For nuclear plants operating on thin margins, growing climate risks prompt tough choices. Climate change creates a number of problems for nuclear power plants that some academics say the industry needs to address soon. Academics expect rising air and water temperatures to cut into the operational efficiency of nuclear power plants, and an increase in severe weather patterns may necessitate more elaborate — and costly — disaster mitigation measures by plant operators. While low power prices and competition from cheap renewable energy and natural gas continue to be the most important economic headwinds against nuclear power, these climate effects could become another source of financial stress.
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