Gallery: Greenpeace Reveals the Internet’s Biggest Secret – Dirty Coal!


The next time you’re marveling about the amount of information you can access at the click of your mouse, think about this: if it were considered a country, our collective computing carbon footprint would place 5th in world for energy use. What shows up on your computer screen is most likely coming from a large data center — or “data farm” — thousands of miles away from you. Today Greenpeace released a study detailing the amount of energy consumed by data centers and revealing that most data centers are run by coal fired power plants — one of the most destructive kinds of energy there is.

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  1. Dru Lawson Solstis Bikes March 31, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Hi, interesting and relevant article as always. There are sustainable options out there, i use both Lightbeing Creations and Ecohost for my servers and both are excellent. As with every industry it is about the choices we make as consumers / creators. Where we send our money (energy) we will feed growth. This aplies just as much in hosting as it does in clothing or food production. We create our reality so choose wisely! Go well. Dru

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