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Environmental Friends

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How the tech industry can help save the climate

Connecting people across continents. Delivering breaking news. Enabling government transparency. Facilitating social revolutions. Stopping global warming? The Internet is capable of doing so much, but perhaps the idea that it can help rescue the planet from runaway global warming comes as a surprise to you.Every time we post a Facebook status to our friends, watch the latest episode of our favorite show on Netflix, or tweet to our followers, that information is housed in giant data centers which require a lot of electricity. These data centers are a key part of the cloud, and a single one can require as much energy as a medium-sized city.If cloud computing were a country, it would rank sixth in the world on the basis of how much electricity it uses, and the amount of data shuttling around the world is expected to triple in the next few years as more and more people get connected.The Internet we love, and the companies that run it, are at a crossroads in terms of where their energy comes from. Many of these companies have already chosen the road to a green internet and a sustainable future. Facebook, Apple and Google have committed to 100 percent renewable energy, in response to users around the world who have asked them for a greener internet. Other fast-growing technology companies, like Salesforce, Rackspace and Box, have joined them in making the same commitment, proving that 100 percent renewable energy is 100 percent possible for any company with the will.By contrast some of the most popular online companies, including social media sites that we use every day like Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, still power their platforms with fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The largest cloud company currently is Amazon Web Services, a division of Amazon.com, and hosts the data for some of the most popular online brands in the world. But unlike other major online brands like Google and Apple, Amazon is still primarily powering its digital empire with the dirty sources of energy that threaten our communities and our climate. Of course, Amazon doesn't have to remain stuck in the energy sources of the 1800s. Energy sources like wind and solar made up for more than half of all the new electricity in the United States in 2012.Meanwhile digital pioneers are making our world greener, both online and offline. Apple is operating the largest privately owned solar installation in the U.S. at one of its data centers. Facebook pushed a U.S. power company to supply its data center with 100 percent wind energy. Google has pioneered the use of clean power purchases, buying wind energy to provide electricity for its services like Gmail and YouTube, as well as the rest of the power grid.If Amazon and others want to stay innovative and relevant, it's high time they made the switch to the abundant, sustainable, renewable energy of today.Simply put, we need a greener online to preserve a greener offline.The Internet has helped move the world to more freedom, transparency and democracy. It's only natural that it moves the world to a clean energy revolution that will last for generations to come. These companies can make that happen, but only if they hear from you.

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Save the Arctic, Save polar bears, SAVE YOURSELF!

Started by Georgia18. Last reply by Georgia18 Nov 3, 2012. 2 Replies

Shell's Arctic Oil RushA global fleet of Arctic destroyers is speeding towards one of the last unspoiled places on earth. The ships are part of oil giant Shell’s mission to drill in the pristine waters off the coast of Alaska. It’s insane, but…Continue

Tags: Ice, Melting, Bears, Polar, Arctic

What brings you here? In this group?

Started by Georgia18. Last reply by Maik Seith Feb 23, 2012. 24 Replies

Well, how big is your environmental interest?Continue

Finally Australia has agreed to a carbon tax!!! Yay!!!

Started by Aaralyn D. Last reply by Aaralyn D Oct 28, 2011. 18 Replies

Hi everyone :)I just thought I'd share that what I've been waiting for, and what some businesses and politicians in Australia have been doing everything they can to avoid, has finally happened (on Wednesday). Yaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!! Big polluters now…Continue

Tags: Australia, polluters, tax, carbon

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Comment by Redd**_Devil_Jin_ on November 27, 2011 at 7:02am

finally.. some people with sense....  in my country also the pollution level is very high... just hope to make  it a better place to live 

Comment by Nero Tura on November 29, 2011 at 6:38pm

thanks dude. Nice to know that were fighting


Comment by Mariana Ha on December 3, 2011 at 5:58pm

hi everyone i just wanted to make a recommendation to everyone who lives in a country where its Christmas time... that recommendation is to ask nicely to the community you live in to moderate themselves in the use of christmas lights... some times ppl go crazy about them and use lots of them, so it could be good if you make a letter or something asking people to use as less as they can to be a little more friendly to the environment this holidays... and not just with lights but also with wrapping paper and stuff... im doing a letter to stablish like a schedule in which people can have their christmas lights on (not all night cuz thats waaay to much energy wasted)... thats all merry xmas to for those who will be celebrating it soon :)

Comment by Georgia18 on December 5, 2011 at 6:07am

Yes Mariana you are right. In my country Greece last year and this year too, we are not gonna make use of lights very much because of the huge Greek financial problem as you will have propably heard and we can't afford to pay for all these lights.


Lol...that's funny. There is one good thing that financial problem made!

Comment by Mariana Ha on December 7, 2011 at 3:23pm

see, there is always a bright side in everything hahaha i guess thats it for the financial crisis... but i hope things get better for you guys! :) although it could be good if you keep the new light policy hehe :P

Comment by Leslie Ayala on December 8, 2011 at 5:19pm

this is great!!

Comment by AgataRaj on December 31, 2011 at 4:42pm

Happy New Year !!!

Comment by Anwesha Mohapatra on January 2, 2012 at 5:06am

I'm a PAL(Pure air lover) :D

Comment by AgataRaj on January 2, 2012 at 7:16am

So, Anwesha Mohapatra kom to Norway :)

Comment by jahnnavi on January 3, 2012 at 2:19am

Finally it's nice to know someone who loves the environment and cares for it


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