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How E-Waste Threatens National Security

We documented how the e-waste America ships overseas returns to threaten it's citizen's health. Now, we've learned how that e-waste also threatens America's national security.

Is Cloud Computing Turning into a Resource Waster?

Cloud computing has the potential to significantly advance Green ICT. Cloud computing can be greener than in-house data centers for many small and medium companies. Yet many of the wasteful practices that result in unnecessary resource consumption and toxic emissions in traditional ICT are now finding there way into cloud utilization.

Is PUE Still Above 2.0 for Most Data Centers?

A 2010 version of this post was titled "No One Can Agree on Typical PUE". I wrote, "As more data centers measure their PUE, managers ask what is typical? The industry does not seem to agree, so a wide range of numbers is out there." I updated the post in 2012 with the latest data, concluding that most data centers still appear to be operating above a PUE of 2.0."

I put the question to Vertatique's global Green ICT community in August 2013 via a tweet: "After years of #GreenICT, is there evidence that most #datacenters now operate below PUE 2.0?". This was one of our most-retweeted, but no one came forward with new evidence. Some replied in the emphatic negative.

Three years of very enlightening survey results from Digital Realty, including the 2014 data, confirm that the 2012 analysis. The only lower (better) average PUE came from Microsoft.

Distributed Servers Could Become 'Data Furnaces'

We have been covering the use of datacenter waste heat to warm facilities from municipal buildings to swimming pools since 2009. That led to coverage of a 2011 Microsoft research idea for how individual servers might become 'data furnances'. That original post with excerpts from the researchers' publication is available below.

Two European companies have now brought the idea to market. One explains the concept with a video.

Green ICT Art and Craft

Green ICT is serious business, but it does not have to be solemn. We periodically take a look at the humorous and the quirky and, in this post, Green ICT-themed art and crafts. The most recent pieces are e-waste craft projects.

Mega Data Centers

We've been tracking the growth in mega-datacenters since 2009. These faculties feature technical and operational innovation that has overturned previous notions of limits on energy efficiency. But does the focus on efficiency obscure an acceleration in ICT energy and water consumption and in CO2e production? While mega-data center operators are claiming exceptional power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratios, we're still talking about facilities that consume 20-200 MW apiece and emit a considerable carbon footprint unless powered by renewable energy. Here's our most look recent mega-datacenter issues, including new statistics that suggest the mega-datacenter boom will cause a decrease in the total number of facilities.

Top Tweets for 2014

Here are our most popular 2014 tweets, according to Twitter Analytics' 'engagements' metric. Click on any one to get the story behind the tweet.

E-Waste Goes A Long Way Back

An incident thirty-one years ago illustrates that e-waste is not a new problem. Atari had to dispose of millions of unsold cartridges of Pac-Man, E.T., and other games . Here's what the company supposedly did back then and how various efforts are are elevating the dump site to mythic status. I thought my final update was last April, but I'm back on it again- this is a story that will not die!

Here is a video announcing the April 2014 uncovering of Atari's long-buried e-waste. Check that out, then read on to see what happened next.

Green ICT Resources in Many Languages

We are a USA-based initiative, so we publish in English. There is a growing wealth of Green ICT material in other languages. This is a directory of the references on Vertatique to non-english resources.

Technologies for the Future of Green ICT

is a rich global mix of advanced concepts and technologies emerging from research labs that may improve the future sustainability of ICT equipment and infrastructures. We regularly update this post with technologies of interest. (You can see all the technologies which hold the promise of greener ICT in the future by clicking the 'FutureTech' tag, above.) Our latest posts span research into biological agents that can recover gold from e-waste to multiferroic materials to reduce device waste heat. (And don't miss a video highlighting research into using human urine to power a mobile device!)

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