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To 27 January – climate and nuclear news

Australia’s bushfires still dominate the climate news. Despite helpful rain, as of last Tuesday, 107 fires were still burning.-More extreme heat, and more fires, are predicted. Indeed, as I write, a new bushfire is reported, in Australian Capital Territory.

Still, Australia is far from the only climate story this week.  Climate change could unlock new microbes and increase heat-related deaths.    Deadly flooding and landslides are striking Brazil. Extreme weather is causing falling iguanas, rise of deadly spiders and swarms of locusts.  And, no doubt of prime importance to “sensible” and “corporate” humans, Climate Change could blow up the economy and the banks aren’t ready.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the “Doomsday Clock” to 100 minutes to midnight, its closest to doomsday since it began ticking, due to nuclear proliferation, failure to tackle climate change and “cyber-based disinformation”.

Six legal arguments against the extradition of Julian Assange to America.

New interactive flood-risk map shows that global vulnerability to sea level rise is worse than previously understood.  Davos conference – an expensive exercise in corporate spin. Greta Thunberg says climate demands ‘completely ignored’ at Davos.

The global danger as insect species disappear

Nuclear recycling is a bad idea.  The nuclear nations push the fantasy of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.

World’s first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters.

Solar, storage, and wind tipped as top energy job generators.

EUROPE. Wildfires – drastic climate effects in Australia, but Europe cops it, too.

USA.

IRAN. Understanding Iran.  Iran will never seek nuclear weapons – P.M Rouhani.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea abandoning talks with “hostile” USA.

JAPAN.

UK. Significant item –   In UK deep disposal is planned for the mounting, costly and forever problem of nuclear wastes. Rolls Royce’s fantasy plan for so-called ‘mini’ nuclear reactors. In UK “big” nuclear power versus “small” (both unaffordable) at Wylfa

FRANCE. Sloppy safety and waste management at Electricite de France’s nuclear sites.

CANADA,  Ontario landowners sign deal with agency looking to store used nuclear fuel.

INDIA. India – a case study in regulatory capture by the nuclear industry.   India joins the panic to sell costly, impractical, nuclear power to Africa and Middle East.  India installed 7.5GW of solar and 2.4GW of wind in 2019.

SWEDEN. Swedish Parliament Rejects Proposal to Halt Nuclear Shutdown.

ROMANIA. Romania quits deal with China for new nuclear reactors.

RUSSIA. Unsafety of Russia’s November-class submarines.

January 27, 2020 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

To 21st January – climate/nuclear news

With apologies to Samuel Johnson and “MadMen” – “Nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of the economy going bust ”  Now, at the 50th anniversary meeting of  the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, climate change is the top subject. While poorer countries for a decade or more have suffered extreme droughts, floods -the impacts of global heating, it has taken the extreme wildfires of a rich country, Australia, to make the world’s big business people now sit up and take notice.

The case of Australia is remarkable also, in that the wildfires’ consequences have affected an entire continent.

While the news media is now more awake up to the global heating crisis, thing are pretty quiet on the nuclear scene.  The world continues to teeter on the nuclear war brink, and the millennials are apprehensive about this. On January 23rd, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will announce the 2020 time of the Doomsday Clock.

A bit of good news – Dutch Guy Famous for Cleaning Up Pacific Garbage Patch is Now Clearing the World’s Rivers Too

Climate change afflicting the health of the world’s children. New review confirms that global heating  increases the risk of wildfires. The oceans are getting hot.

Debunking James Hansen’s claims in favour of nuclear power.

Low dose radiation causes cell mutations – new research.

Nuclear industry in terminal decline – over to solar and wind. Nuclear’s swansong?

AUSTRALIA.  Much of Australia might simply become too hot and dry for human habitation. Australia led the world in climate action, in 2012 with the Gillard Labor government.

JAPAN. Japan’s Olympics – recovery for Fukushima? rescue for the nuclear industry? Japanese High Court rules against nuclear reactor restart.  No chance of re-using spent mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel, its storage highly dangerous.

IRAN. Tehran warns it may cease cooperation with IAEA.

KENYA. Vast swarm of locusts ruining the livelihood of 1000s in East Africa.

CHINA. China’s nuclear ghost city 404 – a personal story. New report: China soon to join countries with renewables cheaper than coal.

TURKEY. In Turkey, renewable energy rising, as nuclear partnership with Japan is scrapped.

USA.

UK.  UK’s nuclear region, Cumbria, has unusually high rates of certain cancers. Bottled Water Use – Many West Cumbrians frightened to drink the tap water.

In UK, energy bosses bullying locals into submission over Sizewell nuclear build?  The highly controversial question of how to fund UK’s nuclear build. Britain’s Sizewell nuclear project in jeopardy, as EDF struggles to get funding. As building large nuclear stations stall in UK, sites are picked for ‘small’ nuclear reactors.

Britons want real action on climate change, but Boris Johnson’s govt missing in action on this.

EUROPE. European Parliament endorses $1.6 trillion investment plan for Green New Deal.  Europe’s Just Transition Mechanism excludes nuclear from the European Green Deal.  V4 group and Austria disagree on nuclear power.

BELGIUM. Belgium lawmakers narrowly agree to keep U.S. nuclear weapons, Belgian public overwhelmingly opposes this.

BELARUS. Anxiety in Belarus and Lithuania, over new Chernobyl-style nuclear power station.

TAHITI. Australian bushfire smoke across the Pacific shows how French nuclear tests spread radiation.

MIDDLE EAST.  Nuclear reactors for the gulf region could be an even worse threat than global heating.

FRANCE. Significant drop in France’s nuclear energy production.

CANADA. The fallout from a false nuclear alarm .

January 21, 2020 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Is climate heating becoming irreversible?

I started this website many years ago, because I was appalled at the lies promoting nuclear power  – lies that minimised the horror of nuclear weapons, nuclear accidents, and the radioactive legacy that we are passing on to our grandchildren and beyond.

Well – those lies are still being spread, by writers paid by the nuclear industry.

A big one is the story that nuclear will beat climate change. (the irony of it – as it’s the other way around). 

Nuclear is irrelevant to climate change, except for taking funding from real solutions.

But – my dilemma now is that climate change is the biggie, because it is sure close to irreversible. (Theoretically, nuclear could be stopped, now)

Perhaps it’s because I am Australian, that I am feeling this problem so acutely right now.  Yes, nuclear is still a horror threat, and still must be covered.

But – omigawd!    Greta Thunberg is so right!  Surely we all know this, in our hearts. We must all act on climate change.

January 14, 2020 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Nuclear/climate news this week

After days of denial from Iran, President Rouhani on Saturday admitted to “human error” in bringing down the Boeing 737, and the Guards’ aerospace commander General Amirali Hajizadeh accepted full responsibility. Rouhani agreed with Qatar and Pakistani leaders on de-escalation and dialogue as ‘only solution’ to solve the crisis with US. As Europe tries to preserve the Iran nuclear deal,  Donald Trump is currently a bigger headache for Europe than Iran is.

The global importance of Australia’s bushfires – climate impacts wildfires, and wildfires impact climate.  The concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases is at a record high. Nations are not meeting their already inadequate climate commitments, and if Trump is re-elected in 2020, America will continue to lead the way in sabotage of action on climate.

A bit of good news – Fukushima Japan Vows to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Use in 20 Years.

The idea of a “Nuclear Second Strike”: NOT morally justifiable , NOT ‘acceptable.’
World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 dispels the illusion of nuclear power as a fix for climate change.
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – a wasteful distraction from real efforts to combat climate change.
Expensive but necessary – protecting nuclear reactors from cyber threats.
USA. U.S. Senate must reaffirm that the power to make war rests with Congress, NOT the President. Trump urges Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China to dump the Iran nuclear deal.  Trump’s unpredictability on Iran adds to weapons proliferation dangers. Donald Trump’s latest unwise move –setting up a massive nuclear crisis with Iran.  Pro -war opinion in Washington Post, -but the author is, quietly, a board member of weapons company Raytheon.  Fact check: Amy Klobuchar falsely claims Iran is ‘announcing’ it will develop a nuclear weaponWe must halt war funding and slash the giant Pentagon budget.
U.S. Republican law-maker opposes Canada storing high-level nuclear waste near Lake Huron  . Fukushima Nuclear Disaster | Increased Thyroid Cancer in U.S.
IRAN. Two earthquakes strike near Iran nuclear plant. Don’t Worry About Iranian Nukes Anytime Soon, Nuclear Experts Say.
EUROPE. Angela Merkel urges all parties to back Iran nuclear deal.
UK.
NORTH KOREA. North Korea said it was ‘deceived’ by the US in 18 months of nuclear talks.  North Korea’s nuclear capabilities already expanding rapidly.
RUSSIA. Is Russia’s 100- Megaton Nuclear Torpedo More Trouble Than Its Worth?
AUSTRALIA.  Australia stuck in the climate spiral – producing pollution, burning from pollution. Australia’s $multi-billion climate whammy: Ross Garnaut was right. In 2008, the Garnaut Climate Change Review predicted this bushfire situation. The $billions cost of Australia’s climate disasters. Australia’s costly failure to address global warming risk mitigation.
NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand veterans await nuclear radiation genetic testing study.
UGANDA. Nuclear energy for Uganda – a bad option.
PORTUGAL. CHEESE INSTEAD OF URANIUM – film record of a community decision.
CANADA. Canadians got a false alert about a nuclear power plant incident.

January 13, 2020 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_I8TuF_dLA

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ_NyEYRkLQ . 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.

JAPAN.

USA.

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

UK.

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 | 3 Comments

Climate and nuclear news this week

I am struggling to find good news – news that would be fitting for this festive week. Well, I guess that “bad” news is pretty much the definition of news, anyway.  As most people are behaving reasonably and decently, and many things are going well – that’s not noteworthy: then the unusual, the bad thing is, by definition, “news”.

On a positive note, Dr Helen Caldicott reminds us that although the nuclear-weapons nations are poised for ecocidal war, the path to peace is still possible;

       The United States of America urgently needs to rise to its full moral and               spiritual height and lead the world to sanity and survival. I know this is               possible because, in the 1980s, millions of wonderful people rose up                     nationally and internationally to end the nuclear arms race and to end the         Cold War.

       This, then, is the sound template upon which we must act.

These 32 experts refute the claim that nuclear power is a sustainable method against climate change.    Busting the false claims of the thorium nuclear lobby.

Nuclear cost and water consumption – The elephants in the control room.The engaging of youth in the movement to end nuclear weapons.

Risks in incorporating artificial intelligence into nuclear weapons systems.

Ionising radiation damages brain connections.

Julian Assange “slowly dying” and “often sedated” in Belmarsh prison.

Renewables – Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2019.

SOUTH AMERICA. The Amazon at a Tipping Point.

JAPAN. Further delay in removal of spent nuclear fuel at Fukushima No. 1. Tepco (once again) saying they will put a giant cover over Fukushima No.1 reactor.  Japan proposes Fukushima water release to sea or air.  Tokyo ‘Recovery Olympics’ offer scant solace to displaced victims of Fukushima nuclear disaster.Toshiba warns it may not continue as ‘going concern‘.  Japan Gov’t liability denied for nukes damages, Tepco to pay minimal damages to evacuees.

EUROPE. European Union split on nuclear energy, but manages a draft Green Finance deal.

KYRGYZSTAN. Kyrgyzstan bans uranium, thorium mining.

RUSSIA Russia deploys first hypersonic missiles. Scientists track down the source of radioactive plume, – Russian cover-up of a nuclear accident.

NORTH KOREA.  North Korea preparing for nuclear negotiations with USA.   Kim Jong Un refers to North Korea being ‘prepared’ for war, hinting at nuclear capabilities.

USA.

MARSHALL ISLANDS. Hawaii’s law-makers very worried about the nuclear coffin at the Marshall Islands.  Seafloor mapping reveals the degradation of ocean floor by Bikini nuclear bomb tests.

FINLAND. Yet more delay – Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor already 12 years behind schedule.

FRANCE. “Potentially faulty electrical components” in France’s nuclear backup systems.

GERMANY. Germany’s next nuclear reactor closure on December 31st.

UK. Goats irradiated in 1950s now pose possible environmental danger in Berkshire, UK

SWITZERLAND. Swiss nuclear power station shut down, due to a technical problem.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dangers of weapons race, terrorism, disaster, as United Arab Emirates proceeds with nuclear power plan.

IRAN. 5.1 magnitude earthquake near Iran nuclear power plant.

PHILIPPINES. Philippines prone to natural disasters, but still contemplates nuclear power.

December 30, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

2020 a critical year to stall global heating, without dirty nuclear power.

Is the ‘developed’ world at last waking up to the reality of global heating and climate change? There are a few signs that the human race’s slavery to consumerism and endless growth might be wavering. But it’s a long haul to expect Chinese and Indian people, and the rest of the formerly ‘undeveloped ‘ countries to be persuaded.

Even so, the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions is urgent, for we must reduce the pace and impact of global heating, and prepare for the coming upheavals.

While action on climate is utterly essential NOW, the nuclear threats also remain.

In 2020 the corrupt nuclear lobby will push the lie that nuclear solves climate change, that Small Modular Nuclear Reactors are the answer.

2020 is a critical year, when we might be able to limit the process of global heating to 2 degrees C.  It is also a critical year to spell out the facts on nuclear costs, wastes, dangers, connection with weapons, and to stop the expensive distraction of nuclear power.

December 30, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week in climate and nuclear news

The marathon climate talks in Madrid had a rather disappointing outcomehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk8McVmQRDI  While the USA was excluded from the conference, other fossil-fuel addicted nations, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil did their best to sabotage the cause for climate action. Meanwhile the valuable perspective from women was largely ignored. From the top down in climate discussions, to regional and local talks in developing countries, women’s voices are generally excluded.

The nuclear lobby is working quietly away to get nuclear power accepted as “green”, thus getting not only ‘respectability’, but also hefty financial  advantages. They’re having minor success in Europe. The European Union’s sustainable finance debate was bogged down in the question of including nuclear power. It ended up with a weak inclusion of nuclear power as a “sustainable activity’, but it still has to be agreed by the European Parliament, which has insisted on its “no” to nuclear.  

Some good news – The Global Deal for Nature.

In fealty to the global nuclear industry, the Liberals line up the nuclear dump site, amendments to law, deepwater port.

In the rush to get a nuclear waste dump site, the Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science has ignored the transport dangers. Residents vote against nuclear waste dump near Hawker in South Australia. Strong opposition to nuclear waste dump plan for Flinders Ranges.  Kimba now the likely site for nuclear waste dump.

ENVIRONMENT. While ignorant tunnel-visioned politicians kowtow to irrigators, the Murray River system faces death. A foreign corporation gets 89 BILLION litres of Australia’s water, as drought worsens. Scott Morrison trashes the Environment Department.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. A lot of progress, – much information at https://reneweconomy.com.au

INTERNATIONAL

United States and Russia are on the verge of a new arms race, Nuclear War Simulator shows the devastation that nukes could cause.

The toxic gender norms in the nuclear weapons establishment.

Ethics of burdening developing countries with nuclear debts and nuclear wastes.

Devastating array of craters on the ocean floor, from nuclear tests.

RUSSIA.  Investigative journalism –  Hazards of Russia’s nuclear colonialism– example South Africa. Docking problems for Russia’s nuclear ships.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea conducts second test at satellite site, to ‘bolster nuclear deterrent’.

USA.

JAPAN.  Japan ponders recycling Fukushima soil for public parks and green areas.   TEPCO delays Fukushima chimney demolition. Olympics no relief for devastated city. Fukushima: Japan court finds government liable for nuclear disaster.

Radiation levels in one Fukushima reactor high enough to kill a human in two minutes.  Fukushima Radiation Hotspots Raise Concerns Ahead of Tokyo Olympics. Fukushima Prefecture has over 9 million bags of nuclear waste.  Analysis of decontamination of irradiated soil of Fukushima area.

Two nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture to be shut down.

FRANCE. In France, over the next decade renewable energy is ‘on track to overtake nuclear’.  Legal action regarding defective welds in EPR nuclear reactor. France’s EDF company is trying to “restore trust” in the nuclear industry.

TURKEY. Turkey may shut US nuclear weapons base over sanctions threat.

UK.

CANADA. Nuclear power the worst, most unsuitable, most expensive power option for Ontario.  U.S. Congress members call on Trudeau to stop nuclear waste dumping near Great Lakes.

ISRAEL. Israel’s High Court rejects Vanunu’s bid to leave Israel.

INDIA. How India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) got hacked.

AUSTRALIA. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on holidays overseas, as fires burn across Australia. Australians are reminded of the tourism slogan that Morrison created – #wherethebloodyhellareyou?

Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg hits out at Australia’s quest for climate loopholes talks. No legal or moral basis for Australia’s Kyoto accounting fudge, new analysis shows.

In fealty to the global nuclear industry, the Liberals line up the nuclear dump site, amendments to law, deepwater port.

December 18, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

The week in climate and nuclear news

COP 25 – a chance to avoid catastrophic climate change. Not a lot happened in the first week of the COP25 climate talks in Madrid.  Dr Katharine Hayhoe on The Bible and Climate Change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpjL_otLq6Y&feature=emb_title  Disasters fuelled by climate change are the top driver of human displacement.

A bit of good news Renewable cities arising around the world. or  listen on You tube

Water shortages to hit 1.9 billion people as glaciers melt.

Research shows that Climate models have correctly predicted global heating. UN chief praises youth leadership on climate action, deplores government inaction.  Coal power becoming ‘uninsurable’ as firms refuse cover.

9 climate tipping points pushing Earth to the point of no return.

Bacteria to consume CO2 – a climate change solution?

ANTARCTICA. .Antarctic ice sheets could be at greater risk of melting than previously thought.

AUSTRALIA. Australia on fire. Scott Morrison under fire over bushfire emergency. Australia is copping it at COP25 – and rightly so. Australia burns, as government leaders choose not to discuss this.

JAPAN.  The status of Japan’s nuclear policy and future prospects.  ‘ Scorpion‘ robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted.  Fukushima nuclear debris removal to begin in 2021.    High-level radiation hot spots found at J-Village, the starting point of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.  Korea to bring food, check for radiation at Tokyo Games.

EUROPE. Nuclear power headed to be excluded from EU green finance scheme. European report: don’t sacrifice the planet’s ecology in the drive for economic growth.  Technical fault shuts down Belgian nuclear reactor.

FRANCE. France’s nuclear industry in dire straitsAnother shutdown at French nuclear power station Golfech.

ISRAEL. Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz suggests bombing Iran to stop its nuclear program.

IRAN. Britain, France and Germany press Iran over its ballistic missile program. Rafael Mariano Grossi, new UN nuclear agency chief, states he will be“firm and fair” stance on Iran.

UK . UK election. Nuclear power is a hot topic in Wales.      Significant obstacles to Rolls Royce’s fantasy of “clean” nuclear-supplied jet fuel.  Need for scrutiny of troubled Hunterston nuclear reactor before restarting it.

IRAQ. First the U.S. invaded Iraq — then left it poisoned .

CANADA. Ontario’s First Nations to vote on nuclear waste plan near Lake Huron. To store Canada’s nuclear wastes close to Lake Huron – the worst of the worst.  Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – many pitfalls, including security risks.

USA.

ARCTIC. Floating small nuclear reactors bring serious risks.

December 11, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | 5 Comments

Weekly nuclear and climate news

COP25, the annual United Nations international conference on dealing with climate change is now beginning, in Madrid.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJzt05K0r1U   Global climate tipping point is getting near – researchers say.

For December, my websites are focusing on that unfashionable subject – ETHICS.  Some aspects of “nuclear ethics” are climate change, health and environment, sustainability, developing countries, economic feasibility,  – conclusion – nuclear power is not an ethical choice.

A bit of good news – Humpback Whale Population Bounces Back From Near-Extinction—From Just 450, to Over 25,000

 

Barnaby Joyce auctions lump of coal – in a glass jar – at Nationals dinner.

Public opinion: for the first time, Environment is Australians’ top concern. The Murray Darling water crisis and what governments must do to fix this.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  Heating & cooling to go renewable and provide demand response.  Australian solar PV integrated window technology gains US approval.  Renewable South Australia posts lowest wholesale prices for second month in row.  The day rooftop solar met two thirds of South Australia’s total demand.  Power bills to fall by $40 as New South Wales Central West becomes wind and solar power hub.   Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

INTERNATIONAL

The negotiations in Madrid for COP 25 Climate Change Conference.   Tipping points leading to ‘Hothouse Earth’ already “active”, scientists warn.

Catholic doctrine; the use and even the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.    Plans for nuclear waste disposal, but there’s no long term solution.

Despite Halting Progress, UN Continues its Push for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East.

USA. 

MIDDLE EAST. Big risk factors for Middle East countries in adopting nuclear power.

UK. UK’s Labour and Greens parties have highly prioritised climate change action.   Cyber attack targets UK’s nuclear industry. Suffolk Coastal Labour opposes the development of new nuclear capacity at Sizewell.  UK Environment Agency Aims to Increase Tritium Limit in Irish Seaside Landfill .

JAPAN.  Pope Francis, in Japan, Warns of ‘Selfish Decisions’ on Nuclear Energy.  Thorny topic of Fukushima food at the 2020 Olympics. Onagawa nuclear plant to get approval for restart.

FRANCE. France wants to label nuclear as “green“. Germany will have none of it.

GERMANY. Germany must now face up to its nuclear waste problem.

HUNGARY. Hungary wants EU to weaken nuclear licensing rules, as it wants to expand Rosatom nuclear project.

IRAN. Iran warns EU that it may step back from UN nuclear watchdog.

RUSSIA. Russia’s nuclear company Rosatom in financial trouble trying to fund nuclear project in Turkey.  Rosatom planning to market Small Modular Nuclear Reactors to Europe.  Nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile tested over the Barents Sea.

CANADA. Premiers of Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick to plan development of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa to create extra space for nuclear waste.

AUSTRALIA.  Catastrophic weather conditions, but Australian govt has no climate adaptation plan.Sir David Attenborough hits out at the federal government over climate position.

December 2, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

To 27 November – the week in climate and nuclear news

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are now at a record high levelMountain water serving half the world is disappearing.

Against the background of all the disturbing climate news, it’s a bit of a shock to learn the lengths of duplicity to which politicians will go, to prevent climate action.

And, on the nuclear scene, duplicity of a different kind. I hate to use that tawdry phrase “fake news”, but that’s what it was, a false report of a nuclear explosion in the South China Sea.

Some bits of good news – In India, an intrepid old farmer grew a lush oasis in a cold deserthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-foEwcAu_zw. In drought-stricken Australia, some farmers are learning to improve the soil, and conserve water, with regenerative farming.  Patients’exposure to medical radiation is going down.

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Journalism’s future in crisis – the case of Julian Assange.  Political manipulations– the Swedish allegations against Julian Assange.

Global heating is shrinking and accelerating the jet stream.   Pursuing nuclear power slows down real action on climate change by faster, cheaper, energy sources. Analysis: Global coal power set for record fall in 2019.

On nuclear radiation – past and future – extract from article on Chernobyl.

MARSHALL ISLANDS. As the Runit nuclear waste dome crumbles, Marshall Islanders want honesty and justice.

IRAQ. New report on Iraqi babies, deformed due to thorium and uranium from U.S. military actions and bases.

UK. 

CHINA. Further debunking of the conspiracy nonsense about a nuclear explosion in the South China Sea.  China’s $2.5bn renewables investment in Inner Mongolia.

UKRAINE. Studies on Chernobyl nuclear disaster show that it’s relevant today, and for the future.

JAPAN.

SOUTH KOREA. South Korea nuclear regulator wants information on radioactive Fukushima water release.

USA.

AUSTRALIA. 

FRANCE.  France’s nuclear company EDF – report – a litany of failures  France’s Flamanville nuclear financial catastrophe gets worse. France’s government is giving mixed messages on future of nuclear energy. France’s company EDF selling out of USA nuclear plants, Exelon to buy.

INDIA. India’s government ignores opposition as it plans to build spent nuclear fuel storage facility.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s nuclear waste storage almost completely full; a dangerous situation.

RUSSIA.  Putin told bereaved families that nuclear accident scientists were working on an “unparalled”weapon.

TAIWAN. Taiwan govt to give $2.55 billion to Orchid Island in nuclear waste compensation.

GERMANY. In Germany , renewables replace nuclear and lower emissions simultaneously.

CANADA. Toxic flushing of nuclear poisons into Lake Winnipeg.

IRELAND. Irish wind power for France, as France’s EDF nuclear electricity is in a financial mess

November 27, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week in climate/nuclear news

This is a bit more boring than usual, as, apart from the Australian bushfires, not many climate and nuclear events have been in the news this week.

A new book brings the nuclear and climate threats together in a scary warning. In The Plutocene: Blueprints for a post-Anthropocene Greenhouse Earth, Andrew Glikson considers a future scenario where nuclear war, radioactive pollution, and global heating combine to produce a new era. He urges a range of tactics to avert this gloomy future.

S and P Global Ratings has made it plain: nuclear power can survive only with massive tax-payer support.

A bit of good news –  Ocean Cleanup Makes History by Successfully Collecting First Plastic From Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Climate change is a health emergency – physicians.

World Nuclear Waste Report.   Dangerous radioactive hot particles span the globe.    Still no country for old nuclear waste. Tritium and other radionuclides are hazardous,even in transport and storage.

Will Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines make nuclear submarines relatively obsolete?

400,000 insect species face extinction.

ICELAND. In framing Julian Assange, The FBI tried to make Iceland complicit.

MARSHALL ISLANDS. U.S. won’t clean up Marshall Islands nuclear waste dome but wants it free of anti-U.S. graffiti.  Nuclear tomb: The Runit Dome is chipping and cracking. The climate crisis https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a29760935/marshall-islands-nuclear-waste-climate-change/is tied up in the dangers of nuclear weapons in ways that nobody predicted

UK. Jeremy Corbyn could scrap UK’s nuclear weapons, in deal with Scottish National Party. A UK Labour govt would make ‘collective’ decision over use of nuclear weapons? Boris Johnson and the unlikely future for small nuclear reactors.  Likely delay in clean-up of radioactive contamination at Dalgety Beach. New type of uranium nuclear fuel has safety risks.

USA.

JAPAN. Fukushima: Japan’s government has not solved its many technical, economic, and socio-political problems. The plight of Fukushima nuclear workers getting leukaemia.  As Fukushima food export barriers fall, Japan aims to persuade ChinaPope Francis, visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki, wants a total ban on nuclear weapons.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea issues warning on nuclear negotiations deadline. US- North Korea negotiations may be revived.

EUROPE. European Union struggles to preserve Iran nuclear deal.

CHINA. China General Nuclear Power Group to invest $2.5 billion into a huge solar project – plus 2 GW of wind turbines.

BULGARIA. Bulgaria nuclear reactor capacity reduced over generator malfunction.

RUSSIA. Nuclear-Powered Aircraft failed for both USA and Soviets.

AFRICA. The push for nuclear power in Africa, but what happens to the wastes? Africa has fourfold growth potential with renewable energy plan.

FRANCE. France extends nuclear reactors outage after earthquake. France considering building 6 new EDF nuclear reactors at a cost of at least 46 billion euros ($51 billion).

November 18, 2019 Posted by | Christina's notes | 3 Comments

Nuclear and climate news- week to 12 November

Global heating is behind critical news in California, and Eastern Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyNHKrM0qBE.  Following the huge wildfires, Californians are realising that it’s more like a war situation, with more battles to come. Preparedness and adaptation are now the immediate needs, as well as reducing carbon emissions. And extreme heat waves will bring public health crises to American cities, despite the current very cold burst.

Australia’s ruling Liberal Coalition is still studiously avoiding the words “climate change”, and pouring abuse on The Australian Greens for their supposed insensitivity in mentioning those words in connection with bushfires and drought.

A bit of good news  – New Zealand – one small nation shows how to be nuclear- free and climate friendly.

Planet in peril as world leaders ignore global heating’s catastrophes.

Julian Assange’s father comes to Ireland, Europe, to campaign for his son’s release.

Nuclear medicine has radiation dangers – a reminder to clinicians.

JAPAN.  Fukushima:  Radioactive waste bags still missing after Typhoon Hagibis.  Japan still has land space to store radioactive waste tanks, but tries to justify dumping into ocean.  $2.7 Billion Renewables Project to revitalise Fukushima. 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants for Fukushima prefecture. Decommissioning Fukushima nuclear station – cost-cutting culture is causing mistakes.

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IRAN. Iran building a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr plant.

ARCTICFrozen nuclear city to ‘seep radiation into environment’ as ice melts.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXELlX-5iFY&t=12s

INDIA. In Tamil Nadu, Rooftop Solar Has the Potential to Outdo Nuclear Power.

AUSTRALIA.  Australia’s media fights for freedom of press – BUT NOT FOR JULIAN ASSANGE. Australia’s out of control bushfires (all along the region where the nuclear lobby wants to put reactors!).  Sydney and surroundings – “Catastrophic” fire warning.

NEW ZEALAND. Deadline looms for nuclear veterans and descendants study.

PHILIPPINES. Philippines not prepared for the dangers of nuclear energy.

PACIFIC ISLANDS. Tuvalu heads for 35% renewables with $6m solar and storage grant.

NETHERLANDS. Netherlands floats its solar boat as it aims for 27GW by 2030.

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Climate news, nuclear news -this week

This week, Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and evangelical Christian, sends a powerful message to other Christians, on the urgent necessity to act on climate change. Scientific warnings have intensified over recent month. It used to be “a problem for our grandchildren“, but climate change is here, now. With a new urgency, the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2019 will be held from 2-13 December in Madrid.California wildfires signal the arrival of a planetary fire age.

Mainstream media has been silent on the threats, and indeed the impacts, of extreme weather on nuclear facilities.  There is minimal (and all too reassuring) coverage following on the effects of Hurricane Hagibis on Fukushima’s collections of radioactive trash.   There is not a mention of the threats to  nuclear facilities, in the reporting on the Californian wildfires. For example, there are fires in Ventura County, which has the notorious nuclear Santa Susana Field Laboratoryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn8xyr7CYXs

A bit of good news – the Living New Deal Project.

Ruthless and relentless – USA-UK destruction of Julian Assange.

Fukushima is not safe for 2020 Olympics, nuclear scientists warn.

The human species at threat of wipeout – nuclear war in space.

A Global Review : Threats o f Nuclear Conflict. How an India-Pakistan nuclear war could start—and have global consequences.  United Nations adopts Japan’s nuclear disarmament resolution.

Argentina’s Rafael Grossi chosen to head UN nuclear agency.

No, thorium nuclear power is still not a viable energy technology.

 Greta Thunberg and Leonardo Di Caprio join forces in climate crusade.

INDIA. Heat deaths in India will increase greatly, if greenhouse emissions increase.

JAPAN.

EU to ease Japanese food import restrictions.

FRANCE. French activists broke into nuclear plant, demonstrating the risk of terrorism.   EDF – a nuclear business financial meltdown.

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MARSHALL ISLANDS. Legal action on The Marshall Islands’ leaky radioactive nuclear waste dome?

UK. UK launches review of net zero emissions. Nuclear costs escalate as wind prices keeps falling. Warning on ecological impacts of Sizewell nuclear project.   Britain’s Dungeness nuclear reactors -extended outages, since corrosion found in pipes.   Residents of Gillingham UK unaware of proximity of nuclear waste dump. UK Government propaganda for nuclear war in the 1980s.

IRAN. US renews support for foreign companies working with Iran’s nuclear program .

BRAZIL. 10th International Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, May 2020

RUSSIA. Beware of secrecy over Russian Nuclear explosion, and of American nuclear dangers. Russia’s Rosatom nuclear firm targets its marketing at African countries.

TURKEY. Turkey Has Long Had Nuclear Dreams.

PHILIPPINES. Only Russia will benefit if Philippines goes nuclear.

AFRICA. African countries being conned into nuclear debt, by Russia. No nuclear in South Africa’s future energy mix.

SAUDI ARABIA. USA negotiating nuclear sales with Saudi Arabia. Countries vie to market nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia.

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To 30 October – nuclear news

On October 24, seven Catholic peace activists were convicted on all counts for their 2018 protest against nuclear weapons. They face 20 years in gaol. This case is symbolic of where we  are at  – in the nuclear weaponisation of our planet.  At the same time, Julian Assange, in solitary confinement in UK, faces extradition to USA and a life sentence- for exposing the truth on U.S. military atrocities.

Climate change is going to be even more costly than we thought. In California, the severity of wildfires signals the future climate situations.

A bit of good news – The cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world.

World Nuclear Waste Report (WNWR) to be launched 11th November.

A young Hannah Rabin was the peace movement’s Greta.

Over 300 financial institutions put $748 billion in to nuclear weapons companies.

The hazards of nuclear submarines.

Offshore wind to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040.

Science journalism – dominated by white males.

ARCTIC. Permafrost is now becoming a carbon emitter.

EUROPE. Press freedom in Europe is on the decline.

JAPAN. Warning on Fukushima fallout for Tokyo 2020 Olympians. Fukushima’s continued struggle with radioactive waste. New plan for dealing with Fukushima’s radioactive water. 340,000 to evacuate Fukushima, landslide fears(- and what about the nuclear waste bags?)

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AFRICA. Desertification and Drought – Sahara.

CHINA. China Rejects Policy of Nuclear Launch on Warning of an Incoming Attack.

UK. Assange Lawyers Issue Stark Warning to Journalists Around the World. Governments manipulate social media – Twitter executive is a British army psychological operations officer.

Brexit’s threat to Scotland’s environmental protection. UK govt postpones decision on Wylfa nuclear project.  Protestors against Sizewell nuclear project get their message out, despite EDF’s blocking tactics.

SWEDEN. Sweden’s wind power to surpass nuclear this year.

FRANCE. France’s government demands that EDF fix Flamanville nuclear reactor within one month.

MARSHALL ISLANDS. National nuclear commission strategy for Marshall Islands.

SOUTH AFRICA. Misuse of funds in South Africa”s nuclear reactor project.

RUSSIA. Highly toxic nuclear waste being imported into Russia, from Germany.  Worrying legacy of radioactive trash under planned Moscow roadway. Russian obfuscation over nuclear accident is a dangerous precedent.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea exasperated with USA’s hostile policies and demands.

IRAN. Iran Looms Over Race to Lead U.N. Nuclear Agency.

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