The Internet Is Drowning

This National Geographic article discusses why the Internet is drowning. Rising seas imperil the delicate web of cables and power stations that control the internet.

Now, research shows that a whole lot of that infrastructure sits squarely in the path of rising seas.

Scientists mapped out the threads and knots of internet infrastructure in the U.S. and layered that on top of maps showing future sea level rise. What they found was ominous: Within 15 years, thousands of miles of fiber optic cable—and hundreds of pieces of other key infrastructure—are likely to be swamped by the encroaching ocean. And while some of that infrastructure may be water resistant, little of it was designed to live fully underwater.

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