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Nuclear and climate news to 6 January

One wonders if Donald Trump’s aim is to take the world to the brink of nuclear war, and then to pull back , with himself appearing like the global hero. Trump ordered the drone assassination of an Iranian hero.  Iran will now no longer restrict uranium enrichment, part of the 2015 deal limiting the country’s nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions.

A bit of good news – For the 29th consecutive year, India and Pakistan exchange lists of nuclear facilities.

The world is realising how quickly even a rich and ‘developed’ nation, Australia, can be devastated by extreme weather, exacerbated by climate change. . Celebrities are donating to bushfire relief. Which is great. I’d like to think that they are equally generous to non-anglophone countries, which suffer even greater climate disasters.

War planners ignore the fire effects of nuclear bombing.

Not nuclear bombs, but the cutting of undersea cables, could be the decisive war weapon.

Researchers still don’t fully understand Arctic melt and sea level rise.

The rise and rise of global offshore wind capacity.

IRAN.  Complex and tortured history of Iran and nuclear weapons debate. Iran pulling out of nuclear deal commitment after U.S. strike that killed Soleimani . Suleimani’s Gone, and the Iran Nuclear Deal May Be Next.

NORTH KOREA. Kim Jong Un May Be Leaving The Door Open To Nuclear Talks.

SERBIA. Depleted uranium causing cancer epidemic in Serbia.



FRANCE. The European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) is dragging nuclear company EDF into $billions of debt


GERMANY. Germany To Close All Nuclear Plants By 2022.  Germany’s nuclear phase-out enters final stretch.

CANADA. How On tario can get out of nuclear power, and reduce carbon emissions.

RUSSIA. Environmental and technical worries, as Russia extends the life of old Kola Nuclear Power Plant. Russia, in fear of a USA first strike may now revive its “dead hand” nuclear weapon.

MADAGASCAR. Thorium and uranium pollution from Rio Tinto’s Madagascar mine.

EGYPT. Egypt’s solar energy success.

ISRAEL.Prime Minister Netanyahu almost blew the secret of Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

January 6, 2020 - Posted by | Christina's notes


  1. “One wonders if Donald Trump’s aim is to take the world to the brink of nuclear war, and then to pull back , with himself appearing like the global hero.”
    Reads like a byline from a Ruprt Murdoch, publication, or commentary.

    Comment by Sealy Johnstone | January 6, 2020 | Reply

    • Oh dear, and here was I thinking that this was my own creative masterpiece.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 7, 2020 | Reply

  2. Why doesn’t anyone care about pyrphoricity and the speading of unquenchable wildfires in populated areas, in industial Countries? Especially around large nuclear complexes like INL, Hanford, Mayak? Fukushima and Chernobyl?
    The current wildfires in Australia are some the worst catastrophe in History. I have been reading about Uranium and rare earth mining, close to the Amazon. The mining and contamination of areas around and, in the Amazon. The contamination maybe a more important factor in the wildfires there, than climate change.
    The human encroachment via clearing of forests, heavy metal mining, rare earth mining and uranium mining are certainly important factors.

    There is a 70 percent chance that there will be another major nuclear reactor accident, in the world, in the next 2 years. So far they have been occuring on an average of about every 10 to 15 years. They have become much worse.
    Most reactors are well beyond their initial licensing dates. More than 30 years old. Corroded, embrittled, cracked with poor to no backup. Poor supervision in countries like the USA, Ukraine, and eastern Europe.
    The reopened Japanese reactors are old and damaged. Many are in earthquake zones. Accelerated climate change is significantly increasing the risk of nuclear reactor catastrophe.
    ONE OR TWO major nuclear explosions, meltdowns and fuel fires, probably will occur in the USA or europe in the next 2 years.
    They will spread, an unimanigable swath of pyrophoric and highly toxic, hi level radionuclides across the USA or in europe. Wildfires in populated swaths of the USA will surely accelerate dramatically within a few yeara, of nuclear reactor catastrophes in the USA . The large areas that burned at Santa Susana and INL fires sent radionuclides across Socal from Santa Susana and 6 states, from the 900,000 acre INL fire. These fires occured in the past 2 years. They have been all, but ignored.

    FROM IAEA PDF on Uranium PDA

    “Uranium metal can be melted by any of several different techniques. However, because
    uranium is very reactive when heated in air, melting must be done either under a protective inert
    atmosphere or in a vacuum.17
    Uranium and its alloys are considered difficult to machine and almost
    all machining of uranium results in some sparking or burning because of its pyrophoricity.
    Health and safety considerations must be carefully considered when using uranium because of its
    high toxicity and pyrophoricity. The main hazard to health occurs where finely divided particles can
    become airborne and inhaled. For this reason, vents and fume hoods should be used, or the workers
    should use respirator equipment to avoid inhalation.
    Uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element that exists in recoverable amounts,
    averaging about 4 ppm in the earth’s crust”

    The use of pyrophoric phosphorus to fire bomb dresden, in world war 2 killed 120,000 people and burned Dresden to the ground. Guess what, Uranium is more pyrophoric than phosphorus and takes much less to start fires and keep them burning. The government will not talk about it. Nobody will talk about it primarily because of the implications for storage of nuclear waste, what can happen after nuclear catastrophes, and because of the militaries ongoing uses, of depleted Uranium that is highly pyrophoric and radioactive.

    Comment by 🎆 | January 7, 2020 | Reply

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