The ‘pre-pandemic’ world was widely connected, which will probably triple during the ‘post-pandemic’ times considering that we use the network and digital devices to communicate and carry out our daily tasks in times of covid -19 (teleworking was implemented in a good number of companies and almost all educational institutions in the world, at least in 2020, taught their courses virtually).
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Digital interaction It is currently one of the most important for people. Through a text message, sending a WhatsApp or a call, you can learn multiple details of a situation. Presence may not be entirely necessary today, at least not completely.
And even less in times of physical distancing as a preventive measure against covid-19.
Regarding the fundamentals of digital communication, an article by ‘Pesquisa Javeriana’ revealed the reality of environmental impacts for the use of the internet.
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And the fact is that networks, beyond being ‘ethereal’ – nobody can grasp the Wi-Fi signal with their hands, for example – come from complex technological devices that require certain conditions to keep the world connected from end to end.
“The Internet works because there is something physical somewhere”, Indicated the forestry engineer Carlos Alfonso Leiva in the aforementioned article.
The text, in fact, makes a brief review of at least three physical elements that require electrical energy, at least, to function: submarine cables, huge data centers and physical Wi-Fi connection towers.
“In Colombia, in the Free Trade Zone of Bogotá, a data center of the Brazilian company Odata is located, which has more than 5,000 square meters”, Says the article.
For these and other elements to work requires various connections electrical devices that are not only intended to keep the equipment on. A data center should be kept less than 50 degree centigrade and, taking into account its constant activity, it needs various methods of temperature control.
“The average CO2 produced by visiting a page is 1.76 g. This means that in a year a page that has 10,000 visits consumes 211 kg“, It is said that.
This happens because, to send an email, to search for a meme and spread it in chat groups, even for a video call (in these times of confinement, but in any context and space), you need equipment in optimal conditions.
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It is worth saying that, as the text suggests, video calling, although it produces carbon emissions, is much friendlier to the planet than face-to-face meetings.
Yes indeed: the expense is there despite being lower levels.
The experts cited in the text propose to ‘save’ the use of web browsing networks. Maintaining an orderly email, for example, could help keep databases from being contaminated with likely unnecessary documents.
Sometimes maybe thinking about the ‘just in case’, we save multiple images, memes and stickers that we will probably never use in our daily conversations.
It would not hurt to delete them.
“Each message produces 0.014g of CO2, while a tweet or a message on WhatsApp or Facebook is equivalent to 0.2g of CO2, being even less polluting than emails”, The article points out.
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