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The Carbon Impact of the Internet Age


There has been a lot of pre-apocalypse hysteria going around of late and to anyone who is as superstitious as numerologists you’ll notice that most of the present doomsayers are transfixed on dates that have the digits 2 and 1. I’m not saying that the world will end when 2 become 1, I’m just saying in recent light of the past natural disasters I think we should seriously consider how we use our resources and focus on green technology.

Now with that thought in mind, the question is: Do the benefits of the Internet outweigh the unlimited hosting costs of its energy consumption and CO2 emissions?

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