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Green IT news and analysis for IT professionals, covering electronics recycling and ewaste, energy efficiency and alternative energy
  • Santa goes green

    Posted December 26, 2012 - 9:38 am

    Naughty folks now get punished in a more eco-friendly way
  • Foxconn, Samsung face dilemma of cutting overtime hours at Chinese factories

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Assembly line workers are logging 12-hour days to churn out the latest handsets for Samsung Electronics at a factory in Huizhou, China.
  • E-waste firm convicted of falsely promising to recycle in the US

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Electronic waste recycling firm Executive Recycling has been convicted of multiple crimes, including environmental violations related to illegal disposal of e-waste overseas, mail and wire fraud, and smuggling and obstruction, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
  • Samsung clashes with labor group over underage worker allegations in China

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 5:58 am

    Samsung is facing accusations that the company deliberately tried to hide the employment of underage workers at a Chinese supplier, after a labor protection group said it found three girls under the age of 16 employed at the factory.
  • Next-gen servers: The next big thing

    Posted December 14, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    As small businesses implement the latest technology to keep up with client demands, next-generation servers come to the forefront of the discussion. But what is a "next-gen" server exactly?
  • How to dedupe your song library now that iTunes won't

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:35 am

    iTunes 11, which arrived last week, brought some big changes with it. And for the last few days I've been helping you work around some of those changes, like restoring the iTunes sidebar and even returning to iTunes 10.
  • Foxconn is exploring expanding its manufacturing in the US

    Posted December 7, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Foxconn Technology Group is considering expanding its existing manufacturing operations in the U.S., in a move that could be linked with Apple's plan to bring back Mac manufacturing to the country.
  • Samsung criticized for long work hours at supplier factories in China

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Despite Samsung Electronics' efforts to rectify labor violations at its factories in China, little has changed for some workers.
  • NEC data center units to use convection to cut power use by 30 percent

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 7:06 am

    NEC is working on a new type of small data center unit that uses convection to slash power usage by a third, even in Japan's hot, sticky climate.
  • Samsung announces measures to tackle labor violations by Chinese suppliers

    Posted November 26, 2012 - 2:04 am

    Samsung Electronics announced new measures to keep its suppliers in China compliant with labor laws after it completed a round of audits that found problems relating to overtime and the way penalties were carried out.
  • LISTEN: Audio-related gift ideas for 2012

    Posted November 25, 2012 - 8:45 am

    If you're a fan of music, or have someone on your gift list who is still using the Apple headphones provided by them, you'll want to consider some of these items from our 2012 Cool Yule Tools holiday gift guide.
  • Apple drops, Wipro tops Greenpeace rankings

    Posted November 19, 2012 - 1:06 am

    First-time surprise entrant Wipro tops the list of rankings in the 18th edition of the Greenpeace "Guide to Greener Electronics," with Apple dropping two spots to sixth compared to last year's study.
  • 8 real-world big data deployments

    Posted November 10, 2012 - 9:00 am

    The amount of data in the world doubles every 18 months. Here's a look at eight real-world big data deployments in a variety of industries.
  • Colt aims to make power, cooling management in data centers more flexible

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Colt's new data-center architecture is designed to allow operators more flexibility in managing power and cooling, without having to do extensive remodelling, the company said Monday.
  • Greenpeace summons Clippy to diss Microsoft's data centers

    Posted October 27, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    Having failed to establish a dialog with Microsoft on the issue of renewable energy, Greenpeace turned to Microsoft Office mascot Clippy to gain attention.
  • Heat-resilient servers pave the way to fresh air cooling

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Data centers can run at significantly higher temperatures and humidity levels than they do today without affecting overall equipment failure rates, according to The Green Grid.
  • Smart buildings get smarter

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    Behind the glittering, sculpted glass skin of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's new 13-story headquarters beats the heart of one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world.
  • Climate change research gets petascale supercomputer

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Scientists studying Earth system processes, including climate change, are now working with one of the largest supercomputers on the planet.
  • Greenpeace raps EPEAT's reversal on ultrathin notebooks

    Posted October 15, 2012 - 11:16 am

    After a green standards group determined that ultrathin notebook computers met its top environmental criteria, Greenpeace knocked the decision, maintaining that it would add to the world's electronic waste problem.
  • Light-bulb ban leads to hoarding in Europe, is U.S. next?

    Posted September 29, 2012 - 7:32 am

    As their Sept. 1, 2012 regulatory deadline approached, Europeans began to hoard incandescent light bulbs, fearing that the warm yellow glow will be extinguished from their homes. The U.S. ban on the most popular light bulbs is fast approaching. Will we panic, too?
  • Mercedes electric supercar guilty of sticker shock

    Posted September 28, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive might be the ultimate production-ready electric sports car with a price to match. Its four electric motors propel it from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. Its top speed is 155 miles per hour, which has to be electronically limited. The price tag is jaw-dropping at $540,000.
  • You should care that your email is burning diesel fuel

    Posted September 28, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Amazon has The Avengers on row after row of servers, in building after building in Northern Virginia, ready to stream to you as fast as you can receive its Marvel-y excitement. The price? $14.99, but the New York Times would like you to consider the batteries, diesel, disk space, and national power grid modifications necessary for that instant video.
  • Question

    What are greener alternatives to diesel backup generators?

    Posted September 27, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    I read a blog entry that Microsoft was planning to move away from diesel backup generators to improve its focus on clean energy. But what are the best alternatives to diesel generators for backup power? Diesel generators have been used for backup power everywhere I've worked.
  • Data centers are big polluters, report says

    Posted September 25, 2012 - 11:30 am

    Data centers across the world use about 30 billion watts of electricity, about the same as the output of 30 nuclear power plants, with digital warehouses in the U.S. accounting for one-quarter to one-third of that load, The New York Times reports.
  • Where can I sell my old iPhone that isn't eBay?

    Posted September 19, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    Selling a phone on eBay involves lots of questions, feedback, and often pain. Here are some alternatives.
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