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Doomsday Vault for Data

Tucked away on the remote Norwegian archipelago Svalbard exists the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, aka the “Doomsday Vault,” which houses the world’s most important crop seeds. Up until recently the vault was in relative isolation among its arctic surroundings, but

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In Light of Power Consumption and Carbon Footprints, Data Centers Go Green

In 2015, the world’s internet data centers consumed more power than all of the United Kingdom. We, as internet and presumably smartphone users, all contribute to this source of power consumption without much, if any, realization. And, as it turns out, 2% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of the entire airline industry’s carbon footprint, comes from this massive energy consumption. This, then, begs the question: do “green” companies and individuals living “green” take into account their internet and remote data storage usage?

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by Hugh McLeod

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