In more ways than one. There is the CO2 footprint and then the footprints all over our daily living and lives. It needs to be managed both physically and psychologically. The video looks at how they are trying to manage data centres so they are more energy efficient and the reasons why they are energy intensive. That way you understand some of the issues and mechanics behind internet energy use. Some big companies are investing in 100% renewable energy for their internet output so they are not dependent on the finite and dated fossil fuel energy. The carbon use infographic from climatecare gives a lot of useful information about our internet energy use.
…the carbon output of hitting “send” on 65 mails is on par with driving an average-sized car a kilometre (0.6 of a mile)…
Enerdata has an informative interactive map showing the increasing use of energy in the world. China is currently at the top of the list. You can also look at CO2 emissions and China is top again. As you look at the top 10 countries you can see there is quite a difference in energy use between the top five and the next five. This particular site offers a great deal of information about world energy use and also offers a daily update. Technology is increasing energy consumption and in a connected world the answer is not going to be using less. It is going to be about using renewables and creating technologies which are less energy demanding. Those ideas are already being implemented and worked on. We need to be mindful of that and encourage ourselves and others to keep coming up with better, more energy efficient ways of using technology. Stopping spam emails would be a good start!!
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