28 Sep '12, 8pm

5 Reasons Your Email Is Not As Green As You Thought

5 Reasons Your Email Is Not As Green As You Thought

Are data centers for our digital lifestyle the equivalent of slaughterhouses for the meat industry , both huge facilities where the dirty work we’d rather not think about gets done? Every time we upload photos to Facebook, livestream a movie from Netflix, send an email with a PDF attached, we’re sending data through mega-sized data centers packed with rows on rows on rows of air-conditioned servers, each a “sort of bulked-up desktop computer, minus a screen and keyboard, that contains chips to process data,” says the New York Times . Here are five reasons your email is not as green and clean as we would like to think. 1. Your email is not so “virtual” after all. We might think emails, Tweets, Facebook status updates and all the music files and photos we’ve uploaded are neatly, cleanly stored in the cloud. But while we do not see all that data, it does exist physically, on ...

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