Even with about 170 countries coming together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimism is running low. Global warming has indeed become an absolute reality, and even global giants cannot seem to escape its consequences.
In a recent report by The Guardian, a team of scientists seem to be convinced that rising sea levels will be catastrophic for global giants like Facebook, Google and Cisco, as their campuses are at the risk of getting submerged by sea water.
The team also noted that even if rapid cuts are made in greenhouse gas emissions and extreme repercussions are avoided, the companies might just face cut-off from others around the world. The social media giant Facebook's campus appears "most at risk", the report claims.
An extension of its Menlo Park base, the campus of Facebook at San Francisco Bay shoreline has an area of 430,300 square feet. Evidently, the elevation of the Facebook premises is not at all sufficient to protect it from a 1.6 feet rise in sea levels that might occur at the end of the century.
Lindy Lowe,a senior planner at California's Bay Conservation and Development Commission, said in a statement that "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."
Global search engine giant Google, and technology company Cisco, however, might receive some respite. Google is headquartered at Mountain View and Cisco at San Jose, but this might not save them if the Antarctic sheet disintegrates. Both campuses will then be engulfed as sea levels will rise to more than six-feet.
Residential and commercial properties located in the Bay area, amounting to a whopping $100 billion approximately, are certainly at high risk from global sea level rise and severe storms.