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July / August newsletter – British Pugwash

Topics covered in the British Pugwash July/August 2021 Newsletter include:

  • Climate Change and Trident – New research from British Pugwash
  • Ethical Science podcast – SYP interview with Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser (UKRI)
  • Save the Date – British Pugwash AGM – 22nd September
  • Joseph Rotblat Memorial Trust – Becoming a Trustee
  • OxPeace Conference – Peace in the Nuclear Era – Video
  • A selection of articles and reports
  • VIDEO – Interview with Lord Martin Rees (Ethical Science, 2021)

The newsletter can be found online here

Trident submarine at Faslane

New research on climate change impacts on nuclear security

British Pugwash is pleased to release newly commissioned research about the potential impacts of climate change on the UK’s nuclear weapons infrastructure.

The report, by Dr Sally Brown from Bournemouth University, is titled ‘Risks of sea-level rise to ports and associated facilities aligning with the Trident programme: A focus on Coulport, Faslane, Barrow-in-Furness and Devonport’.

Note on Nuclear Weapon Announcements in the UK’s Integrated Review of Security (May 2021)

The below is a summary of and link to a commentary by Ambassador Peter Jenkins, Chair of British Pugwash. 

Summary

The United Kingdom government recently announced, in the context of an integrated policy review, that it will move to an overall nuclear weapon stockpile of no more than 260 (from a previous target of no more than 180) and that it will extend its longstanding policy of deliberate ambiguity by no longer making public figures for its operational stockpile, deployed warheads and deployed missiles.…