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Tuesday, 18 September

22:50

Emergency Declared At Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant In North Carolina All Personnel Blocked From Entering The Facility As Hot Shutdown Under Way Truth To Power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An unusual event has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing hot shutdown of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete). Full details of the event are []

via Emergency Declared At Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant In North Carolina All Personnel Blocked From Entering The Facility As Hot Shutdown Under Way Truth To Power

11:32

Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

Central Queensland Grazier Mick Alexander asks the question. Why do our governments consistently give preferential access to our land and water resources to companies like Adani and not support the industry that we will always need to feed us?

Video from FarmersClimateAction 

The post Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food appeared first on The Pen.

10:23

We're nominated in the Free Speech Coalition's free speech awards "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

We've been nominated in the inaugural Free Speech Coalition's free speech awards! The Australian Free Speech Coalition's mission is to defend and promote free speech in Australia. A vital part of a vibrantly healthy democracy is a free and independent media. The AFSC is delighted to offer this award acknowledging...

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Monday, 17 September

20:56

Unusually large M5.7 earthquake hits Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M5.7 hit near Frankland River, Western Australia at 04:56 UTC on September 16, 2018 (12:56 local time). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was initially...... Read more

17:50

The Woes of Climate Change States "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques obsessed with cutting prices.

Morrisons ascension to power was yet another, existentially imposed headache in the aftermath of US President Donald J. Trumps announcement that the United States would be making a dash from any obligations and aspirations associated with the Paris Climate Agreement. Pacific Island states were starting to write up their wills.

When the decision by Trump was made in the middle of last year, such states as Samoa and Fiji felt a shudder.  His decision, came the press release from an assortment of Pacific Island Civil Society Organisations, is a clear sign of his continued support of the fossil fuel industry which directly threatens the lives of communities living in the Pacific Islands.

The Australian response, ever mindful of the wishes of its obese cousin and all powerful defender, has reflected a certain bipolar conditioning on matters ecological and climactic.  Canberra takes the position, when convenient to its neighbours, that climate change is genuine, dangerous and in need of serious consideration.  When necessary, amnesia takes hold.

In the aftermath of Morrisons replacement of sitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama sent a salutary reminder to the new Australian leader couched in a disarming note of congratulation.  I look forward to working with you across a broad front, including the global campaign for action on climate change, the greatest threat facing Australia and all of your neighbours in the Pacific.

This, to a man who had coarsely brandished a lump of coal in the Australian parliament in February last year, supplied by the good offices of the Minerals Council of Australia. This is coal, he guffawed to his opponents, caressing the inert item in his hand with a fetishists resolve. Dont be afraid; dont be scared.

Morrison ought to be suffering jitters from such figures as Samoas Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele, who has made it clear how climate change laggards should be treated.  We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, he...

11:49

China expands its control in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As China consolidates its hold in South China Sea and wields its military, economic and diplomatic leverage, smaller countries see no credible option but to work with Beijing, even if that means furthering Chinese objectives. Manila, for example, seems willing to accede to Beijings demand for joint development of hydrocarbon resources in the Philippines own exclusive economic zone.

The plain fact is that U.S. inaction under successive administrations has allowed China to gain effective control over a strategic sea that is more than twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico and 50 percent bigger than the Mediterranean Sea. Australias Kevin Rudd, who is still fending off accusations that he was a slavish pro-China prime minister, has acknowledged that Chinese policy has not yet been challenged in the South China Sea by the United States to any significant extent.

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The U.S., even at the risk of fostering Philippine helplessness against Chinese expansionism, has refused to clarify whether its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Manila would apply to an attack on Philippine troops or vessels in the South China Sea. This refusal stands in contrast to Washingtons commitment to the defense of the Japanese-administered but Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. U.S. President Donald Trump, in his joint statement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, said that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands.

In the South China Sea, China has astounded the world with the speed and scale of its creation of artificial islands and military infrastructure. The first Chinese dredger arrived in the region in December 2013. Less than five years later, China has largely completed building most of its forward military bases. It is now ramping up its military assets in the South China Sea.

Yet China has incurred no international costs for pushing its borders far out into international waters. In fact, China stepped up the expansion of its frontiers after an international arbitration tribunal invalidated its expansive claims in the South China Sea through a 2016 ruling in a case instituted by the Philippines.

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China says it has sovereignty over all the South China Sea north of its nine dash line. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration  in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid. But China and the Philipp...

09:44

Labor support for TPP does not help bring the change that Australia needs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

It is a shame that this fallout occurs, when it is so important to build unity, not only for an end the Coalition government, but to present the Australian people with a clear cut alternative, to the corporate welfare state and misery for everyone else.

It is up to the supporters of the deal to prove that the TPP has something going for it. Theres been a stunning silence on this front. Perhaps, its because it is indefensible.

Some are talking of betrayal, after the caucus voted to agree to pass the enabling legislation.  Within its own base, Labors leadership is losing some credibility, in in terms of its sincerity.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Paul Bastian said the TPP would be a disaster for Australian workersIt beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TPP given its against the partys own policy.

The Electrical Trades Union warned Labor it faced a real threat of losing the support of Australian workers ahead of the next election if it failed to reverse its support for the TPP.

In addition to making it easier to turn jobs over to lower paid foreign workers, the TPP will establish a system that will enable for private foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for any action it takes that has a negative impact on their capacity to trade, including funding and providing cheaper services through the public system. There is also concern that it would seriously limit capacity to protect the environment.

Labor has announced a policy to improve h...

04:00

The Profitable Cracks in the Lithium World "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Holy moly. All eyes in the small cap mining space will be reading the latest announcement from Kidman Resources Limited [ASX:KDR] today. This could set a new tone for the lithium market for the next six months.

Kidman went into a trading halt last week and shocked everyone. Thats because it may lose the right to develop its Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia over an obscure issue.

This is a nervy wait if you happen to hold any shares. But anyone in any other lithium play will be on their knees, praying it happens. It would make supply even more tight than it is right now. Theres no sympathy in the market.

What gives, anyway? Mining tenements in Western Australia come with minimum spending obligations. A WA state ruling has now recommended refusing Kidmans request for an exemption from this.

Kidman shares sold down as it prepares to fight ruling

Who cares?

Well, these tenements could be under threat from other companies who claim them because of issues with their former owner. As I write this, the stock is down 13% in the first hour of trading.

Kidmans joint venture partner in Mt Holland is Chilean firm SQM. Management there have already issued a statement, saying this may delay the project.

The decision now lies with the WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, who can grant the exemption from his office, regardless of the advice hes now received from his bureaucrats.

Odds are on the minister finding a way for the project to go ahead. Theres a lot of capital spending and jobs at risk here. To cut off a major project over this seems insane.

For example, an investment decision is due before 2019 on Kidmans proposed WA lithium hydroxide refinery. This is part of WAs Lithium Valley idea the state is now trying to push.

This kerfuffle does highlight a major issue when it comes to lithium in general. Thats the assumption that all projected mines and projects will come into being and on time, on budget and with no setbacks.

Thats a dangerous assumption. Already weve seen South American expansion plans be brought into question over water rights and now this.

There are a lot of lithium projects staked out in various forms all over the world. But permits, environmental clearance, financing and competent staff dont just appear from nowhere.

Now, we have the situation where battery especially lithium stocks have sold down hard since late last year, based mostly over fears of an oversupply developing. That means cheaper values.

But is it worth the risk scooping....

03:35

Adani on life support "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I have a piece in The Guardian under the headline Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, starting with the observation

The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didnt Adani go that way in the first place?

I also address the broader question

If coal is doomed, why has the price recoverd

02:38

Greenpeace takes legal action against Australian nuclear waste transport to Cherbourg, France. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Actu.fr 13th Sept 2018 Australian nuclear waste in Cherbourg: court hearing between Greenpeace and Orano postponed Greenpeac...

02:02

Interim i.e Stranded, nuclear wastes meet opposition in USA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The country doesnt need parking lot dumps for interim storage,

We as communities want it out of here. We want it to be in safe place where its never moved again. We think its lunacy to move it twice.

Waste Control Specialists has been lobbying federal officials to establish an interim high-level waste repository

...

01:35

Super Typhoon Mangkhut To Strike Two China Nuke Plants flying cuttlefish picayune "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Two nuclear power plants are in the track of deadly Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is projected hit mainland China as early as Sunday.

via Super Typhoon Mangkhut To Strike Two China Nuke Plants flying cuttlefish picayune

01:34

Hurricane hit Wilmington, NC also home to nuke fuel processing plant as well as nuke power plants flying cuttlefish picayune "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

located in Wilmington, NC Global Nuclear Fuel Americas is powered by three giants: GE Energy, Toshiba, and Hitachi. As part of the Global Nuclear Fuel joint venture formed in 2001, it combines the design, manufacturing, and marketing operations of its parent companies to manufacture light-water nuclear reactor fuel. It serves customers in Europe, Mexico, Taiwan, and the US. Global Nuclear Fuel Americas operates a plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. The company works with affiliate Global Nuclear Fuel Japan, and they both work with GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which designs nuclear reactors.

via Hurricane hit Wilmington, NC also home to nuke fuel processing plant as well as nuke power plants flying cuttlefish picayune

01:16

Changing acceptance of nuclear to DEMAND for nuclear- Australian propagandist Ben Heard to join new global spin? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australian pro nuclear propagandist Ben Heard has moved from chief of the fake environmental group Bright New World, to engineering consultancy firm Frazer-Nash.  We wondered why?  Well, here are some clues.
  World Nuclear News 14th Sept 2018 Consultants Frazer-Nash, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), EDF Energy, Jacobsen Analytics, Lancaster University, University of Bristol and University of York are set to deliver a nuclear safety and security research contract. Frazer-Nash said yesterday that, working on behalf of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the GBP3.6 million (USD4.7 million), two-year project, aims to deliver a step change in the UKs capability as the country moves toward an era of new nuclear build and new technologies.
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-companies-to-deliver-safety-and-security-resear
Nuclear lobby aims to change public view from acceptance of nuclear power to demand for nuclear power Mikhail Chudakov , deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told delegates at the World Nuclear Association Symposium 2018 held in London last week,  said the industry needs to change public acceptance of nuclear power to public demand .  WNN 1...

01:15

Australias ignorant new Energy Minister Angus Taylor attacks renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Taylor launches extraordinary and ill-informed attack against wind and solar, REneweconomy, Giles Parkinson
 New energy minister Angus Taylor has launched a new and extraordinary attack against wind and solar, saying they cause de-industrialisation and claiming that Labors 45 per cent emissions reduction target would send a wrecking ball through the Australian economy.

The comments came in an interview on Sky News on Sunday night, and little more than a week after Taylor told radio stock jock Alan Jones that there was already too much wind and solar in the grid.

On Sunday, he went even further: Asked by Skys Chris Kenny what he thought of Labor leader Bill Shortens comment that Labor was still thinking about adopting some aspects of the National Energy Guarantee, now dumped by the Coalition government, Taylor trotted out all the usual diatribe about...

00:59

Adanis Carmichael coal project massively downsized, but still a climate threat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, Guardian 

The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse.

The original Adani proposal, put forward in 2010, was for a mine producing 60m tonnes of coal a year. The coal would be transported along a completely...

00:51

Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ABC News, By Josh Robertson 15 Sept 18 Traditional owners of Adanis proposed mine site will keep their native title rights unless the Indian corporation can prove it has finance in place for the multi-billion-dollar project, the Queensland Government says.

Key points:

  • Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said Adani must prove financing before native title is extinguished
  • The ALP voted to acknowledge the dispute with traditional owners at a recent state conference
  • The Government has been urged to rule out title extinguishment while court appeals are underway

It follows pressure within the Labor Party for the State Government to hold off sealing Adanis takeover of the Carmichael mine site, which would permanently wipe out a native title claim by the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people.

Last month, the Federal Court upheld Adanis ILUA, but mine opponents in the W&J who unsuccessfully argued it was a sham agreement filed an appeal on Wednesday

W&J spokesman Adrian Burragubba has previously declared they would take their fight to the High Court.

The ABC asked Mr Lynham if the Government would insist on Adani reaching financial certainty before it extinguished native title rights on the mine site.

In a statement, the Minister repeated the wording of the Labor conference resolution.

The Government has maintained that Adani needs to prove they can reach financial close [certainty] before we finalise processes for this project, he said...

00:49

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Call on Qld Government to never extinguish their native title

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.

In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 2018.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says, We are not conceding our rights under our laws and customs to this court decision. We are resolute in putting a stop to the pretense that the Adani ILUA amounts to the consent of the Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou country to the extinguishment of our native title.

Whilever we have this court case running in the higher courts, whether it takes many months or years, Adani has not achieved conclusive registration of its ILUA. The Government should refuse to act on it, and banks should refuse to finance the project.

Adani engineered this pretence, the Government chose not to side with us, and their lawyers and the Native Title services bureaucrats provided the paperwork for an act of betrayal. Nothing changes those facts for us. They refused to accept our original decisions and interfered in our business, he said.

Ms Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the W&J Council says: The State ALP has gone some way in passing a resolution calling for financial cl...

00:37

Scott Morrisons lump of coal not enough: he needs a fairy tale on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale

Finkel did conduct that review at the behest of Malcolm Turnbull and the states when the objective was to fix the problems that have cascaded through the energy market since Tony Abbott opposed Labors carbon price to win an election.

The chief scientist proposed a clean energy target as the fix. Abbott and the deep feelings brigade inside the Coalition didnt like it. It wouldnt fly, so Turnbull and the energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, retreated a...

00:30

Traditional Owners disturbed by allegations of illegal works by Adani "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation

Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.

We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.

We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and will hold both the company and the Government to account.

Adani have been camped on our country hoping to one day build their mine. Starting work illegally only adds insult to the injury that they are there without our consent. We will continue to pursue them through the courts, and with our demands on the Government.

We have seen the report from the lawyers at the Environmental Defenders Office, and it appears that coal seam dewatering bores and other extensive groundwork is being done in breach of Adanis environmental license, and that Adani may have lied to the Queensland Government about it.

We have known all along that Adani cant be trusted with our country, to respect our rights, or be custodians of the environment. The Government can restore some faith by interrogating Adanis conduct and taking whatever action needed to safeguard our country and culture, he concluded.

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Sunday, 16 September

18:30

18.1 Million New Cancer Cases, 9.6 Million Cancer Deaths Expected in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Submitted by Zombie Democracy Blog Welcome to NZ: We offer 2nd highest rates of cancer in the world! Cancer deaths to rise to 9.6 million worldwide in 2018 WHO 20 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World Ranked by estimated new cases per 100,000 people in 2018: Australia (468.0) New Zealand (438.1) Ireland (373.7) []

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