will NOT unite the Kimba community.  It is not too late to tell the Australian govt “NO” to South Australia nuclear waste dump.

After backlash from colleagues, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro backs down from nuclear power support. A nuclear power station is inappropriate for the Central Coast.              The lingering horror of the nuclear bomb tests at Maralinga.

CLIMATE. Zali Steggall holds fire on zero emissions climate bill amid Coronavirus chaos.  Government advisory body tells Morrison to lift his game on climate.  Plans to direct climate funds to coal plant upgrades rejected by panel.    Victoria slammed for using misleading data to justify lifting of gas moratorium.  Victoria lifts moratorium on onshore gas, but permanently bans fracking.  Legal challenge about Adani’s planned water use for giant coal mine.

RENEWABLE ENERGY  Solar, battery storage in demand as Coronavirus encourages shift to “self-reliance”.  Forget toilet paper, consumers are panic buying solar.   Morrison needs to be smarter, more creative, more sustainable with Covid-19 response.  As economy stalls, the government should remap Australia’s energy landscape.   Solar, batteries, micro-grids and ISP should be added to Covid-19 response.  Brigalow, the little solar farm that could, sending power to grid in Queensland.

Wind industry calls on Victoria to set “bold” science-based emissions targets. Wind output overtakes hydro power for first time in Tasmania. Australia’s first offshore wind farm gains ground with new contract. Huge Dundonnell wind farm begins production in Victoria.


Coronavirus Covid-19 Testing Per Capita By Country; The US Near The Bottom; India Worse

Tokyo Olympic Games‘ costly chaos: they can’t be held in 2020.

“Balance” a dangerous practice – journalists presenting as equal -Trump’s and scientists’ opinion on coronavirus science.

Coronavirus threatens nuclear power plants with staff shortages, possible shutdowns.

Destruction of habitats, loss of biodiversity, bring pandemics.

Impact of coronavirus is curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Paul Ehrlich on Coronavirus and the growthmania that drives environmental destruction. Bill McKibben on the Virus and the Climate MovementGlobal warming influence on extreme weather events has been frequently underestimated. Coronavirus Halts Street Protests, but Climate Activists Have a Plan.Ozone-depleting chemicals appearing again in the atmosphere.

Nuclear Power Plants: Tritium is a lot more hazardous than they say. Dr Ian Fairlea on Epidemiological Evidence of Cancer Risks.

“Peaceful” and military nuclear reactors always inextricably linked.  Nuclear-powered submarines – fraught with legal and political problems.   New research on the global climate impacts of a small nuclear war.  The catastrophic danger to nuclear weapons complexes, of climate change’s extreme weather.

A new low-cost solar technology for environmental cooling.


UK Sellafield nuclear facility cuts back drastically on staff working onsite.  Sellafield nuclear waste site to close due to coronavirus. Nuclear waste transport disrupted by measures to stall coronavirus.  Hinkley nuclear worker concerned at coronavirus risks at the site. EDF reassures UK that during coronavirus epidemic, nuclear operations will continue.   Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine base is in the grip of a Coronavirus scare.

The Sizewell C project would tear through preciously fragile nature preserve. The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) protests the lack of full information on nuclear plans.


RUSSIA.   Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News.   Big European bank offers to help Russia retrieve 1000s of radioactive junk from the Arctic sea.

FRANCE. French nuclear workers in fear of coronavirus infection.  Coronavirus cluster in the area – construction stalled at France’s Flamanville nuclear reactor.

CANADA. Canada pushing Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, but the outlook for uranium/nuclear industry is bleak.

IRAN. Iran, hit by hardship and coronavirus, gets callous sanctions from Trump administration.

BULGARIA. Bulgaria delays deadline for Belene nuclear project bids.

NORTH KOREA. What effect will pandemic have on tensions with North Korea?


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