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To 21 April – nuclear news this week

Global COVIcooled.D-19 death toll passes three million as pandemic shows no sign of slowing down.

‘Relentless’ climate crisis intensified in 2020, says UN report.  Pandemic had no effect on emissions but made impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people, report says.

NUCLEARThe news, (as usual, not covered much in the mainstream media) has been dominated by Japan’s decision to dump Fukushima waste-water into the Pacific Ocean.  That’s a process that will go on for decades. And, there’s no sign of the radioactive water ceasing to accumulate, as the melted cores of the damaged reactors have to be constantly cooled.

The most prominent nuclear news in mainstream media is the unrelenting push to depict nuclear as essential for fixing climate change. This deceptive claim is rarely questioned.  The current theatre of battle is Europe, watched with anxiety by the global nuclear lobby, as they seek tax breaks and subsidies.

Some bits of good news –    Sir David Attenborough supports new technology to enable true recycling of plastics.   Drought proof ”cooling houses” use salt water and cardboard to grow tons of healthy produce in the desert.

Net Zero Without Nuclear. Puerile publicity tactics of pro nuclear publicist “Think Atom”.

U.N. experts concerned at Japan’s decision to dump Fukushima nuclear waste-water into the Paific. Fukushima: How the ocean became a dumping ground for radioactive waste.

Iran and Israel – the situation shows the strong connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons– small nuclear reactors with enriched uranium fuel.        A quick return to the Iran nuclear deal is needed to avoid a real nuclear crisis.

Investigative journalism – Plutonium programs in East Asia and Idaho will challenge the Biden administration.

Electricity customers pay excessive costs for nuclear power – Egypt, Turkey, UK, France, Russia.

With breathless enthusiasm, media applauds another nuclear lobby confidence trick – ”Earth 300”.    Can cryptocurrency be justified in a climate catastrophe?  Catastrophic sea level rise predicted.

American Physical Society – scientists discuss global threats -pandemics, cyberattacks, over-population, climate, nuclear annihilation…

IRANProgress in Iran nuclear talks but resolution still far away. Iran to enrich uranium to 60% after ‘wicked’ nuclear site attack,. Iran has named a suspect for the recent attack on its nuclear facility.

ISRAEL. A shadow war between Israel and Iran hangs ominously over nuclear talks in Vienna. Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility.

JAPAN. The danger of Japan dumping Fukushima wastewater into the oceanFukushima nuclear wastewater ‘fundamentally different’ from normal plants: Chinese ministry. Fukushima: Japan announces it will dump contaminated water into seaJapan scraps mascot promoting Fukushima wastewater dump. Regulator’s stop to restarting Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant a blow to nuclear company Tepco.

CHINA. China concerned about Japan dumping Fukushima nuclear waste water into the Pacific. China to Japan: If treated radioactive water from Fukushima is safe, ‘please drink it’.

SOUTH KOREA. South Korea aims to fight, at International Tribunal, Japan’s plan to empty Fukushima water into Paific Ocean. South Korea raises with USA its worries about Fukushima water to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.

EUROPE. Nuclear comes out as far more expensive than any other energy option.

CZECH REPUBLIC Czechs exclude Rosatom from nuclear tender after dispute with Russia.


IRELAND. Governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland are urged to move fast on renewable energy transition, and ignore calls for nuclear power.

. Trudeau government’s extraordinary push for small nuclear reactors – tax breaks, no environmental assessment … Bill Gates and 28 other billionaires pushing their small nuclear reactors, on the pretext that they’re ”clean”. Reforms needed at Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. In Ontario, opponents of nuclear waste disposal join forces .


ISRAEL. Israel (itself having 80 nuclear weapons) will do ‘‘whatever it takes” to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

FRANCE. Nuclear power will be a big issue in France’s 2022 presidential election. French MPs urge Macron to provide data about nuclear waste buried in AlgeriaIt’s a dead end: the French wish to include nuclear power as ”green” in the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s mismanagement of nuclear waste. South Africa’s history of ‘‘state capture” by the nuclear industry.

NEW ZEALAND. Growing opposition to Rocket Lab in New Zealand


AUSTRALIA. Persistent dishonest propaganda leading us to war against China. Australian Strategic Policy Institute sees nuclear submarines as a step towards the full nuclear chain. Australian-Chinese company Greenland Minerals to be thwarted in its bid for uranium and rare earth mining in Greenland. 


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