Report says climate change could affect Portsmouth naval base

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THE armed forces must consider abandoning some coastal sites due to the growing threat from flooding, it has been reported.

An unpublished official report from the MoD, seen by a national newspaper, claims that nine military bases could face direct impact if nothing is done to tackle emissions linked to climate change.

They include the naval bases at Portsmouth, Plymouth and on the Clyde, and the Army garrisons at Aldershot, Catterick and Colchester, among others.

Friends of the Earth obtained the report by a Freedom of Information request.

But an MoD spokesman said the main report on the possible effects of flooding was completed in 2007 and had since been updated extensively based on more recent research.

He added: ‘During this time we have worked closely with the Environment Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the UK Climate Impacts Programme to introduce robust processes to ensure that the effects of climate change, including flooding, are well planned and prepared for across all of our defence sites.’

He said the recent severe weather ‘has had no major effect on the defence estate’.