17 Apr '12, 1pm

Sooty cloud: A visit to Apple’s coal-powered data center

Sooty cloud: A visit to Apple’s coal-powered data center

in China where your iPad is assembled. But have you ever considered the energy required to store your emails, photos, and videos in the cloud? As worldwide demand for data storage skyrockets, so do the power needs of the servers where all our digital archives live. While some companies (like Facebook) have made great progress in ditching dirty fossil-fuel energy for cleaner renewables, a few internet giants lag far behind. Climate Desk visited Maiden, N.C., for a close-up view of what will soon be one of the world’s biggest data centers — owned by Apple and powered by the coal-heavy power behemoth Duke Energy.

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/sooty-cloud-a-visit-to-ap...

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