Nuclear, climate, pollution news this week

Sometimes, it seems a bit ridiculous to single out the nuclear danger, or the climate danger, from all the other insults that human beings are throwing at the planet. Wars and violence are bad enough, but the overall big killer now is pollution..

Sometimes, it seems a bit ridiculous to single out the nuclear danger, or the climate danger from all the other insults that human beings are throwing at the planet. Wars and violence are bad enough, but the overall big killer now is pollution especially when linked to poverty. It's surely time to take a global view of our punished biosphere. It's affecting us, and the biggest organisms, and the smallest - as with the massive decline in flying insects.

Anyway - to nuclear news. Apart from the ever dangling sword of Damocles situation of North Korea, the news for the so-called peaceful nuclear industry is pretty bleak. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 has just been released, and even in China things are crook.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR
South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission - South Australian Greens leader Mark Parnell pointed out that it should always have been a National issue, not just a South Australian one, and that the Commission's advisers were overwhelmingly from the nuclear lobby. In South Australian Parliament, Greens aim to restore Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act. - Business South Australia - a strident pro nuclear lobbyist - ruled to not be a 'charity' - still a strident voice for the nuclear lobby.

ANSTO calls High Level Nuclear Waste - "Intermediate Level" - fooling the public - Sick-making propaganda spin, as ANSTO pays rural South Australians to visit Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.
90 organisations join ICAN in calling for the government to sign and ratify
the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
News Corpse relates Cory Bernardi's misleading statements on thorium nuclear power.
CLIMATE. Bureau of Meteorology predicts 3 warmer than usual months for Australia. Fossil fuel lobby now dictates Australia's energy policy: Energy Security Board instructed to ignore Paris climate commitments.-
Bob Brown: High Court decision ensures free speech against environmentally polluting companies, like Adani.
Coal and Adani mine project.
Coal not likely to benefit from Turnbull's new energy plan.
• Chief Scientist contradicts Liberal Senator - says far fewer coal-fired power stations being planned.
• Queensland Labor MP angry about delay to act on black lung disease.
• Old polluting coal-fired power station Vales Point profits from energy policy chaos.
• Anti Adani coal project protestors lock themselves to heavy machinery.
• Farmers for Climate Action - Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land for Adani's private rail line.
• Rescind Adani's Unlimited Water License and support Aussie farmers!.
• Busting the myths about Adani providing 1000s of jobs.
Peter Garrett: Back on centre stage to fight Adani and push for 100% renewables.

ENERGY. Survey shows that Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott's electorates
back 50% renewables target.
Victoria's Renewable Energy Target now becomes law. Solar energy: from day one Australian business solar projects pay for themselves. More.
INTERNATIONAL
Risk of 'unacceptable war' http://www.ibtimes.com/us-military-strike-against-north-korea-pose-risk-unacceptable-war-expert-2605939
- if U.S.A. made a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea.
North Korea warns of possible atmospheric nuclear bomb test. http://www.smh.com.au/world/north-korea-warns-of-pacific-nuclear-test-20171025-gz8cp2.html USA nuclear bombershttp://www.defenseone.com/threats/2017/10/exclusive-us-preparing-put-nuclear-bombers-back-24-hour-alert/141957/
to go back on 24 hour alert.
Two old former leaders,USA's Jimmy Carter https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/22/jimmy-carter-north-korea-donald-trump?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2010.23.2017&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief and Russia's Mikhail Gorbachevhttps://www.thenation.com/article/the-escalating-nuclear-threat-finally-has-the-publics-attention-now-what/
talk sense, (but will anyone listen?)
Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow http://nationalpost.com/news/world/canadian-who-survived-hiroshima-nuclear-bomb-to-accept-nobel-peace-prize-this-is-her-story
to accept Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN. ICAN calls on Nobel Foundation to cease indirect nuclear arms investments. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/transparency-call_nobel-foundation-accused-of-indirect-nuclear-arms-investments/43614160
AS UN Climate Change Conference draws near, Christian leaders http://www.christiandaily.com/article/christian-leaders-demand-implementation-of-paris-agreement-ahead-of-climate-change-conference/61336.htm
demand implementation of Paris Agreement.
Record low prices https://thinkprogress.org/stunner-lowest-price-solar-power-f3b620d04010/for unsubsidised solar power.
EUROPE. With plummeting renewables costs, costly nuclear fusion http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-OY3SHX6S972801-2RKS837QMLNSJG9Q1LHCUFO248unlikely to ever make sense.
JAPAN. What a difference a word makes: Japan weakens its annual anti-nuclear resolution! https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/21/national/politics-diplomacy/u-s-pressure-japan-waters-text-anti-nuclear-resolution/%20-%20.We0KUo-CzGg
USA.
• NBC News poll shows that three quarters of Americans fear that Trump is leading them into war. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-war-poll-americans-think-president-lead-conflict-a8009401.html

• Drumming up a bogus conspiracy https://www.salon.com/2017/10/25/how-steve-bannon-and-sean-hannity-ginned-up-the-hillary-clinton-uranium-story/ about Hillary Clinton and Uranium One.
• Over 10,000 calls to USA's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oppose subsidies to nuclear and coal. Not legal to subsidise nuclear stationshttps://www.nirs.org/press/no-bailout-backlash-builds-10000-comments-nuclear-coal-handouts-delivered-ferc/ - says independent company that manages competitive wholesale power markets.
• At long last, Florida residents can stop paying http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/hearing-could-absolve-duke-customers-from-paying-for-levy-nuclear-plant/2342259for the never-built Levy Nuclear Project. How to get a $60 million payout http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article180190446.html- be an executive of a $9 billion failed nuclear project.
• Up and running in 3 weeks - solar power for Puerto Rico's children's hospitahttp://abcnews.go.com/US/struggling-puerto-rico-childrens-hospital-solar-power-tesla/story?id=50721869l.
• Fire Danger Again Rises Across California; Number of Structures Lost in Northern Blazes Ihttps://robertscribbler.com/2017/10/24/fire-danger-again-rises-across-california-number-of-structures-lost-in-n-california-blazes-increases-to-8400/ncreases to 8,400
• Regular flooding predicted for New York, https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/10/climate-change-nyc-floods/543708/
• as climate change brings rising sea levels.
• America's Environmental Protection Agency gagging its own scientists https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/climate/epa-scientists.html on climate change.
UK. As renewable energy costs shrink, British government wastes money on Small Nuclear Reactor fantasy. https://nuclear-news.net/2017/10/27/as-renewable-energy-costs-shrink-british-government-wastes-money-on-small-nuclear-reactor-fantasy/ - Britain's (really uneconomic) 'peaceful' nuclear power is actually subsidising nuclear weapons. http://www.tribunemagazine.org/2017/10/new-nuclear-power-plants-linked-to-trident-weapons/ Seaweed clogging up cooling system http://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/15607469.Seaweed_solution_sought_for_Hunterston_B/
of EDF's Hunterston B nuclear station in Scotland.
A subsidy ban for new onshore wind farms http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/onshore-wind-farms-uk-subsidy-ban-energy-bills-rise-1-billion-a8018561.html
could add £1bn onto UK energy bills. Britain's 'Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch' http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/news/nfla-welcomes-gm-big-clean-switch-support-decentralised-renewable-energy-solutions/
welcomed by The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA).
BBC finally apologises https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/24/bbc-apologises-over-interview-climate-sceptic-lord-nigel-lawson
for its uncritical interview with climate denialist Lord Lawson.
NORTH KOREA. Stresses on North Korea's nuclear test mountain http://www.smh.com.au/world/after-six-tests-the-mountain-hosting-north-koreas-nuclear-blasts-may-be-exhausted-20171021-gz5ixm.html
- becoming unstable?
INDIA. India-USA nuclear arrangement https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-us-nuke-deal-signed-without-ground-work-ex-us-senator/articleshow/61236998.cms
just an American marketing effort - “dead at the very beginning”. With its rapid growth in solar power, India now a leading clean energy generator. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/india-plans-big-on-solar-wind-power/article19821527.ece
SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says large nuclear power project is not affordable. https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2017-10-26-nuclear-power--still-unaffordable/
- South Africa's opposition party ready to take legal action if govt fails High Court ruling http://www.fin24.com/Economy/threat-of-court-action-if-govt-steps-out-of-line-with-nuclear-plans-20171022
on nuclear transparency
SOUTH KOREA. South Korea scrapping plans for 6 nuclear reactors https://www.google.de/search?source=hp&ei=RQjzWcnVDMuAU_W3iPgP&q=South+Korea+scrapping+plans+for+6+nuclear+reactors&oq=South+Korea+scrapping+plans+for+6+nuclear+reactors&gs_l=psy-ab.12...4160.4160.0.6388.1.1.0.0.0.0.177.177.0j1.1.0....0...1.2.64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.pgsLexrV91E
, but will continue with 2.
FRANCE. Concern over condition of France's aging nuclear reactors: 20 of the 58 currently shut down. https://nuclear-news.net/2017/10/25/concern-over-condition-of-frances-aging-nuclear-reactors-20-of-the-58-currently-shut-down/
IRAN. Death sentence for man found guilty over Iran nuclear scientist killings http://www.smh.com.au/world/iran-sentences-mossad-agent-to-death-over-nuclear-scientist-killings-20171025-gz7pnc.html
. IAEA boss Yukiya Amano http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-iaea/u-n-nuclear-chief-to-visit-iran-this-weekend-idUSKBN1CU2KZ?il=0
to visit Iran.
NEW ZEALAND. New govt in New Zealand plans for 100% renewable energy. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/new-zealand-jacinda-ardern-signs-coalition-deal-outlines-plans/9082140

Christina Macpherson
Antinuclear Australia
www.antinuclear.net
www.nuclear-news.net
https://nuclearinformation.wordpress.com/

@ChristinaMac1

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