Power, Pollution and the Internet

In processing a staggering amount of Internet activity, data centers waste vast amounts of energy, belying the information industry’s image of eco-friendliness.

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Responsibility

Everyone reading this is accessing the Internet. What responsibility does the average Internet user have to make sure that the Internet is not an environmental nightmare?

Well theres a couple of things you might do

Act your life as best as you can with your environmental footprint and hope that the businesses providing these services for free (and in fact making money from advertising or your personal date) do something to compensate/balance out the environmental costs of providing the services.

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>>hope that the businesses providing these services for free (and in fact making money from advertising or your personal date) do something to compensate/balance out the environmental costs of providing the services

Why just companies like Google? How about all the library data vendors. Ebsco, Lexis, etc... all have server farms or lease from server farms. This is one way libraries can have an impact. Do the databases you subscribe to run on servers that are environmentally friendly? Is there such a thing?

Yep all businesses you use.

Yep all businesses you use. The thing about Google is the scale of usage compared to any other company which is why I used it as the example :)

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