Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Climate Change in the Rochester, NY region will mess up your cell phone and other gadgets


Among the other Likely Changes coming to New York State because of Climate Change is the disruption of our telecommunications sector. This is not only an inconvenience for those (most of us) who bank, communicate, publish, buy, and even GPS our way through these extraordinary times, but a real threat. Emergency information and keeping our economy thriving is going to be critical as Climate Change further disrupts our state.

I have read about a lot of changes coming to our state, but I hadn’t thought about this sector that should interest all—especially the younger set who now spend so much of their lives on the Internet and on their Smartphones. Hey, I do too. It’s OK. But to keep this critical component of our modern life operating well, even as Climate Change takes hold, will be a challenge.

Read this section of the Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID). It’s not just Job Blow banging away at his computer spewing out Climate Change alarmism. The report was funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and it is probably going to factor largely in how New York State sees itself in the coming. Instead of listening to the cranks and news stations that leave you a complete idiot on the most important issue of our time, read the whole report by a host of experts and really get a sense of what New York State is going to look like soon. Everything and I mean everything, including that cell phone of yours, is going to be challenged by Climate Change. Here, check this out:

Adaptation strategies presented by the Telecommunications sector in Chapter 10 include tree trimming to avoid damage to existing wires, switching from aboveground to belowground infrastructure, the use of fiber optics rather than wires, and wireless systems instead of land lines. A general adaptive principle in the sector is to increase redundancy via the use of generators and backup solar-powered battery banks. Other useful adaptation strategies include relocation of central offices away from floodplains and diversification of telecommunications media, e.g., the continued development of high-speed broadband and wireless services throughout the state. Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) (Page 11)

Don’t just sit there. Demand that our state start adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. You can start by stopping Fracking in our state. The Sierra Club can help you with that: Sierra Club: Atlantic Chapter

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