Rising sea levels won’t spare even the internet

Jul 19, 2018, 8:48 AM EDT
(Source: Alan Levine/flickr)
(Source: Alan Levine/flickr)

The brute force of the rising sea levels could upend America’s internet infrastructure, submerging 4,000 miles of fiber optic cables buried along U.S. coastlines by 2033, according to a study at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

If this bleak prediction turns into reality, millions of Americans in coastal cities like New York and Miami will be cut off from the internet, writes Earther.

Lead author of the study, Professor Paul Barford, says the findings are a wake-up call for the world to find ways for protecting the digital infrastructure that underpins the modern life, reports Independent.