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I smell a Breakthrough Energy Coalition nuclear rat

a-cat-CANI just read this article  –

I really do smell a rat here – a nuclear rat.
Whenever I see these weasel words “clean” energy” “low carbon” energy  – “part of the energy mix”  I get that odour.
They used to say “renewable” – but have got  lot more subtle now.   Bill Gates had to go to China to get his small nuclear reactors happening, because the USA’s NRC regulations for licensing are too arduous for him. (Things are slacker in China?)
Gates and Branson want the tax-payer to cough up fo their “little nuclear” dream
Gates and Branson
Breakthrough Energy Coalition sounds suspiciously like the Breakthrough Institute, with its long history of delaying action on greenhouse emissions, by touting new gee-whiz Gen IV nuclear reactors.  They suck in well-meaning environmentalists with  a heap of sentimental waffle in their “Ecomodernist Manifesto”.
I’d like to think that they haven’t now managed to suck in the whole COP21.
Is anyone following this up?

December 1, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week – CLIMATE CHANGE is the issue

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?

It is time to acknowledge that light- hearted superficiality has done us no good.

We need to be alert to one sad sign of the “globalization of indifference”: the fact that we are gradually growing accustomed to the suffering of others, as if it were something normal

We are confronted with a choice which cannot be ignored: either to improve or to destroy the environment.   –  Pope Francis

a-cat-CANAs I write, the Paris Climate Change Summit COP21 gets underway. There is one important message about COP21 – IT’S A START – NOT A CONCLUSION. UNICEF reports that the greatest harm from climate change will be to children.  Impetus for action should come from COP21, but corporations are geared up to undermine climate agreements.

I am happy to report that it looks very much as if nuclear power is off the table as an energy source to be chosen at the Paris summit – too dangerous, and more significantly, too expensive.

Melbourne kicked off the global wave of rallies with a huge climate march.

Pope and Muslim leaders in call for climate action.

Declaration of the World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima.

The unmentioned apocalyptic ISIS terror – attack on nuclear reactors. Nor do world leaders talk about the terrorism possibility regarding nuclear weapons. Increasing risk of sabotage by extremists working in the nuclear industry.

EUROPE. European Commission in-depth investigation into Hungarian investment support for Paks II nuclear power.

INDONESIA‘s fires – enormous output of greenhouse emissions.

FRANCE‘s new energy law to drastically limit electricity from nuclear power. EDF removes employees, fears radicalisation at nuclear facilities.

USA Dead nuclear reactors still leave an intractable wastes problem. USA’s nuclear operators want to extend reactor lives to 80 years!  New York Opposes Big Easy Nuclear Relicensing Near New York City.  USA anxious about nuclear proliferation, but keen to market nuclear technology to South Korea.

JAPAN. Fukushima: pressure of groundwater is causing underground wall around reactors to lean and crack. Japan to step up radiation protection, as worker’s leukaemia attributed to radiation

RUSSIA now plans to store nuclear wastes on Arctic islands ! Russia’s plan for a Nuclear-Powered Data Centre. Russia keen to market nuclear power to impoverished Cambodia. Sale of nuclear reactors to Egypt entails big debt to Russia.

INDIA  again tests a Nuclear-Capable Missile. India opposes deal to phase out fossil fuels by 2100 at climate summit.

UK govt allout for nuclear power, discriminates against solar in tax system. Londan Mayor Boris Johnson scathing about £18bn cost of Hinkley nuclear plan.   Hackers could shut down UK’s £31 billion nuclear weapon system – warns defence expert.

CHINA Did China dump nuclear trash in Northern Sudan?

November 28, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Nuclear news this week

a-cat-CANSAFETY ISSUES. Despite airplane bombing , and Egypt’s lax security, Russia to provide nuclear reactors to Egypt!  Indonesia will block its waters to nuclear waste ship travelling to Australia.  Japan ramps up its evacuation rules for nuclear ship accidents.

NUCLEAR LOBBY CLIMATE SPIN “The Third Way” – front group for new nuclear spinning hard for Paris Climate Conference. “NuclearMatters” lobby group revs up its spin ahead of Paris climate conference. Nuclear lobby predominates at Wisconsin public hearing.

US NRC Proposes 100% Cancer Rate; Ignores Taxpayer Funded BEIR Report; Ignores ICRP; Ignores New Study of US, UK and French Nuclear Workers.   17 year delay before USA govt even starts cleanup of Hanford radioactive waste.

EUROPE/UK Legal challenge to UK’s Hinkley nuclear plan is joined by Luxembourg.  European regulators start legal action against Hungary’s Paks nuclear power project.

Europe’s nuclear companies face multi $billion burden in disposing of dead nuclear reactors.

UK’s Hunterston nuclear reactor has cracks in bricks at core.

AFRICA. Report from Nuclearisation of Africa Symposium highlights harmful effects of uranium mining.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Investment Bank Lazar  finds wind and solar beat coal and nuclear on costs.

November 21, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week in nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANCLIMATE CHANGE. Obama Administration enables nuclear industry to pitch itself as climate change solution Nuclear lobby hoping to be part of Paris Climate Talks.  Christiana Figueres: a climate action force to be reckoned with.

TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP Big Corporations need not worry about Climate Agreements: the Trans Pacific Partnership  will fix that for them! Nov 16 – 18 Mass Mobilization To Stop The TPP.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Oh goody! America has a more ‘usable’ bombin Europe! Russia leaks ‘Secret’ Plans For Nuclear Weapons.   USA trying to persuade Pakistan to constrain its nuclear weapons program.  $493 billion invested in nuclear weapons by banks, insurance companies and pension funds. Narrowly avoided accidental nuclear apocalypse in 1983 revealed.  Jeremy Corbyn has got it rightabout Trident nuclear missiles.

RUSSIA. Russia’s militarisation of the Arctic, and the danger of itsmini nuclear reactors.

JAPAN. Radiation effects from Fukushima have been chronically underestimated.

INDIA. It seems that nobody will be liable for a nuclear disaster in India! India shuts down nuclear criticGreenpeace.

USAUS EPA Supports No Safe Dose of Radiation; Objects to NRC Proposal of 100 mSv per Year: Comment Deadline 19 Nov. 11.59 PM. Cover-up of radiation hazard at children’s holiday camp in Southern California. Not much real help to nuclear lobby from White House. USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission considering 80 year licenses for nuclear reactors!. Legal case over St Louis radioactive trash – 2700 cancer cases from nuclear radiation?

UK. Miscarriages and Congenital Conditions in Offspring of Veterans of the British Nuclear Atmospheric Test Programme.  Chromosome Translocations in Nuclear Test Veterans. What is going to happen toDana Durnsford, The nuclear proctologist?

PRISM (Power Reactor Innovative Small Module) and MOX much touted, but nuclear waste burial is best.

CANADA Canadians near nuclear power stations given iodine pills.

FINLAND‘s underground nuclear waste storage plan approved.

November 13, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

The latest in nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANIs nuclear fusion a goer? Not really

Down, down, down goes the price of uranium.


Bikini Islanders – first expelled by nuclear tests. now by climate change, want to migrate to USA.

UK.  Significant Hurdles Remain for Franco-Chinese Nuclear Reactors in Britain

CHINA far from being nuclear industry hope, could be its nightmare.

JAPAN. No foreseeable end to Fukushima’s daily dumping of radioactive waste to Pacific Ocean. Japan keen to sell nuclear reactors to Kazakhstan. Japanese Prefecture Kyoto moves to replace nuclear with gas and renewables, in pact with Alaska.

RUSSIA. Bellona joins other anti nuclear non profit groups – no longer NGO, harassed by Russian govt.

BRAZIL. Corruption and mismanagement stall Brazil’s nuclear programme.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s Flawed Environmental Assessments for New Nuclear Build.

GERMANY.Germany’s Renewable Energy Generated Almost Double The Amount From Nuclear.

UAE. United Arab Emirates called upon to lead in regional nuclear disarmament.

INDONESIA. This Could Be the Worst Climate Crisis in the World Right Now

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This week in nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANNuclear Worker Study Affirms that Low Doses of Radiation are Deadly: Increased Cancer Risk Much Worse Than Previously Believed.

Vatican insists that United Nations must work for nuclear disarmament.

CLIMATE CHANGE “Too Furious For Human Intervention” — Climate Feedbacks Spur Out of Control Wildfires From Indonesia to Brazil.  Rich countries put planet on course for irreversible climate change.  Climate change is going to cost even more than was predicted.  Exxon’s campaign to spread doubt on the science of climate change. Political oblivion for ‘climate villains’ – Canada’s PM Harper, Australia’s PM Abbott.

JAPAN Many radiation related cancers to come, as Japan confirms Fukushima worker’s radiation caused cancer.Thyroid Cancer in Fukushima Children: 2011 to 2014.   Fukushima insect study shows there is no safe low level of ionising radiation.


UK. Sell EDF shares, because of Hinkley nuclear costs – says leading broker. Sheer folly of UK government’s super costly nuclear deal with China, while cutting renewable energy. UK nuclear deal is a golden handout to China.  Solar and storage could supply as much electricity to UK, as nuclear, at half the subsidy cost. Britain’s cost for new nuclear could buy 6 times the amount of wind energy.

CANADA Will Canada now oppose depleted uranium weapons? The legal tangle of corruption and CANDU nuclear company SNC Lavalin.

Pakistan refuses to limit tactical nuclear weapons.

Israel. Iran nuclear deal endorsed by Israel’s Nuclear Advisory Panel.

Russia Dissolves Non-Profit Groups Working for Transparency on Nuclear and Environmental Issues.

Spain. 50 years later, USA will clean up site of nuclear bombs’ crash in Spain.

October 24, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear/climate news, with a focus on ionising radiation

a-cat-CANTry as I may, I can’t seem to make this weekly news roundup shorter. I don’t expect that people will read it all, or go to all links.  However, just the 3 top links here are very much worth reading. They deal with the subject of ionising radiation.  On October 7 Dr Helen Caldicott is speaking at Sydney Universityon this subject. Meanwhile the global nuclear lobby is intensifying its propaganda lie that ionising radiation is harmless.

  1. Three Nobel Prize winners calculated the genetic damage of nuclear energy.
  2. Biological Consequences of Nuclear Disasters: From Chernobyl to Fukushima.
  3. Film ‘The Martian” gets it really wrong about ionising radiation.

CLIMATE CHANGE. Narrow window of opportunity to prevent rapid drastic fall in Antarctic ice sheets.

IRAN.  IAEA has completed its investigation of Iran’s nuclear past. Nuclear deal approved by Iran Parliament.


UK.   Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) plan legal action against Hinkley nuclear power project. Britain fawns over Xi Jinping – preparatory to China taking over UK’s nuclear industry .   Security concern over China’s involvement in UK’s nuclear project   Overwhelming costs of Britain’s Trident nuclear submarines – cannot be measured. How UK govt helped the nuclear industry hide the truth on the Fukushima catastrophe.

FRANCE. Nuclear energy falls from France’s pride and joy, to its expensive source of woe.

SWEDEN  shutting down 2 nuclear reactors.

JAPAN. No evacuation plan, yet PM Abe restarts another Sendai nuclear reactor. Second nuclear reactor started at Sendai, despite public opposition.  Anxious about 2020 Olympics, Tepco to hasten ice wall project at Fukushima nuclear station.

SOUTH KOREA. Expansion of South Korea’s massive Kori Nuclear Power Plant near 3.4 million people – an insane plan.

INDIA. Record low price for solar power to be sold by Indian Government.

CHINA keen to market nuclear technology overseas.

KENYA. Remote Kenya will be connected to grid with Africa’s larges wind farm.

October 16, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear news

a-cat-CANStudy shows there is no safe low level of ionising radiation. Astronauts to Mars would get cancer from ionising radiation in space.

Exaggerated, inaccurate, reporting about nuclear smugglers. Smugglers tried to sell radioactive material to extremists.

Cyber security danger to nuclear stations.

Wikileaks released text of Trans Pacific Partnership – worrying sections about freedom of information.

CLIMATE CHANGE. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says now is the time for carbon tax.

European regulators approve nuclear waste plan – all too generous to the operators.

UK. Scotland’s Labour MPs join new labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in supporting nuclear disarmament. Britain’s national embarrassment – the failing Hinkley nuclear white elephant. Nuclear power building – UK’s worry of China’s poor health and safety record. Serious questions about China’s involvement in Britain’s new nuclear power projects. Rating agencies warn EDF of downgrade, if they continue with Hinkley nuclear station plan.

JAPAN. Fukushima. Surge in thyroid cancers in Fukushima.  Radiation danger forces delay to inspection of Fukushima Unit 2 Containment.  Critical problem of Fukushima nuclear reactor No2 – where is molten core?  Nuclear contamination case against TEPCO is sent by police to prosecutors.  Chilling Fukushima photos by Arkadiusz Podniesinski.

RUSSIA.  The continuing scandal of Russia’s Mayak nuclear contamination – whistleblower seeks asylum in France. At least four Russian cruise missiles have crash-landed in Iran


FRANCE. France’s nuclear corporation AREVA is still there – only just. France hoping to get Japan to help save failed nuclear company AREVA.

SOUTH KOREA. Increasing public opposition to South Korean govt’s nuclear power policy.

SOUTH AFRICA. Impossible to fund South Africa’s nuclear power plan.

INDIA. A nuclear power plant project is stalled.

October 11, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear and climate news

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Don’t fall for nuclear industry propaganda about radiation “hormesis” !

CLIMATE CHANGE.  Still possible to contain climate change: Paris UN conference will be critical.   Pope Francis’ US visit has triggered awareness of climate change as a moral issue.   Bank of England warns on climate change’s threat to global stability. Coming refugee crisis as sea levels rise on Pacific Islands.

JAPAN. Afraid about radiation, but afraid to speak out: Fukushima mothers. Japan’s coastal population: risks from radiation ignored by govt and IAEA. Death of heroic anti war photographer Kikujiro Fukushima. Fukushima’s Unitno.5 nuclear reactor was gravely endangered, IAEA finally admits. ‘Japanese govt creates illusion of normality at Fukushima’

GERMANY. Massive Protest Planned Against New Atomic Weapons In Germany.


UKRAINE. Ukraine’s Nuclear Truth: No Free Speech. Energoatom Lawsuit Against Ukrainian Activists is the Latest Attempt to Stifle Public Debate Over Ageing Nuclear Reactors; Transboundary Impacts.


SWEDEN European court upholds Sweden’s right to tax nuclear power stations.

MARSHALL ISLANDSMururoa Nuclear Radiation Report Scheduled for October.  Alternative Nobel Prize  goes to Marshall Island’s nuclear challenger.

SOUTH AFRICA ‘s Treasury kept its nuclear work secret.

October 3, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Roundup of the week’s nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANThe deck chairs at the Titanic Paris Climate Talks in December include a chair for EDF the giant French nuclear company, which is a sponsor of the conference.  Meanwhile in UK, the Thorium Nuclear lobby has got itself charity status.  The global nuclear lobby is working hard to win the world to its new, though yet non-existent, technologies. It is using 3 main lies:

LIE 1  “new nuclear solves the wastes problem”. For September and have focused on that particular lie. LIE 2. “Low dose ionising radiation is harmless, even good for you” – a focus  for October. LIE 3. “nuclear solves climate change” – the focus for November.

September 26 – International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Join the ‘Don’t Nuke the Climate’ Thunderclap!

CLIMATEPope Francis at White House urges ‘critical’ action on climate change, but is not facing up to role of population growth in climate change. California Governor Warns of Coming Climate Refugee Crisis.
JAPAN.Japan’s draconian new secrecy laws linked to Fukushima and nuclear radiation. Japan Crushes Resistanceto Restart Nuclear Power Plants. Cs-134/137 measured from Tokyo tap-water. The highest I-131 density of this year detected in 2 Fukushima sewage plants. Fisherman debunks radiation as cause of giant woffish -so does ecology expert Timothy Mousseau .
UK’s £24bn Hinkley Point nuclear project shunned by investors. Britain tries to wrap up Hinkley nuclear deal with China, with $3.1 billion bribe. Even pro nuclear ‘experts’ want to scrap Hinkley ( are they pushing for ‘small nuclear’?)
RUSSIA    to take ‘counter-steps’ if USA upgrades nuclear weapons in Europe.
GERMANY. public strongly supports renewables, not coal or nuclear.
FRANCE‘s EDF does a policy U-turn – now investing in renewables.
CANADA. Continuing legal battle over SNC-Lavalin, marketers of CANDU nuclear reactors
NORTH KOREA’nuclear belligerence highlights need for diplomacy and global disarmament treaty.
SOUTH AFRICA‘s govt keeping nuclear costs secret from the public.
BELGIUM Court upholds Belgium’s tax on nuclear power stations.
SWEDEN tightens rules on drones flying near nuclear stations.

September 25, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

In the news this week – Nuclear and Climate

a-cat-CANWORLD. Learn about these terrific films showing at Uranium Film Festival in Berlin. Russian who saved world from nuclear war.

IndependentWHO: Our demands to World Health Organisation.

Arab Bid to Monitor Israel’s Nuclear Sites Rejected at UN Atomic Agency.

MEDIA. Fukushima Sensationalism and Hoaxes

CLIMATE Climate change at a ‘turning point’ – could now move faster. Climate Risks from Nuclear Power. Radioactive Krypton 85: Atmospheric-Electrical and Air-Chemical Effects of Ionizing Radiation in the Atmosphere.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Renewable energy race – 5 developing countries fast ditching fossil fuels. 100% renewable energy achieved in city of Columbia, MarylandColorado city Aspen achieves 100% renewable energy. 500 MW Renewable Energy Plan for Alabama.

JAPAN ignores post Fukushima nuclear safety guidelines     JAPAN lifts evacuation orders on irradiated towns in preparation for 2020 Summer Olympics. Call by former Prime Minister Koizumi for a national anti nuclear movement. Unspoken Death Toll of Fukushima: Nuclear Disaster Killing Japanese Slowly.

Fukushima  Typhoon Etau flooded Fukushima Daiichi.  Strontium-90 density rose up 155 percent of the previous highest reading in the seaside of Reactor 2.  395 bags of tainted material washed away in floods. Tepco started discharging contaminated groundwater beside crippled reactor buildings. 850 tons of ‘decontaminated’ Fukushima water dumped into ocean.  Another Fukushima worker died / No media coverage. Solar farms in Fukushima.

FRANCE.French govt uses amendment to impose nuclear waste dump without parliament vote

UK.  Bloomberg Finance gives 5 good reasons not to build Hinkley nuclear station.  Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron Calls for Independent Investigation into Environmental Damage from Nuclear Industries. Britain’s nuclear plans: the Corbyn factorU.S. Nuclear Missile Submarine Surfaces in Scotland. Is UK’s ‘white elephant’ nuclear power programme linked to nuclear weapons programme?

USA. Nuclear Regulatory Commission might back quack pro nuclear ‘science’ on ionising radiation!  Entergy’s FitzPatrick Nuclear Reactor next to bite the dust? Resentencing of USA’s nun who broke into nuclear weapons complex. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s scathing attack on the Koch brothers and corporate greed  How Charles Koch Prevents Clean Energy Businesses From Succeeding. Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate.  Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wants USA to bomb Iran.

NORWAY Norway, Russia sign deal on nuclear accidents.

SOUTH AFRICA  fires key nuclear negotiator

NORTH KOREA Experts guessing about meaning of North Korea’s renewed nuclear threat.

INDIA. India: Dumping of Radioactive Water Imperils Mumbai; 9 Nuclear Scientists “Commit Suicide”

IRAN. How world health will benefit from Iran nuclear deal.


AUSTRALIA. Gets rid of worst ever Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, but govt nuclear and climate policies unchanged

September 18, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Nuclear and climate news wrap up for this week

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SBS TV showed “The Sugar Conspiracy” on 6th Sept.  This documentary revealed the tactics of the International Sugar Association, in PR over decades, showing that fructose (sugar) does not cause dental decay, diabetes, obesity, heart disease. They convinced health authorities, governments, media, by spending $billions on propaganda that just shed doubton medical facts about fructose.

Familiar story?  the Tobacco corporations did the same thing – just shed doubt for decades, on the facts in cigarette smoking and lung cancer.  The Asbestos companies did it for decades about mesothelioma. The Fossil Fuel companies successfully shed doubt on the science about global warming.

The Sugar documentary just reminded me that all the Nuclear lobby needs to do, is to shed doubt on the science about ionising radiation. Just delay the truth – and keep on with the business!

Well – I digress, but I enjoyed it!


“Everything I was Dreaming of is Gone” — How Climate Change is Spurring a Global Refugee Crisis to Rapidly Worsen.

CSRP 2015 – The Fifth Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection

International conferences in Hiroshima: call for disarmament measures isweakened by USA, Britain and Canada.

Nuclear lobby’s wishful thinking about Small Modular (SMR) and Generation IV reactors.

‘Climate Change Fix” chosen as 2015 theme by World Nuclear Association.


KAZAKHSTAN’s disaster of dead animals near Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.

FRANCE heading towards a nuclear industry phaseout?

USA. Outrageous decision of USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)to cancel research on cancer-nuclear links. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionprevents hearing on Fermi nuclear plant. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionscraps public rulemaking on weak GE containments. St Louis suburb anger about radioactive landfill. Washington State sues US Energy Dept over Hanford workers made sick by toxic fumes.

UK. EDF admits Hinkley Point Nuclear Station won’t be ready by 2023.

CHINA. Anxieties in China over the safety of the nation’s nuclear power programme.

ISRAEL. Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu again under house arrest.  Vanunu discussed Israel’s nuclear program on primetime TV.

September 11, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Roundup of nuclear news this week

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Three months until the Paris United Nations Climate Conference – November 30 to December 11

The cashed up nuclear lobby will be there promoting themselves as the world’s saviour from climate change, and pollution.

They will base this claim on 3 lies:

  1. that new nuclear power will solve the wastes problem
  2. that low dose ionising rdaiation is harmless, even healthy
  3. that nuclear power is essential to combat climate change

I would love it if people would join  in examining and exposing those 3 lies.

For September the focus is on Lie No. 1

I see that the Nuclear Information and Resource Center has already a website for this:

Much as I hate Facebook, I have started a Facebook Page: The more the merrier- perhaps.

Red Cross Red Crescent call for binding international agreement on nuclear disarmament.

OCEAN. Ken Buesseler, Jay Cullen, lead independent research into radiation in the Pacific Ocean

JAPAN   Ex-Fukushima No. 1 worker sues Tepco over cancer.  Despite Sendai restart, the outlook for Japan’s nuclear industry is poor. Miyagi residents physically block officials from surveying proposed nuke waste dump sites. Tochigi town residents rally against selection as candidate site for final disposal of radiation-tainted waste. How nuclear-free Japan made it through hottest summer yet without brownouts.


USA. Key Democrat votes now ensure success in the Iran nuclear deal. USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission ignores Recommendation on Plans to Address a Core-Melt Accident.  Radiation testing by govt in 4 Bay area cities in USA, by low flying drones. A splurge of spin for NuScale’s Small Modular Nuclear Reactors. USA’s super costly new bomb could ignite anew arms race. Significant levels of thorium 230, a radioactive isotope found in USA residential area. USA’s Department of Energy finds that Disposal of plutonium – burial is cheaper than MOX processing.

GERMANY. German govt to change nuclear liability law – to make utilities pay up for nuclear exit costs.

UKRAINE. Ukraine’s Neo Nazi unit The Azov Battalion is training child soldiers, and getting USA funding.

S KOREA. Radioactive trash mounting in South Korea, with no solution in sight.

S AFRICA. Exposed: confidential agreement gives Russia unfair control over South Africa’s #nuclear project.

UK. UK govt pre-empts Parliament on more money for Trident nuclear weapons. Yet more delay for New Hinkley Point nuclear power station. UK under pressure to buy nuclear reactors – from GE/Hitachi, Westinghouse/Toshiba and Areva/Mitsubishi.


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Brief notes on this week’s nuclear, climate news

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CLIMATE.  Mass climate action is needed as world readies for December Paris conference.  Forest fires out of control around Lake Baikal in Siberia. Drought-Fueled Wildfires Burn 7 Million Acres in U.S.

UK‘s Hinkley Point C nuclear station is now officially mothballed. Protest by 3 middle aged women costs nuclear firm €1million.

USA. Leaked review tells of ‘Significant Design Vulnerabilities’ at Hanford radioactive trash site.  Disposal of nuclear waste turning out to be half the cost of reprocessing with MOX fuel.  Escalating costs, expanding timelines, cast doubt on the future of modular nuclear construction.  Lockheed Martin used government nuclear money to lobby for more government nuclear money. St Louis suburb contaminated by radioactive thorium. New measures to promote rooftop solar, by President Obama.

JAPAN.  The Japanese Scientists’ Association joins strong public opinion against nuclear power. Sendai nuclear plant operator set to plug leaks in 5 cooling system pipes. Tepco bid to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant stymied by governor.


TAIWAN. Taipei prosecutors lose legal case against anti nuclear protestors.

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The week that was, in nuclear and climate news

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WORLD.   Ionising radiation:

Iran nuclear agreement is endorsed by Nuclear Nonproliferation Experts. Over 300 US rabbis urge Congress to support Iran nuclear deal. Obama can still do the Iran nuclear deal, despite Congress opposition. Iran has compliedon key condition of the nuclear deal – submitting documents to IAEA.

CLIMATE CHANGE. Islamic leaders call on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to embrace climate change action. Dangerous Heat Sets Sights on Southern United States.

CHINA. Tianjin explosion highlights need to prioritise environment over economic growth. China censors Internet on Tianjin explosion news. France worried that China’s hasty nuclear power programme is unsafe.

JAPAN. Japanese environment groups protest against Restart of Sendai Nuclear Power.  Volcano alert issued just miles from newly reopened nuclear reactor.  Japan nuclear utility says no special precautions over volcano.  Utilities spent ¥1.4 trillion last year to maintain idled reactors. Japan’s Plutonium Problem.

FukushimaExtra high radiation level in atmosphere above Melted slag storage facility of Fukushima sewage plant. Fukushima operator’s mounting legal woesEarthquake M5.0 offshore of Fukushima prefecture.

USA.  Momentum growing in campaign to shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant. Questions on safety, and silencing of critics – HUMBOLDT BAY POWER PLANT.  America feared that Israel would deploy nuclear weapons.

UKBristol Nuclear Protestors Fined...instead…shouldn’t they be awarded Medals?!

CANADA ‘s radioactive trash dump plan, all too close to USA border.  Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission called upon to disclose study on nuclear disaster.

SOUTH AFRICA. African National Congress calls for transparency on nuclear tender process.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Tax-payer money going to nuclear related companies in UAE.

NORTH KOREA. Concern over North Korea’s uranium enrichment.

NORWAY‘s dangerous plan to dump nuclear trash on island

AUSTRALIA: Nuclear stooge Senator Bob Day not able to dismantle Australia’s law against establishing nuclear facilities.

August 21, 2015 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment


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