24/7 access to data has an energy cost to it!
Read all about in on the US EPA Report on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency. This again just reinforces the geographic and real implications of what most of us consider to be virtual and clean. The paperless world also comes at an environmental cost, not just energy but all the bits and pieces of all those gadgets to fuel the information economy have to wind up in some garbage heap somewhere! The full life cycle cost of these things is quite high indeed!
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