he US has acknowledged that global heating is a significant threat to its defence capability, with 79 military bases, including 23 nuclear installations, subject to sea level rise and frequent flooding. While the UK has far fewer military bases to worry about, the key Trident nuclear deterrent requires a submarine to be constantly at sea ready for action. A series of coastal sites is needed to keep these boats and their weapons serviced at all times. In 2010, a UK National Security Strategy acknowledged that sea-level rise was a hazard to this programme that could cause a major accident. In the 11 years since then, nothing seems to have happened to address the problem even though the estimates of future sea level rise and storm surges have become ever more alarming. The Nuclear Consulting Group, an independent group of academics, has produced a helpful report on the threats to Britain’s nuclear bases in 2050. The maps showing potential danger to vital bases are not based on alarming upper level predictions but the more conservative middle range.
Guardian 25th Sept 2021 read more »
The Unite union has issued a set if demands to mechanical & electrical contractor NG Bailey following a walkout on its nuclear warhead contract last week. In sports parlance, NG Bailey appears to have lost the dressing room on the troubled Mensa project at the Aldermarston Weapons Establishment in Berkshire. NG Bailey is working for Costain on a £1.8bn facility for assembling and disassembling nuclear warheads – a project called Mensa. Following the walkout last week, there remains “a great deal of unrest” on the project, according to the Unite union, which accuses NG Bailey of trying to bust the union on site.
Construction Index 27th Sept 2021 read more »
ANTI-NUCLEAR weapons activists held a marine-themed “die-in” yesterday at Faslane to highlight the threat that nuclear weapons pose to biodiversity. Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) members laid on the ground dressed as marine animals, showing the threat of extinction faced by many species.
The National 27th Sept 2021 read more »