Researchers at Imperial College London made headlines last year when they claimed that up to 200 litres of water could be involved in the download of a single gigabyte (GB) of data.
It’s a shocking statistic – especially when you consider that in 2015 alone the average western European smartphone user got through 1.9GB of data per month per person – rising to 3.7GB per month in the US according to a report by Ericsson.
That’s an awful lot of water.
Whenever you check social media, send an email, or stream a video, you will be receiving and exchanging data with a data centre somewhere in the world – a vast server farm full of heat-producing, power-hungry computers.
It’s how our data travels with us – the reason you can log on to your email account on any device, wherever you are in the world, is because your emails are not stored on a hard drive owned by you.
What’s that got to do with water? The Imperial College researchers calculated that it is probably either used in the vital process of keeping the data centres cool, or further away from the front line, in the production of the large amounts of electricity required to keep the centre operational.
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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Is the world wide web a waste of water?