The world celebrates this Tuesday, the 12th of the 30 years of a revolutionary invention: the Web. But this creation, which very soon assumed a considerable scale in the life of billions of human beings are particularly polluting.
The Web, created by the British Tim Berners-Lee, today celebrates its 30 years. The opportunity to return to this invention must of the end of the 20th century, which still has a long future ahead of it.
But this creation was not that good. In fact, if the Internet were a country, it would be the third biggest polluter in the world. In 2018, 54% of the world’s population had access to Internet and the figure is increasing each year: the pollution generated is, therefore, not going to fall.
The digital economy is, for example, the most energy-intensive in CO2 according to Edouard Braided, CEO of Foxintelligence. This French company has created an application to delete unnecessary e-mails.
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The Internet pollutes and 1.5 times more than the carriage by air according to the head of the company when interviewed by RFI in August 2018.
The manufacture of tools for surfing the Internet is a big consumer of energy as well as the use of the latter. Data centers, which allow you to store and manage information, and which are of“immense spaces that are several times the size of a football field, and for which there are thousands and thousands of servers”, work them 24 hours on 24.
The networks that enable information to circulate, too, are particularly energy-intensive.
For Edouard Braided: “a mail is roughly the equivalent of a plastic bag”.
But Internet users are still not very aware of the pollution and “invisible”. However, it would be sufficient for some simple gestures. Because if it is impossible, small-scale, directly act on the data centers, there is nothing more simple as to remove its unnecessary e-mails, opt-out of certain newsletters or even completely turning off his computer.
“It is not so much the fact of receiving an email that generates the power consumption; this is really a pollutant, it is the fact of the keep”.
The giants of the net are committed to aim for 100% renewable energy. Google, for example, is powered to 50% of the “clean”energy.
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