NY Times report raises questions about the environmental impacts of e-media

Submitted by: Phil Riebel 09/28/2012

September 28, 2012

The report includes a “must see” video, Into the Cloud!  It takes us through the operation of a data center and the infrastructure and energy required.  Very well done. You can view the video here on the Two Sides UK site: http://www.twosides.info/Into-The-Cloud

The Cloud Factories and their related environmental / energy issues will be featured in a series of articles by the New York Times.  The first article has been written by James Glanz and is available here:  http://www.twosides.us/The-Cloud-Factories—Power-Pollution-and-the-Internet

The article raises questions about claims that e-media and e-billing is somehow better for the environment than the responsible production and use of print and paper.  It also reminds us that electronic communications have an environmental impact which is not readily perceived by the consumer.

A recent rebuttal article in defense of ICT has been published recently and is available here: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/09/25/whole-story-data-centers

Have a great weekend and stay tuned for more articles and reports on this topic.

Phil Riebel, President and COO, Two Sides US, Inc.