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Australia: nuclear and climate news to 23 September

September 23, 2017

As nations sign up at present, at United Nations, to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Treaty is due to come into force  later, when 50 signed members have ratified it. 122 countries out of the 193 UN member nations approved the draft treaty in July.

The nuclear weapons nations and their associates oppose the treaty, giving various important strategic sounding reasons. But when this UN treaty comes into force, joining the previous treaties that make other forms of mass destruction illegal, the governments with nuclear weapons will no longer be able to claim the moral high ground.  Their stand will sound hollow, against the growing global consensus that the possessing, threatening, using of nuclear weapons is inhumane and immoral.

Equally importantly, at the UN General Assembly, the urgency of the need to address climate change, is being discussed.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

CLIMATE.

Renowned author Tim Winton on how Malcolm Turnbull betrayed our oceans.

ENERGY Australians won over by cheapness and reliability of solar batteries, poll shows. Australia’s top 10 solar postcodes, and the top solar locations by state .  Coal country backs renewable energy – poll. For remewable energy news – http://reneweconomy.com.au/

Northern Territory may be close to getting a lithium mine.

This is just my impression – I have done no real research. But – it seems to me that the most strident anti-gay voices in Australia are the same people as the strident climate denialers, and pro nukers.

INTERNATIONAL

Vatican ratifies treaty on the prohibition of nuclear arms.

Concern in China, South Korea, Japan, at Donald Trump’s belligerent speech at United Nations.

USA and South Korea’s show of bombing force against North Korea. North Korea Vows to Complete Nuclear Weapons Program

Nuclear plants in the path of hurricanes – disasters waiting to happen.

Climate change already affecting world health.  –Melting Arctic ice cap

Successful 1987 ozone layer international treaty now involved in fighting climate change. An international Treaty that works! The Montreal Protocol and the healing of the ozone layer.

USA.

NORTH KOREA. threatens hydrogen nuclear bomb test in the Pacific

JAPAN. 6.1 magnitude earthquake 320 kilometres east of Fukushima nuclear plant.  Kyushu Electric plans to restart Genkai No. 4 reactor in March.   Fukushima. Nuclear Fuel Retrieval Delayed.

NORTH KOREA. Report that North Korea may be secretly building nuclear submarine.

UK. UK’s religious leaders unite, to urge Theresa May to sign the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty . Terrorism danger, as weapons grade nuclear material flown from UK to USA.  All proposed nuclear sites in UK are vulnerable to flooding.  Anti-nuclear civil disobedience is ramping up.  A FOURTH unexploded bomb found near Britain’s Hinkley Point C nuclear site! Most Britons happy to live near wind turbines, but not near Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.

FRANCE. French President Macron calls on Trump to honor Iran nuclear deal.

RUSSIA. Remembering an intelligent man who saved the world from WW3 

BELARUS. Spectre of Chernobyl nuclear disaster rises again, regarding new nuclear power station in Belarus

CHINA. China considers rescuing problematic UK Moorside nuclear station project.

CANADA. Anti nuclear groups invite individual MPs in Canada to sign the nuclear ban treaty.

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Past week in nuclear and climate news

September 16, 2017

It’s all sounding a bit same-same: nuclear posturing from Kim Jong Un and from Donald Trump. Trouble is – in our atmosphere of “nuclear brink fatigue’, it still IS getting closer to the nuclear brink.

I don’t know about you, but in my patch, Australia, well you just wouldn’t know that from Sept 20, the 10-page treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will be open for signatures from any UN member state. No media coverage. It’s as if the thought of nuclear war just doesn’t matter. Hell, it could even be an acceptable idea, nowadays. Or maybe not.

Same-same on climate, too.  But again, not really, as the planet’s weather patterns change inexorably,  glaciers melt, and mainstream media covers the subject less than ever.

AUSTRALIA

Don’t get me wrong –  I’m all for  homosexuals having the same rights as anybody else, to choose the possible misery of marriage.  And I have already voted “YES”. But I wish that the media could also cover climate and the nuclear danger.

Whether or not Trump is sane, Australia will follow him into nuclear war.– Australian politicians’ mindless backing of Trump.

Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) Black and White celebrate the 20 year anniversary of their continuing  campaign – keeping Australia nuclear free. Another liberal MP (Jane Prentice, Queensland) sucked in by the nuclear lobby. South Australia’s naval defence interests aiming for nuclear submarines, eventually?

Increasing risk of losing Great Barrier Reef.

ENERGY.  Australian government aims to get rid of Renewable Energy Target.  National Party  rallies against Clean Energy Target plan. What Audrey Zibelman and the Australian Energy Market Operator actually did advise the government.  Turnbull government grossly misuses report by Australian Energy Market Operator. Energy Security Board Chair says that properly managing Australia’s energy demand would remove the need for new power plants. Massive jump in solar energy roll-out means scarcity fears unfounded: council.

INTERNATIONAL

The global impact of glaciers shrinking as climate change affects them. Satellites reveal global fingerprints of sea-level rise.  – Pope Francis urges climate change sceptics to consult with a scientist.

Global Doctors Congress recognises nuclear war as the greatest public health threat.

About The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017  Nuclear power industry in  decline, as renewables get ever cheaper and more effective. The problem of plutonium: justification for its reprocessing is now dead.

UK UK’s ‘Operation Temperer’ replaces police with military personnel at nuclear power plants.— Police see Sellafield nuclear site seen as “a great strategic target for terrorists”.  EDF warns on Britain’s nuclear safety problems, in the exit from the European Union. Closed since 1977, Dounreay Fast Reactor at last being emptied of radioactive fuel elements Spectacular drop in the cost of offshore wind brings Hinkley nuclear plan into question.

USA. Nuclear 

USA Climate

NEPAL. Himalayas facing grave threat from climate change.

IRAN.UN nuclear watchdog defends Iran deal.

RUSSIA. Russia to advise USA to stay in the Iran nuclear agreement.  Mayor of Russian cvoastal towm makes a fuss about abandoned radioactive generator, and other nuclear junk sunk in oceans by Russia

NORTH KOREA.  North Korea Fires a Ballistic Missile Over Japan for the Second Time in Three Weeks.   Mystery seismic energy release following North Korea nuclear test.

SOUTH KOREAPresident Moon says No to nuclear weapons in South Korea. South Korean opposition party in USA asking Washington for nuclear weapons.

FRANCE. EDF has increasing safety problems on its nuclear power stations in France.

KAZAKHSTAN. Kazakhstan’s international low-enriched uranium bank makes the world LESS SAFE

 

 

Climate/nuclear news to Sept 10th

September 9, 2017

People are experiencing “nuclear brink fatigue”. It’s only human, as right now, most of the world is unable to do anything about the impending showdown between USA and North Korea. It’s all too possible that both the North Korean and American regimes are now pondering just how many lives can be blown up while still assuring the leaders of staying in power. Brown and yellow lives are the risked ones, as North Korea can’t or wouldn’t attack USA. Meanwhile Donald Trump has assured that “If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die over here — and he’s told me that to my face.” –  Senator Lindsey Graham

Climate and nuclear concerns merge in Florida. With our news media focusing on Hurricane Irma, you’d hardly know that 40 million people are impacted by floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.  International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is being urged to get strong participation of women in climate change discussions and decisions.

AUSTRALIA

Australia’s choice: back nuclear war, or support UN nuclear weapons ban.  Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull hold talks, as North Korea again threatens America.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHcRpT4zLT0 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in pro uranium session with CEO of failed miner Paladin!

Australia’s defence forces to buy lethal drones from US nuclear weapons maker General Atomics?

John Quiggan demolishes foolish Minerals Council of Australia’s pro nuclear spin.– Mining lobby out to silence environmental charities.

Australia’s (?stupid) National Party wants: nuclear power, guns, and stop renewable energy.

CLIMATE and ENERGY Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen. CSIRO a paid-up member of Minerals Council, which fights climate change action. Turnbull government encouraging mining, funds exploration. Greens warn Labor not to do clean energy deal that protects coal power.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) supports incentives for households to cut power this summer. Australian Energy Market Operator focuses on dispatchable and flexible energy generationSouth Australia’s Tesla big battery can stop the price gouging by Australia’s major energy players. Victoria takes the lead on Renewable Energy Targets. Lotsa renewable energy news at http://reneweconomy.com.au/

NUCLEAR Concerned South Australians are vigourously responding on Facebook,  to the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump plan. Fragile ecosystem of the Flinders Ranges – threatened by nuclear waste dumping.

INTERNATIONAL

International security must be part of the discussion on nuclear weapons ban treaty.  The world now reaches a nuclear weapons stalemate.  Militant groups can use drones as weapons.

Promising development in non nuclear production of medical isotope technetium-99m (Tc-99m).

Climate change did not cause hurricanes, but made them more destructive.

Very few scientific papers dispute climate change – and they all turn out to be flawed.

Fighting climate change: chocolate company Mars to spend $1 billion on this cause.

GREENLAND. Global effects of rapid thaw of Greenland’s permafrost.

USA.

ANTIGUA and BARBUDA. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda says mighty hurricanes are ‘living consequences of climate change’

NORTH KOREA.  Kim Jong Un’s nuclear aim is to save his regime, not to attack Los Angeles. North Korea’s latest threats against USA.  North Korea claims to have successfully tested hydrogen bomb.  Danger: Plutonium nuclear fuel being transported by sea in the North Korean missile influence area.  Underground complex of tunnels ready for Kim Jung Un’s escape, if nuclear war occurs. Satellites show landslides and land disturbances at North Korea’s nuclear site.

SOUTH KOREARadioactive particles from North Korea nuclear tests now found in South Korea’s air, land and water.

GUAM, OKINAWA. American military bases have made Okinawa, Guam, nuclear ‘targets’

JAPAN. Despite earthquake risks, Japan’s Kashiwasaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant might be restarted.  Japan’s Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant runs into trouble yet again  Tokyo Metropolitan Area is Widely Radioactively Contaminated. Ice wall at crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by typhoon rain.- Battling nuclear demons: Mental health issues haunt those who were the first line of defense after 3/11.

UK.

SWITZERLAND. More money in nuclear decommissioning than in running nuclear power?

EUROPE European Parliament members to raise alarm on Fukushima food imports

CANADA. Canada’s Environment Minister strong on including climate change in revamped North American Free Trade Agreement.

The past week in nuclear and climate news – to 2nd September 17

September 2, 2017

Climate change remains the greatest global threat – because it is getting close to irreversible. But the nuclear threat is pretty big too. This month, nations can ratify the UN  treaty on the prohibition of nuclear . It is not too late for more countries to join the treaty. It will be open for signatures from any UN member state on 20 September during the annual general assembly.

The North Korean nuclear crisis doesn’t go away.  North Korea’s missile development continues, as USA intensifies its war games on North Korea’s doorstep. One small slip-up could bring nuclear catastrophe.

Floods continue, affecting at least 41 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.  In America, the Houston flood introduces the age of climate chaos for the “developed”world.

AUSTRALIA

Australian government cracking down on environmental activists.

Malcolm Turnbull tries to look climate change good, with Snowy Hydro funding.

NUCLEAR. Australia should join Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

Australian media mindlessly regurgitates nuclear lobby spin about medical wastes. Time for Australia to have an inquiry into nuclear waste production and storage.  Deep divisions caused in rural community of Kimba, over Federal govt’s radioactive trash dump plan.  Royal Adelaide Hospital waste to be shipped back overseas when it closes .

Aboriginal women’s long walk to stop uranium mining in Western Australia.

Minerals Council wants “clean” “affordable” nuclear power for Australia.

A truly good news story – the cuttlefish are back in Spencer Gulf.

CLIMATE. We can no longer tolerate climate change denial.   Australian government watering down the climate recommendations of the Finkel energy report. The Finkel clean energy target will not meet Australia’s goals in Paris climate agreement, anyway. Australian govt –‘no plans’ to build or fund coal power, says PM Malcolm Turnbull.

ENERGY Enough renewable energy to power 70% of Australian homes.Without Clean Energy Target, Australia’s booming renewable energy will flounder: Frydenberg prevaricates. Lots of renewable energy news at  REneweconomy.

INTERNATIONAL

Nobel Prize winners proclaim the gravest threats to humanity as ‘Donald Trump, nuclear war and climate change’   The connection between cyclones and climate change.

Nearing a Trillion Watts: By End 2017, Global Wind + Solar Capacity Will be 2.4 Times That of Nuclear.

Dr Jim Green debunks the hype about Generation IV new nukes.

USA. Nuclear    Trump – “all options on the table“, after North Korea’s missile test, flying over Japan.  Most Americans would be fine with dropping a nuclear weapon on an Iranian city  America’s Military Now Run by Military Industrial Complex Lobbyists? Trump spending up big on nuclear weapons– House Armed Services Committee member accuses Trump of rushing nuclear contracts. America’s new fuze nuclear weapons system threatens world stability.

Potential for nuclear disaster at South Texas’ nuclear reactors. Nuclear workers sticking to their posts at South Texas Nuclear Reactors.

Duke Energy Florida is just the latest utility to walk away from nuclear, – and towards solar.

USA Climate USA government to abolish climate change envoy. Donald Trump nominates a vocal climate denier, non scientist Sam Clovis as Chief Scientist. USA coastal properties to lose value because of climate change? Texas Wind Turbines Produce More Electricity Than Its 4 Nuclear Reactors

NORTH KOREA. North Korea Fires 3 Missiles Over Japan As Northern Viper Exercise Ends. Media ignores North Korea’s offers to negotiate, give up nuclear weapons.  North Korea ramps up the sabre rattling.

AFGHANISTAN. In Afghanistan, climate change is as big a threat as terrorism.

JAPANDeath of Sumiteru Taniguchi, Nagasaki Survivor and Nuclear Arms Foe.  Water plan to remove Fukushima fuel is ‘not viable’ .

UK. UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) upgrading Trident nuclear warhead to make it even more destructive. Doctors and scientists call on the government to join the international nuclear weapons ban treaty.   A WW2 unexploded bomb found near to Hinkley nuclear station – for the 3rd time!  A historic chimney is set for demolition at Sellafield.  Climate change threats to Scotland.

IRAN. Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal says UN monitor, contradicting Trump. U.N. nuclear watchdog sees no need to check Iran military sites.

GERMANY. Iodine tablets for German communities near Belgian nuclear reactor.

RUSSIA. Russia marketing nuclear power to Bangladesh – will take back the wastes.

Ho hum climate crises, nuclear crises – another week of news

August 26, 2017

In our anglophone world, it doesn’t seem to matter that much, when floods  hit Asian countries. But USA?  That’s different. As I write, Hurricane Harvey is hitting Texas. Well, they’ve had hurricanes before, but climate change just makes them that much more severe.

I fear that we are all getting “nuclear-crisis-North-Korea-fatigue”. A pity, as North Korea and USA continue to ramp up the nuclear ante.

AUSTRALIA

North Korea’s threats to Australia, as Australia backs USA war games in the Pacific.

Top-secret base Pine Gap might involve Australians in drone strikes on innocent civilians.

CLIMATE. As climate change intensifies, Australia’s farmers will be hard hit.  Australia’s coastal communities already vulnerable to climate change. Bundaberg MP insists that coastal communities must prepare for climate change.– A band of right-wing religious politicians are stopping climate action in Australia.  Dryness of vegetation in Sydney area adds risk to coming bushfire season.

Adani: Australian Conservation Foundation loses appeal against $16b Carmichael coal mine.– Aboriginal group considers appeal over Federal Court decision for lease to Adani coal project.  Anti Adani coal project movement continues, despite Court setback. Australia’s religious leaders unite to oppose Adani coal mine expansion. Bank calls for more transparency on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s $5b loan scheme.  Adani to fight $12k fine for environmental breach.

NUCLEAR.  Western Australia Shire of Leonora keen to make money by hosting radioactive trash. South Australian govt’s pro nuclear propaganda campaign was expensive.    Non nuclear production of medical radioisotopes at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Safety concerns about Port Pirie’s former uranium plant site raised by Liberal candidate.

ENERGY.

INTERNATIONAL

CLIMATE. Climate change threat: ALASKA’S PERMAFROST IS THAWING–   Coral bleaching is happening across the Pacific Ocean.  For the first time, tanker crosses the Arctic without icebreaker.  Investment fund company Vanguard calls for climate change risk disclosures.  Omigawd! Climate Change is messing up our wine supply!

NUCLEAR.    Ionizing radiation: Radiation protection standards need to be improved.    Women seen as powerful advocates for the nuclear lobby.

KOREAN PENINSULA. As USA and South Korea hold military exercises on Korean peninsula, Russia flies nuclear bombers around the peninsula. Clarifying the facts on North Korea. -Head of the U.S. military’s Pacific Command says diplomacy — not military action, is the answer to North Korea crisis. South Korean President Moon Jae-in warns USA against military action on North Korea.

USA.  Nuclear  

USA.Climate.   The Trump Southeastern States will cop the hardest costs of climate changeNo free speech in Trump’s America when it comes to climate research. – Exxon Mobil misrepresented climate change to deliberately mislead the public. -America’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has deleted references to climate change from its site. America’s federal advisory committee on climate change abolished by Trump!

INDIA. Massive protest : thousands against French Nuclear Project in Jaitapur.

JAPAN. Another $5bn US suit against TEPCO over Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan’s Lobbying to Export Fukushima Produce. -Fukushima ice wall facing doubts as project nears completion. Fukushima aftermath: General Electric and Tokyo Electric Power Co sued by Navy families for wrongful death.

RUSSIA.  Mysterious forest explosion a year ago- now revealed to have been a failed Russian missile launch.  Russia’s Rosatom buying into the wind energy business in India, as well as in Netherlands.

INDONESIA. “Dirty radioactive bomb” planned for attack in Indonesia – using THORIUM

IRAN.   Iran fully compliant with its obligations under the nuclear agreement.   Inaccurate translations in media increase tensions between Iran and USA.

MARSHALL ISLANDSRemembering Tony de Brum.

UK. UK Royal Navy detonates the second bomb found in the sea near Hinkley Point.  Concern over dangers of nuclear bombs transport across Britain.  Vast majority of UK accept climate change is real, finds new poll.

To 19th August nuclear and climate news

August 19, 2017

Things would appear to have calmed down in the North Korea nuclear situation, with some positive signs. Unfortunately the USA does not grasp China’s point of view.-In order to defy Trump, Kim Jong-un will probably target waters near Guam. -USA defence chiefs insist that a military action is an option. Most Americans are anxious about President Trump’s ability to handle the situation.

Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute argues that endless growth, not just climate change, is the world’s biggest problem, and that  technology will not save us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALugeRQbXAM

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR. Stand Tall: No Dump Alliance urges South Australian leaders to halt federal nuclear waste dump plan.The ABC swallows the nuclear lobby line on medicine – hook line and sinker. Two Kimba farmers happy at the prospect of stranded radioactive trash on their land.

CLIMATE  Australia failing in migration and humanitarian help for Pacific Islanders in their drowning islands.  Climate Denial in Australia and USA: the Differences.–  Parliament passes Bill  with amendment accusing government of failing to protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef. World first: shareholders sue Commonwealth Bank of Australia for misleading shareholders over climate risks.

Adani coal project Auditor General to investigate Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) ?

RENEWABLE ENERGY South Australian Premier announces Solar thermal power plant for Port Augusta,–  Port Augusta local community welcome greenlighting of solar thermal power plant. Even the right-wing Adelaide Advertiser (!) applauds decision.

Standards Australia to ban home energy storage batteries!   -Loads more renewables news at http://reneweconomy.com.au/

INTERNATIONAL

CLIMATE.Climate change’s effects. You can’t pinpoint events as definitely caused by global warming. Environmental disasters have always happened. With climate change, they are happening more often, and more severely.  This week, killer landslides in  Sierra Leone,  in Northeast Congo, in Northern India. -Climate change is drowning the Solomon Islands.

NUCLEAR–   Pledge for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.   China’s more rational response to the North Korean situation.

Iodine-129 waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants.

Cancer and other health problems still being caused because of past nuclear explosions.  Linear accelerators – a much safer way to obtain medical isotopes, than from nuclear reactors.

ASIA. Another big nuclear problem in Asia – accumulation of plutonium.

ANTARCTICA. Beneath Antarctica’s ice, 91 previously unknown volcanoes have been found. Stability of East Antarctic ice sheet, even if western ice sheet melts (bit of good news, for a change)

CANADA. Area Burned in Severe Northwest Territory Wildfires Doubles in Just One Day.

JAPAN.  Japan’s massive accumulation of nuclear weapons-usable plutonium.

Fukushima. Report: 257 Tons of Corium and 180 Million Curies of Deadly Heavy Metal Poison and Radiation Released From Fukushima. -High-priced Fukushima ice wall nears completion, but effectiveness doubtful.

USA. USA brain drain, as climate scientists take up the invitation from France.  California Scientists Push to Create Massive Climate Research Program. – Trump uses executive order to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change.  Increase in harmful algal blooms in U.S. freshwaters due to climate change.

Americans are disturbingly unbothered by the idea of striking first with nuclear weaponsThe weapons industry is polluting America’s environment – Potomac River as an example. USA power utilities have a long history of abandoning nuclear projects – Florida ratepayers could be up for $millions for two nuclear reactors that may never be built. South Carolina nuclear power backers push for tax-payer aid. Risky venture for Utah counties? will they gamble on speculative thorium nuclear venture? Pennsylvania to give out potassium tablets to communities near nuclear power stations.

SOUTH AFRICA. In South Africa, nuclear and coal lobbies wage a (losing) war against renewables.

IRAN. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls on European Union to actively support Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear treaty. If USA imposes new sanctions, Iran could abandon the nuclear agreement.

RUSSIA. First load of nuclear waste from Andreeva Bay, Norway,  arrives in Mayak.

FRANCE.French nuclear regulator ASN makes EDF review all nuclear components made by Areva’s foundry Creusot Forge.

UK. BBC gives platform for climate sceptic Nigel Lawson to spout anti science. Global temperatures really have risen- climate denialist Nigel Lawson admits.  Energy sector impacted by Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

INDIA. India’s Adani mining giant accused of corruption just as it seeks funds from the Australian government for coal mine.

 

To 12 August nuclear and climate news

August 12, 2017

Some puzzlement. North Korea threatens to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters NEAR Guam. USA and its deputy sheriff Australia see this as an attack ON Guam. Kim Jong Un might not be  a very nice man. But he’s not mad. He saw what happened to Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and Gaddafi in Libya, seeing that they didn’t have nuclear weapons. As for Trump – a narcissistic sociopath who delights in his own unpredictability – who knows what he might do?

A great pity that the very real global crisis of climate change is now taking a media back seat to the  USA-North Korea tensions.

AUSTRALIA

Australian public servants face disciplinary action if they criticise govt, or “like” such criticisms on social media.

Long walk for justice: Aboriginal ‘Spiritual Walker’ Clinton Pryor crosses the country for his people

NUCLEAR.  Turnbull says Australia will join in the war, if North Korea attacks USA. (Doesn’t say whether Australia will join in if USA attacks North Korea).  The role of Pine Gap would inevitable draw Australia into a Korean war.    Tony Abbott wants Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence for Australia.   Australia still has the opportunity to join the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty.

CLIMATE. Inquiry into the security ramifications of climate change – warning on Australia’s risks.    Sunshine Coast church communities unite in concern about climate change. Did Queensland Resources Council urge Great Barrier Reef experts to ignore climate change? Australia must wake up to the climate disaster facing Pacific Islanders. Since Australia’s carbon tax was abolished, greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar.  Legal action against Commonwealth Bank over its failure to disclose climate change risk in report . Australia’s ski industry faces continuing problems due to climate change.

ENERGY.  Across Australia, rooftop solar continues its record year.  Wandoan solar farm – Australia’s largest, planned for the middle of Queensland’s gas country.  Energy executives tell Turnbull they aren’t interested in prolonging life of coal plants.    Solar power, wind power, storage – to replace Liddell coal plant.  Hydro power puts Tasmania in a leading position for battery storage of renewable energy. South Australia’s  battery project will open Australian market. Heaps more at REneweconomy.

INTERNATIONAL

NUCLEAR. Can Donald Trump be prevented from plunging the world into nuclear war?

Donald Trump: USA ready to act militarily against North Korea: Merkel calls for de-escalation of the rhetoric.

Risk of US-N.Korea nuclear war increases, but is still unlikely.

China confident about new sanctions on North Korea: Trump prepared for “preventive war”

CLIMATE. The human effect – as New York and other cities become climate changed sweltering hotspots.

Temperatures of 55°C to emerge if global warming continues. By the end of the century, extreme weather could kill 150,000 people each year in EuropeNo Climate Money for Nuclear Power.

USA – Climate 

USA – Nuclear

NORTH KOREA. A North Korean miniaturised hydrogen bomb would change everything. New UN sanctions on North Korea: US, South Korea pleased, China is wary.

JAPAN.Hiroshima’s mayor urges that Japan join the UN nuclear weapons ban: PM Abe toes the USA line on keeping nuclear weapons.    Mayor Remembers Nuclear Bombing of Nagasaki; Calls For Nuclear Disarmament; Stands with Fukushima Victims.  Ibaraki Governor vows not to allow restart of Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant.   Radioactive Hot Particles in Japan: Full Radiation Risks not Recorded  . 1,700 Contaminated Vehicles Removed from Fukushima Daiichi Plant Site. Unexploded bomb found at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

IRAN. It’s up to Europe to save the nuclear agreement withIran

August 6th – Hiroshima Day, and the news of the week

August 6, 2017

A survivor of the atomic bombings in 1945 remarked, “This pain that we carry, let it end with us.” As memorials are held, in Japan,  in UK,  and around the world, there is hope for an end to nuclear weapons, as the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty is developed.

On climate, there’s a gradual realisation that it is still worth fighting climate change: but catastrophic change might be inevitable.

On nuclear – well – things are grim for the nuclear industry, with the abandoning of 2 reactors being developed in South Carolina – after $9 billion already spent on them, just about the last straw following the Westinghouse bankruptcy, the French and Finnish nuclear build problems, and Britain’s dubious Hinkley and Moorside projects.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE.

Matt Canavan, (now resigned as Resources Minister)  makes it quite clear that he WAS the Minister For Mining 

NUCLEAR. Lucas Heights nuclear reactor was always intended as a step towards nuclear weapons, AND IT STILL IS.  South Australians Brett and Michael Rayner overjoyed at the beauty of nuclear wastes at ANSTO, – apparently unaware of the toxicity of the nuclear waste they’re inviting to their property.

Garma 2017[ Aboriginal reconciliation congress)  pushes for nationwide Makarrata (Treaty)

Lithium Australia – company seeks to recycle rare earths. – Western Australia’s boom in lithium mining.

RENEWABLE ENERGY – I can’t keep up. Go to REneweconomy.

INTERNATIONAL

To deal with global threats, public awareness must be raised – Ralph Nader.

What about an illegal order to fire a nuclear weapon? Must the military obey?

Al Gore on the desperate need to act on climate change—and fast.  “Biological Annihilation” – global warming’s effect on plant and animal species. “Ghost forests” increasing now, due to climate change and rising seas.  Effects of heat – and climate change – on air travel.     Global ocean circulation appears to be slowing due to global warming. Climate change induced air pollution. Methods of climate geoengineering.

JAPAN.  

EUROPE. Swiss Alps: global warming is revealing long-frozen bodies of lost travellers.

KUWAIT. Kuwait getting right out of nuclear investment, as it sells shares in the beleagured AREVA group

CANADA. Wildfires continue in Canada: more than 1 million acres burned so far.

USA – Nuclear

Climate denial in charge in USA government.  Workers in Southern USA States now facing climate change health hazards– State of California aims for 100% renewable energy by 2045

IRAN. As President Rouhani starts a new term, Iran says US breaching nuclear deal.

UK. Serious consequences for Britain, especially its nuclear industry, if Britain leaves Euratom.  UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) fails to produce a plan for dealing with high activity radioactive waste.

ASIA.  The role of climate change in decline of one of Asia’s most critical water resources.  In remote Asia, solar power is transforming the lives of women.

INDIA. Levels of humid heat will kill millions, if warming is not tackled. Many thousands of suicides in India – linked to climate change.

SOUTH KOREA. South Korean President Details Phase-out of Coal, Nuclear Power .

CHINA. Future of China’s nuclear export industry in doubt.

UKRAINE. Radioactive tourism in Ukraine.

Nuclear and climate news to 29 July

July 29, 2017

On CLIMATE the situation is eerie. Technogeeks are exploring geoengineering ways to cool the planet. Some journalists – New York’s David Wallace Wells, Slate’s Tommy Lynch, predict an uninhabitable Earth, and warn that we are not alarmed enough.

The general media inform us of greatly increased wildfires, (Europe),  (USA), floods, (India)(Germany), droughts, (USA), (Italy) . These news items whisk away under the relentless hurricane news of celebrities, sport, and Trump’s latest absurdities.

On NUCLEAR it would seem few immediate events are happening. However,important issues are being explored. Investigative journalism lives!

AUSTRALIA

Peter Dutton’s home affairs ministry will investigate itself for corruption.

NUCLEAR. Pentagon says North Korea capable of nuclear missile strike on Australia, USA in 2018.

Death of famed and much-loved Aboriginal activist Yami LesterYami Lester is mourned: his daughters carry on the anti nuclear fight.

Complaints lodged with National Radioactive Management Taskforce regarding the undemocratic nature of the radioactive waste dump process.

Quietly, nuclear -powered USS Ronald Reagan to Brisbane to join massive Talisman military exercise.

World Vision leader scathing about Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s plan for Australia to export weapons.

Western Australia: Aboriginal group’s claim against Western Australia Conservation Council over uranium mining.  Walkabout against uranium -month-long pilgrimage from Wiluna to Leonora to begin next month .

Northern Territory Norther Territory Aboriginal owners’ legal case: they wanted “low level nuclear waste dump”. Planning for the town of Jabiru to be rejuvenated as uranium mining ends.  Northern Territory Aboriginal communities begin shift to hybrid solar and storage.

CLIMATE. The world watches Australia – saving the Barrier Reef, – or pandering to Adani coal baron? ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank, slash lending to coal miners.

Resignation of Australia’s Minister Representing The Coal Industry – Matt Canavan. There is no truth in the rumour that he is to be replaced by a lump of coal. Still, the replacement is Deputy Prime Minister Barbaby Joyce, so the rumour was close.

INTERNATIONAL

Catholic Church organising to support UN nuclear weapons ban.  Cybersecurity researchers warn that nuclear power stations are vulnerable to hackers and terrorists.

Impact of Environmental Change on Human Security  – climate refugees.   NASA monitors Arctic sea ice loss. Plans for technology to remove CO2 from air.  Artificially cooling planet Earth by thinning cirrus clouds. 100 Fossil Fuel Companies Responsible for 71 Percent of Carbon Emissions Since 1988 — And They’re Being Sued For it.

EUROPE. European Heat, Drought, Fires Bite Deep as 1 Million Impacted by Water Rationing in Rome. European Commission wants Czech Republic to deal with its nuclear waste backlog.

JAPAN.

RUSSIA.  Russia decides to fuel floating nuclear plant in Murmansk, following pressure from Norway. Russia provides $70 billions to countries in its nuclear marketing drive.

USA.

IRAN. Iran refrains from being drawn into a row, by USA’s new sanctions slapped on Iran.

IRAQ. In Mosul, ISIS nearly had the means to make a radioactive “dirty bomb”.

UK. Serious doubts about UK’s Trident nuclear plan – problems not “manageable or resolvable.”  Inquiry into Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)’s spending, held behind closed doors.  Unexpected release from gaol of 2 UK peace campaigners.

GREENLAND. Greenland ice sheet might start to melt “faster and faster”.

UKRAINE. Ukraine’s dangerous nuclear industry: theft of 100s of containers with radioactive materials.

SOUTH KOREA. South Korea to move away from nuclear power – but still wants to sell nukes overseas!

CHINA. China’s marketing strategy – Poland and Britain as springboards for China’s nuclear marketing.

INDIA. Indian State Government hands over land for nuclear development, displacing 2,200 families.

ISRAEL.  Israel STILL punishing nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

To 21 July – the week in climate and nuclear news

July 21, 2017

I am wondering if those who read this newsletter, (and many other people, too) are getting “climate change fatigue”.

“Nuclear fatigue” too, perhaps. Still, on the nuclear scene, nothing dramatic seems to be happening this week. Nevertheless, a bit like climate change, nuclear pollution is something that continues to creep up on the unaware world. Investigative journalism still lives: a new report tells of vast areas of America’s land poisoned by mismanagement of military wastes

Not a good time to give up on reading about climate change, with the current debate on Is the Climate Emergency Just a Big Problem, or is it a Catastrophe?

AUSTRALIA

Militarisation of Australia’s police?

CLIMATE and ENERGY    Climate denialism rules the Federal Liberal Party – and is bringing about a split within it. The disgraceful state of Australia’s politics and media on clean energy. Australian States and Federal Govt approve 49 Finkel recommendations, but split on Clean Energy Target.Clean Energy Finance Corporation sees rapid growth in renewables.

NUCLEAR. Did Australia cave in to France over Pacific nuclear bomb testing?

Quiet shipment of uranium from Australia to India – non signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty.

South Australia. Clear opposition to nuclear development in South Australia: no further tax-payer money should be wasted on it.  Pro nuclear activities of MP Rowan Ramsey questioned.

Northern Territory. As ERA’s Ranger Uranium mine lease to expire, town of Jabiru’s future is not clear.

Queensland. Queensland Liberal National Party members refuse to pull out of Paris Climate Accord.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. I can no longer keep up with the many developments in solar, wind, sefficency, storage of energy etc. Best information source is Giles’ Parkinson’s REneweconomy.

INTERNATIONAL

CLIMATE  We Still Have Time to Restore Our Climate. But the Climate Time Bomb Is Ticking.Prof James Hansen warns on sea level rise: Earth could become ‘practically ungovernable’. Methane from thawing permafrost could be increasing the rate of global warming. $530 trillion costs for the future, if no effective action on climate change. Global Sea Ice Coverage Has Fallen Off a Cliff — Impacts Likely to Be Wide-Ranging.

NUCLEAR.  Will Small Nuclear Reactors be the great white hope for the ailing nuclear industry? Probably not.

EUROPE. Drought ravages South Europe crops.

CANADA. Huge wildfires again in Canada – 1000s forced to evacuate.

JAPAN.  Japan map showing potential nuclear waste disposal sites to be released  Japan’s government planning protection in fear of radioactive terrorism at 2020 Olympics.  Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan’s local authorities want security measures: nuclear reactors a target for military or terrorists.

Fukushima. 5.8 M Quake Near Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site; Torrential Rains; Threats Of Increased Dumping of Radioactive Water to the Pacific. Underwater Robot Begins Probing Fukushima Daiichi’s No. 3 reactor. Will Tepco Dump 770,000 tons of Tritiated Water Into the Pacific Ocean?

FRANCE. Hot weather causes France to cut nuclear power output: (climate change is not good for nuclear reactors)  Europe’s struggle to find a solution to nuclear waste disposal.

UK.

USA.

IRAN. The Iran nuclear deal is working.

GERMANYNuclear and Renewable power really don’t work well together

SOUTH AFRICA. On Mandela Day, South Africa’s anti nuclear movement pledges to stop the government’s nuclear plans.

INDIA. Villagers protest, and stop drilling work for proposed nuclear power plant in Chutka, India.