SGR releases report on risks of U.K. nuclear weapons

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) released a report Thursday that detailed the risks posed by continued deployment of U.K. Trident nuclear weapons.

They state the most recent scientific models indicate that these weapons would likely have a devastating impact on climate and could result in food shortages on a global scale if one were to be launched. They state that one Trident nuclear submarine has the equivalent of 320 times the destructive power of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

“The latest scientific and technical assessments of the risks of nuclear weapons suggest even more devastating effects than those made in the 1980s," SGR Chair Philip Webber said. "As we mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb, the U.K. should take an active role in abandoning the illusion of nuclear security. There are enough nuclear weapons deployed across the world to destroy civilization several times over. Only luck has saved us from numerous nuclear near misses over the last 70 years. The time has come to cease our gamble with nuclear weapons.”

The government of the U.K. will make a final decision on whether to upgrade the Trident weapons system.

SGR Executive Director Stuart Parkinson says it's a costly project to upgrade this weapon system and the technology necessary would be better used elsewhere.

The SRG is an independent organization of scientists and engineers who study the potential misuse and abuse of science and technology. The report argues that the nuclear weapons should be stored away and nuclear Trident submarines should not be patrolling the sea.

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