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The ultimate energy sucker

If the Internet keeps growing at this rate, it won’t be economically sustainable

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The Internet is growing so fast, that the cost of running its infrastructure now threatens to make the web model as “broken” as newsprint. With more than 1.5 billion people online around the world, scientists estimate that the energy footprint of the net is growing by more than 10 per cent each year. And delivering billions of web pages, videos and files online is an increasingly dicey economic proposition—especially given the drop in online advertising. This is all Susan Boyle’s fault.

The Guardian

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