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Is the Internet Hurting Our Environment?

The internet is used by over 4 billion people worldwide. And Believe it or not, I’m one of those 4 billion. I not only spend large chunks of my days wading through twitter feeds and random Subreddits. In other parts of my life, I try to reduce my environmental impact. But for all the effort I put into creating environmentally ethical daily habits, my internet usage always seems to get a pass. One of the reasons I don’t think as critically about the Internet and the environment might have to do with the relative invisibility of the web’s inner-workings; it’s harder to see the impact. Because of that invisibility, today I’m going to dig into the infrastructure of the internet in order to truly understand its