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Why the Internet Itself Is a Major Environmental Problem

Robin Scher

If the internet were a country, it would now rank sixth in the world for its electricity demand,” Meanwhile, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic leading to people working remotely from their homes and increasingly relying on at-home entertainment, some countries reported a 20 percent increase in “internet traffic” ... the “increased internet use alone would require a forest of about 71,600 square miles—twice the land area of Indiana—to sequester the emitted carbon...”