Commentary: Can Our Global Energy Industry Weather Extreme Weather?

Source: James Conca, Forbes, Nov 22, 2019

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency published their new report, Adapting the Energy Sector to Climate Change, that explores a range of climate impacts on the energy sector resulting from gradual climate change together with extreme weather events. The report also considers possible ways to counter them.

The report considers the effect of extreme weather events on fossil fuel power, renewable energy technologies, nuclear power and electricity grids. The competing problems to these effects is the push to transform the energy sector to low-carbon sources, provide energy to adapt to climate change, and to provide enough energy to eradicate global poverty and raise every human up into a good life.

This is not an academic exercise. The figure below shows the reported occurrence of droughts and floods globally since 1977, which exhibit a significant increase.

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