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To August 18 – nuclear and climate news – Australia and International

August 17, 2018

Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost beneath Arctic lakes is irreversible – could accelerate climate change. Climate change is starting to pack an economic punch.

Nothing dramatically new in the nuclear news. Nuclear waste problems are still intractable around the world, while governments continue to promote “new nuclear” – in what looks like a sad act of religious faith.

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health. BBC wants to place cameras in apartments opposite Julian Assange’s refuge at Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange should be assured of immunity before taking risk of testifying to U.S. Senate.

CLIMATE.  Climate change is increasing Australia’s heat and drought.   At least 75 bushfires raging across New South Wales and Queensland. But hey!   Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, desperate to hang on to his job, is about to further weaken the emissions reduction target – trying to placate the climate deniers in his party.

NUCLEAR.

Despite weather extremes the grand Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining presses on.

Australian mining companies get federal funding to promote coal, uranium etc to schoolkids?

Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Chief scientist pushes for a hydrogen export industry. South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 – market operator. Coalition votes to kill renewables, encourage new coal generation. Bodangora wind farm connects to the grid in NSW.

INTERNATIONAL

Climate change brings risks of more devastating tsunamis. Questions about viability of nuclear power in a warming world.  Climate change threats to coastal nuclear power plants.

Asbestos fibres contain radium: lodged in a person’s lungs, this radioactivity causes mesothelioma.

NORTH KOREA. A new Summit between South and North Korea. North Korea Now in Standoff With U.S.A. on nuclear negotiations.

JAPAN.  Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base off Okinawa.  Fukushima clean-up workers, including homeless, at grave risk of exploitation, say UN experts. For the first time, scientists can reliably estimate highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by Fukushima nuclear disaster .

USA.

UK. With the unsolved wastes problem, the threats from climate change, why build new nuclear?    Mud from Hinkley Point nuclear sites may contain Uranium, Plutonium,- to be dumped on South Wales coast. UK’s “new nuclear” commitment not OK by all MPs. Waste disposal problem is the killer factor. Immediate safety changes are needed at UK Atomic Weapons Establishment.  UK compensation for nuclear workers with radiation induced cancers.  The growing costs of Scotland’s police protecting nuclear waste shipments.

CHINA. To the dismay of the global nuclear industry, China’s nuclear expansion has stalled. China aims to lead the world exporting its own nuclear reactor design

RUSSIA. Russia and China pushing to create their economic nuclear empires. Russia’s removal of radioactive barge is helped by Italian floating dock.

SWEDEN. Sweden’s Nuclear Code of Conduct under threat from populist political party.

CANADA. Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) dismisses concerns about the  aging Pickering Nuclear Station.  Cleaner, cheaper, safer, more practical – cyclotrons for medical isotopes.

SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia’s push for nuclear power and nuclear weapons ability has met an obstacle.

EGYPT. Egypt going into a huge debt to Russia for building Dabaa nuclear plant.

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Australian and beyond- latest nuclear and climate news

August 4, 2018

6th August Hiroshima 9th August Nagasaki  – so far these anniversaries are being ignored by the media. But not in Japan.   Japanese children will pass on the history of Nagasaki’s horror nuclear bombing on 9 Aug 1945

The heatwave continues in the Northern hemisphere, but rarely is that awful left-wing term “climate change”mentioned in news reports. It’s affecting all the Northern countries, though there is more news coverage about USA and Europe. Human-caused climate change made heat wave five times more likely.

Much nuclear news about the heatwave, too. The nuclear lobby’s poster boy, France, is copping it, with nuclear reactors having further cuts to their production, their cooling systems being unable to cope. Other countries’ reactors are similarly affected.

AUSTRALIA

Investigative journalism greatly threatened by Nine-Fairfax merger.

NUCLEAR

ANSTO has the luxury of its commercial follies being funded by the tax-payer.

CLIMATE Aboriginal landowners Wangan and Jagalingou take land rights fight to the UN.

ENERGY   National Energy Guarantee (NEG) discriminates against rooftop solar, makes emissions task more expensive. Australia’s 2017 solar PV installation tally already eclipsed – in July.  Lots more news at reneweconomy.com.au

INTERNATIONAL

Large retrospective study shows the connection between low level radiation and leukemia.

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) now recognised as unviable: governments still pouring money into them.

The insidious toll of climate change heat on workers, and on the economy.

EUROPE.  Centre for Security Studies explains NATO Nuclear SharingNordic nuclear power plants hit by unprecedented heat wave. Europe’s nuclear reactors affected by heat waves.

JAPAN.   Ahead of Olympic Games, Fukushima nuclear power plant gets an extreme makeover. Japan’s NRA plans nuclear wastes burial at least 70 meters deep for about 100,000 years. Fukushima Unit 2 Refueling Floor Work Poses Risks. TEPCO’s Plan For Some Of The More Dangerous Work At Daiichi.  No Long Term Storage Location for Fukushima Daiichi Spent Fuel.

UK£10bn Moorside nuclear power plant plunged into further doubt. Wylfa nuclear power to be very expensive for both taxpayers and consumers. Sorry history of UK’s Moorside nuclear project, and why it might well be abandoned.  Climate change will bring sea level rise – bringing danger to Hinkley Point C nuclear site.

USA.

CANADA. Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) of Canada bribing struggling towns to have nuclear waste dump. Secret transport of nuclear wastes from Illinois to Port Huron?  Canadian university develops new particle accelerator to supply medical isotopes. University of Alberta’s Medical Isotope Cyclotron Facility – medical radioisotopes without nuclear reactor.

SOUTH AMERICA. Latin American and Caribbean nations lead the way towards nuclear disarmament.

Climate news, nuclear news, to 29 July

July 28, 2018

On the Australian telly news, I saw English people having a lovely time on Brighton beach, because the weather is so warm.  But I think that there’s more to the story of warm days in the Northern hemisphere. Some of the heatwave effects are not so jolly. Could it possibly have something to do with climate change?

And, by the way, Japan’s heatwave is a problem, now, in 2018. The Tokyo Olympics are planned for exactly the same time of the year, in 2020.

AUSTRALIA

The death of Australia’s quality news media? – Fairfax gobbled up by Nine.

NUCLEAR.

Wastes. South Australia sleeps on. Australia sleeps on, apparently quite unaware of the machinations of the nuclear lobby. Led by the secretive and highly tax-payer funded Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the aim has never wavered – to establish  the full nuclear fuel cycle in Australia. They tried in 2016, and failed. Now, using the deceitful story of “medical necessity”, they’re trying to set up a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, or in Hawker, South Australia, and putting it over the locals, big-time. Bribery helps.

The Senate Inquiry into this will report on 14 August. Read summaries of Submissions-.  The dilemma facing the towns of Kimba and Hawker.  99% of South Australians are excluded from vote on nuclear waste dump for South Australia. Nuclear waste dump opposed by Aboriginals, and will stigmatise the whole State of South Australia. Sham of ‘Broad Community Support’ for Kimba or Hawker for nuclear waste dump – Senator Rex Patrick.

Scrutiny on Hansard reveals the Australian government’s confusion about nuclear wastes. Kimba’s nuclear waste dump is planned to facilitate DOUBLING of nuclear wastes in Australia.

Scotland could help Australia deal with its nuclear waste.

Nuclear industry bigwig Jim McDowell now boss of South Australia’s public sector.

Safety problems at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

CLIMATE CHANGE. Australian governments finally admitting the dire fate of the Great Barrier Reef.

RENEWABLE ENERGY   South Australia’s Liberal government now happy with progress towards 75% renewables target.   AEMC gives huge boost to solar PV and batteries.  Victoria’s biggest solar farm reaches financial close, to power steel works. Beryl solar farm to power NSW trains, may add battery storage.   WSU students win major US solar car race – a first for Australia.

INTERNATIONAL

We Are Exceeding Earth’s Carrying Capacity.

Acidification could drastically change marine ecosystems

Global warming means all sorts of trouble for the nuclear industry.

Is nuclear power REALLY a worthwhile method of dealing with climate change?

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – no commercial future? But they make the nuclear industry LOOK viable.

Women of child-bearing age are safer to not work in the nuclear industry.

Electromagnetic radiation from smartphones could be affecting memory performance in teenagers.

ARCTIC CIRCLE COUNTRIES Brutal heat wave brings wildfires across Arctic circle countries.

JAPAN. Japan to deploy large patrol boats to guard nuclear plants.  Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 nuclear bombs. Japan’s biggest utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company moving from nuclear power to renewables.

NORTH KOREA. Public opinion being influenced by biased and inaccurate reporting on North Korea.

UK.

CHINA. China’s plan for global nuclear dominance depends on Britain.

USA.

RUSSIA. Russia’s new “doomsday” weapon works by dispersing killer nuclear radiation.

FRANCE. France’s nuclear power stations affected by extreme heat – causing restricted output. Creusot nuclear safety scandal continues with many more anomalies revealed. Further delays, costs escalations, at EDF’s Flamanville European Pressurized Reactor (EPR).

FINLAND. Warming sea water affecting cooling systems in Finland’s nuclear power station

SWITZERLAND.  Switzerland’s Mühleberg Nuclear Power Plant cuts    production because of hot weather.

VIETNAM. Why Vietnam dumped its plans for commercial nuclear power.

The Australian Government’s frenzied plan for a nuclear “sacrifice zone” in Kimba or Hawker

July 15, 2018

Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced that on 20 August, there will be  a ballot to gauge community support for a nuclear waste dump near one of the small towns of Kimba and Hawker, about 450km north of Adelaide. The vote will be confined to the residents in the immediate local area.

“The decision will be made in the second half of this year” said Canavan ““We do not want this overlapping with a federal election”.

Indeed they don’t!  Heck! This nuclear garbage dump idea is a National matter. But Canavan, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, ANSTO, ARPANSA, and the rest of the nuclear lobby, are pitching it ONLY to the small farming communities of Kimba and Hawker, and resolutely keeping the rest of us in blissful ignorance.

Trekking Lucas Heights’ highly radioactive nuclear reactor wastes for 1700 km across Australia – to become a “temporary , i.e. stranded waste dump, is a dangerous idea. And unnecessary – Lucas Heights has the necessary space, technology, and expertise.

Nuclear medicine itself,  short-lived hospital radioactive wastes, do not need this. Hypocritically, the government  tells the Kimba and Hawker people that it’s a “medical necessity”  they’ll be Australia’s heroes. AT WHAT PRICE – now and for future generations?

A Senate Inquiry will report on this on 14 August. Too late to make a difference.  Read many brilliant submissions to this Inquiry, posted on this website. Summaries of these, with links to full submissions are at SUBMISSIONS TO SENATE INQUIRY 18.

Nuclear news – and July a critical time for Australia

June 30, 2018

Things appear to be  quiet on the global nuclear news scene. Lulled by the present stalemate in USA-North Korea nuclear tensions, the world’s media complacently reports on the nuclear weapons build-up going on in USA, Russia,  India, Pakistan , and China to a much lesser degree.

The main focus of media about things nuclear is the hype about “new nuclear” – Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, (SMRs). So many news items in praise of SMRs – all sounding suspiciously as if copied from industry handout sheets, and all claiming that nuclear is the cure for climate change. Do these journalists ever bother to check on the facts about this claim?

The world’s many pollution problems are at last being recognised as a global malaise, with the horror stories of epidemic plastic rubbish in oceans and on beaches. Climate change is manifested in various ways: it’s affecting migration patterns, changes in Arctic seas, wildfires, bees, water, hotspots in South Asia.

AUSTRALIA

July will be a critical month, as the Australian govt gears up for making a decision on 20 August to set up a nuclear waste dump in the iconic Flinders Ranges. Never mind that both South Australian and Federal Law prohibit this!

It is almost certainly intended as a step towards making Australia the world’s garbage bin for nuclear waste, – the 2016 plan that South Australia rejected. But The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the wider Australian and global nuclear lobby never give up!

The process is secretive as far as Australia at large is concerned, even secretive from South Australians. It’s being pitched as just a local matter, for decision by small rural communities, encouraged by bribes that are fairly stingy, considering the huge and long effect it will have on the region

A Senate committee is considering this, but they don’t report until 14 August –  too late to influence the decision.

The waste dump is being pitched to the locals as a “medical necessity”, though it is really intended for long-lasting and highly toxic nuclear reactor wastes from across the continent, at Lucas Heights, Sydney.  The Australian media silence about this is either due to cowardly and criminal cowering before the government  – or are they just stupidly ignorant?

Nuclear enthusiast Matt Canavan keen to quickly wrap up waste dump site in Flinders Ranges.

Submission to Senate InquiryBrett Stokes-Submission on “community consultation” and the illegality of the campaign for a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. Brett Stokes shows how plans for nuclear waste dumping in South Australia have breached S.A. law.

Regina McKenzie’s detailed letters to Minister Matt Canavan ask the hard questions about the proposed Barndioota nuclear waste dump.

Geologists warn that the Barndioota region is a dangerous site for nuclear waste dumping.

South Australian top university big-wigs are nuclear industry promoters.

Restoring Kakadu to its former glory (now that uranium mining is finished).

CLIMATE. Hypocrisy in Australia – our truly awful climate policy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Major 200MW + battery solar farm approved in outback South Australia. Tesla batteries arrive for world’s first wind-solar-battery project.  Renewables replaced more than half Hazelwood capacity. Australia solar costs hit “extraordinary” new lows – $50s/MWh.  How Australia will get to 33% renewable energy by 2020 . Big business lobby declares war on wind and solar.

INTERNATIONAL

Russia’s Putin has all the advantages in the coming summit with Trump.

World Nuclear Market is Shrinking – preview of 2018 World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR),

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors are NOT going to save the nuclear industry.

High cancer rates in flight attendants – effect of ionising radiation.

International nuclear decommissioning market will be worth £250bn by 2030.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea has little incentive to “denuclearize”. Trump’s incoherent strategy leaves the world in danger.North Korea carrying out improvements at Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility. A nuclear North Korea seen not as a threat, but as an ideal stabilizer.

ARCTIC. Arctic climate change: The northern Barents Sea has warmed 1.5 degrees Celsius in just 18 years.

ISRAEL. The dangers in Israel’s and USA’s policy of deception about Israels’ nuclear weapons. Israel is sure that nuclear power for Saudi Arabia will not lead to Saudi nuclear weapons.

RUSSIA.Russia’s environmental groups demand an end to secrecy about Russia’s nuclear wastes.

JAPAN. Delay in removing spent nuclear fuel from Fukushima’s crippled nuclear reactor. Japanese firms shift to clean energy despite state’s cling to nuclear power.  Despite everything, Japan’s power companies are still loyal to nuclear power.

USA.

CANADA. Toronto schools want anti-radiation pills in case of nuclear incident at Pickering plant. Protesters rally in Pickering to decommission nuclear power plant.

FRANCE. France’s anti nuclear activists not imprisoned. EDF aims to be the key corporation in nuclear station decommissioning. French nuclear corporation EDF hedges its bets: now starting 2 renewable energy programmes.

UK. 

NORWAY. Halden nuclear reactor shut down not just for safety reasons, more because it lost so much money.

INDIA. India – the global nuclear weapons threat that is being ignored. India’s space dream – to develop nuclear fuel from helium on the moon.  USA’s General Electric and France’s EDF getting together to market to India huge and costly nuclear station.

SOUTH AFRICA. In South Africa, there’s confusion about the new government’s policy on matters nuclear.

JORDAN. Jordan gives up on big nuclear power station, but might be sucked in by “Small Nukes” propaganda.

GERMANY. Germany’s successful development towards nuclear fusion.

FINLAND. Finland’s nuclear waste dump will still be in the trial stage for years.

To 24 June – nuclear and climate news

June 24, 2018

Amid all the stuff about the nuclear industry, and about climate change, I occasionally come upon articles that are so powerfully written, and about such powerful global subjects –   that they just blow away the specific articles – important though these still are.

This week, Carl Grossman has revealed Donald Trump’s aim for weapons in space (which would be nuclear-powered), and what that means for the world. The nuclear weapons States currently adhere to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 which designates space as the global commons to be used for peaceful purposes. If the U.S. goes up into space with weapons, Russia and China, and then India and Pakistan and other countries, will follow. Trump’s plan does require approval from Congress. The mind boggles also at the cost, and at what human services would disappear, in order to pay for this.

– views Trump as “the result of our failed democracy” – It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. He finds that America’s liberals do not grasp what is happening – impending financial collapse, and creeping fascism. (I’d like to think that he’s wrong)
The climate change issue doesn’t go away. Radio Ecoshock brings us the news before it’s news – this week it’s Carbon Climate Showdown.

AUSTRALIA

The danger of Australia mindlessly aligning with the “Anglosphere
Liberal Coalition attacks on the ABC will rebound against them.  ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie explains economic benefit of the ABC to Australia. Michelle Grattan: expect more government bullying to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to USA.  Chronicling Julian Assange’s 6 years .of Confinement
Data ethics heavily influenced by the biases of well-off white males.
NUCLEAR.    Australian govt rushing decision on nuclear waste dumping, avoiding Senate Inquiry report, and before next election.    South Australian Premier Marshall’s pro nuclear stance, in agreement with nuclear stooge MP Troy Bell
Tax-payer forks out $20,000 for Kimba children to have nuclear propaganda trip to Lucas Heights.  Resources Minister Matt Canavan lying to South Australians on nuclear waste   Community Benefit Programme – essential (?bribery) part of push for nuclear waste dump for Flinders Ranges.  Nuclear waste dumping would destroy Adnyamathanha traditional land and cultural heritage.
Nuclear waste dump site selection: Submissions to Senate:
Barry Brook’s poorly informed commentary on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
Australian Medical Association urges fixing the uranium-polluted water supplies to remote communities..  Australian Medical Association wants action on  unacceptable levels of uranium in drinking water for several remote communities.
Australian uranium company Paladin leaves a mess behind it, in Africa.
Launch of film “Protecting Country”.
CLIMATE CHANGE.    Support for climate action is rising in Australia: but are politicians listening?  Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy.   Water wars: A new front in the fight against Adani.
RENEWABLE ENERGY. Record renewables roll-out eases gas crisis, says AEMO.   Small solar installs pass 3 million mark in Australia. Tasmania – double size of hydro plant, in first step of big battery plans.  Coal to be kaput in Australia by 2050, as renbles, batteries take over .  A 228MW Victorian wind farm to go ahead as big business snaps up cheap green power .

INTERNATIONAL

To save the world, we don’t need Trump’s charisma: we need co-operative bureaucratic processes.
For a nation that attacks another with nuclear weapons, the consequences will be fatal TO ITSELF.
The world needs now to recognise climate refugees.
UK. 
JAPAN. Japan commits to reducing its excess of plutonium. Why does Japan persist with dangerous, unnecessary nuclear Rokkasho reprocessing?  Is it to enable nuclear weapons?Why Japan should disconnect from fast-breeder reactor project – The Asahi Shimbun  Genkai nuclear power station restart sparks protest.   .
Fukushima Prefecture Announced More than 200 Malignant or Suspected, Children Thyroid Cancer.  As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism.  Japanese Citizens Reject Government Plan to Use Soil Contaminated by Fukushima.
Strong earthquake shakes Osaka: Officials in neighboring Fukui Prefecture say all 15 nuclear reactors are still functioning.
SOUTH KOREA. South Korean nuclear reactor to be shut down early. Plans for new reactors cancelled.
USA.
This one is graphic and detailed – A nuclear bomb terrorist attack on New York – the sequence of events.
NORTH KOREADonald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had committed to destroy a western North Korea missile site: USA names it.  What it would take to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear military power.
CZECH REPUBLIC.  Resounding “No” to nuclear waste dump, from Czech rural community.
SERBIASerbian citizens to sue NATO over their cancers due to depleted uranium.
INDIA. India and Pakistan have increased their stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
FRANCE. France’s Minister Hulot slams Nuclear power and the pro nuclear push by EDF.
SINGAPORE. Network of radiation sensors to be installed across Singapore to boost nuclear safety
IRAN. Iran wants USA to return to the nuclear accord, among other demands to improve relations.
ISRAEL. Time For Israel To Drop Nuclear Ambiguity.  Middle East has 80 nuclear weapons, and they’re all owned by Israel. Donald Trump pledges Israel that he’ll ignore their nuclear weapons.
NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand’s Antarctic veterans are advised on effects of their exposure to nuclear radiation.

To 17 June- nuclear news

June 17, 2018

It’s getting hard for comedians, to compete as far as international relations go, with real life becoming more ridiculous. Politicians in Norway and USA are recommending Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. All sorts of reactions to the much vaunted “Nuclear Summit” between Trump and Kim. My own favourite was Trump’s own proud boast about not preparing for the summit – he makes decisions “by touch and feel”.

Accelerating Sea Level Rise is Being Driven by Rapidly Increasing Melt From Greenland and Antarctica.  Leaked UN draft report – world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

Donald Trump alienates America’s allies, raising the question “Should Australia get its own nuclear weapon?”

Australia’s Maralinga Nuclear Veterans unrecognised – (Government strategy – wait for them all to die?)

Nuclear industry bigwig Erica Smyth gets Queen’s Birthday Award – don’t it make ya sick!  (the one who REALLY deserves recognition is Dr Helen Caldicott)

Federal Nuclear Waste Dump Plan for South Australia.  Why is nuclear industry puppet Resources Minister Matt Canavan not considering Leonora , Western Australia, as nuclear waste dump?    Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick exposes wider flaws in the Australian govt’s targeting of South Australia as nuclear waste dump.  South Australian site selection for a national radioactive waste facility is a “sham”, as Western Australian private project is revealed.

Government assessment of proposed Kimba nuclear waste dump area is a farce.

More Submissions to the Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection Process.:

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) agreement with IAEA on enhanced protection for uranium workers.

CLIMATE.  Australia not doing its fair share on carbon emissions. Graham Readfern exposes the climate denial group “The Australian Environment Foundation“.

Aboriginal issues. Historic Northern Territory treaty agreement  means ‘the old way is finished.

RENEWABLE ENERGY     AEMO sees rooftop solar trebling in 10 years, batteries rising 10-fold.   Sunny days ahead in Mayo with investment in community solar.  Energy retailer greed backfires, as consumers switch to solar, batteries.  Who should control household rooftop solar and batteries?  State-based renewable schemes “critical” – especially under NEG.

INTERNATIONAL

Hopes for peace following the Trump-Kim summit are likely to be short-lived.   Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists hopes for some SUBSTANCE and scientific expertise in USA- North Korea nuclear negotiations. What’s NOT in the summit agreement ?- that’s the revealing part.  What the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un document actually says.

100 nuclear weapons is the “pragmatic limit” for any country to have in its arsenal.

Economic realities point to a poor future for nuclear power.

USA. 

NORTH KOREA.  In North Korea, Kim Jong Un is seen as the tough winner, in Singapore nuclear summit.   Completely ignored in nuclear summit talks – the forgotten North Korean victims of 1945 atomic bombs.

JAPAN. The global problem of poisonous plutonium: Japan looks at its options.  US demands Japan reduce its plutonium stockpiles.   Why TEPCO should quickly close down Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant. Japan approves 70-year plan to scrap nuclear reprocessing plant.  Amazingly High Radiation in Tokyo Bay — 131,000 Bq per Meter Squared.

Why wasn’t TEPCO bankrupted? – Japan’s Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center.  Japan’s Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center calls for TEPCO to be liquidated.  Japanese anti nuclear group No Nukes Wakayama flexes their muscles.

UK. Nuclear Industry Association still struggling with inconvenient truth that Brexit is bad for their industry.  Robots the hope for cleaning up the world’s riskiest and massive nuclear waste storage pool, at Sellafield, UK.  Centrica wants to sell its nuclear industry stake, but it’s hard to attract buyers. Fears in Isle of Man community over dangers of new Wylfa nuclear power station.  Fundamental problem with Britain’s Wylfa nuclear power programme – it’s a ripoff.

RUSSIA. Safety measure for World Cup – Russia halts nuclear waste transport.

FRANCE. Systemic failures in France’s Flamanville nuclear project.

SAUDI ARABIAHuge USA weapons purchase by Saudi Arabia was on condition that USA would KILL THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT!

JORDAN. Jordan knocks back Russia’s $10 billion nuclear power plant , but contemplates”small floating reactor”

BANGLADESH. Scientists predict millions of climate refugees – but where will they go?

IRAN. Iran says it can’t remain in nuclear deal without benefits.

SPAIN. Thousands protest against uranium mine in Spain.

UKRAINE. Tons of water poured in by planes, to major wildfire inside the Chernobyl ‘dead zone‘.

Nuclear news last week, and a nod to the coming week

June 9, 2018

In the coming week the “nuclear summit” meeting between USA President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will be a diplomatic conference like no other has ever been. It is remarkable because, between these two dominating national leaders, trading threats and insults, the world has been brought so close to the brink of nuclear war. It is remarkable for being a meeting between two exceptionally narcissistic, sociopathic personalities.

And, behind the scenes, one, Kim Jong Un, risks the loss of his domestic support, even his life endangered, if he should be seen to be weak, or to give up North Korea’s proud achievement of becoming a nuclear weapons State. The other, Donald Trump, proudly ignorant of co-operative negotiating processes, is being advised by a number of belligerent personalities in his closest associates. The world should be relieved if this meeting even comes about, and relieved if there is no outcome, other than pleasant waffle.

A new study suggests several future scenarios – outcomes for the world because of climate change.  Most predict collapse of civilisation.   One, more optimistically, predicts sustainability in both population and global temperatures rise – but only if populations switch to “low-impact” resource use.  It’s  now”Aspiration” rather than a genuine plan for limiting global warming to 2 degrees. Read Climate and Ecological Delusions and Contradictions That Will Rapidly End HumanityAnd listen to Radio Ecoshock. 

AUSTRALIA

Australia needs a more consistent and rational approach to China.

The Australian government at last giving Julian Assange some help?  US activist Kevin Zeese calls for demonstrations against the persecution of Julian Assange.

Senate Committee Says Further Regulatory Burden on Charities Unnecessary.

A cry from a brave indigenous heart.

CLIMATE Malcolm Turnbull mouths platitudes about climate change, but his government has no clear policy on climate action. Queensland Govt considering funding $100m road for Adani mine.

NUCLEAR. Jim Green exposes the Warren Centre’s fake “debate” on The Future of Nuclear Energy in Australia.

Decades overdue Ranger Uranium Mine rehabilitation plan released The world is watching. Ranger mine closure and rehab to cost $1bn.

More submissions to Senate Inquiry on Site Selection Process for Nuclear Waste dump:

National Geographic promotes the nuclear industry , with support from Flinders University Adelaide.

ANSTO‘s secret transport of spent nuclear fuel assemblies through Sydney’s streets. ‘Safety breaches and lack of management support’ at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights nuclear facility.

Aboriginal issues.  South Australian government decides against process towards Aboriginal Treaty.  Victorian lower house passes treaty legislation  after Greens accept Labor deal.  Australia’s frontier war killings still conveniently escape official memory. Aboriginal sovereignty – mere symbolism will never be accepted.

RENEWABLE ENERGY   National Energy Guarantee (NEG) final draft due next week, reliability mechanism may never be triggered. Gupta’s stunning deal to supply cheap solar to South Australian industry“Time to take control of rooftop solar” industry says . Wind and solar farms face tough new connection hurdles.

INTERNATIONAL

International co-operation can prevent nuclear annihilation – not Donald Trump with his “I alone can fix it”. What does “Denuclearisation” actually mean to Kim Jong Un? to Donald Trump?

MALAYSIA.  Malaysia questions why only North Korea, Iran must denuclearise. Why not America, China, Russia, India, Pakistan?

USA.

NORTH KOREA. Even if Kim Jong-un promises to allow nuclear inspections – “complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement” is really not possible.  A swift verified nuclear disarmament by North Korea is simply not feasible. North Korea’s economic and social health improving – new confidence brings Kim Jong Un to negotiate.

UK. As nations pull out of nuclear power Britain is isolated, in putting taxpayer funds into new nuclear construction.  British Conservative govt overturns its previous opposition to socialising the nuclear power industryEver multiplying financial costs for building new nuclear reactors are hitting UK, and other countries, too Old, unproven, unreliable nuclear technology planned for Britain’s Wylfa nuclear power station. “Temporary” – or rather STRANDED, nuclear wastes for Sellafield, as Britain has no idea what to do with its radioactive trash. UK now setting up an agreement that will replace the nuclear safeguards lost in leaving Euratom.

JAPAN. Niigata governor election centres on the issue of the world’s largest nuclear power plant.  Japan’s divestment campaign from nuclear and coal pits Buddhist priest against banks.  Japan High School Peace Envoys Keen to Deliver Voices of Hibakusha .

Fukushima. Study: Cesium from Fukushima flowed to Tokyo Bay for 5 years. PART 1: Radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi: What should be done?  PART 2: Radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi: What should be done?  Is Fukushima doomed to become a dumping ground for toxic waste?

UKRAINE. Despite Ukrainian Prime Minister’s reassurances, Wildfires near Chernobyl are potentially catastrophic. High levels of radioactive Caesium in Ukraine region around Chernobyl a threat to children.

FRANCE.   Finally a parliamentary debate on the safety of used nuclear fuel rod pools.    Welding defects in the Flamanville EPR nuclear reactor. EDF looks to a profitable industry in decommissioning nuclear reactors.

SOUTH AFRICA. Pelindaba nuclear facility in South Afric a has yet another nuclear safety scare. South Africa: draft Integrated Planning Framework Bill – another attempt to push new nuclear build? South Africa’s Minister of Energy says that S.A. has called off the deal with Russia to develop nuclear power.

BULGARIARussian-designed nuclear power plant causes tension in Bulgaria. Russia, France, China compete to develop nuclear power station in Bulgaria.

MIDDLE EAST. Nuclear power at a huge disadvantage in Middle East – but do they want it for nuclear weapons?

 

To 2 June nuclear news Australia and beyond

June 2, 2018

With the world still teetering about North Korea etc, and the famous Kim-Trump summit still supposed to be happening, the nuclear weapons industry continues to thrive.

The impacts of climate change will not affect all regions equally – they will be worse in places with already fragile social and ecological systems.   The nuclear waste time bomb will keep ticking – America’s 60 years of radioactive trash.    And, as if the facts were not enough to worry about, Margaret Attwood (of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale”), suggests a future dystopian world, as the result of climate change.

AUSTRALIA

USA rejected Julian Assange’s offer to talk about Wikileaks and ‘Russiagate’.

Yet another failure for Australian uranium company Paladin – Namibia uranium mine  mothballed.

South Australian Parliament Bill to protect whistleblowers.

NUCLEAR.  There’s quite a disgusting silence both from the Australian media and Australian politicians, about anything nuclear, but especially about the plan for dumping nuclear waste, (which they call “medical” waste) on rural South Australia.  Also, were it not for REneweconomy, Australians would learn hardly anything about the renewable energy transition now going on.  But our media did a splendid coverage of the British royal wedding!

Federal nuclear waste dump plan    Federal Government National Nuclear Waste Dump Selection Process – a B-grade horror movie plot.   Sydney’s Opal nuclear reactor’s High Level Wastes off to France, later to return to planned Federal Nuclear waste Dump  Adnyamathanha Traditional Land  Association again confronts Resources Minister Matt Canavan on nuclear waste dumping.

Some more of the 108 Submissions now published on the Senate website.

CLIMATE

Clean Energy Council and Smart Energy Council call for high emissions reduction targets, as Frydenberg promises no change to the party room’s energy policy. Global and Australian food companies failing to deal with climate, health issues.

Adani coal mining company to pay for Isaac council staff working on Carmichael coal mine activities   Greens MP refers Adani to Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).    Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners: “We’re on the frontline defending our lands against Adani” -Activists take to the streets to Stop Adani .

RENEWABLE ENERGY

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear power plant construction even more costly than we thought – new analysis shows.

Energy politics – why renewables are winning over nuclear power.   International Renewable Energy Agency reports on companies across 75 nations sourcing renewable energy.

Further research on how ionising radiation causes cancer.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea likely to follow Pakistan’s nuclear path, not Libya’s. Kim Jong-un knows what he wants from the summit. Does President Trump? Yes, there are concerns, but North Korea’s dismantling of the nuclear weapons site is a positive step.

USA.

INDIANuclear politics between India and Pakistan need attention and understanding. India, a Key U.S. Ally, Plans to Ignore Trump’s Iran Sanctions .

FRANCE. Macron’s France signs up to join nuclear power partnership with Putin’s Russia.  France scaling back nuclear reprocessing – fears of financial disaster as with Japan’s Monju project.  Persisting with the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) has brought France to a costly nuclear crisis. The trials and tribulations of France’s Flamanville EPR nuclear reactor.

UK.

JAPAN.    Fukushima mothers at UN tell their story.  Japan is poised to FLOOD the Pacific with one million tons of radioactive water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear plant  Japanese Buddhist priest joins movement to divest from fossil fuels and nuclear power. Japan’s state-affiliated bank is reluctant to fund Hitachi’s Wylfa nuclear project in UK.   Japanese atomic bomb survivor pays tribute to U.S. POWs killed in A-bombing.

CANADA. Tough times for uranium company Cameco – and no improvement in sight.  Ontario could save $1.2B by closing Pickering plant, buying power from Quebec – Greens.

ISRAELIsrael selling nuclear information and expertise to Saudi Arabia.  Israel’s PM Netanyahu planned a military strike on Iran in 201l.

GERMANY. Germany is ready to support Iran in restoring its economy as long as Iran adheres to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

RUSSIA. In a drill, fake terrorists take over Russia’s Arctic radioactive waste storage site.

SAUDI ARABIAThousands Held Arbitrarily – increasing numbers in Detention Without Trial in Saudi Arabia.

Nuclear, climate, environment news this week

May 26, 2018

Back to the brink, as Donald Trump cancels the North Korea-USA Summit? Optimistic commentators rattle on about how this could turn out better. It’s deeply disappointing for South Korea’s President Moon who has tried so hard to defuse the tensions. Trump has been a failure as a negotiator, – seems aimed at wrecking international agreements – climate, Iran, North Korea ….  Meanwhile, all nuclear powers, but America in particular are doing a feeding frenzy on nuclear weapons spending.  USA excels in illogic, with USA National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) plan for unsafe and unnecessary production of plutonium pits (nuclear weapons triggers), – of which they already have a glut.

Earth’s climate could increase by 4 °C, compared to pre-industrial levels, before the end of 21st century.

I just had to put “environment” in the headline today. Of course, everything is connected anyway, but – what’s happening to the world’s insects? There’s a dramatic decline in insect numbers, the world is losing species. Is it due to climate change?  Is it due to electromagnetic radiation causing disorientation in them?  5 G networks soon, Wow!  Oh heck – insects are only little. They don’t matter. OR DO THEY?

AUSTRALIA

Will Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull cave in to USA pressure for Australia to join in USA efforts against Iran ?

Submissions to Senate Committee inquiring into process for selecting nuclear waste dump site:

Friends of the Earth debunk the propaganda of pro nuclear shill Ben Heard.

Adani’s desperate bid to sell Carmichael coal to Vietnam.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.

South Australian Liberals vow to continue energy transition, go big in batteries. EVs will fast-track Australia’s shift to 100% renewables.  UPC lands investor to advance huge wind, solar projects. Can the rooftop solar boom keep going?

RES plans 176MW solar and battery plant near Adelaide.    Tasmania’s biggest solar farm wins council approval .   Goldwind begins construction of 144MW Tasmania wind farm.    Carnegie raises $5.3 million for solar, battery, wave. Gupta says could build 10GW of large scale solar across Australia.  Unions support Liddell’s clean energy transition.

INTERNATIONAL

The very real and very serious danger of nuclear reactor accidents in space.   Cosmic radiation will damage the brains of space travellers.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea destroys its nuclear weapons site.

SOUTH KOREA. Korean women lead the peace movement , supported by international delegation of women.

IRAN. Iran negotiating with Europe to stay in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

CHINA.  China lands nuclear strike bombers on South China Sea islands.     Uncertainty about China‘s nuclear power future.

JAPAN. New research reveals significant Fukushima radioactive particle release.  Storage capacity for radioactive water at Fukushima power plant nears limit.  Japan’s government weighs dumping radioactive Fukushima water into the PacificRadiation monitors in Fukushima to be scrapped after malfunctioning to the tune of ¥500 million a year.  Hiroshima bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow continues her fight for a nuclear free world. Air duct corrosion and holes found at seven nuclear plants.

UK. Britain’s big future nuclear power plans hang on government subsidising HitachiUK short of funds for its £51bn nuclear defence programme. Many years before massive nuclear power station could be built at Bradwell.  Hitachi’s build of Wylfa nuclear power station delayed – may never happen.  UK’s contentious new arrangement for nuclear safeguards, following exit from Euratom.   Toxic radioactive mud dumping is a toxic issue for Wales.  Scotland’s ambitious target for 100% renewable energy.

CANADAOntario NDP only party speaking out against nuclear waste bunker near Lake Huron.

USA. 

SAUDI ARABIA. USA’s Pentagon speeds up weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.  Saudi government will not be able to silence courageous women activists. -Saudi Arabia arrests 11 human rights activists as “traitors”.

GERMANY. German government to compensate utilities over the phaseout of nuclear power.

SOUTH AFRICA. Eskom ‘abandoned’ plans to build a nuclear power station in the Eastern Cape – but is paying R16.5 million to keep it alive.

PHILIPPINES. Philippines consider nuclear revival, but active earthquake fault poses danger.