Studies Show Droughts Caused Hydroelectric Power Plants to Underperform and Boost C02 Emissions

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A new study has revealed that recent droughts have caused substantial increases in the carbon dioxide emissions in the air. 

Due to the increase, harmful air pollutants are being released, specifically in the western portion of the United States. The contaminants, which include fossil fuels as a replacement to the hampered hydroelectric power, create electricity from the energy of falling water.

“Water is used in electricity generation, both directly for hydropower and indirectly for cooling in thermoelectric power plants,” climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh, senior author of the study, said.

“We find that in a number of western states where hydropower plays a key role in the clean energy portfolio, droughts cause an increase in emissions as natural gas or

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