According to Global Action Plan, IT departments worldwide have a similar impact on the environment as the entire aviation industry, accounting for about 2% of the world's carbon pollution. The average server is equivalent to a "15mpg SUV" in its carbon emissions, the report claims. Global data storage is growing faster than the airline industry - increasing by 48% to Airlines' 6% in the UK in 2006 - meaning it could overtake aviation in the near future. We figure this makes us - fast car loving, frequent flying computer junkies - possibly the worst polluters on the planet. [Via the New Scientist]
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