A FAIRLY DAFT UK Government report has claimed that climate change could disrupt WiFi signals and said we need to do more to protect our IT infrastructure from bad weather.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman warned that we have to factor in climate change from the design and planning stage when we are building out new IT infrastructure developments. If we don't do enough to protect our investment, Spelman reckoned it could threaten our national economy.
"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," Spelman said.
Spelman was speaking from Blackfriars Station in London to announce the "Climate Resilient Infrastructure" cross government report that was published yesterday.
The report looked at worst case scenarios with the inevitable impact that climate change in the UK will have on our IT infrastructure and the results weren't good. The report assumed that most IT infrastructure has a life span of 50 to 100 years, which it claimed means a UK where climate change will introduce much higher temperatures and more flooding from higher rainfalls..
Spelman said the £200bn earmarked for investment in the UK's infrastructure over the next five years will be a complete waste of money.
Of course, being a UK government report, the spinmeisters were on hand to turf out some good news. The reason Spelman was speaking from Blackfriars Station was because it's undergoing a £550 million redevelopment. The developers are installing works that factor in the impact of climate change. µ
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