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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 Georgia18 on January 3, 2012 at 4:28am

Happy New year everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Jess Merrick-Woolgar on January 4, 2012 at 10:24pm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone! (I know I am a bit late, sorry about that =] )

Comment by Georgia18 on January 8, 2012 at 2:15am

Well, Better late than never Jess Merrick-Woolgar!!!

Comment by Nero Tura on January 8, 2012 at 2:23am

Yeah. Happy Holidays to you to...


Comment by Jess Merrick-Woolgar on January 10, 2012 at 10:32pm

Thanks Georgia18 ! =)

Comment by Georgia18 on January 14, 2012 at 6:04am


Comment by ristinw on February 7, 2012 at 7:58pm

Thanks for creating this awesome group! ^^

Comment by Georgia18 on February 10, 2012 at 4:25am


you are welcome

Comment by Florian Popp on February 18, 2012 at 3:16am

The third of the upper pictures looks so beautiful

Comment by vampire hunter on February 18, 2012 at 3:17am

i love the environment, but unfortunatly, am seeing it getting distroyed in front of me, which is sad, i just hope for everyone to realize the danger we are facing, cause if it get's distroyed then am sure there will be no future for us.


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