How Green Is Your Internet?

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 6 years ago in Tech

How Green Is Your Internet? from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.


When you use the internet have you thought just how much energy you"re using?
There are 32 comments:
Male 66
>implying everyone in the owrld who uses the internet has their power generated by coal power

drating greenpeace, most closed mined draters
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Male 23
...an "average" computer. Sorry, the post got cropped during cut-and-paste.
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Male 23
LazyMe484

Ok, that`s grounded enough calculation for me, thanks! However, it is only valid for a lone computer that is not interacting with the outside world.

But Internet IS interaction with the world. So for the calculation to be correct, we should trace the route from your computer to the Youtube server (routers, switches and all), then calculate how much resources you consume on each network device along the way (for instance 1/100th of average load on the first switch, 1/2000000th load on some core router etc), THEN multiply the consumed power of each device by this fraction, THEN determine how exactly the power for EACH of these devices is generated (because your traffic commonly traverses many countries, each one with different views on energy generation), THEN add up the pollution numbers.

Whew...

To summarise, it`s near friggin impossible for one computer, vastly different for each computer and therefore is an utterly meaningless number for
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Male 1,735
Airliners actually cool the earth by a degree, so there`s that. Plus the fact that termites produce more Co2 than we do, just plant some more plants and trees, the earth is kinda built to handle it. In fact, we can`t create more oxygen without it, just saying, don`t panic.
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Male 59
hungry beast. dratting great TV program.

Shame it burns up so much CO2 downloading it
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Male 528
ooh fack off eco warriors
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Male 336
Until you get a massive tsunami hitting your country and causing a nuclear situation worse than Chernobyl. >_> <_<
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Male 17,511
CO2 is not the boogeyman the global warming alarmists claim it is, Especially when they can`t even prove that global warming even exists without manipulating the numbers and using `tricks`.
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Male 2,424
you took away my dreams of having a nuclear powered monster truck and now you want my internet videos?!

GTFH
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Male 759
My internet is blue
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Male 511
Pretty sure this is a Hungry Beast video.
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Male 86
Nuclear is the only way to go. The only plausible source of energy that can match and exceed our current consumption of fossil fuels. People just need to get over the skepticism and irrational fear surrounding radiation. The fact of the matter is that all nuclear power plants are safer than your typical work environment.
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Male 2,591
Meh.. we`re already fuct, people. There`s no undoing the damage already done at this point. Every year, the seasons and weather will get stranger and more violent. I have maybe about 50 years left to live on this planet (assuming all goes well), and I think shxt`s really going to hit the fan in my lifetime.
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Male 514
and everything this country pollutes in one year is instantly dwarfed by one volcanic eruption, you have no real impact on this planet, get over it
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Female 2,026
DARTA?

Day-ta.

data.
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Male 2,790
and how much are all the oil/coal/gasoline companies putting into the atmosphere? why not try to take out the bigger problems and stop wasting time and energy on getting people off the internet
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Male 599
Quick everyone save the planet! IAB shut down now!
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Male 273
So.. blame the internet instead of the energy industry ? Btw 95% of that pollution probably comes from porn.
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Male 10,440
[quote"> I`d really like to see the calculations of how ANY computer viewing ANY online video generates exactly that amount of CO2 [/quote">
It`s probably an average so let`s see...

Let`s assume the average power use of someone watching a YT video is 50 watts, taking into account laptops which consume less than desktops...

That`s 50 Joules per second, which is 0.014 Wh/s

According to this 200 grams is released per kWh of electricity used, which is 0.2g/Wh, which means ever second of watching youtube videos or doing anything light on your computer, you`re releasing ~0.0028 grams.

They are off by a factor of 100, I think :-(

I don`t trust this video any more.
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Male 15
hipster apple fags are gona be pissed
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Male 10,440
[quote] you can take my freedom, but you can`t-take-my internet! [/quote]
You can`t take my freedom nor my internet.

I happen to be using about 100 watts right now thanks to this trusty socket power monitor; from my down-clocked computer and my LED monitor. If I wasn`t online, I`d be playing a game of some sort, which would mean much more power use. I can peak this machine at around 400 watts. So using the internet is greener for me.

There! Take that random IAB post thing!
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Male 23
What a load of bull. I`d really like to see the calculations of how ANY computer viewing ANY online video generates exactly that amount of CO2. Hysterical videos like these just make Greenpeace look bad.

I mean, really bad. Like, so bad they`ll one day make me go vegetarian so that I could fart up more CO2 in the atmosphere as a "take that" to these dumb tree-huggers.
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Male 553
drat you!!! you can take my freedom, but you can`t-take-my internet!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 63
no, i have never thought how much energy am i using. because i don`t give a poo
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Male 25,416
Well thats nothing more than nothing
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Male 605
who care.. I hope I use it all up... drat the ppl in the Future, Their D!cks
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Male 64
So much more time on the comp, so much less time driving. :D
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Male 3,649
Or switch to nuclear power.


Problem solved
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Male 3,894
Welp, internet is more important to me. Oh well.
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Female 71
I thought it was called, "How Green Is Your Lantern." =/
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Male 1,091
Meh, I stopped watching at 2%.
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Female 8,043
Link: How Green Is Your Internet? [Rate Link] - When you use the internet have you thought just how much energy you`re using?
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