August 2 News: Facebook Reveals Its Carbon Footprint

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Data from Facebook, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social networking’s rising star, its carbon emissions are still a fraction of internet rival Google. Facebook’s annual emissions were 285,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2011, compared with Google’s 1.5m tons in 2010. [Guardian]

The data, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social networking’s rising star, its carbon emissions are still a fraction of internet rival Google. Facebook’s annual emissions were 285,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2011, compared with Google’s 1.5m tons in 2010.

The vast majority of the emissions (72%) come from the company’s data centres in the US. The annual footprint for each user that’s active monthly is 269 grams, or around the equivalent footprint of a cup of coffee, the company calculated.

Facebook also detailed the mix of energy sources that power its data centres. The majority, 27%, comes from coal power, with the rest coming from renewable sources (23%), gas (17%), nuclear (13%) and the remaining 20% uncategorised.

National and state health officials are increasingly concerned about the growing number of West Nile virus cases being reported across America, including in Louisiana. More illnesses from the virus have been reported in 2012 than any year since 2004. [WWLTV]

Preliminary climate data for July shows that many cities across the U.S. experienced record-setting months, with temperatures propelled upwards by a massive area of High Pressure, more popularly known as a Heat Dome, that kept cooling rains at bay. [Climate Central]

Drought, wildfires, hurricanes and heatwaves are becoming normal in America because of climate change, Congress was told on Wednesday in the first hearing on climate science in more than two years. [Guardian]

Two-thirds of likely voters in California believe global warming is a serious threat and 64 percent believe steps need to be taken right now to counter its effects, a poll released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California finds. [Ventura County Star]

Developments in the renewable-energy industry, which has been the subject of U.S. trade actions aimed at products from China, warrant a fresh review by an independent agency, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said. [Businessweek]

The Earth’s ability to soak up man-made carbon dioxide emissions is a crucial yet poorly understood process with profound implications for climate change. [Los Angeles Times]

As electric power was restored across northern India on Wednesday, political jockeying over who was to blame for the widespread blackouts intensified. [Mercury News]

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7 Responses to August 2 News: Facebook Reveals Its Carbon Footprint

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Tropical Depression 5 forms; Typhoon Saola hits Taiwan; 115° in Oklahoma http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2167

    • prokaryotes says:

      Extreme heat in Oklahoma
      Wednesday was the hottest day in Oklahoma since August 1936, said wunderground’s weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, with more than half of the state recording temperatures of 110° or higher. The hot spot Wednesday: 121° in Freedom, in the northwest part of the state. If verified, this temperature would beat Oklahoma’s all-time state temperature record of 120°, set in Tipton on June 27, 1994, and at three locations in 1936. The official temperature at the Oklahoma City airport hit 112° Wednesday, tied for the city’s 2nd highest temperature since record keeping began in 1890. The only hotter day was August 11, 1936, when the temperature hit 113°. Other hot spots in Oklahoma yesterday:

      118° at station W1DY (just north of Oklahoma City’s Wiley Post Airport)
      116° at Claremore
      115° at Chandler, Enid, Guthrie, Okmulgee, Omega, and Kingfisher

      Thursday’s forecast calls for a high temperatures of 113° in Oklahoma City, which would be the hottest temperature in the city’s history. You can see the extreme high of 121° in Freedom, OK using the NWS Mesonet Observations tool.

      It was also brutally hot in northern Texas, with the hottest temperature a 118° reading at station DW3597 in Wichita Falls, Texas. This is just shy of the state record of 120° set on August 12, 1936, in Seymour. The Wichita Falls airport hit 112°, which was just 1° below the all-time hottest August temperature ever measured in the city (113° on August 8, 1964.) http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2168

  2. Joan Savage says:

    Facebook and Google probably don’t claim the carbon costs imbedded in their consumers’ computer use.

    In contrast, a print newspaper has a carbon footprint that is almost completely tracked within the overt expenses of the company.

  3. dhogaza says:

    Data from Facebook, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social networking’s rising star, its carbon emissions are still a fraction of internet rival Google.

    That’s a meaningless comparison, on a par with saying “airline A’s carbon footprint is 25% that of airline B” without looking into how many passenger miles each one flies. Airline A could be far more efficient than airline B …

    • prokaryotes says:

      Yes. The technologies of services like Google have helped to reduced massive amounts of potential Co2 emissions. Just look how much we communicate today via email, instead using paper. When i write a letter then this is really something special and rare for individuals. Or instead of owning a “Map” we look up digital maps via our smartphones. Each search also is potentially reducing emissions, because i might have driven otherwise to find something out. Today we can do a lot of task just by sitting at home in front of the computer. But of course we need to get 100% renewable and actually carbon negative if we plan to prevent a climate h0locaust.

  4. catman306 says:

    Make politicians say the word ‘climate’!

    If they mention climate, you can refute any misstatements. Let them be offended.