April 25, 2016:Â Large swathes of Silicon Valley â€“ which include the headquarters of tech companies such as Google and Facebook â€“ willÂ disappear as a result of rising sea levels.
According to a group of scientists collectively known as Our Coast, Our Future, they have mapped what a rise in sea levels would do to the Bay area and it appears the locations of several of the worldâ€™s biggest tech companies are in the firing line.
Most at risk appears to be Facebook and itâ€™s new 430,000-square-foot complex located slab on the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Designed by Frank Gehry, the offices are designed to house 2,800 people and features a nine-acre rooftop.Â
â€œFacebook is very vulnerable,â€ Lindy Lowe, a senior planner at Californiaâ€™s Bay Conservation and Development CommissionÂ said to AP. â€œThey built on a very low site â€“ I donâ€™t know why they chose to build there. Facebook thinks they can pay enough to protect themselves.â€
At current projections, a 1.6-foot rise in sea levels by the end of the century â€“ which is at the lower end scientists estimatesÂ â€“ would envelop the campus.
Googleâ€™s Mountain View location and Ciscoâ€™s spot in San Jose could see them avoid the floods if water levels rose by the conservative estimate above.
However, looking at more extreme projections of sea level rises â€“ which estimate as much as a six foot rise â€“ would wipe out both campuses.
Airbnbâ€™s spot in the Mission district will have a Bay side view as a result of global warming.
Source: The Next Web