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"Rising seas may damage an important base tracking space debris in the coming decades after the Air Force ignored the potential ramifications of climate change. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the almost $1 billion Space Fence project in the Marshall Islands is placed on an atoll that could be damaged by intruding saltwater in coming decades. The report said the military and its contractor, Lockheed Martin, didn't give serious consideration to the effects of climate change when picking a location for the base, despite warnings from local officials. Curt Storlazzi, an oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, said the atoll could be inundated by rising seas on a regular basis in a few decades. When you get to the point where water is going over the top of the island annually, it will affect a lot of daily life, whether it's related to the Space Fence or other operations, like moving food around, Storlazzi told the AP.", www.washingtonexaminer.com
"WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $1 billion to build a radar installation that will help keep astronauts and satellites safe by tracking pieces of space junk as small as a baseball. [...] The Associated Press found that neither the military nor its contractor, Lockheed Martin, gave serious consideration to that threat when designing the installation and choosing a site, despite warnings from the island nation's environmental agency. Dana Whalley, a civilian who is managing the Space Fence program, said that the radar installation has a projected lifespan of 25 years and that he doesn't expect sea levels to rise enough over that period to cause a problem. [...] a key part of the radar tracking system that the Space Fence replaces was built during the dawn of the space age and was badly outdated by the time it was shut down 50 years later in 2013. Kwajalein Atoll, a battle site during the war, is now an Army base, a ballistic", www.westport-news.com
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