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Wi-Fi networks could be disrupted by climate change

Gov't sets out £200bn investment to improve infrastructure

Wi-Fi networks could be disrupted by climate change, says the government.

A report by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), revealed high temperatures could affect the quality and strength of Wi-Fi signals.

"If climate change threatens the quality of your signal, or you can't get it because of extreme fluctuations in temperature, then you will be disadvantaged, which is why we must address the question," Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said.

The UK is expected to experience temperatures of above 40 degrees C this year, which has lead Network Rail to install solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems to ensure power cuts do not lead to service outages on Britain's railways. Spelman also warned that heavy rain could affect Wi-Fi signals.

"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," she added.

The report contains proposals for £200bn to be invested in infrastructure to ensure climate change does not affect the UK's services in this way.

"£200bn 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."


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