#1 Climate change 'could disrupt wi-fi and hit power supply'05-09-2011, 02:43 PMClimate change 'could disrupt wi-fi and hit power supply'
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 2:12PM BST 09 May 2011
Already the transport sector is preparing for temperatures above 104F (40C) this summer, which could lead to breakdowns on the railways.
Speaking at Blackfriars Station in London, which Network Rail is currently fitting with solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems in order to be more resilient against power cuts, Ms Spelman said the UK is already investing £200 billion over the next five years.
But that will not be enough to stop economic impacts of climate change if it is invested in the wrong areas.
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.
"Our economy is built on effective transport and communications networks and reliable energy and water supplies.
"But the economy cannot grow if there are repeated power failures, or goods cannot be transported because roads are flooded and railways have buckled, or if intense rainfall or high temperatures disrupt Wi-Fi signals.
"£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."
"The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
05-09-2011, 03:04 PM
I assumed when I saw this that Spelman was from the yoghurt-weaving side of the Coalition Government here, but apparently not, she's a Conservative. :eek::mad:20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
05-09-2011, 03:06 PMIn most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
05-09-2011, 04:19 PM
lol climate change limiting people's access to facebook and youtube might be the only hope the earth has
it's basically the only thing people care about anymoreOriginally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
05-09-2011, 04:45 PM--Odysseus
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
05-09-2011, 08:32 PM"The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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