to 28 April – the week in climate and nuclear news, Australia and international

While we are preoccupied with the pandemic, global heating is not going away. Climate Change Made 2019 The Warmest Year On Record. Eleven of 12 hottest years have occurred since 2000, new climate report warns. What happens after coronavirus will determine our climate‘s future.

Coronavirus illustrates the unsafety of nuclear facilities. In the USA , and presumably in Russia and other countries, too, nuclear power stations have to be refuelled, a process that involves many hundreds of workers – a real problem for “social distancing”.   Compare that situation with solar and wind power plants, where the fuel is delivered directly, all by itself – requiring no transport, no armies of workers.

That, and other considerations, such as astronomic costs, do not deter the American government, locked as it is in the embrace of the nuclear lobby.  Now they are coming straight out with the admission, or perhaps the boast, that new nuclear reactors are essential for the nuclear weapons industry. I am sure that it is the same in Russia.

A bit of good news –  For the First Time in 240 Years, White-Tailed Eagles Spotted Flying Over England

AUSTRALIA

Covid 19 shows that Australia’s security means a lot more than military preparedness.

 Australia goes backwards in latest world press freedom index.

Investigative journalism – Australian govt’s devious ploy to further dispossess the Bangarla Aboriginal people.

Current Review of  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) ? – it’s all about promoting the polluters.

Another revolving door– Air Chief Marshal (ret’d) Mark Binskin AC straight into BAE warships maker.

NUCLEAR.   Federal govt’s Kimba nuclear waste dump plan

Kimba community’s $20 Million dollars can only be accessed ONCE THE NUCLEAR DUMP IS UP AND RUNNING!

South Australia’s Greens fight to stop nuclear waste dumping on Kimba .

SUBMISSIONS
An initial brief look at the submissions to the Senate Nuclear Waste Bill Inquiry.

CLIMATE. Australia’s climate experts urge govt to use rebuilding economy to combat global heating. Planning for waterways – a vital need, as Australia’s river systems are affected by global heating.

No green new deal for Australia as Coalition tightens embrace of fossil fuels.   Fossil fuel web leading Australia to a Deadly Recovery.   Govt scheme to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power needs investigation – Zali Steggall.  When Coalition spends big on oil, it misses a huge green economic opportunity for Australia. Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector. Former PM Turnbull says his biggest leadership failure was on climate change

Queensland’s Supreme Court bars Aboriginal activists from Queensland’s Adani coal mine site.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”.  South Australia could meet state Liberals’ 100 pct renewables target 5 years early.  Australia’s main grid sets new milestone for negative prices over weekend. NSW government paves way for more – and bigger – rooftop solar systems.  AEMO to resume new connections after solar constraints lifted in West Murray. On-site solar is key to cost competitive renewable hydrogen. Huge Dundonnell wind farm powers past 100MW-mark in Victoria. Wind and solar could play key role in future of Australia’s aluminium industry . ARENA makes case for more funding, points to jobs, costs and investment gains.

INTERNATIONAL

To save the planet, cultural, social and political transformation is essential; new technologies only part of the answer.  Arctic marine life threatened as a result of Alaskan sea ice disappearing.   International climate ministers meet to discuss green recovery post COVID-19European Solar Generation Breaks Records, As Coronavirus Shutdowns Reduce Air Pollution.

Animals in radiation zones are not doing well.

Occupational Radiation Exposure: Serious Risks and Safety Solutions.

Animals in radiation zones are not doing well.

ARCTIC.  North pole soon to be ice free in summer .

USA.

NORTH KOREA South Korea’s government dismissed rumours about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un being gravely ill. Expert reveals ‘power struggle’ for ‘control of nuclear weapons and military’. Kim Jong Un Mystery Grows on Reports of Train, Medical Team. North Korea already has its nuclear arsenal. even if Kim should die..

JAPAN.  Tsunami could overtake Fukushima Daiichi’s seawall.   Buildings around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in poor condition, unsafe.  Friends of the Earth and Peace Boat launch video series about Fukushima evacuees.

UKRAINE. Ukraine Continues Fighting Fires Near Defunct Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.

UK. UK govt again to try “astronomically expensive” plutonium reprocessing nuclear reactors . The end of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel has left an expensive UK plutonium stockpile with no peaceful use.   Under cover of Coronavirus constraints, EDF could speed application for £14 billion Sizewell nuclear reactor build, without pubic consultation.

INDIA. A dire need  to closely scrutinize  Indian procurement and export practices in defense and nuclear deals. .

TAIWAN. Taiwan environmentalists mark Chernobyl nuclear disaster anniversary, call for renewables not nuclear.

CANADA.  Canada on verge of investing in plutonium.

FRANCE. France’s nuclear company EDF in spiralling debt crisis.    Fitch downgrades EDF’s Outlook to Negative.   EDF nuclear power company looks to a profitable future in small-scale, distributed RENEWABLE energy.   France: The Forgotten Nuclear Power That Could Kill Billions of People.

RUSSIA. Russia dumps its plans for costly huge Nuclear Destroyer and supersized Frigate Programs. Russia building 69,700-ton nuclear powered icebreakers to keep the Northern Sea Route navigable year round.

FINLAND. Latest delay inuclear-news.net/…/latest-delay-in-olkiluoto-nuclear-fuel-loadings-leads-to-fitch-revising-outlook-to-negativen Olkiluoto nuclear fuel loadings leads to Fitch revising outlook to negative.

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