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Is using the internet as carbon heavy as flying?

Is using the internet as carbon heavy as flying? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

For this week’s opening piece on technology I wanted to find out more about communications technology. Phones, computers and the internet have become crucial not just in my own life but also to the spread of the Transition movement, and an essential part of projects like Social Reporting. A book published last year, ‘Greening the Media’, reports that in 2007 emissions from electricity consumed by information technology were 2.5-3% of the total, and comparable with aviation, but this is not something my Transition group have yet discussed, nor something there seems much getting away from. So I spoke to my friend Toby Miller (co-author with Richard Maxwell, of Greening the Media) to find out more.

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Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed

Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The World Resources Institute (WRI) released a report, Global Coal Risk Assessment, that analyzes information about proposed new coal-fired plants and other market trends in order to assess potential future risks to the global climate.

The report finds that there are 1,199 new coal power plants in the works, totaling more than 1.4 million megawatts of capacity worldwide. That’s four times the capacity of all the coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Seventy-six percent of the coal plants are proposed for India and China, with the U.S. seventh in the world for coal power plants in development.
According to the WRI, if all of these projects are built, it would add new coal power capacity that is almost four times the current capacity of all coal-fired plants in the U.S.


View the locations of proposed coal-fired power plants by country in this interactive map at the article link.


Via Lauren Moss, Digital Sustainability
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The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters

The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Greentech MediaThe Smart Grid and Natural DisastersEnergy CollectiveThe globally emerging smart grid, of course, will not eliminate the threat of devastation, but developing aspects of the next-generation infrastructure would mitigate against the...

Via Joan Tarruell
Hans De Keulenaer's insight:

If smart grids can be designed to provide ancillary services at distribution level, they could provide a buffer against large-scale blackouts.

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