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Preventing water crises

Rising sea levels threaten the infrastructure of the Internet

In the coastal regions of the United States, water is endangering thousands of kilometres of underground optical cables.

A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon has shown that these cables – which are not waterproof – could be underwater in as little as 15 years. In the regions of New York, Miami and Seattle, up to six thousand kilometres of conduits could be at risk by 2033, which may have not only regional but also global consequences.

When the cables were laid 20 to 25 years ago, rising sea levels caused by climate change were not included among the risk factors considered.

Professor of computer science Paul Barford, one of the study’s senior authors, claims that their findings are so significant that it may bring home the magnitude of the problem for both the government and industry.

As the process of global warming progresses, humanity is forced to face an increasing number of previously neglected consequences Photo: Shutterstuck
Further information: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones – what’s the difference?

As a result of climate change, humanity is expected to face growing numbers of destructive storms in the future.

An important agricultural region is the latest victim of climate change

The rising sea levels and melting permafrost caused by climate change are causing crisis situations in a number of places around the world, resulting in tens of thousands of people having to leave their homes, while important agricultural areas also fall victim to the changes.

A new sign of the climate crisis: tens of thousands of meltwater lakes were found in Antarctica

Climate change is causing severe problems in Antarctica, too: recently, a piece of ice weighing 315 billion tonnes broke off the area, while scientists investigating satellite images covering an area of 5 million square kilometres found tens of thousands of meltwater lakes, which indicates severe problems.

The moment caught in the act – Ice melting through the eyes of a nature photographer

“Ice is the canary in the global coal mine. It’s the place where we can see and touch and hear and feel climate change in action.” Internationally recognised nature photographer James Balog believes it is extremely important to pay attention to the processes underway in the polar regions.

State of emergency declared in Montana due to early snow

Massive snowstorms hit a number of north-western and northern states of the USA on 29 September.

Monsoon claims over a hundred lives in India

Monsoon rain accompanied by storms and lightning hit the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India on 27 September. Tempestuous winds toppled trees and utility poles and tore off roofs, killing more than a hundred people.

Mont Blanc glacier in Italy threatened to collapse

On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.

Tropical storm batters Houston

More than a thousand people were evacuated or rescued in Houston, Texas, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States on 19 September due to Tropical Storm Imelda.

Caribbean tunes born in a storm

Due to their geographical position, the small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. The documentary entitled 1.5 Stay Alive showcases the sensitive and risky symbiosis between people living in the Caribbean Region and the water that surrounds them.

Events of flood in Europe on the increase say researchers

Climate change is expected to cause the number of extreme floods along the shores of Northern Europe to increase.

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