Sep 24, 2012

Power, Pollution and the Internet

The NYTimes reports on a yearlong investigation into the IT industry's supposed "eco-friendliness". In one sentence: there's nothing "green" about IT companies. "Online companies typically run their facilities at maximum capacity around the clock, whatever the demand. As a result, data centers can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid". The article notes that the information industry is "sharply at odds with its image of sleek efficiency and environmental friendliness".