Last month, during Apple’s annual World Wide Developer’s Conference, CEO Steve Jobs unveiled photos of their new $500 million data center in North Carolina, which will be used to store data for their new iCloud service. With other notable companies like Google and Facebook also boasting massive datacenters around the world, one may wonder what the environmental impact of using their services.
In a video by Zapruder’s Other Films and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the producers give us a glimpse into how much energy we’ve consumed through our Internet usage. Right off the bat, for example, they explain that 0.2 gm/s of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere for every second of online video we watch. With Youtube users watching 2 billion videos a day, that ought to put things into perspective.
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