01 Jul '11, 2pm

Jellyfish Invasion Keeps UK Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down

Jellyfish Invasion Keeps UK Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down

Reuters reports that the invasion is affecting EDF Energy's Torness nuclear power plant in Scottish, which kept reactors offline on Wednesday to avoid the jellies gumming up the works. Interestingly, the report also says that this could be an event that will become more common as oceans that are growing more acidic as the water absorbs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The changing pH balance of the water is actually just fine for jellies. And it helps that the water around the east coast of Scotland is actually one degree Celsius above average for this time of year. "Jellyfish can bloom in really high numbers. It's not particularly common, (EDF Energy) have been a bit unlucky. If you get a bit of calm and warm weather they can turn up inshore in high numbers," David Conway, a marine biologist at the Marine Biological Association, told Reuters. While it's bad news f...

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