Does a blog leave a carbon footprint?

When I started blogging four years ago there were, according to Technorati, 6 million blogs. There are almost 113 million blogs presently.

Imagine all those server farms burning up energy in order to power 113 million blogs 24 hours a day. What kind of carbon footprint does that leave?

A book or magazine or newspaper I can recycle, but the energy to power a blog is spent and spent and spent and…

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One thought on “Does a blog leave a carbon footprint?

  1. Reblogged this on Coffeehouse Junkie and commented:

    When I wrote this ten years ago, I asked a question about the non-recyclable ability of the internet. The logical fallacy, at the time, was the urgency to abandon print products. In other words, abandon newspapers, magazines and books in favor of online content.

    My pushback was this. Online blog consumption requires a larger carbon footprint than a monthly print publication. Further, print publication is recyclable (for the most part, and biodegradable). Internet usage is non-recyclable.

    Since then, there have been several reports published. The Guardian reported that the “carbon footprint of the internet” is “300 million tonnes of CO2 per year. . .” That is the equal “to every person in the UK” (65.64 million persons as of 2016) “flying to America and back twice over.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/aug/12/carbon-footprint-internet) That’s more than 131 million flights.

    Additionally, Climate Care released a very helpful infographic on their web site. (https://climatecare.org/infographic-the-carbon-footprint-of-the-internet/)

    With nearly a half billion blogs online, the logical fallacy still exists. End print and increase online consumption is good for the environment. The bad news. The carbon footprint for online consumption is ginormous. The good news. Several companies (Apple, Google and Salesforce) have committed to renewable energy to power data centers. Data centers consume more than a fifth of the total energy usage.

    What will internet consumption and renewable resources look like in the next decade?

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