The UK government has warned that climate change is threatening the country’s entire Wi-Fi infrastructure.
According to a report released by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), high temperatures caused due to the change in climate will have a negative impact on the quality and strength of Wi-Fi.
The report studied the impact of climate change on the country’s wired and wireless infrastructure and came up with ways to make changes that could lessen the impact.
The DEFRA report, which was presented by the secretary of state for the environment, Caroline Spelman, concluded that climate change could have an adverse affect on the country’s electronic communication infrastructure that could be devastating for the British economy.
Apart from having a negative impact on Wi-Fi, the UK could face damage to underground cables from flood, line damage due to falling trees and changes in the country’s flora and fauna that could impact the radio waves travelling through the air, The Guardian (opens in new tab) reports.
“The UK will not be immune, and the government's discovery that one of the most important sectors for the UK's economic recovery – electronic communications – could be affected by climate change, shows just how vital it is for our prosperity that we curb emissions now,” Chief policy adviser to Greenpeace Ruth Davis, said in a statement.