As Earth Day draws to a close, we'd like to leave you with an uncomfortable but significant question: Is it possible that our gadgets and online activities themselves might be harming the planet more than they help?
After all, we know that the data centers that power our favorite applications and sites are far from green - although Google and Facebook are attempting to change that, both in the kinds of energy we use and how much energy is needed.
Still, environmental organization Greenpeace warns that the same companies have caused consumers' 'addiction to dirty energy' and are increasing their energy consumption by around 12% each year. And everything we do online, from web searches to spam emails, leads to a certain amount of CO2.
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.
Take a look at this infographic from marketing blog WordStream, and let us know what you think. Is the Internet possibly doing the planet more harm than good?
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Original Source: http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2011/04/21/earth-day-infographic
Author: / Posted: 23-04-2011