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January 4 2013

The Internet is Gassy

Information communications and technologies (ICT), such as the Internet, account for approximately as much carbon dioxide emissions as the aviation industry, or roughly two percent of the global total, according to research by the consulting group Gartner.

As telecommunications use around the world continues to expand rapidly, emissions will likely grow. At the same time, ICT will make existing technologies more energy efficient and may well reduce overall emissions, experts say.

Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use by the Internet and related technologies were quantified in the mathematical models recently published in Environmental Science and Technology.

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