iPhone, the Cloud, and Your Refrigerator

 

Your iPhone uses more energy than a refrigerator – The Week.

As we become more and more connected across the web, and through our phones and tablets, the cost to the environment rises accordingly.

According to a new paper by Mark Mills, CEO of Digital Power Group

The average iPhone uses more energy than a midsize refrigerator.

The paper, rather ominously titled “The Cloud Begins With Coal: Big Data, Big Networks, Big Infrastructure, and Big Power,” details how the world’s Information Communication Technology (ITC) ecosystem — which includes smartphones, those high-powered Bloomberg terminals on trading floors, and server farms that span the size of seven football fields — are taking up a larger and larger slice of the world’s energy pie.

Since coal is still the largest source of electrical power generation in the world, the rising use of electricity to stay connected is taking a toll.

Will we develop new technologies to decrease our energy use?  How will we pay for it?  Who will control it?  And what are you doing now to decrease your energy consumption?

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