Nuclear news – to 14 December

The pandemic and the development of the vaccine have dominated the news this week.  Also, the impending USA electoral college vote is holding media attention, along with the potentially violent movement to overthrow Joe Biden’s election win.

The U.N.  Climate Change Action Summit drew attention both to the scale ofthe action needed, and to the efforts being made by different nations .

On the broad news, nuclear issues are in the background. For me, life has been busy, too. So this week’s notes are mercifully short.



Analysing Christopher Pyne’s article enthusing about proposed Kimba nuclear waste dump.  Australia’s Liberal and National Parties got their arithmetic wrong on nuclear waste dump opinion polls.  Michele Madigan sets former Minister Christopher Pyne straight on nuclear waste dump plan.    Far from “broad community consent”– nuclear waste dump plan for Kimba South Australia..

Australian Government Productivity Commission Report fails to realise the complexity of environmental problems in uranium mining.

The end of the uranium mining era leaves Jabiru with some social and housing problems.

CLIMATE Australia is “rapidly” moving towards a hotter, drier climate.



Dr Helen Caldicott on the nuclear lessons of the past – time to take note of them.

Greenhouse gas emissions transforming the Arctic into ‘an entirely different climate’.

Google headline news on “Nuclear” – articles are strongly pro nuclear, and for “Small Modular Reactors”, even more so.

Small Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) if they work, will arrive too late to make a difference to global heating.

Uranium Film Festival 2020 – a huge success under difficult circumstances.

Microwave Radiation ‘Most Plausible’ Cause Of Diplomats’ Ailments.



CANADA.  Canada’s Coalition for Responsible Energy Development is sceptical about Small Nuclear Reactors.  Federal funding for new nuclear reactors is a serious mistake that blocks swift ation on climate.  With Small Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) Canada is back in the nuclear weapons businessGrowing political opposition in Canada to Small Nuclear Reactors.

EUROPE.  European Commission excludes nuclear power from the EU’s proposed green finance taxonomy,

FRANCE.  France and European Union have not yet agreed on  nuclear reform–  Four organisations join in legal action aimed at stopping the Flamanville nuclear power projectBotches and crisis in France’s nuclear energy system.

JAPAN. Japanese govt trying to entice people by money grants, to come and live in Fukushima .  For the first time ever, a Japanese court rules against a government approval on nuclear safety.  Nuclear power industry stunned by Osaka District Court ruling canceling central government approval for reactor restarts. For safety the 40 year limit on nuclear reactor’s life should be kept.  Japan’s power companies consider opening up Aomari nuclear waste site to other utilities.

 IRAN. Iran hastens nuclear legislation in response to the assassination of its nuclear scientist.  Iran’s President Rouhani ready to restore the nuclear deal. Iran clearly wants to maintain the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  Iran Awards Military Medal To Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Last Month,

RUSSIA. Russian Ambassador to U.S. Sees Hope for Nuclear Arms Treaty Extension.  Thieves steal equipment from Russia’s nuclear war ‘doomsday’ plane..

UKRAINEShutdown of 3 uranium mines in midst of dispute could lead to ecological disaster in Ukraine.

MARSHALL ISLANDS.  The continuing tragedy and nuclear abomination of U.S. tests on the Marshall Islands.

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