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Rivers Act As "Horizontal Cooling Towers"
April 22, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Running two computer models in tandem, scientists from the University of New Hampshire have detailed for the first time how thermoelectric power plants interact with climate, hydrology, and aquatic ecosystems throughout the northeastern United States and show how rivers serve as "horizontal cooling towers" that provide an important ecosystem service to the regional electricity sector--but at a cost to the environment. Full Story
University of New Hampshire
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