15 Jun '11, 2am

Small World: France & Texas Face Similar, Severe Drought Impacts

Small World: France & Texas Face Similar, Severe Drought Impacts

"Central nuclear Marnay sur Seine." Image credit:Flickr, lamon Texas has a real Texas-size problem on its hands with Frackers Firefighters And Farmers Competing For Water . Similar severe drought-caused problems are shaping up now in parts of Europe. French farmers face lost wheat production, for example. The famed nuclear fleet of France, mostly dependent on single-pass river water cooling systems, may have to consider shut downs as river levels fall. Scientific American reports that "the French government has set up a committee to keep an eye on the country's electricity supply situation and monitor river levels, as 44 of the 58 nuclear reactors that supply 80 percent of France's electricity are cooled by river water." Heat stress: redoubled by power plant discharge. French power plant owners could certainly find ways to lower cooling water intake pipe levels, thus susta...

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