To 0 April – climate and nuclear news – Australia

Everything’s quieter, as we all batten down the hatches, and wait for that Covid 19 curve to flatten ….

The planet needs a green recovery. But are governments up for this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1e7zXAGMKQ

Some bits of good news –   Optimistic COVID Updates  – Himalayan Mountaintops Visible for the First Time in 30 Years as Air Pollution Continues to Plummet in India.

AUSTRALIA

Coronavirus, climate change, and Australia’s  national security.

Call for Australian government to delay review of its Environment laws.    A brief Submission to the the Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Australia’s political revolving door between military industry and government – Reynolds and Reith.

NUCLEAR. Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is critical of Government propaganda on Kimba nuclear waste dump plan.  Parliamentary committee finds that Kimba nuclear waste dump law may breach Indigenous human rights13 Australian peak Non Government Organisations seek stronger Environmental Law on Nuclear Issues.  National Radioactive Waste Facility has strong community opposition – says Public Health Association of Australia.  Uniting Church, South Australia, rejects National Radioactive Waste Bill as discriminatory against Aboriginal people.

CLIMATE. Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action taking legal action against NSW Environment Protection Authority.  Amid climate change threat to the Murray Darling river system, the States haggle. Study finds that New South Wales rivers, lakes and lagoons are warming twice as fast as ocean.  Climate Change Authority launches review into stalled Emissions Reduction Fund.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average. Australian renewables nudge milestone 25% share in last 12 months.

Rooftop solar owners are saving more while staying home. Australians installed 22,661 home battery systems in 2019 . Thousands rush to South Australia’s home battery scheme before subsidy winds back. South Australia Water to build solar farm on former oil refinery site.  Australian scientists help unlock potential of flexible and wearable solar.

ARENA’s future clouded as Minister Angus Taylor fudges on board appointments “Performance issues” hobble output at ground-breaking solar farm.

INTERNATIONAL

2020 predicted to be Earth’s warmest year on record.   Climate Change Multiplies the Threats of Infectious Diseases.  To tackle the climate crisis, the world cannot return to normal after Covid-19Changes for a low carbon economy are possible: we must advocate for this.

Artificial Intelligence in nuclear weapons and military systems.

UKRAINE. Smoke from Chernobyl area wildfires made Ukraine’s capital have the worst air pollution in the world.  With dry and windy conditions, new areas of ‘smoldering’ reported near Chernobyl nuclear plant.  Heavy winds fan new fires breaking out in Chernobyl exclusion zone.  Criirad final report on Chernobyl Fires – Recommendations and findings.  Abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant is threatened by approaching wildfires.

USA.

UK.  UK’s plutonium problem as it shuts down its last nuclear reprocessing facility.    Environmental rules governing radioactive waste, fish farming, recycling and other sectors are being weakened due to Covid 19.   For UK’s new Labour leader, climate action and Green New Deal will be key goals

FRANCE.  Covid 19 outbreak causes EDF to extend outages of nuclear reactors for several months.  EDF cutting back on its nuclear energy goals.

RUSSIA.  Opening the lid on Russia’s super-secretive nuclear industry.    No easy fix for Russia’s troubled Arktica ice-breaker – delivery delayed for at least a year.

BELARUS. Belarus to get a new nuclear reactor along with $10 billion debt to Russia.

PACIFIC ISLANDS. With the threat of Covid 9, nuclear test affected Pacific Islanders need Medicaid restored.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. United Arab Emirates’ new ‘cheap and cheerful’ Barakah nuclear reactor adds to danger and Middle East tensions.

SAUDI ARABIA.  Saudi Arabia’s nuclear reactor will eventually lead to a Saudi nuclear weapon, and to its use.

 

 

One Response to “To 0 April – climate and nuclear news – Australia”

  1. georgewilhelmsen Says:

    The Limerick Refuel Outage went off without a problem. Good screening and good instructions kept the infection from being spread effectively. Contrast that with New York, which had increasing infections and death at the same time.

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