Study: Climate Change Could Destroy Internet In 15 Years [telecom]

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Philadelphia (CBS) - A new study suggests that rising sea levels due to
climate change could put an end to the internet as we know it.

The internet's buried infrastructure, which is 4,000 miles of fiber
optic cable, are at significant risk of being damaged by the year
2033, affecting New York, Miami and Seattle the most, according to
researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of

Bill Horne
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Re: Study: Climate Change Could Destroy Internet In 15 Years [telecom]

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Slight scale issue here - individual cables are longer than that and
the aggregate is probably over 1m km - the rest of the world measures
this stuff in km :)

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The "design life" of a specific cable is ~ 25 years (or possibly that
is the time when the initial cable aging guarantees expire)

A map (mainly of the international ones):

Note: cable repairs often take weeks as a ship is involved, so anyone
running a reliable service / network on top is likely to want 3 routes
to any major node to get to 5 x 9s availability

Finally the Internet is likely to survive significant sea rise, but I
suspect some of the locations mentioned will struggle with being below
the new sea level - the only ones who take flood protection seriously
enough to start working on mitigation seem to be the Dutch...


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