14 Jun '11, 2pm

Severe Drought in Europe Threatens Crops and Nuclear Power Output from @YaleE360

14 Jun 2011: Severe Drought in Europe Threatens Crops and Nuclear Power Output One of Europe’s most severe droughts in a century is threatening crop production, shrinking some rivers to near-record low levels, and raising the specter that France may experience blackouts as some river-cooled nuclear power plants may be forced to shut down . In France, the warmest and driest spring in half a century may significantly slash wheat yields. In addition, with 44 of France’s 58 nuclear reactors cooled by river water, officials are closely monitoring whether power production may have to be reduced, since sending overheated water from the plants back into low, warm rivers could cause major ecological problems. In Germany, where spring water levels in many rivers are the lowest they’ve been in a century, yields of crops such as rapeseed oil are expected to drop by 20 percent. And Eng...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/severe_drought_in_europe_thre...

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