News Roundup: Rising sea levels could impact internet infrastructure

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Climate change could kill the internet

The datacenter industry has a carbon footprint equal to that of the aviation industry; around 2% of the world’s total emissions. Tech is estimated to consume around 10% of the world’s energy output.  While tech might not be the biggest polluter, it could suffer the effects of climate change.

A new study the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon warns that critical communications infrastructure could be submerged by rising seas in as soon as 15 years. Given that much of the world’s internet infrastructure is close to coastlines, it estimates that by 2033 more than 4,000 miles of buried fiber will be under water and more than 1,100 traffic hubs will be surrounded by water. The most susceptible US cities are listed as New York, Miami, and Seattle.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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