"World's Energy Systems Vulnerable To Climate Impacts, Report Warns"

"Generators from nuclear reactors to coal-fired power plants will feel the brunt of the weather changes."

"Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found.

Energy companies are more often cited as part of the problem of climate change, generating the lion's share of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, amounting to around 40% of the total. But they will also suffer as global warming picks up pace, as generators – from nuclear reactors to coal-fired power plants – feel the brunt of the weather changes.

Many large plants are particularly at risk from droughts, because they need water to cool their facilities, and floods, because they lack protection from sudden storms. Electricity distribution networks are also likely to be affected."

Fiona Harvey reports for the Guardian June 17, 2014.

Friday, June 20, 2014