The Marines Need Billions for Climate Prep

The Twentynine Palms Marine Base in California.

The Twentynine Palms Marine Base in California.
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The Marine Corps says it might want to spend $5 billion over the following 30 years to replace two recruit depots for each local weather resiliency and the mixing of girls into boot camp, the Marine Corps Occasions reported. This transfer comes because the US navy is pushing for higher preparation for local weather change-fueled disasters like excessive flooding.

The 2 depots are based mostly in San Diego, California and Parris Island, South Carolina. The Parris Island depot is greater than 100 years previous and is close to low-laying land that will finally flood,

“Tidal flooding impacts low-lying areas round MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island, together with intensive wetland areas, 10 occasions per yr on common,” in keeping with a 2016 case research on the way forward for the depots. “By 2050, the presently flood-prone areas inside each bases might expertise tidal flooding greater than 300 occasions yearly and be underwater almost 30 p.c of the yr given the best state of affairs.”

A 2021 article within the Marine Corps Occasions outlined how some navy leaders have been involved concerning the lack of plans for stopping the South Carolina depot from flooding repeatedly sooner or later. One thought entails constructing a seawall across the facility,

There are different bases in bother, too: The US Navy’s large station in Norfolk, Virginia is experiencing sea stage rise at 4.6 millimeters per yr together with land subsidenceand several other bases have been broken by excessive climate in recent times, in keeping with 2019 report from Protection One,

Earlier this month, the US Military (the nation’s oldest navy department) unveiled a plan to supposedly make its operations extra local weather pleasant, together with rolling out electrical navy automobiles and putting in microgrids on its bases that will probably be powered by renewable vitality reminiscent of photo voltaic panels. The department can even practice troopers to face up to and reply to pure disasters like floods and warmth waves.

No matter how a lot the Military and the Marine Corps weatherize their bases and put together for future disasters, the US navy is a serious polluter that makes use of an incredible quantity of water and vitality to run lots of of navy bases all over the world, Transferring service members throughout the globe for ongoing operations and upkeep and coaching additionally contributes to the navy’s already huge carbon footprint, The one greener navy is a a lot smaller one, with fewer bases and automobiles all over the world.

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