Why sending an email can increase your carbon footprint

July 12, 2016 by  
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Your carbon footprint is greater than just the fossil fuels burned in traveling and construction—it encompasses your digital activities too. As if spam emails weren’t bad enough, Fuel Fighter points out how an action as seemingly innocuous as a Google search could add to your carbon footprint. Data centers , which are the engines of the Internet, require massive amounts of energy to run and, according to Gartner, are said to account for almost a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel Fighter created an infographic to break down the carbon footprint of the digital age, from emails to streaming Netflix, as well as interesting stats on the energy it takes to power the Internet and what some companies are doing to offset their global footprint. + Fuel Fighter

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This skyscraper is a sustainable data center in Iceland

March 28, 2016 by  
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Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

February 23, 2015 by  
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Apple has just announced plans to construct two new data centers in Europe, and like all current Apple data centers, the facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy . Constructed at a total cost of $1.9 billion, the data centers will each measure 166,000 square meters (545,000 square feet) and will power the company’s iTunes App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri services. Read the rest of Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , apple , computer , data center , demark , Europe , Ireland , lisa jackson , mac , native trees , renewable energy , servers , Sustainable Building , tim cook , waste heat

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

May 29, 2014 by  
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Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you’ve got a massive energy footprint of roughly 12.5 million watts – and that’s just a fraction of the search giant’s 260 million watt total. Juice Electrical Supplies recently ran the numbers and compiled an infographic that shows just how much energy Google uses – and how the company’s investment in renewable energy and offsets has given it a carbon footprint of zero . Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable energy” , data center , energy efficient design , Google , google energy use , green design , green energy , power , renewable energy , sustainable design , YouTube

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Facebook’s New Data Center Will Be Powered by the Wind

December 24, 2013 by  
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A new Facebook data center in Iowa, set to open in 2015, will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

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Send Used Clothes to a New Home in Old Shipping Boxes

December 24, 2013 by  
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Community Recycling has launched a program called CR Home that is keeping millions of pounds of clothing and other items out of landfills.

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Microsoft uses carbon fee for big Texas wind power purchase

November 4, 2013 by  
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It will buy all wind power from the Keechi Wind Project in Texas, which will feed into the same grid powering its San Antonio data center.

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Software stars in Arc Productions’ data center makeover

September 30, 2013 by  
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Is your server farm subject to spikes in electricity usage? If so, it may benefit from server-side power management.

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Facebook turns on hydroelectric data center in Sweden

June 13, 2013 by  
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The social network's first data center in Europe runs on hydropower. What does Greenpeace say?

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Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

April 22, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Google has long been at the forefront of technological advancement , and now the Silicon Valley giant has come up with a plan that could potentially take the renewable energy market to the next level. In a post published on the company’s blog, Google Director of Global Infrastructure Gary Demasi announced  a plan that would create a special tariff for clean energy . Working with Duke Energy, the company is establishing a rate for its data center in Lenoir, NC. By establishing this new designation, Google hopes to make it easier for large businesses to take advantage of clean energy. Read the rest of Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , data center , gary demasi , Google , lenoir , north carolina , ppa , REC , renewables , silicon valley , tariff        

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