Resource guzzling phones turn out to be not so smart
by Tom Brook
What's Going On Here?
Researchers from McMaster University in Canada have found that smartphones are on a path to wrecking the planet.
After analysing the carbon footprint of the entire IT industry, they estimate that industry emissions are expected to reach around 15% of total world emissions by 2040 from just 3% today.
What Does This Mean?
Every Facebook status, Instagram Story and tweet we send goes through a server somewhere. With more everyday items being connected to servers, via the Internet of Things, the amount of server-side emissions is expected to skyrocket. Currently server-side emissions and battery power account for 15% of the industry total (the rest of it coming from building the phones). These researchers expect server-side emissions to reach 46% by 2020. Which is why companies such as Microsoft, are looking for ways to save server energy (you may remember we covered Microsofts submerged servers).
Why Should We Care?
How much do you consider the effect your smartphone has on your life and the environment?
Keep a lid on smartphone use and you’ll find it’ll save you money, could improve your well-being and will be good for the environment. A win-win-win situation. Keep your phone for longer and you’ll save money against a new model.
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