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CLIMATE. Accuracy of climate modelling in predicting ocean and atmospheric warming. Hottest year on record – 2016 shaping up to be that. Climate Change, Drought Fan Massive Sand Fire, Forcing 20,000 Californians to Flee. USA’s African Methodist Episcopal church speaks out on climate change. Heatwave deaths linked to climate change. World’s climate endangered by Russia’s wildfires.

 Climate change will drive voter turnout in America. Climate change a focus for the USA Democrats election policy.

Costs of European wind energy dropped.: wind in Europe now cheaper than nuclear power. Solar energy on track to become the cheapest power globally.

NUCLEAR

Record 11 year low for uranium price.

USA.

UK.  EDF approved UK Hinkley nuclear project, but now there’s a new delay.   Like Brexit, UK’s Hinkley nuclear plan is based on shaky politics, not on economic reality.  UK proposal to offer subsidy contracts to Russia, China and South Korea to build nuclear power stations!

Future of UK’s Bradwell and Sizewell nuclear projects now in doubt as government to review Hinkley plan. Report questions value of new nuclear projects in Wales compared with renewables.  Cost of Hitachi nuclear plant for North Wales is far too high.

 Rail transport of nuclear wastes across North Wales is opposed by residents.  Despite Brexit, Swedish energy company Vattenfall commits to £300m UK offshore windfarm.

TURKEY. B61 thermonuclear warheads in Turkey – a worry in the light of coup attempt.

JAPAN. Radioactive cesium stays for 3 years in bodies of Fukushima nuclear clean-up workers. TEPCO admits that ice wall will not stop groundwater from entering crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings.  Japan Atomic Energy Agency again fails to do safety tests at Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactorCitizen science takes on Japan’s nuclear establishment. Japan business lobby says Abe govt can’t rely on nuclear energy.

FRANCE. EDF board member resigns, attacking Hinkley Point nuclear project as financially ‘risky’. French government propping up nuclear company EDF with a cash boost.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s nuclear company Eskom urging government to freeze renewable energy program.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. South Korea in charge of nuclear power system in United Arab Emirates.

POLAND‘s restrictive new law hampers wind energy development.

NORTH KOREA‘s nuclear weapons not able to reach Britain

July 29, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

The week that was in nuclear and climate news

a-cat-CANRemarkable story of the week –  The deadly secret of Russia’s secret nuclear radioactive city  Ozersk, codenamed City 40

CLIMATEClimate change threatens economies, as workers hampered by increasing heat. Montreal Protocol to be amended to phase out climate damaging hydrofluorocarbons. Global Heat Leaves 20th Century Temps ‘Far Behind’ —June Another Hottest Month on RecordIf Amazon forest catches fire, world climate will be in even bigger trouble.

NUCLEAR  World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 launched in Tokyo.  Nuclear Risk Assessment – more dangerous than previously thought.

UK.

FRANCE. Several French trade unions want “out” of EDF’s Hinkley nuclear project

USA. The dark money behind Stewart Brand‘s advocacy of nuclear power. Total cost of Pentagon’s secretive bomber program estimated at $100 billion.

SOUTH KOREA. Thousands protest against planned deployment of USA anti-missile system

RUSSIA. The deadly secret of Russia’s secret nuclear radioactive city Ozersk, codenamed City 40

JAPAN.

CANADA. Canada’s Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair demands independent investigation in to nuclear unsafety allegations.  Calgary succeeds brilliantly with wind-powered Light Rail Transport.

SOUTH AFRICA. nuclear energy plans stalled: too expensive. Dirty uranium industry not a job creator for South Africa.

IRAN. Iran and West both compliant on nuclear deal – but cautious

RENEWABLE ENERGY North America looking at a Trillion Dollar Renewable Energy Market  Cochin International Airport in Kerala, India powered entirely by solar energy.

July 22, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear and climate news

Christina Macpherson's websites & blogs

Christina Macpherson’s websites & blogs

CLIMATE Record 9 hottest years in a row. Warning to Teresa May on climate threats to Brexit Britain.  Democratic Senators naming and blaming the funders of climate science denial. USA media keeps the issue of climate change off the political agenda.  Frivolous lawsuits aimed to attack climate scientists. Donald Trump’s real estate empire already suffering from climate change.

NUCLEAR.  Things are crook, very crook, for the uranium industry.

UK. Chilcot says Britain shirking its responsibilty to help clean up radioactive destruction in Iraq. British Parliament to vote on renewing Trident nuclear missile system, as Brexit problems loom. Brexit uncertainty adding to anxiety of former supporters of UK’s Hinkley nuclear project. Renewal of Trident nuclear weapons system opposed by British Labour and Scottish National Party.  Drigg Nuclear Waste Dump Menaced By Coastal Erosion: Foreign Companies Profit; UK Taxpayer Holds Liability. Britain’s nuclear submarines’ radioactive wastes will NOT be going to Scotland.

USA. Renewables beat nuclear on economics, as Wall Street now finds. “Indian Point” New Documentary Investigates Nuclear Power from New York to Fukushima.  President Obama ready to make policy changes to reduce role of nuclear weapons. Republicans trying to roll back the Iran nuclear agreement.  Workers on strike at Hanford Nuclear Reservation due to health concerns.  Department of Energy not able to meet deadline on demolishing Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. Connecticut lawmaker seeks justice over “stranded nuclear waste“. Old nuclear waste from Manhattan Project contaminating Niagara County.  “Outrageous and Reckless Endangerment of Public Health” Proposed by US EPA: Increased Radiation in Drinking Water after Nuclear Accident.   Sodium cooled nuclear reactors are not necessarily safer. Ratepayer ripoff: $19 billion nuclear plant for Virginia. Generous subsidies proposed for Upstate New York nuclear plants.

JAPAN. Again, a Japanese court blocks restart of 2 nuclear reactors. Japan could change pacifist constitution after Shinzo Abe victory. Nuclear power opponent wins governor’s race in South West Japan.

POLAND halts nuclear power plans, looks to renewable energy.

IRAN. Forces in Iran trying to torpedo nuclear deal.

AUSTRALIA. South Australia’s financially risky nuclear waste import scheme.

July 13, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

to 1 July – the week in nuclear news

a-cat-CANWorld action effective against damage to ozone layer: our choices can help.

French Polynesia at UN presses case for compensation for nuclear tests.

Island states most at risk of global warming impact – Maldives want action.

UK. Brexit – the ‘coup de grace’ for Britain’s new nuclear? Brexit could result in Britain’s unilateral nuclear disarmament.  Hinkley nuclear power plan, and the costs of its radioactive wastes. Senior EDF managers want Hinkley nuclear project to be postponed.

USA.  

JAPAN.   Nuclear watchdog finds 3 nuclear plants guilty of ‘malicious’ safety violations.  Monju nuclear reprocessing fiasco  Reuse of radioactive soil approved despite 170-year safety criteria estimate   Melted fuel may be at the bottom of Fukushima No.2 reactor. Prefecture’s subsidies for residents near Fukushima No. 1 plant to run out next year. Japan’s anti-democratic secrecy law means no accountability in the nuclear industry. Business analysts do not share the optimism of Toshiba’s new CEO, on nuclear power.  Fukushima plans point to a better energy source. Four new solar power plants in Fukushima.

RUSSIA Russia’s nuclear marketing: the ambitions and the reality. Draconian Russian Law Curbs Free Speech, Privacy, Freedom of Religion.

INDIA. India stopped by China, from joining Nuclear Suppliers Group.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. International Energy Agency favours clean energy to cut air-pollution mortality. America’s future in renewables: nuclear can’t compete on costs nor on safety. Solar powered spacecraft to arrive on Jupiter on July 4. Route 66 – America’s first public solar road. Nestle’s new deal for powering its UK and Ireland operations with wind energy

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Wrap up of week’s nuclear news

 

a-cat-CANCLIMATE. May Marks 8th Consecutive Record Hot Month in NASA’s Global Temperature Measure. Dozens of USA climate denial groups funded by biggest US coal company.  Parts of Philippines May Submerge Due to Global Warming.

NUCLEAR.   Nuclear disasters and “normalization” of contaminated areas

UKRAINE‘s  very dangerous nuclear waste storage situation. The media ignored the fiasco of AREVA’s nuclear waste storage facility at Chernobyl.

INDIA. Nuclear marketers see India as a saviour of nuclear industry.

USA.

JAPAN. Fukushima: 173 Children Thyroid Cancers in Fukushima Prefecture Another evacuation order lifted.   Tepco chief likely banned use of ‘meltdown’ under government pressure: report. Tepco to inject cement instead of frozen water wall.  Japan report on Chernobyl disaster’s health effects to be publicly released.

SOUTH KOREA‘s  nuclear waste dilemma: will have to build waste dump

RUSSIA.  Government Against Rights Groups (Includes Environmental Groups). Russia’s powerful new nuclear icebreaker.

TAIWAN’nuclear waste problem – sees overseas reprocessing as the answer.

IRAN. US agencies and prosecutors influence Europe’s banks to impede Iran nuclear deal. Time that USA government backed its Iran nuclear deal and promoted investment.

KUWAITKuwaitis (KIA) Want Out of French State Owned Nuclear Group Areva

June 17, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

In brief – Nuclear News This Week

a-cat-CANUSA.

EUROPE.  Heightened threat of a nuclear terror attack.   Rising number of thyroid cancers beyond Ukraine, linked to Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Increasing illness among US sailors exposed to radiation near Fukushima.

FINLAND . Finland’s Fennovoima nuclear station dependent on Russia for all the finance

BIKINI ATOLL Alarmingly high levels of radiation remain

JAPAN.  In Japan, nuclear advertising is back, and journalists are intimidated. . Fukushima medical survey confirms 14 new child thyroid cancer cases.

TAIWAN  environmentalists take legal action against nuclear restart.

RUSSIA. Russia’s Rosatom keenly marketing nuclear power to Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. There’s heap of articles like this one. Russia is marketing its nukes everywhere!

June 10, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Nuclear news to 4th June

a-cat-CANOur only hope against nuclear pollution and annihilation – an informed citizenry.

Probability of a big nuclear accident within the next 10 years.

NUCLEAR MARKETING. Russia moving in on America as a market for its nuclear fuel. China, South Korea and Russia battle to win Kenya as nuclear customer. USA’s Westinghouse in rush to sell nuclear reactors to India. Russia and China working together to market nuclear reactors to the world. Russia flogging nuclear to Nigeria. And to Bolivia.  China’s plans for marketing floating nuclear power plants (- but major risks, good terrorism targets)

USA.  

UK.  Secrecy over nuclear waste plans regarding EDF’s Hinkley Point deal. Nuclear safety experts are calling for households in the UK to be supplied with anti-radiation pills

UKRAINE Cuts Russia Out Of Plans To Build Nuclear Reactors. Russia halts nuclear waste disposal from Ukraine.

SOUTH AFRICA. Let’s not forget the nuclear corruption in South Africa

NORTH KOREA   Ballistic missile launch fails for the fourth time in recent months, South Korea says.

TAIWAN  Reports 7.2 M Offshore Earthquake. Taiwan definitely to abandon nuclear power.

INDIA. Indian company exits nuclear project, switches to wind energy.

CHILE  producing too much solar energy.

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

High time the media stopped the lie about nuclear energy being “clean”

 

a-cat-CANIt’s high time that the media came clean about nuclear energy being supposedly “clean”.  Nuclear proponents were hand in glove with the coal and oil interests for decades – denying global warming.  They’re still hand in glove, helping those dirty industries keep going until aven dirtier nuclear takes over.
 
The climate argument is a hoax. So they nuclear reactor itself produces few (not zero) carbon emissions. So we are supposed to ignore all the carbon emissions from uranium mining and milling, fuel conversion, fuel fabrication, reactor construction, and all the transport involved in this chain. Then there’ s the chain at the end  – the building of spent fuel pools, waste containers, then eventual tomb for the wastes, and the dismantling, transport and burial of the dead reactor. The whole chain is not only carbon intensive, it’s also dangerous, and a chain of targets for terrorism.  Time to stop the lies about nuclear solving climate change!
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Decline of US nuclear industry is accelerating “…..Over the past few years, US companies have closed or announced plans to close eight reactors with a combined capacity of 6300 MW. Fertel claimed that another 15 to 20 plants are at risk of closure over the next 5 to 10 years. ……

Over the past seven years, Exelon has lost $800 million operating its Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plants in Illinois, and the energy company has said it can’t continue to sustain those losses. http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.5.1075

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Climate, nuclear news to 28 May

Investigative journalism lives! This one is brilliant. NBC4 is revealing LA’s Nuclear Secret – investigative journalism spells it out

a-cat-CANCLIMATE Drastic impact of climate change: NASA shows these effects.   Climate change leading to mass migration crises if world does not act.   Donald Trump will pull the US out of the UN global climate accord, push coal, oil.  Canadian wildfires – huge release of carbon to the atmosphere.  New Tar Sands Impact on Climate, Air Quality Found.   ExxonMobil must be made accountable for their climate change deception.

NUCLEAR

Outcome of United Nations open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament.

Nuclear marketing propaganda abounds: USA desperately wants to market nuclear power to India, China – to Sudan, USA – to Vietnam, USA and Japan – to North Wales, UK , Russia- to Vietnam , Russia –  to South East Asia, Russia– to Iran, Russia – to Africa

USA Despite Obama’s calls for nuclear disarmament, U.S. disarmament is slowest since 1980. Obama meets Hiroshima survivors, calls for a ‘Moral Revolution’ for nuclear disarmament. Hiroshima survivors tell of that day on 6th August 1945. The USA Pentagon’s budget labyrinth for a planned $1 trillion splurge.

CHINA readies nuclear armed submarines for the Pacific.

JAPAN.   Japanese government to announce a shift away from nuclear power?  Low-level nuclear waste to be buried 70 meters underground. Tokyo Accused of Cooking Fukushima Radiation Data. Fukushima clean-up chief still hunting for 600 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel.

CANADA. Canada’s wildfires – surrounding a radioactive trash site. Canadian nuclear company SNC-Lavalin Named In Panama Papers.

GERMANY. German State close to Belgium prepares iodine tablets, in concern about neighbouring nuclear stations. LITHUANIA, and environmentalists not happy with Belarus’ nuclear power plan

SWEDEN   heads for 100% renewable energy

SOUTH AFRICAPolitical scandal hangs over South Africa’s nuclear energy plans. Nuclear programme could set south Africa back trillions of rand.

UK. Hinkley nuclear project’s future is in doubt – French unions not happy with Hinkley plan. UK designs for more beautiful nuclear reactors.

IRAN. UN Agency Reports Iran Has Complied With Nuclear Deal.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES setting a solar power trend in the Gulf.

May 28, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Climate and Nuclear News This Week

a-cat-CANCLIMATE CHANGE. NASA – World Just Had Seven Months Straight of Record-Shattering Global Heat.  World Bank warns on the growing dangers of climate change.   Climate change exacerbates wildfires – Canada’s tragedy. Women head UN climate change body/

Noam Chomsky on the twin threats: Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation.

NUCLEAR   Uranium industry finally acknowledging its dire situation. International Atomic Energy Agency keen to teach kids how great is the nuclear industry.

USA. 

FRANCE.  Sparks flew at Electricite de France’s AGM: EDF has €37 billion of debt.  EDF hoping to extend life of nuclear reactors, postpone decommisson costs. Credibility of nuclear corporation EDF taking a beating over Hinkley Nuclear project shemozzle. French prosecutors launch probe into Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid.

UK.  How Margaret Thatcher’s nuclear dream has turned into UK’s Hinkley nightmare.  Genetic damage in children of nuclear test veterans: an investigation begins.  Former AREVA CEO ‘Atomic Anne’ Lauvergeon under a cloud at Rio Tinto.  Greens Urge Ireland to Insist on Hinkley Nuclear Power Consultation Following UNESC Ruling.

JAPAN. Japanese cities say ‘no’ to nuke restart.   Mayor blasts nuclear power to students visiting from Taiwan.  FUKUSHIMA: No one knows where the Fukushima nuclear reactor melted cores are.  Tepco to put some Fukushima decommissioning work on hold during G-7 summit.   School to close in Fukushima as too few children able to attend.

RUSSIA plans for Africa to be its nuclear colony, starting with south Africa. Russia joins the throng desperate to sell nuclear radioactive trash to Britain.

CANADA. Indigenous residents of Yellowknif, Canada, send Terrestrial Energy nuclear salesmen packing.

CHINA. Chinese nuclear companies planning to carve up nuclear exports between each other.

ARMENIA. Nuclear danger in Armenia.

INDIA.  to sell nuclear reactors to Bangladesh (But what if Bangladesh is under water before long?)

PAKISTAN wants to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

GERMANY Adolf Hitler’s secret NUCLEAR BOMBS found – claims engineer

100% renewable energy powers Portugal for four days.  Revolutionary solar power: London Borough’s solar panels over marketplace. Berkely Lab finds that Solar Power brings Environmental and Public Health Benefits.

May 20, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

The news – nuclear and climate change

Significant comprehensive story of the week –  Koch brothers and power utilities connive to stop solar power.

a-cat-CANCLIMATE. Still possible to avert global climate change disaster – UN climate chief.  Canada’s wildfire horror – Climate Change is part of the cause.  Canadian wildfire approaches oil sands project. Koch brothers and power utilities connive to stop solar power. Exxon fighting to the death with its fraudulent claims about climate change.

Even the nuclear industry knows that it’s in a desperate fight for survival.

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material strengthens nuclear security.

USA.  

RUSSIA. Russia’s new more powerful nuclear missiles

UK. Britain failed to consult Europe over Hinkley nuclear safety dangers – UN.  UN Finds the UK in Violation of Transboundary Environmental Impact Convention for Hinkley Point Nuclear Power station;  Europe at Risk.  £21bn the likely cost of ever more expensive Hinkley Point nuclear power.

FRANCE. Nuclear corporation EDF’s Annual General Meeting faces more financial gloom.

JAPAN. 40-year-old Shikoku reactor to be sixth unit scrapped under stricter safety regimen.

ISRAEL. Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu – indicted yet again!

 CHINA      trebling its wind power capacity.

May 13, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

The week that was, in climate and nuclear news

a-cat-CANCLIMATE CHANGE disruption – the future is happening now. Destructive Wildfire near Canada’s Oil Sands May Have Been Fueled by Global Warming. Climate change is taking its toll on water supplies, and especially – on children. Month after month, global average temperatures reach record heights. Ocean’s small shelled animals suffering from acidification due to global warming.

Children Suffer Nuclear Impact Worldwide.

Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal.

USA.

UK. Global danger in transporting nuclear wastes by plane.

CANADA. Cameco cuts back on mining uranium, as market stays slumped.

Former Electricite de France SA Chief Financial Officer says he quit because of financial risks of Hinkley nuclear project. UK nuclear parts made at French plant in fakery probe. ‘400 irregularities’ in nuclear power plant parts – admits France’s nuclear firm AREVA.

OCEANIA. Nuclear shipwreck still highly radioactive over 60 years later.

JAPAN. Fukushima and the Right NOT to Return: Nuclear Displacement in a System for “Hometown Recovery”

NORTH KOREA. North Korea’s nuclear program.

May 7, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

1 May: nuclear news for the past week

Late news flashes:

  • Australia’s submarine purchase from France in cahoots with nuclear lobby‘s plan for expansion of nuclear industry, Australia as world’s nuclear trash dump,  to be announced on May 6 by the sham South Australia Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission.
  • The seller, France’s corporation Direction des Constructions et Armes Navales (DCNS) is notorious for corruption.

Most impressive news item of the week – Central bankers, financial facts, bringing an end to the nuclear power era?

a-cat-CANNUCLEAR 

The next nuclear disaster will probably be an intentional one.

Concern over influence on World Health Organisationby outside agencies, with  financial support

UKRAINE.  Ukraine’s nuclear industry remains a time bomb. The real menace of the Chernobyl nuclear situation.  Mikhail Gorbachev: 30 years after Chernobyl, time to phase out nuclear power. Covering shattered Chernobyl nuclear reactor – a financial problem for Ukraine.   Over 2 million people receiving benefits due to radiation effects of Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

At Chernobyl and Fukushima, radioactivity hasseriously harmed wildlife.   Thyroid Cancer in Fukushima Children: When the Language and Information Gaps Mislead. Indoor playgrounds help Fukushima families to deal with their very real fear of radiation.

JAPAN.  Series of earthquakes is delaying Japan’s ‘nuclear revival’. Toshiba to lose 260 billion yen due tolosses over Westinghouse nuclear power subsidiary.  Fukushima plant’s new ice wall not watertight.

USA.

UK and FRANCE. So-called “charity” nuclear front, Alvin Weinberg Foundation, group lobbies UK govt to fund Small Nuclear Reactors. Westinghouse keen to fleece UK tax-payers with Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.

France’s government says decision on Hinkley nuclear plant is again delayed. European law means it is illegal for France’s govt to fund EDF’s  British Hinkley nuclear project. France’s tax-payers  give €3bn to save debt-ridden nuclear corporation EDF.

GERMANY’s compromise plan to make power companies pay for nuclear waste disposal. Germany wrestles with the dilemma of disposing of dead nuclear reactors and their toxic wastes. Computer viruses have infected German nuclear power station.

BELGIUM Most of Belgium’s population to be given potassium iodide pills.

SWEDEN Vattenhall nuclear corporation in financial trouble, opposes nuclear risk premium, seeks to abolish Swedish tax.

CLIMATE. USA Republicans – half of them accept the science of climate change. Austria losing to climate change its most precious environmental resource – glaciers. Climate Feedback helps climate scientists toevaluate media stories.

RENEWABLE ENERGY A solar-powered flight across the Pacific – the Solar Impulse 2 arrives in California. USA Republicans now liking renewable energy – for financial, not climate, reasons. USA wind energy investment – over $128 Billion. Denmark’s solar energy growth – way ahead of schedule.

May 1, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

Australia to follow Britain into an even worse nuclear deal with France

a-cat-CANA year ago, the nuclear lobby managed to get a spurious Nuclear Royal Commission going in Australia. Stacked with pro nuclear enthusiasts, this Commission spent a heap of tax-payer money touring global nuclear companies. They especially spent time in France.

On May 6th, the Commission will announce its findings, (already decided upon at the beginning). This will be that the State of South Australia should set up the full nuclear fuel chain, but starting with importing the world’s radioactive trash, (In Australia, hardly anyone knows about this, as it has been  kept as a matter for just one State, and not publicised nationally.

Royal Commission tentative findings

NOW, by a ?strange coincidence, Australia has decided to buy, at huge expense, nuclear submarines from France. They will be fuelled by diesel, not nuclear, – but the switch to nuclear can be made later, when Australia’s inconvenient anti nuclear laws have been overturned.

Just when the UK has got itself locked into a very dubious nuclear deal with France, Australia is about to do an even worse one.

secret-agent-Smflag-france“The company involved , the Direction des Constructions et Armes Navales, now partly privatised and named DCNS, is a lady with a shady past,

As the Hong Kong-based website Asia Sentinel has pointed out, “DCNS’s operations face questions across almost the entire globe, including in Pakistan, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia and Chile, with bribes and kickbacks reportedly comprising 8 per cent to 12 per cent of DCNS’s entire budget.” – Bloomberg, 30 April
With all the deception going in in Australia, about this, we can expect further nasty surprises, – perhaps nuclear wastes being imported via submarines, later on.

May 1, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Climate and Nuclear News This week

a-cat-CANCLIMATE. Paris climate negotiations ahead of schedule.  World powers worried at effects of climate change, drought, causing conflicts.  UN study of  cap at 1.5 degrees Celsius – it may not be feasible. Hillary Clinton unsuited to task of confronting climate change, too enmeshed in corporate thinking. New campaign ‘Two Degrees of Change’ urges female executives to demand action on climate change.  Rapid collapse of ice shelves in Antarctica.  Sea level rise has been underestimated – new ice studies suggest.  Warm, Southerly Winds Gust to Hurricane Force Over Greenland in Staggering Early Season Heatwave — Temperatures Now Hitting up to 41 Degrees (F) Above Average at Summit

Widespread support for Church of England’s stand against Exxon Mobil.  Religious groups urge US lawmakers to approve funding for Green Climate Fund (GCF).   Climate Change Threatening Mt Everest. Climate change affecting India: Severe Drought, Water Shortages  In Australia, and everywhere else, oil and gas lobbies pay shills to obstruct action on climate changeBig Oil spends up Big to thwart climate change action.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Global renewable energy boom, with Asia Pacific at the heart of it.

EDF in America going for wind power, abandoning nuclear. Wind power in America in a big way, and transmission grid development. Wind power – the big buy-up by big companies.  Jobs boom in USA States with wind power development.  India: Gujarat’s government increases solar energy incentives, with rooftop subsidy.

NUCLEAR. 

WORLD. Russian naval officer who saved the world from nuclear war.

Statistical analysis indicates that we can expect more severe nuclear accidents. Nuclear industry up to their old tricks, spruiking “new nuclear“.   $Billions being spent on research for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, that are unlikely to be viable.  Allison MacFarlane on nuclear safety.

JAPAN. Just 74 miles from Sendai nuclear station, strong earthquake hits Japan. Under the radar. Japan’s nuclear development pushed along by USA think tank, a nuclear front– Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Bribery allegations result in resignation of Japanese economy minister Akira Amari. The TPP was negotiated in secret, and now one of the chief negotiators is accused of taking bribes.

Fukushima – the irradiation of a nation. Fukushima’s evacuees have radiation-caused illnesses, but this is covered up in Japan. Braving danger and radiation for chance to earn 11,000 yen a day. Cheated every step of the way: a raw deal from subcontractors.  Radioactive wild boars rampaging around Fukushima nuclear site.

EUROPE.German nuclear centre a target for Paris terrorist?. According to German intelligence, terrorist Salah Abdeslam did not have German nuclear files.  In Europe, nuclear industry needs EUR 450 billion to survive. Luxembourg would pay France to shut down all too near nuclear power station. Dangerous state of aging nuclear reactors in Ukraine.

USA

UK vulnerable to cyberattack if planned nuclear deal with China goes ahead.

IRAQ. Radiation effects of depleted uranium continue to bring disease and death in Iraq.

April 15, 2016 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

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