It's Monday, and most of us wish we were still enjoying the Earth Day weekend. This afternoon, you might be tempted to kill some time chuckling at LOLCats or browsing pictures on Facebook. But all that needless surfing has serious consequences for the planet.
What's the least eco-friendly thing you do? C'mon...be honest, we won't tell... Do you drive your car to the store around the corner? Leave your TV on when you're in the other room? Crank the air conditioning in the summer time?
None of us are perfect, and Earth Day is a good time to reevaluate our daily habits, making changes for the future. But did you know that your biggest contribution to global climate change might be all the time you spend in front of a computer?
Six billion people log on to the internet at least once a day. All that Twittering and emailing requires millions of data centers that have to be up and running, all day every day. These massive server warehouses require tons of energy to keep the websites you love available 24/7, and that means a lot of carbon emissions. But there’s an upside! The Internet has some positive effects on the planet too.
Read on to find out how the internet is killing the planet, and what you can do about it.
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