Nuclear Reactors, Dams At Risk Due To Global Warming Says National Geographic
February 26, 2010: As climate change throws Earth's water cycle off-kilter, the world's energy infrastructure may end up in hot water, experts say. From hydropower installations in the Himalaya to nuclear power plants in Western Europe, energy resources are already being impacted by flooding, heat waves, drought, and more. (Explore an interactive map of global warming effects.)
Traditionally power plants and energy facilities have been built for the long haul — the circa-1936 Hoover Dam in Nevada is still a major hydroelectric generator.
But in a rapidly warming world, a site that looks ideal when it's built may be in a much different environment 50 years later. For instance, a facility built on permafrost in the Arctic may collapse due to the melting tundra. (See Arctic warming pictures.)
"There's a growing understanding about the need to assess our impact on the environment," said Cleo Paskal, an environmental-security expert at London's Royal Institute of International Affairs and author of the book Global Warring.
But "there's not enough of an emphasis on the changing environment's impact on us." Read the full story here.