Spam Email Equals Emissions From 3 Million Cars
That’s enough to power 2.4 million homes, with the same GHG emissions as 3.1 million passenger cars using 2 billion gallons of gasoline, according to a press release
Here are additional findings from the study:
- The average GHG emission associated with a single spam message is 0.3 grams of CO2, or the same as driving three feet (one meter. However, when multiplied by the yearly volume of spam, it is equivalent to driving around the earth 1.6 million times
Companies increasingly are finding ways to reduce energy used on computers.
Virtualization, or having several users running off a single desktop, is one emerging method to reduce carbon emissions and electricity usage.
Additionally, Microsoft has released the results of a comparative carbon footprint study that quantifies the environmental benefits by providing software online, instead of on a disc, with associated packaing. The digital distribution study, based on the online download of 10 million copies of Microsoft Office 2007, avoided eight times the amount of carbon emissions, or reduced the total tons of carbon emissions by 88 percent, compared to producing and shipping a DVD and its associated packaging through traditional retail distribution channels.
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