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This week: Not a lot happening in nuclear news, while coronavirus and climate change rage on.

It is getting harder to keep up with the coronavirus news – the fluctuating numbers regarding new cases, the comparisons between various vaccines, the good news  (Israel’s success), the bad news (new more infectious strains).

Then there’s the new preoccupation in the media about big sporting events.  In USA the Superbowl could turn into a super-spreader. The Australian Open Grand Slam tennis is watched anxiously, as an indication of whether the July Tokyo Olympics could safely go ahead.

Meanwhile it’s becoming clear that this pandemic is not going to be over quickly, that the vaccines are not a ”silver bullet’‘, and it is truly a global problem, needing global treatment.

CLIMATE. We are all too often focussing on USA, Canada, Australia, in news coverage. This week, a horror event in India brings home the impacts of global heating elsewhere in the world. Indian Glacier in Himalayan Valley Crumbles, Causing Flash Flooding. Himalayan glaciers melting at alarming speed.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  I muse that these industries are also becoming corporate giants, encouraging endless energy use, and overconsumption of new technologies, with little care about their toxic wastes. Whatever happened to energy conservation?

Largely due to the pandemic, nuclear developments have gone very quiet –  I guess that’s one compensation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gWXFcFfN7E&t=55s       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XIW9hHTHnU

A bit of good news – Good news on ozone: world scientists make global assessment 5 February 2021.

 

Economics’ failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’,

Nuclear power unaffordable in USA, Russia, India, France, even China, but NO SOLUTION TO WASTES.

USA and Russia extend The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Treaty) to 2026.

Bees may be more susceptible to ionising radiation than previously estimated.

As outdated nuclear power closes down, pro nuclear shills viciously attack critics.

USA.

CANADA.  Canadian local community group opposes nuclear waste dump on farming land.

IRAN.  Zarif: compensation not pre-condition for reviving Iran nuclear deal.

CUBA.  Cuba signs up to another nuclear disarmament treaty.

EUROPE.   Increasing business and jobs in closing down Europe’s nuclear reactors, as renewable energy grows/    New Chernobyls on Europe’s doorstep?

JAPAN. In desperate economic plight, two Japanese towns willing to host nuclear waste dump.  Kepco seeks prefectural government approval to restart aging nuclear reactors.  Japan’s huge radioactive waste problem.  Research into radiocesium in forests after the Fukushima disaster: Concerns and some hope.

UK.  UK’s Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate recommends against development of Wyfa nuclear project.        Pandemic causes Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine replacement to be delayed by another year.  Aviva Investors doubtful about backing Sizewell nuclear power station.

SPAIN.  Why Spain plans to ban uranium mining.

FRANCE . Unusually damaging Mw 4.9 earthquake near several French nuclear reactors.  Unprecedented number of France’s nuclear reactors to go offline, and strikes continue.  The dangers and uncertainties in Andra’s radioactive waste disposal project in Bure (Meuse)

SOUTH AFRICA.  South Africa’s new nuclear power plan would be a costly mistake

AUSTRALIA.     Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump Bill yet again postponed in the Australian Senate.  High Court ruling a helpful precedent for opponents of Kimba nuclear dump.    Meanwhile South Australia achieved world-leading 60pct wind and solar share over last year.

February 8, 2021 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

Nuclear reactors, big or small, useless to combat climate change, because of slowness to develop.

Just under 15 minutes on how nuclear power — far from presenting a “solution” — has actually contributed to climate change.

In 1952 the US government was advised to go solar. Instead, we got “Atoms for Peace”.
If the solar recommendation had been taken, and we had chosen the solar instead of the nuclear path, we might not have had climate change at all.

But solar had no military utility, while nuclear reactors made an important “by-product”: plutonium. This is a pre-recorded version of a talk Inrecently gave for Helensburgh, Scotland CND’s Beyond Nuclear conference.

Not in this video is a section I added during the conference presentation about how nuclear power still gets in the way of much needed and urgent nrenewable energy and energy efficiency development. This is well laid out by Amory Lovins who notes that, to protect the climate, we must save the most carbon at the least cost and in the least time.

Since nuclear power isthe most expensive way to generate a megawatt hour of electricity, and
plants take years to build, it is out of the running even before evaluating its carbon footprint. As Lovins points out, costly options save less carbon per dollar than cheaper options. Slow options save less carbon per year than faster options. So in the case of nuclear power, whether it is “low carbon” or not instantly becomes irrelevant because it is already useless
for climate change due to its cost and slowness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=6gWXFcFfN7E&feature=youtu.be

February 8, 2021 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | 2 Comments

How to Support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Without Signing It

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Planning inspectors recommended against Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey

Planning inspectors recommended refusal for new nuclear power plant, Nation Cymru Gareth Williams, local democracy reporter

Plans to build a new nuclear power station were likely to be refused even before the project was shelved by backers.

UK Government appointed planning inspectors had recommended that the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey be rejected over a number of concerns from experts.

The application has since been withdrawn after Hitachi, the company behind the project, decided that the power plant was too expensive to build without a funding deal with the UK Government in place.

Energy company Horizon – a subsidiary of Hitatchi – needed an Approval of the Development Consent Order (DCO) to allow the £16bn project to go ahead.

DCOs are needed for any planning application regarded as a major UK infrastructure project and DCO process for Wylfa Newydd had been underway since 2018.

The Planning Inspectorate’s conclusion, which was made public for the first time on Thursday, was intended to be considered as a recommendation – with the final decision down to the UK Government.

But expert planning officers felt that the scheme would fail to meet some of the United Nations’ biological diversity standards.

Inspectors also told UK Government ministers it had concerns over the project’s impact on the local economy, housing stock and the Welsh language…..

The findings of the planning inspectors’ report, which were made public for the first time on Thursday, said there was a lack of scientific evidence put forward by developers to demonstrate that the Arctic and Sandwich tern populations around the Cemlyn Bay area, where the plant was set to be built, would not be disturbed by construction.

There were fears that these birds would subsequently abandon nearby Cemlyn Bay as a result.

It also raised wider concerns over the general impact on Cemlyn Bay, the Cae Gwyn site of special scientific interest and Tre’r Gof……..

It went on to conclude: “Having regard to all the matters referred in this report, the ExA’s conclusion is that, on balance, the matters weighing against the proposed development outweigh the matters weighing in favour of it.

“The ExA therefore finds the case for development is not made and it recommends accordingly.”

‘Pulling the plug’ 

Before pulling the plug on the DCO application last month, Hitachi confirmed that talks had been taking place with potential new investors.  But with no concrete offer forthcoming, Hitachi announced it would wind up its Horizon Nuclear Power subsidiary by March 2021………  https://nation.cymru/news/planning-inspectors-recommended-refusal-for-new-nuclear-power-plant/

 

Daily Post 5th Feb 2021, The UK’s Planning Inspectorate has released its report into Wylfa Newydd –
showing they had recommended refusal over biodiversity issues.

https://www.business-live.co.uk/economic-development/wylfa-newydd-planning-inspectorate-releases-19774231

February 8, 2021 Posted by | business and costs, politics, UK | Leave a comment

USA ramps up production of nuclear bomb cores

February 8, 2021 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

The dangers and uncertainties in Andra’s radioactive waste disposal project in Bure (Meuse)

Le Monde 5th Jan 2021, Environmentalists and unionists combine against the radioactive waste landfill project in Bure (Meuse).  In a forum at the ”World”, they stated their concern at the dangers and uncertainties of the project.  Their opinion is bolstered by a recent statement issued on January 13 by the Environmental Austhority, which stressed the uncertainties surrouding the waste disposal plan.
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The Environmental Authority [independent body created in France in 2009, in accordance with European environmental law] , issued its opinion on Andra’s global impact study, highlighting numerous omissions or shortcomings and requesting further studies. The Environmental Authority thus confirms our doubts.
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Vigorous opposition has never ceased to alert the public, since 1987, to the immense risks of the geological disposal of radioactive waste. The opinion of the Environmental Authority corroborates what thousands of citizens, elected officials and independent scientists have been denouncing for years, without being truly heard.

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/02/05/ne-poursuivons-pas-sur-la-voie-sans-retour-du-stockage-geologique-des-dechets-radioactifs_6068912_3232.html

February 8, 2021 Posted by | France, wastes | Leave a comment