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To 22 January – Nuclear and Climate News

I promised to find good news. It’s not that easy. But  – Sir David Attenborough says ’Human activity has created a new era, yet climate change can be stopped.    And, again, I am struggling with the reality that it is nearly, perhaps already is, too late, to stop the progress of global warming. Which makes climate change a more urgent problem than the nuclear threat.

Even if climate change is now irreversible, it’s no time to give up: the effort now must be to slow its progress, and to plan and adapt to its impacts.

Latest nuclear news indicates that Britain’s nuclear dream is collapsing. Japan’s plans for selling nuclear reactors overseas are collapsing. USA is embroiled in nuclear waste problems. Not so in totalitarian Russia and China, where the State runs the nuclear industry, education, and the media, and maintains secrecy about nuclear costs, unsafety, and waste problems.

GREENLAND. Greenland ice melt is happening at an unexpectedly fast rate.

ASIA. The threat to millions of people, as glaciers in Central Asia melt.

AUSTRALIA.   Australia leads the world in global warming – with the 15 hottest sites.  Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C.   Australia faces ‘new normal’ of year-round bushfires . Heat in New South Wales – bushfires, health impact, and roads melting.

USA. 

NORTH KOREAKim Jong Un continuing to play to the vanity of Donald Trump?

UK.

TAIWAN. The pitfalls of Direct Democracy- Taiwan’s referendum and the vote on nuclear power.

ISRAEL. Super Weapon: Israel Could Arm Stealth F-35s with Nuclear Weapons.  Secret Handwritten Memos Reveal How Israel’s Nuclear Program Came to Be.

JAPAN. High radiation levels in Fukushima area, but the Japanese government is pushing people back there.   Time to retire Japan’s aging nuclear reactor at Genkai.   Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War – the past and the future.

RUSSIA. Russia’s plans for nuclear-powered unmanned underwater weapons.

CHINA.  Pentagon report on China’s nuclear weapons program, still “significantly below” the U.S.  Concerns about safety of China’s planned 46 nuclear reactors within a radius of about 100 km from Hong Kong and Macau. Chinese residents concerned over imports of rice produced near Fukushima disaster area.

GERMANY. Germany urges Russia to destroy missile to save nuclear treaty.

FINLAND. Wild mushrooms in Finland still containing high radioactive cesium from Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.

January 22, 2019 - Posted by | Christina's notes

8 Comments »

  1. They maybe able to do something about climate change but, there have been a hundred thousand or more tons of manmade and man mined RADIONUCLIDE waste dumped into the arctic ocean.

    There are the manmade radionuclides that can kill millions with a few ounces. The ones released by Fukushima and Nuclear reactors every day that includes tritium, 90Sr, 137Cs, 99Tc and 129I plutonium, enriched uranium, cobalt 60. The most dangerous destructive poisons, mutagenes, carcinogens, teratogens to life in the universe.

    There are the uranium conjugated radionuclides, that are released from the earth by human greed and stupidity. They create genome instability. They cause cancer.
    The nasty ones like radium, polonium, thorium, uranium that are being fracked, and mined and dumped into the biosphere and the ocean to poison life on earth.

    There are the nuclear reactor accidents.
    There are the nuclear weapons and submarines.
    There are the millions of tons of uranium and high level nuclear waste. The unleashing of an irreversible flood of radionuclides on the earth. That is the up most of human concern yet it is somehow kept in the shadows.

    Comment by Doug | January 23, 2019 | Reply

    • All that you say about the nuclear threat is true. However, I do query about “they may be able to do something about climate change”. I mean , I do hope so, but I fear that climate change may already be irreversible. That’s why I see climate change as the more urgent problem. If it’s still able to be stopped – let’s stop it.

      As to the nuclear threat – or threats, I should say – as there are so many, it is possible to stop this monster in its tracks. An observer from another planet might well wonder why this weird species keeps risking its extermination, when it could get rid of nuclear weapons, and shut down all nuclear reactors.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 25, 2019 | Reply

  2. One of the few decent nuclear information sources. Lady works so hard to do this and keep It going. No renumeration

    Comment by Ken R | January 23, 2019 | Reply

  3. I hope that you are keeping cool enough! The melting of the Arctic is releasing nuclear materials that had been frozen, too, and mercury. After I read the old documents about climate change, I started to wonder if the above ground weapons testing wasn’t an attempt to cause global dimming and cool the climate. The 1970s were an abnormally cool decade, though the weapons testing was stopped by then. I think I had read that it takes only 2 years for the fallout to come down? Do you know?

    I think that with solar panels and air conditioning and planning that we could survive climate change, whereas such is not the case for nuclear. Plus, nuclear poisons the water, which we need desperately. But, with such dysfunctional government and corruption, it’s difficult to be optimistic.

    Comment by miningawareness | January 25, 2019 | Reply

    • I can’t even get people in my immediate environment to do any sort of planning. It seems things have gone to anarchy. When I was a child if you were 3 minutes or 5 minutes late you were in trouble!

      Comment by miningawareness | January 25, 2019 | Reply

      • Upon further thought, for Australia you are correct – climate change matters the most. And, Australia is all that should really matter to you since it’s where you and your grandkids live. Australia’s been mostly spared nuclear if you compare to other places and the overall rad level is low. People have invented things which would held contain nuclear waste better for cheap – not a solution but an improvement, but they are locked out of the system. Some believe that Fukushima is adding to climate change, though.

        Comment by miningawareness | January 27, 2019

      • Well, yes – Australia is ‘the canary in the cage’ for wealthy nations and climate change. The dryness of this continent also makes it a sitting duck for global warming – droughts, bushfires…

        However, the nuclear industry has a very nasty history in Australia – with the never properly acknowledged injustices to the Aboriginal people, and to Australian and British soldiers, in atomic bomb testing.

        There is also the nasty prospect of Australia taking in the world’s nuclear trash. This is the goal of the global nuclear lobby, and of a small but influential group of greedy Australians, who seek personal profit, and international fame in trying to bring this about. They did have a resounding defeat in their most recent push, in 2016, but are continuing this campaign.

        Also, Australia hosts U.S. military bases, and the secret Pine Gap centre, which co-ordinates USA’s nuclear weapons network – all very good targets in the case of nuclear war.

        I believe that climate change and the nuclear industry are closely involved – especially in the way that nuclear takes energy and money away from the genuine efforts in energy efficiency and zero carbon technologies that Australia and the world desperately need. The coal and nuclear industries are in lockstep in Australia – with theur plan to transition from coal to nuclear- in a later period, when the coal eventually runs out.

        Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 28, 2019


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