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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 09:51

Facebook pledges to clean up its act

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Polar bears rejoice
Social network Facebook has issued a statement following a scathing report by environmental group Greenpeace on the environmental impact of its data centers.

Facebook announced that it will take Greenpeace’s advice and make share more information about its data centers. In addition, Facebook said that it would review its carbon footprint and take up an offer by Greenpeace to supply expert advice on the matter.

So, Facebook will try to source more energy for its data centers from renewable sources, which means there will be less of it left in the power grid. In the end Facebook users will just end up using more fossil fuel energy in their homes instead. This makes sense.

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+1 #1 Reavenk 2011-04-27 15:25
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So, Facebook will try to source more energy for its data centers from renewable sources, which means there will be less of it left in the power grid. In the end Facebook users will just end up using more fossil fuel energy in their homes instead. This makes sense.

Huh? I was naive enough to imagine purchasing renewable energy would increase demand for renewable energy and companies would have the confidence and capital to scale there productions, which would in turn make it cheaper and more competitive. And the other two sentences flew completely over my head.
 
 
+1 #2 thomasg 2011-04-28 01:08
Quoting Reavenk:
Huh? I was naive enough to imagine purchasing renewable energy would increase demand for renewable energy and companies would have the confidence and capital to scale there productions, which would in turn make it cheaper and more competitive. And the other two sentences flew completely over my head.

Basically Nick is saying that there is only so much renewable energybeing produced, so if Facebook uses more, there will be less left for consumers, who will have to use fossil fuels instead.
 

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