NEWS – Sunday 22 October 2017                                                                                                                   

EPA says higher radiation levels pose ‘no harmful health effect.
In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911787870

Dimming the sun could save corals from bleaching and hurricanes
Climate change will harm corals by overheating them and unleashing more violent hurricanes, but cooling the planet by geoengineering could reverse those effects
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2151012-dimming-the-sun-could-save-corals-from-bleaching-and-hurricanes/

National energy guarantee is ‘innovative’, says Bloomberg analysis
Bloomberg New Energy Finance says proposed guarantee could be ‘template for policy makers worldwide’
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/national-energy-guarantee-is-innovative-says-bloomberg-analysis

At least for once, don’t let politicking kill off a workable energy policy
Katharine Murphy
Although not perfect, Turnbull’s national energy guarantee does have its merits. But can it get past all the usual muck?
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/21/at-least-for-once-dont-let-politicking-kill-off-a-workable-energy-policy

Rudd’s climate mess may be Frydenberg’s making
Miranda Devine
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/rudds-climate-mess-may-be-frydenbergs-making/news-story/c17daa6b39e141948ba5b79cef251bbb

Adani posts weird video ad on Facebook to fend off Carmichael criticism
The post – with misspellings and all – targets people in Melbourne and displays ‘allegations’, which it labels as ‘lies’
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/21/adani-posts-weird-video-ad-on-facebook-to-fend-off-carmichael-criticism

Call of the wild
ACCLAIMED photographer Steve Parish opens up about his mental health struggles and the healing power of nature
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/qweekend/photographer-steve-parish-opens-up-about-his-mental-health-struggles-and-the-healing-power-of-nature/news-story/4f3e2a937719cfcb83c3011ce41545bb

Roadblocks to growth
STATE and federal governments have been accused of falling flat on the “four pillars” key to growing Northern Australia – water, energy, roads and IT connectivity.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/governments-accused-of-keeping-essentials-from-northern-australia/news-story/cd49ffa8d395e46b4968d71e100eca4d

Families sweat on summer power bills
MORE than a third of South Australians are “extremely worried” about how they are going to pay summer electricity bills — four times more than the most-relaxed Australian residents in Tasmania.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/electricity-bill-pain-has-sa-households-bracing-for-a-long-hot-summer/news-story/fc6b6e385971e5ca003241ae9d049dcb

Promises of cheaper power prices in South Australia are falling flat
Matthew Abraham
Fighting for cheaper power is pretty much a waste of energy
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/matthew-abraham-promises-of-cheaper-power-prices-in-south-australia-are-falling-flat/news-story/8139ca1c8c35f34f9e0a871d590160d3

St Helens bushfire burns through 4668 hectares
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5003094/st-helens-bushfire-burns-through-4668-hectares/?cs=95

Ferry plan for Freycinet
Tourists could be ferried into Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park as part of a proposal to cut down on traffic congestion at the tourism hotspot.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/freycinet-car-park-jam-could-be-cured-by-ferries/news-story/490d392ab765fdcb8af250fd22cad965

Kangaroo Bay leak ’minimal’
TASWATER says a leak in an undersea pipeline at Rosny resulted in “minimal” sewage escaping into Kangaroo Bay.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/leak-in-undersea-sewage-pipeline-at-rosny-repaired/news-story/295c2b183e7f02d61ccef77c5640596a

Rock lobster season delay tipped
Toxic algal blooms have reached such high levels on the East Coast that the opening of next month’s rock lobster seasons are at significant risk, a Hobart researcher says.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/cray-season-delay-tipped/news-story/bd3b349464cd6e3847512116ffcde83a

Arsonist stretches exhausted Tom Price firefighters to limit
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/arsonist-stretches-exhausted-tom-price-firefighters-to-limit-20171019-gz49fd.html

Gore says sustainable energy will win – the question is whether it will win in time.
This might seem a tough time for environmentalists to be optimistic, what with President Donald Trump rolling back environmental regulations even amid mounting evidence of global climate change. But former Vice President Al Gore is trying
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911786077

US nuke waste repository in New Mexico will get more space.
Workers are expected to begin mining operations at the U.S. nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository, the Energy Department said Tuesday.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911786586

Judge allows ‘necessity’ defense by climate activists in oil pipeline protest.
A Minnesota judge ruled that three activists charged with felonies can argue they had no legal alternative to protect citizens from climate change impacts.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911787883

EPA says higher radiation levels pose ‘no harmful health effect.’
In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911787870

Hinkley nuclear site radioactive mud to be dumped near Cardiff.
More than 300,000 tonnes of “radioactive” mud, some of it the toxic byproduct of Britain’s atomic weapons programme, will be dredged to make way for England’s newest nuclear power station and dumped in the Severn estuary just over a mile from Cardiff
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911789699

North Korea’s nuclear testing causes mountain to shift
http://www.theage.com.au/world/after-six-tests-the-mountain-hosting-north-koreas-nuclear-blasts-may-be-exhausted-20171021-gz5ixm.html

Is Congress about to wreck the Grand Canyon and other national park treasures?
The Antiquities Act has been used to preserve some of America’s beloved lands and landmarks but it is facing assault from Trump and Congress
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/why-going-after-this-act-of-congress-could-wreck-americas-national-parks

Insectageddon: Farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown.
George Monbiot
The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdown
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6303715699622895649

Seven ways to tell if you are a curmudgeon
Nick Curtis
Being a Grumpy Old Man is, to coin Larry David’s catchphrase, pretty, pretty good.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/seven-ways-to-tell-if-you-are-a-curmudgeon-20171002-gyshxv.html