Is Internet Technology Really 'Clean' Technology?

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Internet companies tell computer users their data is stored on "The Cloud," and a lot of them worry it might be disturbed by the weather. In reality, "The Cloud" is million of severs in hundreds of warehouse-sized buildings that can use enough electricity to power a medium-sized town. The New York Times has created a furor by raising questions about how much energy is wasted to make so much information available 24/7. What about air pollution? Can the IT industry power unstoppable growth, or will it hit a brick wall?

Note: This segment originally aired on September 28, 2012.


James Glanz - New York Times, Andrew Blum - author of “The Weather Machine” and “Tubes” - @ajblum, Jonathan Koomey - Stanford University - @jgkoomey, Andy Lawrence - Uptime Institute

Warren Olney

Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis