Climate change and over-tapped waterways may leave developing countries in Asia, such as India and China, without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, according to a study.
The study, published in the journal Energy and Environment Science, found that existing and planned power plants that burn coal for energy could be vulnerable.
“One of the impacts of climate change is that the weather is changing, which leads to more extreme events — more torrential downpours and more droughts,” said Jeffrey Bielicki, an associate professor at The Ohio State University in the US.
“The power plants — coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants — require water for cooling, so when you don’t have the rain, you don’t have the stream flow, you can’t cool the power plant,” Bielicki said. Read More