Science, Tech & Environment

How the Environment is Impacted by Storing Massive Amounts of Data

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Edward Snowden's leak about the NSA Prism program got us thinking about the enormous amount of space and energy required to store digital data these days.

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Marco Werman speak with Jon Koomey, who studies energy policy at Stanford University.

Koomey discusses the environmental implications of storing all the data in our digital lives.

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