Cut Back on Email If You Want to Fight Global Warming

antitox

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-25/cutting-back-on-sending-emails-could-help-fight-global-warming

Data storage could balloon to 8% of planetary energy use by 2030.

Everyone has seen the warning. At the bottom of the email, it says: “Please consider the environment before printing.” But for those who care about global warming, you might want to consider not writing so many emails in the first place.

More and more, people rely on their electronic mailboxes as a life organizer. Old emails, photos, and files from years past sit undisturbed, awaiting your search for a name, lost address, or maybe a photo of an old boyfriend. The problem is that all those messages require energy to preserve them. And despite the tech industry’s focus on renewables, the advent of streaming and artificial intelligence is only accelerating the amount of fossil fuels burned tokeep data servers up, running, and cool.

Right now, data centers consume about 2% of the world’s electricity, but that’s expected to reach 8% by 2030. Moreover, only about 6% of all data ever created is in use today, according to research from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. That means that 94% is sitting in a vast “cyber landfill,” albeit one with a massive carbon footprint.

“It’s costing us the equivalent of maintaining the airline industry for data we don’t even use,” says Andrew Choi, a senior research analyst at Parnassus Investments, a $27 billion environmental, social, and governance firm in San Francisco.

Kirk Bresniker, chief architect of Hewlett Packard Labs, said these server farms use energy both to retain your data, and when you use it in some way.

“If I want to actually do something with my data, I have to warm it up and move it through the data center,” he says. And for those who think you’re erasing email when you empty the trash, you probably aren’t. Multiple copies of even decade-old emails are stored on servers around the world. And energy is being used to keep them alive.

The sum of all the world’s data in 2018 was 33 zettabytes (a zettabyte is 1 trillion gigabytes), but by 2025 it could increase fivefold, to 175 zettabytes, according to International Data Corp. Every day, the world produces about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data.

This is a sector “where emissions are increasingly getting out of control,” says Philippe Zaouati, chief executive officer of Paris-based Mirova, a $15 billionsustainable asset manager. “We need to decrease carbon emissions, and what we see in the IT sector is increasing emissions.”

Indeed, socially conscious investors have historically been attracted to tech stocks, based on the assumptions that it’s a low-emissions industry. Some are starting to rethink that.

Choi says the problem is getting too big too fast: How many photos are sitting untouched in the cloud? Is there a net benefit from an internet-connected toothbrush? Is an AI model that enables slightly faster food delivery really worth the energy cost? (Training an AI model emits about as much carbon as the lifetime emissions associated with running five cars.)

Parnassus has been focusing on Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia, companies that are researching more efficient storage technology. But Choi says real solutions may require more radical thoughts.

“Data is possibly overstated as an advantage for business, and no one’s really asking the question,” he says. “If a small group of people are the only ones really benefiting from this data revolution, then what are we actually doing, using all of this power?”

So far, the tech industry’s main response has been to buy more renewable energy—contracting for almost 6,000 megawatts of non-fossil fuel power last year, triple what it bought in 2017, according to BloombergNEF.

“Data-center need is moving so quickly that most companies can’t keep up,” says Kevin Hagen, vice president of ESG strategy at Iron Mountain, a data-center real estate company. Iron Mountain bought up so much renewable power last year that it started using it as a selling point, telling potential customers how much they could reduce their carbon footprint by using its servers.

But eventually there may not be enough renewable energy to satisfy the industry’s demand. Iron Mountain’s overall electricity use has been doubling from year to year, Hagen says.

Being aware of the problem may help focus more companies on the climate cost of electronic storage. Microsoft Corp. this month unveiled a first-of-its-kind sustainability calculator for its cloud customers so they can see the emissions generated by their data use.

“It’s a question customers were increasingly asking,” says Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith. “I don’t think there’s much doubt in our minds about this as a decade-long, global phenomenon where we are going to see an inexorable rise in demand for technology.”

BloombergNEF warns that energy efficiency upgrades or other technological improvements are unlikely to offset data’s greenhouse gas emissions, even if they are deployed quickly. Energy computing workloads are likely to more than double as more AI comes online, more devices are connected, and people do more work in the cloud.

But no one seems to know how much fossil fuel energy is being used versus how much is being offset. Bresniker says the tech industry is “flying blind” when it comes to the true cost of storing data. The picture is clouded by a constant stream of efficiency and memory upgrades, increased renewable power, and AI aimed at data-center efficiency.

“We don’t really understand what the footprint is,” he says.
 

antitox

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This shows what they want to do. Restrict, reduce, limit. This their way of dealing with things based upon their fears of not having enough. The bring a crisis to you before there ever is one. These are perceived crises, not actual ones. This is what leftist minds dwell upon. So now it's your email. :rolleyes3 What was it a few decades ago? Oh yeah.....overpopulation.
 

Footsteps

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I'm glad they don't know what the carbon footprint is. This admission and the other IT gobbledegook make this the dumbest thing I have ever heard. How are corporations going to notify staff to reduce email? Send a strongly worded email? And when push comes to shove, whose department head should reduce email first? This will lead to the greatest email exchange ever.
My superior plan: Rather than worrying about heating up data to move it elsewhere, simply STOP DRINKING HOT COFFEE. Let every cup sit for 15 minutes. When an attempt is made to drink it, the lukewarm fluid will be spewed out. This will lead to the complete cessation of coffee brewing and keep the world cooler.
My next innovation: thawing frozen dinners with your hands.
 

TimeWarpWife

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One sure way to get the great majority of Millennials and the younger generations to stop believing in the fraud that is Climate Change ~ tell them all electronics, including their phones, will have to be done away with to save the planet. See just how fast AOC and the other Climate Change hucksters are shutdown and branded as crazy. :ahaha
 

athenasius

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Such nonsense. Thirty years ago computers, and things like email were supposed to reduce paper thus save a tree. (they didn't. Bureaucrats like both types of data files, on computer files AND on paper too)

Of course the geniuses behind that back then hadn't heard of global warming or they'd have realized that if CARBON is the PROBLEM then paper is good because it stashes a bunch of carbon in the landfill (oh and it soaks up toxins nicely there too) while allowing EVEN MORE trees to be planted to soak up MORE carbon.

And NOWADAYS this new generation of environmental saviours seem to think all electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels of some sort. IT ISN'T. In BC we are all hydroelectric (at least till the greenie enviromentalists stop the dams from being built and believe me they are doing a great job of that) and in Ontario, it's nuclear at least in part. Whole nother problem there.

Meanwhile the nutbars in charge of the asylum over at the left wing environmental think tank are pushing for electric cars and whining about EMAIL????

Wait till the globalists REALLY get going, those data bases on all the people on earth are going to take up some serious electronic room and power generation for the data banks etc.
 

Anewcreationinjesus

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One sure way to get the great majority of Millennials and the younger generations to stop believing in the fraud that is Climate Change ~ tell them all electronics, including their phones, will have to be done away with to save the planet. See just how fast AOC and the other Climate Change hucksters are shutdown and branded as crazy. :ahaha
Oh thats made my day :lol:pound:rofl:rotfl
 

Batfan7

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As someone who works for a power company, there's an underlying truth to this article. First, data storage does use an incredible amount of electricity. And that electricity is s generated somehow (often not "carbon-free" unless it's in a region dependent on hydro or nuclear power). Bitcoin operations by themselves will literally consume an entire substation bay (equivalent to several hundred homes). And our company is regulated by a government that requires ALL digital data to be maintained for at least two years (no matter how irrelevant) or, often ten years. Things that are paper usually require scanning.

So I admit, I read the above article and nodded along with the fact that there's a ton of useless data out there and that it cost a while lot of money and resources to keep it around.
 

Graceismine

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How I see it, (not scientifically of course) is that the climate might be changing. If so that might fall into God's plan for the earth. The problem that we are having is that the Greens have most people believing that our actions on earth are responsible. Because they, and the UN Agenda 21 says we are responsible for changing the climate we are going to have to pay for every ounce (if it is measured in ounces lol) of carbon we use. So as I understand it we must cut down on carbon usage even though it is required for plant growth. We have been sucked into a giant sized scam that in the end will impoverish us. I have a face book friend who announced yesterday that she was going to go plastic free. She went out and bought stainless steel clothes pegs (yes, we still use outdoor lines for clothes drying ;) ) to replace her plastic ones also a permanent drinking straw. Me. I ROFL, where is she going to dispose of the plastic pegs? Honestly the virtue signalling around the place is nauseating. Anyway, I believe that we should be doing more to keep God's creation clean and green but this climate change hooey is getting on my goat. :cool3
 

madcat

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How I see it, (not scientifically of course) is that the climate might be changing. If so that might fall into God's plan for the earth. The problem that we are having is that the Greens have most people believing that our actions on earth are responsible. Because they, and the UN Agenda 21 says we are responsible for changing the climate we are going to have to pay for every ounce (if it is measured in ounces lol) of carbon we use. So as I understand it we must cut down on carbon usage even though it is required for plant growth. We have been sucked into a giant sized scam that in the end will impoverish us. I have a face book friend who announced yesterday that she was going to go plastic free. She went out and bought stainless steel clothes pegs (yes, we still use outdoor lines for clothes drying ;) ) to replace her plastic ones also a permanent drinking straw. Me. I ROFL, where is she going to dispose of the plastic pegs? Honestly the virtue signalling around the place is nauseating. Anyway, I believe that we should be doing more to keep God's creation clean and green but this climate change hooey is getting on my goat. :cool3
Not to worry. I saw this am that the little mega-scientist, Greta Thunberg, is being nominated for the Nobel Peace prize. Surely she will “fix” this problem.
:sarcasm
 

Lovin Jesus

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nothing can reverse damage already done to this earth by the hands of human beings. God will destroy those destroying the earth Revelation 11:18. The only solution comes from the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and everything on it by means of creating a New Heavens and a New Earth Revelation 21. While we are still here we need to care for our present home, the earth but there is no sense in falling for the fear message being given that the world will end due to climate change. Bible believers know exactly how the world ends and followed by a new beginning, a hope scientists don't give you.
 
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