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Rising sea levels are going to mess with the internet, sooner than you think

Connectivity issues could get much worse.
a mess of fiber optic cables

The internet has a vast and messy physical underpinning

Snaking beneath roads and strung across oceans, hundreds of thousands of miles of cables and their connections make up the backbone of the internet. Despite its magnitude, this network is increasingly vulnerable to sea levels inching their way higher, according to research presented at an academic conference in Montreal this week. The findings estimate that within 15

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