It’s getting monotonous, as well as scary, – news reports on all the sabre rattling going on, mainly about North Korea, but also about Syria and Iran. The upshot of all this: – risk of ‘catastrophic’ nuclear accident increases. – communities fearful of nuclear war, especially in South Korea, and luxury bunkers in high demand by the filthy rich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3hbtM_NJ0s
Spin for “new nukes” – Generation IV nuclear reactors – ramps up.
Decline in the size of the world’s nuclear arsenals, due to cuts by Russia and USA.
As predicted, world’s atmosphere now has 410 parts per million C02
NORTH KOREA Confusion on North Korean situation. RUSSIA ‘moves troops and equipment’ to North Korea border. USA spy plane over North Korea, increases preparations for THAAD antimissile system in South Korea. USA considers show of strength, shooting down North Korea missile tests. CHINA praises US on nuclear issue, criticizes North Korea. North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike On Australia.
- American State Dept certifies that Iran is complying with nuclear deal. Tillerson slams the deal anyway! US threat to ditch Iran nuclear deal. Trump might want to rip up Iran nuclear agreement, but actually, he can’t.
- Trump’s changed attitude to NATO – he now wants it bigger and tougher.
- USA is building a nuclear missile that is more accurate than ever. Simultaneous North Korean and American nuclear weapons tests. Double standards? US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb New military posture review for Trump’s Pentagon.
- Trump Administration doesn’t know what to do about the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Trump plans for the nuclear industry put Americans in danger – Sen. Ed Markey speaks out! Videos.
- Donald Trump “paranoid and delusional”, says a group of mental health experts. Bill in USA Congress aims to facilitate removal of a President.
- Demolition of Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant to begin soon. Citizens not happy with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety report. Delay in legal order to move plutonium stockpiled in South Carolina. Three Mile Island nuclear station could close anytime soon.
- Trump administration plans to eliminate climate data collection.
GREENLAND New and worrying studies on Greenland ice.
JAPAN. Japan to decommission 5 nuclear reactors – but where to put the wastes. Niigata governor dashes TEPCO’s hopes for reactor restarts in 2019. Six years after Fukushima – women and children still suffer most.
FRANCE. France’s next president is in for a big nuclear headache.
BANGLADESH. Tragic climate change effects already there, in Bangladesh.
Once again – weapons, and with the Syria conflict, the threat of nuclear war are in the news this week. South Korea tries to reassure citizens that U.S. won’t strike North Korea pre-emptively. Meanwhile cautious and problematic negotiations at at U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty meeting.
CHINA. China warning North Korea against escalating tensions to an ‘irreversible’ stage.
- For the first time, USA drops largest Non-Nuclear Bomb, in Afghanistan.
- Trump’s attack on Syria very good for his shares in missile-maker Raytheon.
- Pentagon’s new killing systems for space.
- American nuclear power industry prospects down the drain, after Westinghouse bankruptcy. Nuclear contractors not turning up for work amid Westinghouse woes. America’s nuclear power operators getting desperate for tax-payer subsidies. Ohio Lawmakers consider bailout for FirstEnergy nuclear plants.
- New radiation detection system begins operations at Port of Los Angeles.
- Geewhiz “new nuclear” lobby will try to hijack the March for Science.
- CLIMATE: California could get catastrophic sea level rise. Florida Emergency Declared as More Than 100 Wildfires Burn Across the State
SOUTH KOREA. South Korea’s nuclear power programme under threat, as Presidential candidates against nuclear or coal expansion.
UK. Toshiba’s financial woes – a bad omen for UK nuclear programme: is Moorside dead? UK’s Ministry of Defence brings in nuclear bigwig to run the £41bn programme for Dreadnought nuclear missile submarines.
JAPAN. IAEA chief urges global support for decommissioning Fukushima plant. Fukushima-linked bullying survey reveals hundreds more cases. Toshiba warns that it might not survive its nuclear financial crisis. Japan’s nuclear technology faces extinction.
RUSSIA. Russia’s plans for nuclear waste ships: but where will they dump the radioactive trash?
SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s new Finance Minister all set to rubber stamp nuclear build programme. Eskom says that South Africa has NOT signed any nuclear deal. South Africa’s ‘R1 trillion nuclear deal will guarantee SA ‘junk status’
EUROPE. Problems in Europe with Westinghouse nuclear fuel assemblies
Weapons and war are in the news this week – well, even more than they usually are. US President Trump sent a missile strike attack on a Syrian military airfield, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The reverberations of this continue around the world, and USA warns that there could be further attacks. Trump did act without Congressional approval. There is debate about this – some say he violated the US Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Others say that Trump had legal authority to attack Syria. My own opinion – it is a worrying precedent.
The United Nations held the global summit for a treaty on banning nuclear weapons . 1st round of nuclear weapons ban treaty talks ends, aims to draft treaty next month. North Korea remains a worry, as US President Trump and China’s President Xi begin an uneasy meeting. Meanwhile, Donald Trump expands the power of the President to declare war.
Arctic Sea Ice Volume Continues to Crater
USA is dramatically in the news this week, as I mention above. Trump is taking a gamble in USA relations with Russia.
- The path to war? US legislation in Congress to unravel the Iran nuclear agreement.
- Trump’s plans to revive Yucca nuclear waste dump idea.
- Trump administration doesn’t want China to buy Westinghouse.
- Owners of the failed San Onofre nuclear plan agree to relocate radioactive waste from the San Diego County coastline.
- Former Chernobyl neighbours hit with rare eye cancer
- A new load of pro nuclear twaddle from James Conca and “Generation Atomic”- marching “for science” on 22 April!!
- Heartland Institute Peddling Misinformation to Teachers about Climate Change. Changes emerging, as some USA Republicans introduce to Congress the Republican Climate Resolution.
UK. UK approves USA military strike on Syria, but not committed to military action. Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been placed on a terror alert – cyber threat Nuclear Decommissioning makes every other disaster in the post-war period pale into insignificance. Hunterston B and Hinkley Point B Nuclear – safety concerns. Ongoing collapse of UK’s Moorside nuclear project, as French nuclear industry mired in scandal. Who will put up the cash for Wylfa nuclear power project?
JAPAN. Reconstruction minister lashes out over remaining Fukushima evacuees. Reconstruction Disaster: The human implications of Japan’s forced return policy in Fukushima. Lifting Fukushima evacuation orders. After Fukushima, battling Tepco and leukemia. 60% of new utilities object to helping pay Fukushima compensation. Real cost of Fukushima disaster to reach $626 billion. Think tank estimate triple that of government.
SOUTH AFRICA. President Zuma drastically reshuffles Cabinet, to make way for nuclear power development. Nuclear corruption in South Africa – new allegations. Did Russia’s nuclear lobby make Africa’s President get rid of Finance Minister Gordhan?.
INDIA. Pakistan, India taking rival steps ‘to advance nuclear arsenals’ 9 year old girl sues Indian government for inaction on climate change.
The United Nations has just held the first of two global summits to negotiate “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. This was sponsored by 57 nations, and with 125 nations represented, but the nuclear weapons-dependent nations did not participate.
Does this mean that the conference is meaningless? Perhaps. Yet, increasingly, public opinion supports nuclear disarmament, and those governments are being challenged, to explain their support for nuclear weapons.
Globally, the Paris climate agreement will continue, while Trump Trashes U.S. Climate Policy.
Climate change forcing indigenous peoples from their homelands.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA): global economic growth possible with 2˚C scenario with Renewable Energy.
- America leads boycott of historic UN conference on nuclear weapons ban. $Trillions for nuclear weapons, as USA rejects UN nuclear ban conference. How did the Pentagon lose $10 Trillion? Air Force B-2 to Get New Digital Nuclear Weapons.
- Would Trump stage a “terrorist situation” if his popularity went right down?
- Will Westinghouse be able to complete any of its nuclear projects? South Carolina, Georgia, nuclear projects under the cloud of Westinghouse’s troubles.
- Cover-up of America’s nuclear waste disaster: Hanford, Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Westlake…. Concern about nuclear waste shipments to South Carolina.
- Remembering Three Mile Island.
- Nuclear power, once the “golden goose” for small towns – now a liability.
- Another pretend-environmental nuclear front group joins the throng- “Environmental Progress”.
- Trump attack, in his war on science and on the Earth’s climate.
- Governors of New York and California Reaffirm Commitment to Exceeding Targets of the Clean Power Plan. Wisconsin and Louisiana cities join 23 others in USA, in going for 100% renewable energy.
- Great Barrier Reef bleaching? No, according to Breitbart, that is fake news.
JAPAN. 11,000 Wikileaks documents related to Fukushima. Residents furious over high court decision to revoke Takahama nuclear plant injunction. TEPCO fails to pinpoint melted fuel at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
NORTH KOREA. Need for America and China to work together on North Korean situation.
UK. Ireland demands to be consulted on potential effects of nuclear power station on England’s west coast. Nuclear decommissioning debacle is costly for Britain. Britain will struggle with nuclear regulatory system, after leaving European Union. Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) sounds alarm over doctored papers and security breaches at French nuclear parts supplier. As if in a department store sale day, foreign nuclear companies compete to sell their radioactive products to Britain.
UKRAINE. Danger to Europe of Ukraine’s nuclear corruption.
CLIMATE. The worrying thing about climate change is not only that it’s happening so fast, but that it could now be seen as “normal”. The World Meteorological Organisation is telling us that the world climate is now in ‘uncharted territory’.
NUCLEAR. As climate change risks becoming “normalised”, so, too, does the Fukushima situation. As if the 6th anniversary is over – now we can all ‘move on’? Deadly nuclear radiation levels detected in Fukushima. 80% of families not going back to Fukushima after housing aid ends. Fukushima fishermen fight release of tainted water as tritium standoff continues. Yakuza gangsters thriving. And lots more…
New Study: Rapid Transition to Renewable Energy Helps Global Economy, Prevents Worst Climate Impacts
- March Climate Madness — Wildfires, Scorching Summer Heat Strike Central and Southwestern U.S. By Winter’s End
- North Korea nuclear program is ‘imminent’ threat says Rex Tillerson. Trump govt to review decades-old US aim of world without nuclear weapons. Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 introduced into US Congress. Sound reasons for USA not to replace Land-Based Nuclear Missiles.
- New York State lawmakers push for details on nuclear plant subsidies. Nearly 70 locally elected officials in New York call to stop pro nuclear subsidies. American electricity consumers in Eastern States stand to lose $3.9 Billion because of aid to nuclear industry.
- Some US Republicans are worried about President Trump’s mental state.
JAPAN. Japan stages mass evacuation drills, following North Korean missile launches. Toshiba’s financial meltdown set off by nuclear power plans. Govt plans A Campaign to Tackle “Misinformation” about Radioactive Contamination. Japanese companies exploit refugees for Fukushima radioactive clean-up work.
NORTH KOREA. North Korea’s Capability Has Entered A ‘New Phase’ – warns U.N. Nuclear Inspector Yukiya Amano.
UK. Request by UN to Britain: Pause Hinkley Nuclear Plant Work for Environmental Assessment. As Toshiba’s $500m nuclear bankruptcy looms, Britain’s Moorside project could be doubtful. Campaign groups mobilise against UK’s Bradwell nuclear power project.
NORWAY. At Svanhovd another tiny measurement of radioactive iodine – ongoing release?
RUSSIA. Russia developing Major Naval Base for Nuclear Warships in Syria.
PERU. Signals of Climate Change Visible as Record Fires Give Way to Massive Floods in Peru
SOUTH AFRICA. South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) organising anti nuclear petition
I scratch around for good news. There is plenty, on the renewable energy scene. And this: CO2 emissions from energy remain flat for third year running. Total number of global nuclear weapons has dropped.
Not so good news. Disaster looms over North Korea: how could this be stopped? US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, rejects negotiation with North Korea, and keeps journalists out. Tillerson considers a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
EUROPE. The very serious threat of sea level rise.
- Trump budget would boost nuclear weapons spending, slash diplomatic and aid programmes. Savage attack on the environment: the Trump budget. Trump’s budget attack on science.
- Ethics Groups Send Letter to US Attorney Preet Bharara Requesting Investigation of Trump; Within Days Preet was Fired Along with 45 Other US Attorneys. Rupert Murdoch to gain by Trump firing attorney Preet Bharara.
- Trump’s divide and conquer tactics produce a toxic White House environment.
- Republican senator slams Trump’s Nevada nuclear waste dump plan.
- Connecticut lawmakers want to call nuclear power “renewable”.
- Grandfather and granddaughter join forces prevent nuclear doom.
- Thorough research to be done on uranium health effects on Navajo Nation.
- Massive economic costs of climate change.
- Japanese Govt. and TEPCO Found Liable by Court for Fukushima Disaster.
- The illusion of normality at Fukushima. Six years after outbreak of crisis, Fukushima nuclear workers continue to face slander, discrimination: survey. Japanese school children who survived Fukushima meltdown are being subjected to ‘nuclear bullying, Singapore keeping in place Fukushima food import curbs. Olympics being hyped to portray Fukushima nuclear disaster as ‘now OK”
- TEPCO cancels robotic probe of reactor 1. Plan to tunnel under the reactor buildings to remove melted fuel.
- Toshiba might have to pay the buyer, to take failed nuclear unit off its hands.
RUSSIA. Russia Plans to Fuel Floating Nuclear Reactor(s) in St. Petersburg – Endangering the City of 5 Million, Before Towing It Around Scandinavia. Russia will pay Kenya to buy its nuclear technology.
TURKEY. Call for Turkey to get its own nuclear weapons.
FRANCE. Areva factory for nuclear parts gets poor report from regulator.
Japan and the sporting world are cheerfully preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will bring in 32.3 trillion yen. And goody – they’re going to have trans gender toilets! Forget about Fukushima. That’s all fixed up. But, actually, – No! Fukushima remains a lurking global catastrophe. Despite the propaganda, Fukushima nuclear clean-up is not under control.
- Attempts to use robots to find and assess the melted fuel within the reactors have failed: the robots died of heat and radiation.
- Over 1000 tanks around the nuclear station hold 900,000 tons of radioactive water, with the quantity soon expected to reach 1m tons.
- The costly “ice wall” around the No 1 reactor has not really worked, to prevent radioactive water getting into the groundwater.
- Fukushima laden with piles of radioactive soil that can’t be moved into storage
- 32,000 workers at Fukushima No. 1 got high radiation dose, Tepco data show.
Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees pressured to return to contaminated homes. About 40 percent of 42 local leaders along the coasts of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures doubt their areas will recover by the time of the 2020 Tokyo Games due to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis. Link between the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and thyroid cancer in children?. Roaming, radioactive boars slow the return of Japan’s nuclear refugees. Financial crunch time looms for Fukushima’s ‘voluntary evacuees’.
(I’ve left out heaps. – especially on climate and renewable energy)
Nuclear lobbyists in disarray on what to do about the nuclear industry’s crisis.
USA. Trump brinkmanship as B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS sent to South Korea. Trump administration locks out the media, retreats into secrecy. EPA – USA’s Environment Punishing Agency Now – as Scott Pruitt promotes climate change denialism. The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment.
NORTH KOREA. Nuclear warning from North Korea.
JAPAN. Reasons for Japan to dump nuclear power more obvious now than ever.
The most significant article of the week comes from 3 very distinguished writers, in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in explaining how the USA’s military upgrade means a vast expansion of the killing power of the most numerous warhead in the US nuclear arsenal, with the ability to launch a”first strike”. Consequently, the Russians are gravely concerned, and are developing new sea-based weapons.
CLIMATE. With New El Nino Predicted, 3rd Hottest January on Record May be Cool Mark for 2017. Rapid spread of ocean acidification in the Arctic. Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New All-Time Record Low. Huge slabs of permafrost disintegrating in Northwest Canada. Famine Warning Issued in Four Countries Following Worst African Droughts in Decades. Experts gather at Vatican conference with call to avoid ‘biological extinction’.
EUROPE. Europe’s wild boars posing a radioactive problem
UK. Up to £219 billion to clean up the UK’s nuclear mess: autonomous robots to be developed. Britain’s Failing New Nuclear Programme. UK taxpayers up for tens of billions of pounds sterling as govt bends to pressure to build new nuclear reactors. Hinkley Point C – “risky and poor value for money” – House of Lords Committee. New Nuclear Reactors in Jeopardy because of Brexit? “Small Nuclear” lobby not very happy – says taxpayer funding is essential. Oil and gas boss appointed to run UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
JAPAN The spin begins- sanitising Fukushima for the Olympics. TEPCO blunders raise doubts on ability as nuke plant operator. Daunting obstacles to Fukushima cleanup, even as evacuees move back. Bribery scandal over Fukushima decontamination.
SOUTH KOREA. Amid Nuclear Reactor Radiation Fears, South Korea Abandons Japan Airport Flights.
Worker sneaked a gun into a nuclear power station. US Senators introduce Bill to promote easier licensing of nuclear reactors. Georgia Power Suspends Study for Nuclear Plant Near Columbus. America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) itself has nuclear safety culture problems.
Blissfully away from news, and from all matters digital, – I returned to find that the climate and environment politics are worse than ever in USA and Australia.
Meanwhile, on the nuclear scene, things would be farcical, if they were not so dangerous. Donald Trump wants to expand US nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’. Australia’s own Dr Helen Caldicott set out all too clearly the grim situation at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.
The farcical part is in the nuclear lobby’s pretense that theirs is a viable industry. As the giant Toshiba corporation nears bankruptcy, and nuclear power stations go down like dominoes in USA, it’s really only China where the industry still might save itself. And that’s dubious, too.
Global action is needed, NOW, to defeat the out-of-control Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Effect of air pollution might have masked mid-20th Century sea ice loss.
- Oh dear! Transatomic Power has been making false claims about Generation IV nuclear reactors.
- Squabble in West Texas over stranded nuclear wastes.
- Florida Supreme Court rejects nuclear expansion.
- Bexar County commissioners say no to nuclear waste shipments. On both sides o f USA-Canada border, opposition grows to transport of nuclear wastes.
- Fight building in Connecticut against subsidies for nuclear power.
- Link between nuclear power stations and cancer rates?
- New Mexico bill stalled – would have classed nuclear power as “renewable”
- USA confirms use of depleted uranium in Syria, despite its previous promises
- America’s nuclear weapons made workers very ill
- Trump’s associates and USA conservatives to wage war on environmentalists. Attacks on climate scientists will continue.
- Growing concern over Trump’s mental condition.
JAPAN. Almost six years on, Fukushima nuclear disaster still ongoing nightmare. Global nuclear catastrophe waits in the wings, as Japan plans for Olympics. Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees ‘pressured’ to return to contaminated homes, says Greenpeace. Nuclear station restart at Oi is approved – but local consent is needed. Toshiba’s c rippling burden of its overseas nuclear business.
SOUTH AFRICA. Court case to save South Africa from nuclear-industry caused bankruptcy.
FRANCE. Long closure of Flamanville nuclear reactor is costing EDF £1m a day.
INDIA. Solar power for 7,000 Railway Stations In India.
PAKISTAN. Pakistan and India have agreed to extend their bilateral nuclear safety agreement.
RUSSIA. Russia lessening its reliance on nuclear weapons.
ALGERIA. Algerian human rights agency to prosecute France for nuclear tests.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Arab states might develop nuclear weapons? United Arab Emirates push for nuclear power
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.
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