Climate change could disrupt your Internet connection

An interesting article from the guardian, a UK newspaper, talks about a new government report that indicates the effects climate change could have on the UK's infrastructure - from rail services to telecommunications.

Caroline Spelman, the secretary of state for the environment of the UK, reports that hotter temperatures, rainstorms and increasingly extreme summers and winters can all affect your average connection from things like a fluctuating wireless signal to damaged underground cables from increased subsidence.

If this were to happen, it's likely that the UK wouldn't be the only country affected, but an interesting thing to note is that this is one of the few issues, when it comes to climate change, that would affect more developed countries worse than developing ones. Furthermore, your Internet connection dropping out may well be the least of your worries.

With wetter winters comes an increased risk of floods, which many power stations (both coal and nuclear) weren't designed to withstand. New road surfaces will need to be laid to prevent the tarmac from melting, power cables will need upgrading or they may expand and sag during a particularly hot summer.

Obviously, none of these issues are new or unknown to many hotter, wetter countries, but the problem is that much of the existing UK infrastructure was laid down decades ago, before climate change was known or considered a pressing issue.

More details, information and the report itself can be found on the defra website.

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RommelS said,
Really people, really?! Climate Change (Global Warming) is such a big money making scam.

Amen. Someone wake me when they rule out the null hypothesis.

Well this is exactly what happens when you elect either political party that is run by

Eaton School Boys and Roedean School Girls.

They do not have a clue what they are chatting about and what planet they live on.

Internet speed is BT's fault. The lack of fibre optic cabling in the 20th century, that they

don't hook people upto their closest exchange, my example is, if I was connected to Paddock

Wood exchange I could have at least a 8mb s-1 connection, instead of the 192kb s-1 I got

currently.

I would be 3 miles on a Paddock Wood loop, I am up to 9+ miles on the West Malling loop.

I get the feeling that a green tax (as mentioned) is on the block very soon.

I already pay a green tax in income tax, v.a.t. food bills, transport bills, energy bills and an internet

connection.

If you live in the UK bend over and make sure you are well greased up, it will make penetration

and extraction more comfortable!

Dont blame the "climate" or "global warming" or any of that BS for this. My internet connection sucks as it is because it's the only I'm with the ONLY (besides satellite or dialup) ISP in my neighborhood. My speeds suffer tremendously during the hours when most people are typically home.

This would take ages anyway!

But I thought the UK is actually going to get colder and it's going to affect the Gulf stream?

Weather is cyclical, more scare tactics designed by a goverment just so they can introduce new fees/taxes on the people. This whole climate change scare tactics are really becoming old fast.

Most of the green initiatives....at least here in Canada... are so flawed when you really look at the value they actually bring the costs far out weigh any benefits. And in some cases the green initiatives are in fact less green then what they are supposedly replacing or augmenting.

Gallifrey2 said,
Weather is cyclical, more scare tactics designed by a goverment just so they can introduce new fees/taxes on the people. This whole climate change scare tactics are really becoming old fast.

Most of the green initiatives....at least here in Canada... are so flawed when you really look at the value they actually bring the costs far out weigh any benefits. And in some cases the green initiatives are in fact less green then what they are supposedly replacing or augmenting.

Hey, just because it takes 500Mw to create a green initiative that gives back 5w doesn't mean it is not worthwhile. It will only take 10,000 or so years to recoup the energy used to make it, quite a bargain!

Sorry but how hot do they think it's going to get ? This article seems to state the UK is going to increase by 10c this summer. Scotland has been cool for the past few summers, England has been hotter than usual but only by a few degrees.

I think there is no need to panic, it took 100 years to increase 1 degree on average.

Think of the Polar Bears!! their internet is in serious danger

How will they ever be able to mantain their ratemypenguin.com websites?

<grumble> more "eco" rubbish

So ahh, just the usual? A tax scam by an ever increasing scared government unable to handle the economy? Happens everywhere. It's either "what about the children" or it's "climate change". Sheesh.

No doubt they will suggest Internet users pay a 50 pence per month "green surcharge" to help "avoid" these problems, then the 50p will magically disappear and the 4 horses of the apocolypse syndrome will drop out of existance due to it being brushed under the carpet, while still collecting all those extra 50p's.

Anything to scare the crap out of people into paying more "green" taxes without question. : rolleyes :