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Les émissions de CO2 liées à Internet polluent autant que l'avion

Les émissions de CO2 liées à Internet polluent autant que l'avion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"La pollution générée par Internet devient un réel problème. Si les données semblent virtuelles, leur transit entre serveurs est pourtant bien concret et polluerait autant que l’industrie aérienne, selon de récentes études. Des chercheurs élaborent de nouveaux modèles d'échange d'information afin de trouver un moyen de réduire au mieux l'empreinte carbone d’Internet."

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Climate footprint of the Internet is as big as the impact from aviation and growing. Time to rethink some false stories of the virtualisation of our economies - same myth as the paperless office was.

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Online Cloud Services Rely on Coal and Nuclear Power, Report Says

The report, by Greenpeace, singled out Apple as a leader in the drive for cheap coal-fired energy to power giant data centers.
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Touch-and-go tablet and computer screens

Touch-and-go tablet and computer screens | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Very interesting article in BBC Future about the dwindling supplies of indium and its effects on the tablet and computer industry. 

 

"... analysts are warning that global supplies of indium could be exhausted as soon as 2017. So how will we live without the gadgets that we have come to depend on?"

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Computing in the Long Emergency

Computing in the Long Emergency | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

How will ecological, energy and material limits affect computing in the post-carbon future?

 

Challenging thoughts and provocative questions in this good Energy Bulletin article. Will "the Internet of 2032" be "a lot more like the Internet of 1992 ... than the Internet of 2012"? Must-read for anyone believing IT is the key to the Great Transition.

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Is a 100% green datacenter practical, or even plausible? | ZDNet

Is a 100% green datacenter practical, or even plausible? | ZDNet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
100% renewable energy sounds great. But when you start to do the research the picture is much less clear.

 

Interesting article questioning all the greenwashing concerning green datacenters.

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Earth Hour dilemma: When the 'like' button harms the planet

Earth Hour dilemma: When the 'like' button harms the planet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
While environmentalist groups have benefited from social networking, keeping the Web working emits a lot of CO2.

 

Very interesting story about the contradictions of environmental online campaigning.

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Greenpeace report: IT full of green rhetoric but little action

Greenpeace report: IT full of green rhetoric but little action | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The tussle for the top of our Cool IT Leaderboard has taken its latest twist, with Google grabbing the top spot ahead of 20 other tech companies, including Cisco and Ericsson.

 

More interesting than who comes first is the fact that IT's energy footprint keeps growing and that the sector is not using its innovation power and its economic clout to push for more sustainability.

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