Russian President Vladimir Putin has disclosed for the first time that a top-secret military submarine hit by a fatal fire three days ago was nuclear-powered, prompting Russia’s defence minister to assure him that its nuclear reactor had been contained.
via Russian President Vladimir Putin admits submarine hit by deadly fire was nuclear-powered – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The nuclear call doing the rounds in Canberra is a bit of old man’s bravado, and a glowering approach to the non-proliferation thrust of the current international regime. Should Australia embark on a nuclear program, it is bound to coalescence a range of otherwise divided interests across the country. It will also thrill other nuclear aspirants excoriated for daring to obtain such an option. The mullahs in Iran will crow, North Korea will be reassured, and states in the Asian-Pacific may well reconsider their benign status.
via Going Nuclear in the Antipodes: Australia’s Megadeath Complex – » The Australian Independent Media Network
National Geographic is owned by Rupert Murdoch (ODT)
A new documentary series is nothing more than a propaganda tool for nuclear power, writes Noel Wauchope.
IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, National Geographic will launch the documentary series, Wild Edens. It’s all about wilderness areas and is also a soft sell for the nuclear industry. And there’s a proud Australian connection, with the Global Ecology Lab of Flinders University, South Australia. Their energy researcher, Ben Heard, was master of ceremonies at the premiere in Spain in April.
via National Geographic joins nuclear propagandists — the Australian connection
The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater.
These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.
via #1 TOP IA STORY OF 2017: HELEN CALDICOTT: The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated
An enormous amount of radioactive waste is to be dumped into the Pacific ocean, despite existing pollution fears. 300 tonnes of radioactive waste are already leaked into the ocean on a daily basis, and this huge new dump is not going to help matter. Japanese fishermen say the oceans have been ruined with the amount […]
Source: Fukushima Plant Set to Release 770,000 tons of Highly Radioactive Water Material into Ocean
Six years after Fukushima, it’s long overdue for Australia’s nuclear apologists to face up to their responsibilities.
Source: Six years on from Fukushima: Facing the fallout