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Green IT news and analysis for IT professionals, covering electronics recycling and ewaste, energy efficiency and alternative energy
  • Do you leave your PC running all night? Put it to sleep and save cash

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:12 am

    When it's time to turn in for the night, what do you do with your PC? Turn it off? Leave it running? Put it in standby (a.k.a. sleep) mode?
  • Apple's greener power plans spark conflict of interest

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Apple's fuel cell facility, which is expected to begin generating power for iCloud's data center in June, has caused a conflict of interest for Apple and Al Gore, former Vice President of the US and Apple board member.
  • Question

    How much interest in the cleanweb is there?

    Posted April 13, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Over the past few years there has been a significant focus on clean tech. Locally I've seen an electric vehicle manufacture come....and go, unfortunately....and a big windmill farm established and seemingly doing well. The latest numbers I've seen put spending on renewable energy was around $250 billion per year.
  • New iPhone travel app aims to save right whales from Angry Ships

    Posted April 12, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Right whales are big, slow, and dumb enough they don't realize colliding with a ship will kill them, not the ship. NOAA's new iPhone app helps ships avoid them instead. It's not Angry Birds, but if you travel in ways that make you worry about crashing into whales, it might work for you.
  • Mind-blowing data centers

    Posted April 5, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    Check out these stats and facts from the biggest, greenest, safest and strangest data centers.
  • Environmentally-friendly battery for iPhone 6?

    Posted April 5, 2012 - 3:07 am

    Organic Radical batteries (ORBs) are generally used with IC cards, RF tags, and electronic paper, but a report is suggesting they could be utilised in the iPhone 6.
  • Video

    BMW unveils Spyder Concept car

    Posted April 2, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    BMW unveiled its flashy i8 Spyder Concept this weekend making this the third sustainable concept car created by the company.
  • Google bests itself on PUE

    Posted March 26, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    Google data center down – in PUE
  • Gamification driving corporate sustainability initiatives

    Posted March 20, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Gamification could be the key to driving sustainability strategies within organisations, by encouraging employees to engage in social competition with each other, rather than seeing corporate environmental initiatives as a chore.
  • Microsoft deploys global system to gain clearer picture of carbon impact

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:33 am

    Software giant Microsoft is hoping to gain more insight into its carbon footprint by rolling out a cloud-based monitoring and analytics system from CarbonSystems across its offices around the world.
  • White Paper

    Box Private Vendor Watchlist Profile: Cloud-Based Content Collaboration Services Enabling Enterprises to Move Toward Next-Generation Collaboration

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:10 am

    This IDC Vendor Profile analyzes Box, a company playing in the public cloud advanced storage services market and the content management and collaboration market, and reviews key success factors: market potential, technology/solution, corporate strategy, force multipliers, and customers. The company, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, has over 8 million users and is growing quickly in the file synchronization and collaboration market. Leveraging IDC's expert understanding of the competitive landscape and future outlook, this document highlights company and market information tailored to the investment professional's needs.
  • MIT researchers produce miracle LED: puts out twice as much power as it takes in

    Posted March 8, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Researchers from MIT have found a way to persuade electrons to put out twice as much light as the electricity used by the LED they live in. They do it using good vibrations from the cooling matter around them.
  • IT outsourcing buyers still don't care about sustainability

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 7:22 am

    There's been no shortage of announcements by global IT service providers about their sustainability projects in recent years --from run-of-the-mill energy consumption reduction goals and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings to more fascinating waste conversion to manure efforts and personal carbon calculators for employees.
  • eBay's Arizona data centre gets Green Grid stamp of approval

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:33 am

    Online auction site eBay has slashed costs and maximised energy efficiency at its enormous new Arizona data centre, after employing best practices from The Green Grid.
  • Question

    How much do you consider environmental issues when making IT purchases?

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    Do most companies seriously look at environmental impact when making IT purchases, or is it one of those things that is a talking point for advertisements more than a real world focus for most companies?
  • Apple details carbon footprint, environmental progress

    Posted February 25, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Apple has published an overview of its carbon footprint for 2011, breaking down how factors such as manufacturing, transportation, product use, recycling, and its facilities influence its effect on the environment.
  • Carbon nanotubes could let mobile devices use humans for power, just like The Matrix

    Posted February 22, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Carbon nanotube fabric transfers heat so efficiently researchers can generate electricity from the heat difference inside a jacket vs. outside. Neo's Nanotube Power Dusters will be the next big thing in geekwear. Being electrocuted by Power Dusters will be the Big Thing after that.
  • Sony shows power outlets that can control electricity by user, device, or source

    Posted February 14, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Sony is developing electric wall sockets and plugs that can control power consumption by appliance, user or original power source.
  • New modular solar towers promise easy green power

    Posted February 13, 2012 - 8:34 am

    Each year, green fuels and energy grow more popular as the technology becomes more efficient and less expensive. Just earlier this week, AORA unveiled a new CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) system in southern Spain.
  • Bangalore gets a data center with screaming capacity and tight security

    Posted February 9, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    This data city is a mega data center.
  • Google leads green IT ranking

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Google's motto of "Do No Evil" apparently extends to its environmental policies, as the company was recently ranked first on Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for overall green practices. Google grabbed the top spot for the first time, ranking high due to recent disclosure of its own carbon footprint as well as its investment in utility projects such as a large-scale solar project taking place near Sacramento. Other reasons it made the top of the list? The project which was designed by Google to demonstrate the technology used in plug-in electric vehicles and to accelerate their adoption, as well as other actions such as increasing its renewable energy purchasing and creating a subsidiary called Google Engery.
  • Bay Area climate to help cool exascale systems

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 8:10 am

    In a picturesque spot overlooking San Francisco Bay, the U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab is building a new computing center that will one day house exascale systems.
  • Energy saving software might help you save power

    Posted February 4, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    I'm all for saving energy, especially if it means saving money on my utility bills. But I'm not sure that Energy Saving (€20, 14-day free trial), an application designed to help you monitor and reduce your use of energy and other resources, can really help with that task.
  • In search of an energy yardstick

    Posted January 30, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    We take a comprehensive look at the new green-IT metrics for measuring data center efficiency and productivity from The Green Grid and other industry groups. Insider, registration required.
  • Question

    Where to recycle floppy disks

    Posted January 26, 2012 - 11:12 am

    I have boxes of unopened floppy disks. Is there an organization that could put them to good use? If not, can someone suggest a best place to recycle? Thanks!
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