I don’t know which is the worst news this week – climate or nuclear. But I am going away for a week on a boat, WITH NO ACCESS TO ANYTHING DIGITAL. I can’t wait. I’m taking one of those old things we all used to use – A BOOK.
But I digress:
CLIMATE. I hardly know where to start. I think that the worst thing is connected with the collapse of journalism – as articles appear denouncing climate scientists as “frauds”. This, despite the 97 percent scientific consensus on climate change.
NUCLEAR. Remarkable apathy prevails, as nuclear weapons tensions hot up.
CLIMATE January sea ice volume is lowest on record, by a considerable margin. Global warming might accelerate, due to the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, “El Tío” (the uncle).
- Trump has no skills to negotiate foreign relations, but he can unleash nuclear war. Trump’s chief advisor, Steve Bannon and his obsession with war. Trump didn’t know what the New START nuclear treaty was, but wanted to get rid of it. Pentagon urges Trump to expand nuclear weapons, ready for “limited” atomic war.
- SOMETIMES there’s A BIT of good news at Hanford nuclear facility.
- Was the Nuclear Control Room Panel Fire at Quad Cities Caused By a Defective GE-Hitachi Switch?
- Risks in nuclear wastes being transported through Texas cities.
- USA Nuclear officials killed study on whether reactors posed cancer risk to nearby residents ‘The cancer rates have surged enormously due to high levels of radiation’
- US nuclear industry looks to Trump to change nuclear regulation rules.
- Florida Power and Light, and the costly nuclear mess it is in.
JAPAN. Toshiba’s nuclear dominoes collapsing . Hitachi to take a 70 billion yen hit after U.S nuclear project fails. Beyond nuclear power: Japan’s smart energy communities mushroom. Robot could not cope with the radiation levels inside damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor. Lost in translation: Fukushima readings are not new spikes, just the same “hot mess” that’s always been there. Fukushima nuclear disaster: Worker sues Tepco over cancer
UK. Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant Europe’s biggest nuclear construction project now hangs in the balance. Harmless radiation” – the message from Britain’s fake charity Weinberg Next Nuclear
CANADA. Nuclear waste dump saga continues in Canada
CHINA. China more than doubled solar capacity in 2016
SOUTH AFRICA Civil society organisations call on President Jacob Zuma to scrap South Africa nuclear deal.
SOUTH KOREA. Seoul Administrative Court finds in favour of local residents, orders closure of nuclear facility.
PAKISTAN. Pakistan demands that India bring its nuclear programme under International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA)’s safeguards.
INDIA. Toshiba to withdraw from Indian nuclear projects
RUSSIA Russia finally admits to a nuclear reactor failure that it covered up for 2 months
- about his choice of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council – “Unsupervised by people who know what they’re doing. Trump and Bannon could bring the world closer to a nuclear holocaust.“
- Pentagon urges Trump to expand nuclear weapons, ready for “limited” atomic war.
- Thanks to Trump’s comments on climate change and nuclear arms we are once again close to nuclear war.
- USA intelligence agencies to study whether the Russian and Chinese leadership could survive a nuclear attack
- Dangerous steps by Russia and Trump on nuclear arms control
Meanwhile the global nuclear industry is in financial crisis. And Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown.
Trump is having his impact on climate change news and action, too.
Joint Statements on Climate Change from National Academies of Science Around the World.
Antarctic Sea Ice Likely to Hit New All-Time Record Lows Over Coming Days.
Delays, ballooning costs, stall Next-Generation Nuclear Reactors
- Decision to leave Euratom leaves Britain’s nuclear industry floundering. Britain’s nuclear safety at risk as they pull out of Euratom. Fake charity (nuclear lobby) The Weinberg Foundation is whining about Britain leaving Euratom.
- British government now being urged to guarantee Moorside nuclear funding. Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant. Europe’s biggest nuclear construction project now hangs in the balance.
JAPAN. Radiation in Fukushima reactor containment vessel at deadly level: TEPCO. Fukushima nuclear disaster: Worker sues Tepco over cancer. Niigata governor Ryuichi Yoneyama stands firm against restart of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant.
Hitachi to take a 70 billion yen hit after U.S nuclear project fails. Toshiba’s financial woes continue – about to be sued by trust banks. Toshiba to withdraw from nuclear plant construction, chairman to quit.
IRAN. Iran tested ballistic missile, but did not breach nuclear agreement
USA. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warns NKorea against nuclear attack . Fear of nuclear war leads Texans to build expensive bunkers. America’s EPA head announces pullout from a global pact to cut emissions. A Washington State judge uses doubt on climate change as legal cause to block a climate activist’s defense.
INDIA. Toshiba to withdraw from Indian nuclear projects.
SOUTH AFRICA Only government-owned nuclear companies have responded to Eskom on nuclear marketing.
GREENLAND. Greenland – environment future threatened by mining for uranium and rare earths.
Much as I hate joining the throng paying attention to that global narcissist, I must admit the fact that Donald Trump’s statements and actions are provoking reactions in America and around the world. On many important issues, such as torture, and religious discrimination, people are responding with alarm. Equally worrying are his policies on climate and nuclear matters, and his attacks on science and journalism.
I am reminded of a kindergarten teacher, explaining the real message of a child’s bad behaviour “How bad to I have to be before somebody stops me”
I did get some macabre amusement from this news item- Under Trump, nuclear lobby to dump the argument about climate change.
Thanks to Donald Trump, the Doomsday Clock ticks closer to apocalypse
Strong business case to go 100 % renewable – leading global companies
Sea level rise more rapid than expected.
EUROPE. Europe and northern hemisphere warming fast: Europe faces droughts, floods
- Linda Gunter busts the spin of America’s “new nuclear” salesmen.
- Yet more corruption in the nuclear industry.
- Donald Trump now repressing scientists. American scientists are now organizing their own march on Washington.
- Trump’s first White House website post – will scrap Climate Action Plan‘
- Despite nuclear tensions, Americans have continued to send humanitarian aid to North Korea.
- Across America’s heartland, Democrats and Republicans embrace renewable energy. Pope Francis has influenced USA Republicans to shift climate views.
- Largest Offshore Wind Project in America planned for New York
JAPAN. Plans to remove nuclear fuel at Fukushima N° 3 reactor delayed again. Radiation Measured 16μSv/h at Ground Level in Namie-cho, Fukushima. On February 14, Toshiba will reveal extent of U.S. nuclear business writedown.
UK. Another British nuclear mishap kept secret – the Scottish cold war nuclear submarine collision. Theresa May kept quiet, but SHE KNEW about the test missile mishap. With election coming, British government covered up serious missile test incident.Trident whistleblower tells RT he ‘witnessed 4 unreported missile test failures
PAKISTAN. Pakistan test-fires nuclear missile capable of hitting multiple targets
FRANCE. Closure of Fessenheim nuclear plant approved by EDF
SOUTH KOREA. South Koreans alarmed about nuclear weapons – uncertainty about Donald Trump.
CHILE. Chilean Wildfires are Worst to Ever Strike the Country
19 Jan 17 As I write, there’s a sort of an anxious lull in climate and nuclear news. Indeed, in other news, too. The media world seems to be waiting for the next event, on January 20, concerning a certain narcissistic American. I’ve decided to leave him out of this week’s newsletter.
The exception in all this is Fukushima. Not that you find anything about this in the mainstream media. However, the news is getting out in alternative, and some Japanese media: workers’ cancers: Thyroid Cancer Patient Group : Designation of radioactive waste lifted: Fukushima ‘voluntary’ evacuees: Fukushima foodstuffs.
As climate deniers move into White House – Guardian news focus on climate change.
- Proposed Energy Secretary Rick Perry – ignorant about nuclear security! Legal action against subsidising of America’s aging nuclear reactors. Despite shutdown of Indian Point nuclear plant, New York will invest billions in upgrading other nuclear stations. Testing a deep borehole as a potential way to bury highly radioactive nuclear trash.
- Obama’s Top Scientist Explains the Climate Challenge Northeast USA predicted to heat up faster than most of the rest of the world. Interfaith effort spreads the word about climate change.
- Solar energy now a bigger employer than Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas combined. World’s largest rooftop solar farm to be built on Tesla’s gigafactory.
JAPAN. Crash in Toshiba shares as nuclear financial crisis deepens. Shimane nuclear power plant found to have dangerous corroded holes in air ducts inside the No. 2 reactor. 7 Times More Leukemia in 2015 than 2014, 80% in Eastern Japan.
CHINA. Nuclear weapons should be completely prohibited – Chinese President Xi Jinping.
BELGIUM. Netherlands, Luxemburg and Germany want Belgium’s dangerous nuclear reactors to be closed.
PAKISTAN. Pakistan vows nuclear retaliation if India attacks.
U K. Political row over proposed west Cumbria nuclear plant. Greens Party running anti nuclear platform in UK by-election. Prince Charles writes a book on climate change (That’s torn it: they won’t let HIM be king)
NORTH KOREA. North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch.
UKRAINE. Russia stops agreement with Ukraine on nuclear power plant construction
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia’s $US50bn clean energy plan focusses on solar and wind
A week away from Donald Trump taking over the USA Presidency, and it’s anybody’s guess as to how bad the repercussions of that will be, for climate action, nuclear safety, and the public good. If there happen to be some accidental unintended benefits for they public good, I doubt that these will compensate for the world’s most powerful nation being run by the lead bully boy for corporate America. Barack Obama retires graciously, claiming that “we did”. Perhaps more accurately “we tried”.
Record loss of sea ice in 2016-both Arctic and Antarctic.
Alexei Yablokov, grandfather of Russian environmentalism, dies at 83
CLIMATE NOAA– Atmospheric CO2 Increased by 2.77 Parts Per Million During 2016. Copernicus organisation says 2016 ‘hottest on record’ in new sign of global warming. Greenland Ice Melt might cause Atlantic Circulation to Collapse.
ENERGY Bleak future for nuclear revival, with solar and wind costs continuing to fall. Rapid rise in Global Photovoltaic Installation Market is predicted by Transparency Market Research.
- USA’s EPA ( Nuclear Industry Protection Agency) confirms dramatic increase in radiation will be permitted in drinking water
- USA nominee for secretary of defense disagrees with Donald Trump on nuclear weapons. US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson disagrees with Donald Trump on nuclear weapons.
- The F-35 may destabilize relations between the world’s two greatest nuclear powers — Russia and the US.
- Background to shutdown of Indian Point nuclear power plant. New York’s renewable energy sector is poised to take over from Indian Point nuclear power station New York nuclear subsidies an ‘existential threat’ to wholesale markets -Electric Power Supply Association.
- 17 USA nuclear reactors listed as having possibly flawed parts from AREVA’s Le Creusot forge. Former nuclear town degenerates into a stranded nuclear waste dump .
- Judge rules that Exxon Mobil Corp must hand over climate documents to Massachusetts.
- US Global Change Research Program recommends research into geoengineering for climate change action.
- 100 % renewable energy by 2050 – pledges General Motors. T
- Tesla starts mass production of solar battery cells.
CANADA. Canada’s government releases carbon pricing plan
UKRAINE. Giant solar farm to be built on Ukraine’s land contaminated by Chernobyl radiation.
NETHERLANDS. Trains 100% wind powered for Netherlands, by 2018.
FRANCE. France’s desperate move to save nuclear company AREVA.
RUSSIA. Alexei Yablokov, Russia’s environmental conscience, dies at 83 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo2cyS1YUqo
CHINA. China’s $493 billion plan for renewable energy.
TAIWAN. Taiwan will end nuclear power generation by 2025.
JAPAN. ‘Monju was not worth dying for’ – says wife of top nuclear official, who suicided. Toshiba’s $billions loss raise questions about costs for new nuclear power. Coral bleaching kills 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef. Japanese Government hides contamination from Fukushima nuclear disaster while sending evacuees home .
NORTH KOREA. North Korea’s greatly increased plutonium stockpile
Here are my predictions for 2017 . They are not all that cheerful. But I am comforted by that fact that I usually predict most unreliably. I pronounced that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidency by a landslide.
But – here goes, anyway :
CLIMATE news. The anthropocene is here with a vengeance, and will be evidenced by continued weather extremes – droughts in Africa, India and other places, floods elsewhere, the continued creeping sea level rise, affecting island nations, and low-lying ones, like Bangladesh. Most worrying of all, the continuance of extraordinary changes in temperature in the Arctic, with effects on ocean currents.
With climate-denying politicians in power, at the national level, action on climate change will be stalled, to some degree. However, at the level of states, local councils, and cities, increased adoption of renewable energy will mean that meaningful climate action goes on with renewed vigour. At the grassroots level, more homes and businesses will adopt solar and wind technologies, as well as smart energy conservation – a trend already apparent in Australia, and parts of Europe and USA, as well as in developing countries, where off-grid energy becomes a boon to millions. Public disillusion with climate denying leaders will rise.
NUCLEAR news. The world will limp on, avoiding nuclear war by a whisker, especially in relation to India and Pakistan. However, there will be encouraging developments in the international nuclear disarmament movement, with an impressive conference in March.
In America, more nuclear power stations will close, due to their diseconomics. Nuclear power development in China will continue to slow down, for reasons of cost, water shortage, and even public opposition. India’s growing solar energy success will threaten its nuclear development. Britain, however, will be a focus, as France, China, South Korea, even Russia will push desperately for Hinkley, Moorside, Bradwell nuclear projects, which will have to be subsidised by taxpayers.
Fukushima will continue to be a running sore with no cure in sight, while Japan and the world happily look forward to the 2020 Olympics.
The nuclear waste problem will continue to dog USA, and efforts to even trial new solutions like deep bore drilling will meet public opposition, even without any radioactive trash. Some countries, e.g. France, with existing nuclear power stations will look to closing them down. At the same time, there’ll be a continuing frenzy to try to market nuclear power to non nuclear countries.
The proponents of “New Nuclear”, particularly of Thorium and of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors will continue to pretend that they help Big Nuclear by supposedly dealing with the waste problem. But in reality, they’ll be rejoicing at the plight of Big Nuclear, and toting their still non existent new gimmicks to governments. In particular, they’ll want America to weaken its safety regulations.
Above all, the nuclear lobbyists and publicists will hammer their lie that nuclear power can stop climate change. Not only is that not true, but also, that claim becomes increasingly irrelevant as climate change races ahead. – simply no time for that “solution” anyway.
But that won’t stop the “New Nuclear” lobby. They’ll bring out a film – THE NEW FIRE glossy, expensively made, sophisticated – to push the new gee whiz nuclear kids on the block. Their various front groups, e.g Weinberg Next Nuclear , “Breakthrough Energy Coalition” and Australia’s “Bright New World” will continue to pose as charities, and gain tax exempt status.
I’d love to think that journalists and academics will see through the spin. But I am not optimistic, following a year when spin brought Brexit and Donald Trump’s rise. (Even if Trump gets bored, and chucks the job in to run a personal media circus, the USA will still be run by climate denying Republicans. )
Journalists and academics will continue to spout the nuclear lies – about low dose ionising radiation being OK , and above all, keep hammering the message of nuclear being “clean” and “low carbon” . They know where the money is. The public at large will believe them, despite the efforts of the anti nuclear movement, and of a few brave, outspoken journalists and academics.
2016 brought a new word – the Anthropocene. It has been the year in which many of us realised that the planet has been irrevocably changed- by the human species. Of the wide-ranging effects of human activities,climate change is the one that has now become the most terrible threat. People around the world are trying to change our destructive ways: individuals, town councils, city mayors, states, and, to a much lesser degree, national governments work to conserve energy and promote renewable energy generation.
Countering that, the polluting industries have used their think tank front groups, and mainstream media, to confuse the public, and deny the science.
In November 196 countries participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, to develop agendas for carrying out the the Paris Agreement of 2015. But international action was hampered by the presence of fossil fuel companies, and even more, by the election of climate sceptic Donald Trump to the USA presidency.
The nuclear disarmament movement was boosted on October 27, when—by a vote of 123 for, 38 against, and 16 abstaining—the First Committee of the UN agreed “to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.”
Nuclear power issues focussed on both the decline of the nuclear power industry, and the desperate efforts of the industry to survive. Notably in Britain, a clearly uneconomic pro nuclear programme has been pushed, with the gigantic Hinkley white elephant in the lead. In America, subsidising of nuclear power is a contentious issue.
Meanwhile. nuclear countries, unable to make the nuclear industry profitable, and unable to deal with its toxic wastes, have persisted in their marketing drive to export nuclear technology. The target countries are many, but South East Asia is a prime example. That campaign for SE Asia suffered a setback when South Australians rejected an ill-advised government push to commercially import nuclear wastes – a plan that was intended to solve the problem for new nuclear stations in South East Asia.
Within the nuclear lobby, a quiet battle has gone on between the conventional Big Nuclear Reactor industry, and the campaigners for Small Nuclear Reactors. The latter reactors do not exist, but their hype is everywhere, particularly led by Bill Gates and various nuclear front groups. Unfortunately, Gates has bought into the nuclear lobby’s deception about nuclear fixing climate change.
So – we end the year with climate change not just looming, but already here, endangering us and other species. The extraordinary attention given to Donald Trump and his impact on global climate and nuclear policy leaves us with very worrying questions.
Not really. For USA and world politics, most observers are aghast at the team of billionaires that Donald Trump is picking for his administration. In particular, the consequences for climate action look dire.
On the nuclear scene, the facade of success is being maintained by the industry, especially in the UK. where the global industry’s big hope, Hinkley C nuclear project, struggles on. Behind the scenes, the “new Small Nuclear” proponents, often led by Bill Gates, quietly sabotage the “conventional Big Nukes” , and promote small nuclear reactors as “clean”. More about that later.
Julia Gillard on the need for education funding.
Increasing threat of computer hacking on nuclear plants.
UK. Pro nuclear UK Prime Minister Theresa May heading towards quiet public subsidising of new nuclear stations, South Korea might join the throng marketing their costly nuclear reactors to Britain. Engie, (formerly GDF Suez) might pull out of UK nuclear power plan at Moorside in Cumbria. Confusion in , and opposition to, Bradwell’s Chinese-built nuclear plant plans. Anglesey UK: economy stagnates during the struggle to find finance for Wylfa Newydd New Nuclear.
FRANCE. French Nuclear Industry in Chaos. Financially strapped French company AREVA gets a lifeline. EDF in dire financial straits, too. Global review of nuclear reactors, following news of cover-up of AREVA’s manufacturing flaws. Nuclear worker convicted of terrorism conspiracy – had worked for 3 years while under investigation!
- American scientists making backups of climate data: fears that Trump will destroy climate files.
- USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives 30 yr old Fermi 2 nuclear plant 20-year operating license renewal.
- Rising costs for Vogtle Nuclear Reactors– Georgia Public Service Commissioners to Decide on Who Pays.
- USA nuclear regulators investigating potential risks linked to falsified French nuclear documents.
- Rick Perry who aimed to abolish Dept of Energy (DOE) – to be named by Trump as DOE Secretary! Nuclear industry confident that Rick Perry as Energy Secretary will boost their industry.
- Nuclear energy should be classed as “renewable”– says Arizona utility regulator.
JAPAN. Japanese government to provide $8.5 billion for a UK nuclear power plant project in Wales. Fukushima evacuee poll finds kids in eight Yokohama-area households had experienced bullying. More Evacuees Sue Govt, TEPCO over Fukushima N-Accident.
CHINA. China again flies nuclear-capable bomber over South China Sea
TAIWAN. Taiwan to hold off on plans for problematic Japanese food imports
GERMANY. Germany’s parliament approves nuclear waste deal with industry
- Father Christmas will most likely be homeless in a couple of years. Alarm among scientists at ‘Extraordinarily hot’ Arctic temperatures. Problem of carbon release as permafrost melts.
- For 2016, Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations are Rising at the Fastest Rate Ever Seen.
- Climate Change will lead to uncontrollable migration.
- The climate-water conflict – climate change increases risk of nuclear war.
- Insurance companies losing ability to manage risks, as climate change brings extreme weather events.
FRANCE. EDF’s financial crisis will leave french taxpayers with a huge nuclear bill. Suspected falsifying of documents: French prosecutors investigate Areva’s Le Creusot nuclear foundry. France launches investigation of Fessenheim nuclear power plant.
- President elect Trump: his Cabinet and Climate. Trump Appoints Climate Skeptic to NASA Team
- Donald Trump’s team want Energy Department to save the failing nuclear industry.
- North Dakota pipeline protestors get support from US military veterans.
- Entergy’s troubled Palisades nuclear power plant for early shutdown.
- Dozens of canisters of radioactive waste to be repackaged at USA’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Roof collapse at USA’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant – more nuclear safety worries.
- US Navy to build a new facility for stranded radioactive nuclear wastes.
- Landmark case on climate change looming for USA government.
JAPAN. Japan to increase loan to Fukushima operator Tepco to $123 billion. Mitsubishi Heavy makes huge and risky investment in AREVA nuclear. Plan to build Monju nuclear reprocessing successor to Recycle Plutonium Stocks
UK. NUGEN Partner ENGIE Wants OUT of Nuclear
RUSSIA. Russia’s new ‘drone submarine’ with range of 6,200 miles.
GERMANY. German legal case sets precedent for limiting the greed of nuclear and coal companies.
BELARUS. Belarus radiation tragedy of Chernobyl is only just developing.
AFRICA. Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable.
BULGARIA. Bulgaria pays compensation damages to Russia, for scrapping Belene nuclear plant
INDIA India’s push for solar energy is gaining steam
IRAN. Iranian president won’t let Trump ruin the US–Iran nuclear deal
Media attention continues to focus on Donald Trump. He seems happy in the spotlight, even if the revelations are about his conflicts of interest, and the unsuitability of officials that he’s appointing. Trump himself hardly matters, really, as the Republicans will be in charge in the White House, Congress and Senate, and are dominated by anti-science, climate deniers, and hawkish militarists.
Meanwhile the impacts of climate change continue, and their repercussions for society, and world security are becoming realised. Uncontrollable climate change could be triggered by Arctic ice melt. Military experts warn on refugee crises and need to combat climate change. With Temperatures Hitting 1.2 C Hotter than Pre-Industrial, Drought Now Spans the Globe. Biggest-Ever Coral Die-Off Reported on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Pope Francis urges national leaders not to wreck the climate change pact.
People power, not Trump, has killed the Trans Pacific Partnership.
JAPAN. Fukushima Daiichi to cost TEPCO $170 billion. Radioactive Waste from Fukushima Plant Water Piling Up with No Final Destination. Fukushima Evacuees Still Unable to Go Home Over 5 Years after Earthquake, Nuclear Accident. Fukushima aftershock renews public concern about restarting Kansai’s aging nuclear reactors.
USA. Time that lawmakers limited the power of American President to start using nuclear weapons. Clearwater takes legal action against New York over subsidy to nuclear power stations. Hanford’s nuclear site ‘the most toxic place in America’. Climate change in action – California’s six-year drought has killed 102 Million Trees.
SOUTH EAST ASIA. Very dubious market for nuclear power in South East Asia.
UK. The AP1000 Nuclear Reactor Design is not fit for purpose: several safety flaws. Nuclear reactor graphite cores cracking: Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B.
FRANCE. Electricite de France (EDF) – what a nuclear mess!
RUSSIA. Russia kept secret about an explosion at a nuclear power plant.
UKRAINE. Chernobyl nuclear reactor now encased in steel tomb.
NORTH KOREA. New sanctions on North Korea in reaction to its latest nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
GERMANY. Legal ruling to come, on Germany’s nuclear exit.
SWITZERLAND. Swiss reject hasty exit from nuclear power, but not by a huge vote.
CANADA. No need for a nuclear reactor to produce medical isotopes: Canada shows the way.
SWEDEN. Sweden ditching taxes on solar energy, to promote fast investment in renewables.
Much as I would love to completely ignore the Trumpomania that now grips the media, and at the same time, seems to paralyse political action, I just can’t – because climate and nuclear policies worldwide now stagnate, like ships in the doldrums, waiting for the new wind – of Trump’s inauguration on January 20 2017.
The Marrakech climate talks, (follow-up to the 2015 Paris climate summit) produced the “Marrakech Action Proclamation”, and some ambitious national programmes, but were described as producing “defiance towards Trump, but little else”. Global green movement prepares to fight Trump on climate change. Trump’s climate denial is just one of the forces that points towards war.
Unease amongst world leaders over Donald Trump’s nuclear policies, and appointments.
On nuclear weapons, the UN General Assembly First Committee voted on Resolution A/C.1/71/L.41 (L.41) States adopted the resolution to hold negotiations on a nuclear ban treaty in 2017. Here at least, some ray of light regarding Trump’s attitude of wanting to negotiate with Russia and North Korea. –Perhaps Secretary General Ban Ki-moon can leave his office with an important victory at the end of his term by seizing this opportunity and encouraging the ‘deal maker’ in Trump to move forward with a US-Russia rapprochement, clearing a pathway for the elimination of nuclear weapons as well as putting an end to the hostilities on the Korean peninsula.
The case for space – Part 3: Martian delusions.
ARCTIC.Alarm among scientists at ‘Extraordinarily hot’ Arctic temperatures.
RUSSIA.Russia tests intercontinental ballistic missiles for its “nuclear trains” program.
JAPAN. Japan Earthquake: Social Aftershocks of Fukushima Disaster are Still Being Felt. Crisis averted, but is N-plant operator Tepco prepared for a bigger quake? Temporary Radioactive Soil Storage Sites Hinder Fukushima Farmers.
USA. – Nuclear
- Obama administration set to strengthen Iran Nuclear Deal.
- New York Court of Appeals approves right of the state to review Indian Point Nuclear plant’s relicensing.
- Nuclear contractors settle with USA Justice Dept over allegations of improper billing.
- The absurdity of continuing nuclear power, with waste disposal unsolved.
- Savannah River Site could be stuck with stranded nuclear wastes from Canadian research reactor.
- Exelon pushes bills in Illinois General Assembly to subsidise and save its nuclear power stations.
- Nuclear propagandist James Conca shows the industry how to peddle its lies.
USA – Climate
- Property values getting threatened by sea level rise. Climate change IS looking serious!
- Climate action in America’s cities, despite Donald Trump.
- What Does A Trump Presidency Mean For Climate-Change Education?
- America’s energy industries – what to expect from President Trump.
- Obama government pushes a slate of clean energy initiatives.
- Florida’s Amendment 1 would have undermined rooftop solar, but voters were not fooled.
CANADA. Canadian government to review plan to dump nuclear waste close to Great Lakes.
INDIA. Costs too high: India has to delay its nuclear power programme
NORTH KOREA. Fears about North Korea’s nuclear test swish around Donald Trump’s inauguration.
CHINA. China’s ambitious plan, lifting poor communities by means of solar rooftops.
AFRICA. Stark choices face communities in drought afflicted Africa.
EUROPE. Economic and Social Research Institute tots up the cost of a nuclear disaster in Europe – €160bn.
VIETNAM. Vietnam’s legislature endorses scrapping of nuclear power plans
There’s an uncanny echo of the 1930s in the rise of extreme right wing politics in the Western world today. “I will make America great again” – says Donald Trump. And how many other strident voices are gathering mass support with a similar simplistic message, in other countries?
Donald Trump – the triumph of narcissism. Like the attention-seeking child in the classroom, with all eyes upon him, Trump captures the attention of the world, (this probably his main goal). Some hope that, as USA President, his intelligent, gently spoken, kindly, side will prevail. Ralph Nader doubts this.
Religious leaders from 44 countries present the the COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement.
Trans Pacific Partnership – just about ready for burial?.
EUROPE. Europe adopts new rules on disposal of nuclear waste.
JAPAN. TEPCO to be sued by cancer victim, former Fukushima worker. Japan’s nuclear marketing disappointment: Vietnam to cancel reactor order. Another operation approval of aging nuclear reactor contradicts 40-year rule. Anti-nuclear scientist group aims to boost influence amid growing defense research fears.
- USA Judge refuses to dismiss Youth Climate Lawsuit.
- American environmental officials appointed by Trump will be climate deniers. Under President Trump there’ll be a fossil fuel fan administration.
- Commitment to divest from fossil fuels – Islamic Society of North America.
- US Republicans now seek a quick way to get out of Paris climate agreement.
- Nuclear lobby renews its pretense that it is “clean and green”.
- The nuclear lobby gives its orders to the USA government. America’s nuclear industry lobby seeks cuts to its liability responsibilities in the event of an accident.
- Radical Bill in Illinois would rewrite the law, in order to save Exelon’s nuclear reactors. Consumer and business groups fight Exelon’s huge utility rate hike.
- USA’s Environmental Protection Agency to test areas in Bridgeton for radioactive contamination.
IRAN. Iran arrests 12 members of nuclear negotiating team for espionage.
SWITZERLAND.Swiss can’t give away nuclear reactors, let alone sell them.
INDIA. India made no additional concessions to Japan in nuclear deal. Still-confusion over ‘termination’ clause.
AFRICA. Drought is destabilising Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s renewable energy boom attacked by nuclear Eskom
UK. Nuclear lobby getting a big boost from the British government.
AUSTRALIA. Push for a nuclear waste import industry defeated. South Australian Premier ‘s political career could be finished, over this issue.
Even under Trump, there will still be reason for climate action hope – climate action internationally and in USA States. Donald Trump wants to blow up the global climate effort. People are now saying hopeful things about Trump. And I do agree – it is possible for a narcissistic, bullying, misogynist, lying, sociopath to change – it just doesn’t happen all that often.
Human-induced climate change has already impacted every aspect of life on Earth. Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be ‘Game Over’ , scientists warn. Climate Disruption’s Legacy: Megadroughts, Extinctions, Obituaries for Reefs.
AUSTRALIA. . An extraordinary turnaround. It looks as though South Australia is about to dump the nuclear dump idea. South Australian Labor’s nuclear waste plan – “dead and buried” say Liberals.
INDIA. Nuclear non-proliferation is undermined by India-Japan deal.
USA. Trump’s Promise to be America’s Most Dangerous, Divisive President. Drought, Climate Change Spur Severe Election Day Wildfire Outbreak Across Four-State Area. The nuke heads want to use small nuclear reactor for Mars travel (I suppose it’s on tax-payers’ money).
Continuing serious problems with USA’s Watts Bar Unit 2, last old nuclear reactor of the 20th century. Explosion-Fire at Nuclear Power Station Near New York City on Election Day Due to Equipment Failure.
FRANCE. France’s nuclear power dependence causing anxiety.
The annual United Nations climate change conference starts in Marrakech on Monday and will also serve as the first official meeting of parties to the Paris agreement struck in 2015. Even with the Paris climate deal, world will warm 3.4°C by 2100. Famine, war and disease – a grim future if climate change is not stalled. Drifting into Arctic Un-Winter. Experts doubt that geo-engineering will succeed in halting climate change. Leonardo Di Caprio’s new film “Before The Flood” debunks climate myths
Mikhail Gorbachev leads, in appeal for dialogue, and reason.
UN vote to start negotiating treaty to ban nuclear weapons- Australia voted against it.
6th depleted uranium resolution passed by UN General Assembly’s First Committee.
UK. Secret documents reveal that British tax-payers will cop the costs of Hinkley’s nuclear wastes and any serious accident. Hinkley construction “milestone” reached before contract signed. China determined to export nuclear expertise: it all hangs on UK Hinkley project. Fears over core safety as cracks found in Scots nuclear reactor.
USA. President Obama’s important legacy on climate change. A new tool for law enforcement agencies to identify criminal nuclear activity. ‘Substantial weaknesses’ in TVA safety culture at new nuclear plant. Just like any other house – but it’s got a SOLAR ROOF.
JAPAN. Asahi Shimbun made brave effort for investigative journalism. Japan’s vote against nuke ban talks mocks its anti-nuke credo. Survivors of A-bomb protest Japan opposing nuke ban treaty. Gov’t to seek disaster compensation funds from consumers who used nuclear energy.
RUSSIA. Russia’s top secret nuclear sacrifice zone revealed.
INDIA. India turning away from fossil fuels, to replace coal with cheaper solar power by 2022
SPAIN. By 2100 Southern Spain headed to become a desert, with climate change
NUCLEAR UN votes to start negotiating treaty to ban nuclear weapons Australia votes with major nuclear powers against the resolution – including US, Russia and Israel – but 123 nations vote in favour.
CLIMATE. Carbon dioxide at record levels, UN warns. The hottest year on record? It will be 2016. Climate change and ocean deoxygenation on the way to suffocating the oceans. Climate change could spark the world’s next financial crisis. Climate change brings skin diseases to new regions. Half a Kilometer of Ice Gone in Just 7 Years — West Antarctica’s Smith Glacier Points To Nightmare Melt Scenario
Causal connection between nuclear radiation and Alzheimers’ Disease – European research.
A “nonsense” paper accepted for International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
AFRICA. “We Have Nowhere to Go” — Sea Level Rise is Devouring the Coast of West Africa
- Political journalism in America – dying, with the tawdry election “debate”
- The danger of war between USA and Russia now greater than in the cold war.
- USA and North Korea are talking, unofficially.
- Republicans’ foreign policy approach more moderate than that of Democrats.
- America DID use depleted uranium weapons in Syria.
- Transport of nuclear waste – as big a problem as storage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oANCQyWluOk
- USA’s Energy Secretary Moniz promoting nuclear industry for all he’s worth. National and Texas groups unite against nuclear waste “interim” storage scheme.
- Investment firm Carlyle Group LP foresees end of nuclear power in USA, unless saved by tax-payers Closure of Fort Calhoun nuclear station will save $millions. Wind and solar power set to take over as Fort Calhoun nuclear plant closes.
- TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Workers Frightened of Raising Safety Concerns: US NRC Meets with TVA Officials on Nov. 3rd.
SOUTH KOREA. South Korea’s anxiety: talk of pre-emptive strikes on North Korean missile and nuclear facilities.
FRANCE. Japanese Flawed steel Components at the Center of French Nuclear Crisis – Major Questions & Implications for Japanese Reactors Safety.
TAIWAN to End Nuclear Power Generation in 2025
UK. Scottish power plant forced offline for a week by swarm of jellyfish.
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