According to the ISP Review website, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is calling for "urgent action" to be taken in order to protect the country's vital infrastructure from the effects of Climate Change.
It quotes Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, as warning that:
"Our economy is built on effective transport and communications networks and reliable energy and water supplies. But 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… £200 billion is expected to be invested in the UK's infrastructure over the next five years. But if the facilities which support our society cannot cope with floods, droughts, or freezing winters then that money will have been wasted."
The report isn’t just about rain interfering with wi-fi (not that the UK relies on public wi-fi though...), or floods washing away broadband cabling, it covers all infrastructure. However, it does have a lot to say about the role of ICT as a means to connect all of the other major infrastructure sectors.
The report can be downloaded for free, but if you want a hard copy of the report for your collection (and why have glossy printed copies been produced – surely there are no Internet black-holes in the UK….? I mean, surely not…) then it’s your for the princely sum of £20.50. Available at no good booksellers now.
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