The Internet Is Emitting 830 million Tonnes Of CO2 Every Year!

by Paul Joseph on January 7, 2013 · 0 comments

You must have come across many people who advocate the use of e-books and many other digital alternatives on the ground that the Internet does not result in as much  CO2 emissions as the others. In fact many look at the Internet as a very efficient and somewhat environmentally safe platform which does not do much damage to the environment in terms of global warming. A study by Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and Bell Labs has shown that the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) industry (which is pretty much the whole Internet) contribute as much as 2% (830 million tonnes) of the Global CO2 emissions annually. The frightening bit is that this emission percentage is predicted to double in 2020. If this finding is right, then the Internet contributes about the same amount of CO2 emission as the aviation industry. The problem with the Internet is that the whole network is so distributed and decentralized that many of us do not understand how it could be contributing so much CO2 to the environment. Some of the prominent CO2 contributors are datacenters . The problem is a very unique one because the Internet has actually become such a central part of our lives these days that we cannot imagine giving it up because of the climate related ramifications. What we can do is to limit the emissions to the lowest possible level. Apparently, the same researchers have confident that there are ways to limit the emissions. It depends on making networks very energy efficient by way of software and hardware. Certified energy efficient hardware along with very efficient code which only makes optimal  use of power resources is one way to go ahead with this. Another way is to make use of renewable energy sources in data centers all around the world. Google has been claiming that it has been doing exactly that in all its data centers around the world. With the ‘ Internet of Things ’ around the corner, the web is soon going to be very crowded in terms of networking and devices attached. We have to quickly figure out the impact and come up with ways to balance the energy usage soon. What do you think about this problem? Share them with us. Story Source | NDTV Profit Image Source | Looking For A Social Media Agency?? – Contact WATConsult – India’s Leading Social Media Agency

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