Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The end is near: Global warming threatens British broadband connections!

      UK broadband will be affected if there is another "BBQ summer"?

If you are from the UK, this might be one of the last times you can access this and other websites.  David Cameron´s environment secretary, Caroline Spelman (cons.) today issued a warning that UK broadband connections could be seriously affected in case of a hot summer (due to global warming):

Climate change will disrupt wi-fi connections, cause regular power failures and lead railway lines to buckle unless Britain spends billions of pounds, Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary has warned.
She warned of intense rainfall, droughts and heatwaves in the next 50 to 100 years because of man-made global warming. The signal from wi-fi cannot travel as far when temperatures increase. Heavy downfalls of rain also affect the ability of the device to capture a signal.
"£200 billion is expected to be invested in the UK's infrastructure over the next five years. But if the facilities which support our society cannot cope with floods, droughts or freezing winters then that money will have been wasted."

Read the entire story here

It is interesting to note that there does not seem to be any kind of broadband problems in much hotter places, like e.g. Saudi Arabia:

STC Saudi Arabia increases high speed broadband penetration fivefold

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