The United Kingdom’s nuclear infrastructure is at risk of flooding due to rising sea levels and storm surges, according to the Nuclear Consulting Group. If true, it would make flooding the biggest threat to the UK’s national security.
The United Kingdom’s nuclear military bases are being threatened by climate change, according to a recent report from the Nuclear Consulting Group.
Paul Dorfman, the report’s author, said that the UK’s coastal nuclear infrastructure is vulnerable to flooding, due to rising sea levels and more frequent and severe storms.
“All of the models or predictions, all of the analysis, all of the data has really started to run hot,” Dorfman told CNBC. “It’s good that people are taking notice, but it’s bad that this new data is showing us that we really do need to get our act together.”
The report also found that coastal flooding frequency is estimated to increase by between 10 and more than 100 in several European locations.
In the United States, “the Pentagon has recently reported that 79 nuclear military bases will be affected by rising sea levels and frequent flooding,” Dorfman added.
So how well equipped are these bases to handle flooding? Watch the video above to learn more.