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    1. The Fall and Rise of the Carbon Coalition

      The Fall and Rise of the Carbon Coalition
      Since the Kyoto Protocol was developed in 1997, an unlikely new global partnership of bankers and environmentalists has emerged. I call it the Carbon Coalition, and while it seems like a very 21st century development, I actually trace its emergence back to the arrival of Reaganism in the 1980s. Under Ronald Reagan, Americans began to see the market itself as a potential tool of government, something politicans could work with, rather than simply against (on the left) or for (on the right). With this shift, Reagan made it possible for Democrats, and their traditional constituencies, to change: It's safe to say that it was Reagan who begat Bill Clinton, who then begat Tony Blair. For better or worse, the political right, through success, made the left become more attendant to the values of market capitalism. This affected everyone in the Democrats' tent, including environmentalists.
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    2. The Trigeneration Data Center: What Is It?

      The Trigeneration Data Center: What Is It?
      Last week, the Data Center Journal (“Should I Be Generating My Own Power for My Data Center?”) discussed the possibility of data centers generating their own power—a strategy that involves greater capital costs but that can also yield tremendous benefits in terms of power quality and freedom from the vagaries of the power grid. For data centers that elect to generate some or all of their own power for operations, trigeneration offers a way to stretch fuel costs even further. Needless to say, implementing trigeneration infrastructure involves initial capital costs, but with energy prices continually rising, a properly planned and implemented trigeneration scheme can quickly provide a return on this investment. Trigeneration: What Is It? When a fuel such as natural gas or coal is burned, the result is heat energy and waste materials (gases such as carbon dioxide, for instance).
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    3. AT&T signs up for 11 fuel cell Bloom boxes

      AT&T signs up for 11 fuel cell Bloom boxes
      Bloom Energy and telecom giant AT&T said today that the clean-tech start-up would install its fuel cell-powered Energy Servers--known colloquially as "Bloom boxes"--at 11 facilities in California. The AT&T facilities include sites in Corona, Fontana, Hayward, Pasadena, Redwood City, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and San Ramon. The units are expected to provide 7.5 megawatts of energy for AT&T, reducing its carbon emissions footprint for the facilities involved by half, or about 250 million pounds of CO2 per year.
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    4. Internap Has First Public Data Center to Achieve Green Globes Certification

      Internap Has First Public Data Center to Achieve Green Globes Certification
      Internap Has First Public Data Center to Achieve Green Globes CertificationGreen Building Elements (blog)Internap also tackled the difficult problem of energy efficiency in their data center, as most data centers require a very high level of energy to operate. The Energy Star Target Finder tool, which calculates the use of energy in a facility, ...and more »
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    5. Tangled Worldwide Web for online pollution

      Tangled Worldwide Web for online pollution
      If the Internet was a country, it would be the planet's fifth-biggest consumer of power, ahead of India and Germany. The Internet's power needs now rival those of the aviation industry and are expected to nearly double by 2020. "The Internet pollutes, but people don't understand why it pollutes. It's very, very power-hungry, and we have to reduce its carbon footprint," said Mohamed Cheriet, a green IT expert and professor in the engineering and automation department at Montreal's Ecole de Technologie Superieure. The bulk of all this energy is gobbled up by a fast-growing network of huge "server farms" or data centres that form the backbone of the Internet. They are hush-hush facilities, some the size of five Wal-Marts, packed from floor to ceiling with tens of thousands of computers.
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    6. Dirty data: The Internet's giant carbon footprint

      Dirty data: The Internet's giant carbon footprint
      It’s Saturday night, and you want to catch the latest summer blockbuster. You do a quick Google search to find the venue and right time, and off you go to enjoy some mindless fun. Meanwhile, your Internet search has just helped kill the planet. Depending on how long you took and what sites you visited, your search caused the emission of one to 10 grams of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Sure, it’s not a lot on its own – but add up all of the more than one billion daily Google searches, throw in 60 million Facebook status updates each day, 50 million daily tweets and 250 billion emails per day, and you’re seriously helping to melt some Greenland glaciers.
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    7. Adopt 'right balance' for green clouds

      Adopt 'right balance' for green clouds
      Cloud computing service providers should look into having a "right balance" approach in giving their data centers a green makeover by redesigning it to include eco-friendly energy sources and educating employees on the benefits of reducing their carbon footprint, an analyst urged. Philip Carter, associate vice president of green IT and sustainability at IDC Asia-Pacific's practice group, said that there are several aspects toward moving a green cloud computing service. Internally, these aspects include designing the data center to utilize renewable energy sources, implement ongoing monitoring of the energy efficiency such as the PUE (power usage effectiveness) ratio, and ensuring organizational alignment in which employees are aware and educated on the company's green initiatives and technologies, he explained in his e-mail.
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    8. U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power

      U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power
      The European Union will consider whether a massive wave energy project from Scotland should receive a piece of a renewable-energy and carbon reduction project fund that could total billions of euros. The Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource (POWER) project was nominated this week by the U.K. government for the NER300, a fund managed jointly by the European Commission, European Investment Bank, and member states that's named after the 300 million carbon "allowances" being sold to raise the funds. If approved, funded, and built, the wave energy farm would be the largest grid-connected wave energy farm in the world, according to the Scottish European Green Energy Centre. The POWER project as currently proposed would place 24 wave energy converters from Pelamis Wave Power and 10 Oyster 3 wave energy converters from Aquamarine Power in the Orkneys off the coast of Scotland. They would tie in to the Scottish electric ...
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    9. Facebook Turns to Smart Lighting for Data Center

      Facebook Turns to Smart Lighting for Data Center
      Facebook’s new data center in Oregon has gotten its fair share of attention, both for Facebook’s decision to open up the energy-efficient design, and also for Greenpeace’s campaign to try to convince Facebook to stop powering it with coal. But here’s another reason to recognize the data center: Facebook has installed a smart lighting system courtesy of startup Redwood Systems. Sam Klepper, Chief Marketing Officer for Redwood Systems, tells me Facebook is currently using Redwood System’s technology to control over 1,000 lights in Facebook’s data center in Oregon, and Facebook plans to add the lighting system to the rest of the buildings at the Oregon data center shortly.
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    10. Facebook Data Centre Strategist Logging Out

      Facebook Data Centre Strategist Logging Out
      Jonathan Heiliger, instigator of Facebook’s green data centre initiative, is leaving at the end of summer Jonathan Heiliger, the architect of Facebook’s data centre strategy and its move to greener operations, is leaving the company at the end of summer. He has been vice president of technical operations with the company for four years and joined when the company had under 100 million users. During his tenure he has managed the rapid growth which now has to accommodate up to 700 million active users per month.
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    11. Dirty Data Centre Will Poison Apple Greenpeace Warns

      Dirty Data Centre Will Poison Apple Greenpeace Warns
      Apple is set to produce some of the dirtiest data in the world in North Carolina, according to Greenpeace. A report from environmental watchdog Greenpeace found that although Apple has become increasingly transparent about the environmental footprint and operational performance of its products, especially laptops and iPhones, it has not been as forthcoming about the current or expected impacts of its online products.
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    12. Greenpeace Study Targets "Dirty Power" in Cloud Computing

      Greenpeace Study Targets "Dirty Power" in Cloud Computing
      Environmental organization Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org) announced on Thursday it has released a new study that highlights the rapidly growing environmental footprint of the online world and evaluates both good and bad energy choices made by top IT companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and Yahoo!. Titled "How Dirty is Your Data?," the report details the large amount of electricity required to power cloud offerings. The report argues that despite significant advances in energy efficient data center design, the IT industry is "both largely ignoring the importance of using renewable power as a top criterion for locating new infrastructure and is not transparent in disclosing its energy use."
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    13. Greenpeace Ramps Up Pressure on Facebook’s Coal Use

      Greenpeace Ramps Up Pressure on Facebook’s Coal Use
      Greenpeace has hit a new record with its Facebook “unfriend coal” campaign. No, not a record for how much it can harass the social network (well, kind of), but a Guinness World Record for how many comments a single Facebook post has received in a 24-hour period. The Facebook “unfriend coal” page now has over 69,000 comments, and the previous Guinness Record was 50,000 comments.
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    14. Greenpeace Lays Out 5-Step Plan for Facebook to Ditch Coal Power

      Greenpeace Lays Out 5-Step Plan for Facebook to Ditch Coal Power
      With just over three weeks until Earth Day 2011, Greenpeace today continued its efforts to convince Facebook to adopt a policy of clean energy to power its data centers. The latest moves in Greenpeace's "Unfriend Coal" campaign, which we've been covering for more than a year -- see here, here, and here for some of our coverage -- is hoping to pressure the social network to switch from coal and nuclear power for its data centers and embrace renewable energy technologies like so many of its IT industry peers.
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    15. Tips for data center efficiency

      Tips for data center efficiency
      Since 2005, the data center market has matured significantly with respect to an overall understanding of the drivers of energy efficiency. Several private organizations in the United States and Canada (ASHRAE, Green Grid, Green Globes) and worldwide (CIBSE, Japan CASBEE, Australia Green Star) have developed robust standards and criteria aimed at making buildings and data centers more energy and water efficient. These standards and criteria work well in developing a decision-making framework in both new data center design and retrofit projects. The release of the standards and metrics is timely as we begin to see a proliferation of local, state, and federal energy-efficiency guidelines and programs.
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    16. Green challenges in the data center

      Green challenges in the data center
      “A clean and secure supply of power is critical to today’s data centers and IT facilities” – and there’s certainly no arguing with the evident truth of that statement from Michael Adams, AEG Power Solutions’ global VP of data and IT. With Greenpeace estimating in its recent report, titled Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change, that by 2020 data center power consumption could approach 2m MW hours, the industry has little choice but to look beyond simple energy efficiencies to examine the kind of electricity it will be using in future.
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    17. The Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Intensity

      The Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Intensity
      There’s nothing like being specific, and being persistent. Last year, environmental campaigner Greenpeace asked Facebook to stop using coal-fired power in its power stations; this year, it’s back on the subject. And this time it’s setting a deadline. Greenpeace has asked Facebook to commit, before Earth Day, to stop using carbon-fired electricity within ten years. For nearly a year, Facebook has been asking cloud operators and social networks to clean up their IT acts, but has focused on Facebook since last September, as the biggest and most obvious target.
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    18. Greenpeace Sets Deadline For Facebook To ‘Unfriend’ Coal

      Greenpeace Sets Deadline For Facebook To ‘Unfriend’ Coal
      Greenpeace has asked social networking giant Facebook to make a promise on Earth Day (22 April), to stop using coal-fired electricity. The environmental campaign group’s “Unfriend Coal” campaign has singled out Facebook in its war on dirty tech, because of the company’s decision to site its first wholly-owned data centre in Oregon, using electricity from PacificCorp, an energy company which makes two thirds of its power using coal. Greenpeace wants Facebook to promise to increase its use of clean energy, develop a plan to mitigate its climate footprint and become coal-free by 2021. It has also asked the company to educate its users about how its services are powered, and advocate for clean energy at a local, national and international level.
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    19. Iceland Has the World's Cleanest Electricity

      Iceland Has the World's Cleanest Electricity
      Not many bathing spas would choose to locate next to an electricity plant, let alone plunge visitors into the plant's murky waters. But in Iceland, the HS Orka utility company pumps 50 L of hot brine per second into the sprawling Blue Lagoon pool, which draws more visitors a year than the country's population. But then, there's a lot that's different on this subarctic island where 318,000 people inhabit 103,000 sq. km. (At that density, Manhattan's population would be 224.) They eat puffin. The 68-year-old Prime Minister married her female partner in June. The capital, Reykjavík, elected a comedian as mayor in May. Angry protesters outside Parliament in October tossed not blood but yogurt. "We are a little bit strange," allows Katrin Juliusdottir, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism. "But strange in an interesting way."
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    20. GreenWise poll: will 2011 be significant for green business?

      GreenWise poll: will 2011 be significant for green business?
      GreenWise polled 25 firms, NGOs, business groups and commentators for their views on the outlook for the low carbon economy and green business in 2011. We asked them: Will 2011 be a significant year for the low carbon economy and green business, and if so, why? Green business Paul Turner, head of Sustainable Development, Lloyds Banking Group: There are a number of forces at play which leads me to believe 2011 will be a good year for the ’green economy’ and hopefully a significant one too.
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    21. Data Center Energy Sources: A Game of Give and Take

      Data Center Energy Sources: A Game of Give and Take
      If increasing demand for IT resources and increasing public awareness of environmental issues have combined to say one thing, it’s that data centers are energy hogs. To some extent, this is unavoidable: if consumers and businesses want IT services, data centers must consume energy to provide them. Data processing, transmission, and storage—even in an ideal world with perfectly efficient, 100% utilized equipment—all require energy. Consequently, more demand means more energy consumption. So what is the best energy source for a data center that wants to meet customer demand and also appease its environmental conscience? The answer to that question is less than clear. If we set aside efforts to increase efficiency and resource utilization (efforts that have limits), The IT industry can meet demand in an environmentally responsible manner either by choosing an appropriate type (or a mix) of energy sources or by cutting back on the ...
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