Whoa! Did not see this coming!

One of the driest spring seasons on record in northern Europe has sucked soils dry and sharply reduced river levels to the point that governments are starting to fear crop losses and France, in particular, is bracing for blackouts as its river-cooled nuclear power plants may be forced to shut down.


Also, at first, western Japan seemed to have been relatively unaffected by the quake, but now so many nuclear power plants are shut down for inspection and upgrading, there is a 15% peak summer power shortfall there as well.