The week that was (and will be) in climate and nuclear news
The UN Climate Change Conference will take place 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the government of Fiji. With America now out of climate accords, China is taking the lead.
The UN Climate Change Conference will take place 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji. The COP is the forum where UN members meet to discuss how they will limit climate change. This year's edition, COP23, is more about preparing procedural decisions than reaching agreements as in Paris. Nevertheless, there will be interesting discussions and protests. With America now out of climate accords, China is taking the lead.
The nuclear industry is sulking, as it did in 2015, because United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) has again, in 2017 rejected its call for nuclear to be included as "clean", and rejected its sponsorship. - This is of vital importance to the failing global nuclear industry - to get the UN to classify it as "clean" would be a lifeline.
Meanwhile - it's not as if the nuclear war threat has gone away.
Examining the hype in Australia about space exploration.
CLIMATE. Downunder, we hear little, if anything, about the UN Climate Conference. I don't know if we're even sending a representative. If we do, you can be sure that it will be only to continue the hypocrisy and downright sabotage of climate action that has been Australia's role for many years. Australian emissions to 'far exceed' 2030 Paris pledge.
At the moment, the Australian government is gripped in utter paralysis - which is rather good, as they can't make any awful decisions, indeed, any decisions.
The $16-billion Adani coal mine project is dividing the Australian public.
With a Queensland election coming up, the saga of the Adani coal megamine plan takes on a new significance. Anti Adani coal mine protests to be a continuing feature of Queensland election. Queensland Premier will now not support Federal funding for this. Queensland Government worried about viability of Adani's $16.5 billion Carmichael mine. Criticism of Townsville City Council for giving Adani $19 million for airstrip for coal mining. Unity in Christian churches: bishops of Townsville speak out against Adani coal megamine.
• The Australian government now looks like subsidising both an Indian billionaire and the Chinese government, such is the Adani funding mess. Officials considering tax-payer loan to Adani have known for months of Adani's bad financial and environmental standing.
• Don't fund Adani coal project: Pacific Islanders' call to Australian government. Even Shock Jock Alan Jones comes out swinging against Adani coal megamine project.
NUCLEAR* Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop 's timely warning on the danger if USA were to scrap the Iran nuclear agreement. Minerals Council of Australia is angry with United Nations - for not including nuclear power in climate action. American pro nuclear propagandist Michael Shellenger is visiting Australia, and getting uncritical coverage from mainstream media. He's talking mainly to mining industry meetings.
South Australia: Greens Bill passes Parliament's Upper House - aiming to stop the waste of money on promoting nuclear waste dumping. Nuclear fuel waste: extended storage at Lucas Heights or target SA?
ENERGY. Australia's clean energy transition is underway - and fast! Clean Energy Finance Corporation triples investment in renewable projects to $2 billion. South Australia's Whyalla to become a booming renewable energy hub. Well deserved award for RenewEconomy founder Giles Parkinson.
Success with Paris climate goals is within our grasp. New United Nations report calls for shutting down coal industry, ramping up renewables. Enormous private sector investment in renewables and energy efficiency - gives Paris climate goals a real chance.
United Nations Environment Emissions Gap Report 2017. Record high greenhouse gas emissions in atmosphere- highest for 3 million years.
Need for a new legal framework to protect the coming millions of climate refugees. Global public health emergency is already upon us - climate change.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution finds radioactivity from 9146-1958 nuclear bomb tests is still lingering.
ARCTIC and ANTARCTICA
Extreme warming at the Poles this week -- Arctic and Antarctic temperatures to rise to 20-30 C above average in some locations.
New Zealand looks to accepting climate change refugees.
Climate and energy. Trump administration and the nuclear and coal industries front to push for their industries as "clean" at UN climate conference. State of California bypasses useless Trump government, as Governor Jerry Brown goes to Bonn climate talks. Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson takes legal action against critics of his 100% renewables article. USA government report says climate is warming and humans are the cause. USA government scientist blocked from talking about climate and wildfires.
US officials still talking with North Korea, despite President Trump. Chaotic situation at Los Alamos National Laboratory - secrecy about plutonium danger. Trillion-dollar nuclear arms plan sets up budget brawl.
Russia AND the US send nuclear bombers near North Korea. US will not accept a nuclear North Korea - Defense Secretary Mattis. USA would negotiate with North Korea - but only on USA's terms. High-ranking North Korean defector says a US strike would trigger automatic North Korea retaliation. "Brisk activity" at North Korea's nuclear site prompts fears of another missile test. North Korea denies the story that its nuclear test killed hundreds http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/north-korea-nuclear-test-may-have-caused-deadly-tunnel-collapse/ . North Korea operates a hospital that treats soldiers exposed to radiation at its nuclear test site.
Sweden's 65,000 public nuclear fallout shelters, and more to come.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano says 'no problems" in checking Iran's nuclear facilities.
French President agrees with Russia's Putin on need to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. with safety significance, at French nuclear power plant. France to decide by end 2018 how many nuclear plants to shut.
The truth concerning nuclear accident induced thyroid cancers. Japan TVreport. Radiation has affected Fukushima's monkeys: smaller bodies, smaller brains, anaemia. Japan's nuclear problems: all of their reactors likely to contain faulty Kobe Steel components.
Britain's Brexit nuclear headache - leaving Euratom - will have to get its own nuclear inspectors. Britain's BBC again fails to address false and misleading information; this time about Moorside nuclear. Evidence that Britain's nuclear power industry subsidises nuclear weapons. UK Labour government would sign global anti-nuclear weapons treaty. Drug use by British navy sailors on nuclear Trident submarine.
India's nuclear industry problems: repeated shutdowns at Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
AREVA's new entity NewCo struggles with unprofitable uranium mine in Niger.
Philippines signed up to the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
Record breaking wind energy in Europe: Germans got electricity for free.
Areva-Siemens and the Finnish electricity company TVO blame each other for delays in nuclear build.
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