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Coal fuels much of Internet "cloud", says Greenpeace

31 March 2010

The ’cloud’ of data which is becoming the heart of the Internet is creating an all too real cloud of pollution as Facebook, Apple and others build data centers powered by coal, according to a new Greenpeace report.

On the eve of the launch of the iPad, Greenpeace latest report warns that the growth of internet computing could come with a huge jump in greenhouse gas emissions. It follows the data streams back to the data centres providing a cautionary tale about how the boom could see internet servers become a major cause of climate change. But it doesn’t have to be that way, the great innovators of the digital age can and should be leaders in promoting an energy revolution. Read more

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