Facebook, Google headquarters face flood risk: Report

24 Apr,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Silicon valley headquarters of Facebook, Google and Cisco are running the risk of becoming swamped by water as rising sea levels threaten to submerge much of the property in San Francisco Bay Area, claimed recent forecast by a team of scientists.

Even under optimistic scenarios where rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions avoid the most severe increases, the companies may face cut-off from others around the world, The Guardian reported quoting the scientists.

"Without significant adaptation, social media giant Facebook's new campus appears most at risk," the report said.

Facebook's campus at the San Francisco Bay shoreline is a 430,000 square feet complex -- with a nine-acre garden rooftop -- and is an extension of its Menlo Park base.

"Facebook is very vulnerable. They built on a very low site. I do not know why they chose to build there. Facebook thinks they can pay enough to protect themselves," Lindy Lowe, a senior planner at California's Bay Conservation and Development Commission, was quoted as saying.

The elevation that Facebook gave to its premises will not be sufficient from saving it from a 1.6-feet rise in sea levels by the end of the century.

The search engine giant Google located in Mountain View and technology company Cisco headquartered in San Jose may get some respite.

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