The BBC is reporting that:
“Both reactors at the Torness nuclear power station have been shut down after huge numbers of jellyfish were found in the sea water entering the plant.”
The report continues:
“It is not known why there are so many jellyfish in the area.
Water temperatures along the east coast of Scotland have been relatively normal, but it is thought higher than average temperatures elsewhere in the North Sea may be a factor.
Operations at nuclear power plants in Japan have been disrupted by large numbers of jellyfish in recent years.”
I am sure many people will be disturbed by the idea of plagues of jellyfish around our shores, but when they start clogging up the inflow of cooling water into nuclear power stations it is time to get worried.
Climate change is real. It is happening and some of its effects are not what you might expect.