Although the prolonged dry spell in France this spring has not affected the country’s nuclear power output, Electricite de France SA — Europe’s biggest power generator — plans to rely on its seaside reactors, as the drought is reducing the river water for cooling inland plants, according to Bloomberg.
French energy company Total will form a joint venture with Exxon Mobil to explore the shale reserves in Poland, which is estimated to have about 187 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable unconventional gas deposits, UPI reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to wean Germany from nuclear power, and a newly appointed committee has said that the country should close all of its nuclear power plants by 2021 and rely entirely on other forms of energy. But The New York Times notes some inconsistencies in Merkel’s energy policy.
The Economist reports on the growing number of Israeli companies in the water sector. Can Israel become the Silicon Valley of water technology?
, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.