(c) AP Photo/Danny Lawson
I’m not sure I could wait as long as the Scottish Natural Heritage report suggests – 2080. By then, they think Firth of Clyde sea levels could be 47cm higher and flood the Faslane base. Presumably, Somerset will have become permanently water so the submarines could be based in Yeovil?
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The report predicts more than 100 coastal areas being affected including the rail-link at Prestwick Airport as well as Greenock, Gourock, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Faslane, Inverkip, Largs, Stevenston, Irvine, Troon, Prestwick, Ayr and Girvan! I live up the only decent-sized hill in Ayr. I’ll stop complaining about my sore knees now. I may not make it to 2080, of course, being 66 as I write.
SNH chair Mike Cantlay reported in Energy Voice said:
‘As part of our role protecting all of nature for all of Scotland, we conduct regular research into the long-term future of Scotland’s natural environment. Having this advance notice allows partners to work together to address potential issues and plan ahead for ways to mitigate these risks.’
Seriously, time to get planning and preparing for this but don’t tell the MoD.