These Are The Effects of The Internet on the Environment [Infographic]

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The Internet has many people working together to make our life easier. However, not all the consequences are positive always. And environment has suffered considerably because of our internet habit.

Energy consumption and carbon footprint being left behind due to Internet usage are significant. It is not too crazy with a world population of which roughly 40 percent are using the Internet, a group that is growing by the second.

Hosting Provider Kualo collected the consequences of our Internet usage on the environment with an infographic.

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Source: Kualo

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By |2017-04-29T05:16:40+00:00April 29th, 2017|Digital Empowerment, Digital Literacy|6 Comments

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  1. Daniel Ogeto Omwancha November 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this insightful article, I do never thought that Digital technology had such an impact on the environment. There’s no denying that the Internet has dramatically changed the state of education and other sectors of the economy over the past 20 years or so. It brings primary sources into every classroom and allows for more open and rapid communication between teachers and students, among other things. But we’ve only seen the beginning. It’s a sad fact, but the Internet is a filthy, carbon emitting monster. On the other hand, the Internet is making it possible for many more workers to efficiently and effectively telecommute; this “WFH” revolution is saving the environment that many more cars on the road each morning and evening. With many companies shifting to cloud computing to address the issue of big data, big data requires massive Big Data Centers to store all the data that we collectively generate. These Big Data Centers require a lot of electricity that has a big impact on the environment. Using all of the energy and space that they require, it is almost impossible to operate a data centre with little to no impact on the environment. Sitting in front of a screen at home seems low impact versus getting on a gas guzzling jumbo jet, but the energy and carbon footprint of internet usage have already exceeded air travel! I can’t live without the internet now, I can only hope that an innovative startup will come up with a way to address this challenge. It’s too valuable for connecting friends and family, with the added perk of making me sound smarter. But I could probably pay more attention to my usage habits.

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