What is the carbon footprint of one single Google search? How about a single email? These and many other questions are presented in the following infographic...
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Those cat videos don’t come out of thin air. Each time you use the internet, massive data servers need power, and power causes emissions. While tech companies are trying to be more efficient and use renewable energy, there is still a cost to every search.
Backers of the Net have long pushed environmental benefits. And it’s true that the Net has allowed us to use less energy by dematerializing many essential activities.
Having said that, the Net’s environmental impact is not bupkis. Recently, campaigners have been sounding the alarm about the cloud-related expansion of data centers around the country, with well-known companies accused of using less-than-clean energy sources to power them.
This infographic by Wordstream points to both sides of the issue...
The growth of cloud computing and the use of data centers is supposed to be a good thing, right? Well, not necessarily -- when you consider how the Internet’s massive carbon footprint is expanding along with them.
The Internet accounts for an estimated 5% of global electricity consumption, and, with more and more people and companies going online every day, that’s steadily increasing the size of its energy footprint.
But making data centers more efficient can save money and reduce their environmental impact. And when companies realize savings in their energy costs, they’ll also see their operational costs drop.
The data centers that keep the Internet running require an incredible amount of electricity every year ... and they waste most of it.
While surfing the web, you’re probably more concerned with the charge left on your laptop’s battery. But how much power does it require to keep the Internet itself running?
Powering worldwide data centers for major web companies like Google and Amazon is a huge undertaking. Between the servers and their cooling systems, 'data barns' consume 30 billion watts annually, about 1.5% of global electricity. And at the rate the Internet is growing and adding users, expect that to rise significantly in the next several years.
Are these centers being run efficiently? What toll does it take on the environment just to make sure your Facebook status (and a billion other Facebook users’) reaches the masses?
Learn more in this infographic via Mashable...
In the world of environmental pollution there are three big players; the US, India, and China. Currently leading the race...the U.S. And it may be for a reason that you have never thought of.
It’s been a known fact that the U.S. has dominated the tech industry for some time, and while they have brought many inspirational innovations to protect our environment and advance our efficiency, the technology sector could be responsible for our large carbon footprint caused by spam emails...
The Internet can be a hazardous place to mingle around, and it’s apparent people are taking all the precautions they can to protect themselves and their children. However, personal safety isn’t the only concern when it comes to the Internet. There are far more areas where the Internet is causing some serious physical harm, maybe not directly, but to the environment and indirectly to us. When everything is about how “green” something is, it is not hard to understand that someone analyzed the Internet in that way.