Saturday, August 17, 2013

Carbon Cost of Our Wireless World

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Grist.org published an interesting article about the high cost of our wireless networks.  You can read it here.  While it may not seem like it, our ipads, phones, and computers use huge amounts of energy--just to store and download things wirelessly.  As the title of the article points out, our phones use as much energy as a refrigerator to handle all of the data.

Many us, me included, take these devices for granted and we do not often think of these electronic instruments as problematic.  But as they become more complex, they utilize more and more energy.  Plus, we are storing huge amounts of information online that utilize vast amounts of energy to maintain.  Just think of the carbon cost of Facebook!

Oh, someone's already done that!  See here.

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