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BAE shipyard – home to nuclear submarine construction ‘set to flood’ due to impact of climate change

BAE shipyard in Barrow ‘set to flood’ due to impact of climate change 31st March DAN TAYLOR, CHIEF REPORTER   BARROW’S shipyard is at ‘very great’ risk of flooding in the near future, according to a report. 

Findings by the Nuclear Consulting Group suggest BAE’s shipyard would be left ‘profoundly vulnerable’ to flooding from sea-level rises due to the impact of climate change. 

It claimed the shipyard was among nine nuclear sites that are threatened by the possibility of increased rainfall and a rise in sea levels.

The report is based on models predicting sea levels in 2050 following the effects of climate change. 

……..   Writing in the report Dr Paul Dorfman, the chair of the Nuclear Consulting Group think tank, said: “Present UK coastal military nuclear infrastructure is profoundly vulnerable to flooding from sea-level rise, storm intensity and storm surge – with inland nuclear facilities also facing inundation and flooding.

“Ministry of Defence and nuclear regulatory mitigation efforts will become obsolete, and sooner than planned.

“In other words, UK nuclear military bases are set to flood.”

The next generation of Trident nuclear submarines are being built in Barrow, alongside the Astute hunter-killer boats.

And raising concern about the shipyard, Dr Dorfman warned: “Despite the key role the shipyard plays in the UK nuclear military enterprise, climate change (even in lower-mid range projections) will challenge the utility and viability of the facility due to the combined impact of future sea-level rise, storm surge and flooding.”………… https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/20028594.shipyard-flood/

April 2, 2022 - Posted by | climate change, UK

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