The two don’t mix well
This story deserves singling out because it is on an important but too-neglected subject — the connection between energy and water.
“Climate change puts nuclear energy into hot water,” from the International Herald Tribune. Key point: Nuclear power “requires great amounts of cool water to keep reactors operating at safe temperatures. That is worrying if the rivers and reservoirs which many power plants rely on for water are hot or depleted because of steadily rising air temperatures.”
Factoid of the day: “During the extreme heat of 2003 in France, 17 nuclear reactors operated at reduced capacity or were turned off.”
An Australian report noted that there are “few seaside sites available” for siting nuclear plants, but warned “that building nuclear plants inland would be a major threat to water supplies in a country already stricken by drought.”