PLANET SAVING protester group Greenpeace has warned that we may rue the day that anyone suggested cloud computing.
Greenpeace is using the run up to the launch of the Ipad to warn about increased use of data centres, and specifically their tendency to use a lot of power and create greenhouse gas emissions.
The group said that it was up to the 'great innovators of the digital age', and sadly we must acquiesce that it probably means Steve Jobs, to be "leaders in promoting an energy revolution".
Greenpeace's newly released report - try not to print it out - "Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change", shows how cloud services, can "contribute to a much larger carbon footprint of the Information Technology (IT) sector than previously estimated," and urged firms to make sure that they are as green as possible.
As for the Ipad, Greenpeace did not single it out as being particularly Earth-destroying, yet. Rather it said that it hopes that the gewgaw will be used for the greater good.
"To be clear we are not picking on Apple, we are not 'dissing' the Ipad, but maybe someone can come up with an app that calculates the carbon footprint of using different web sites based on their location and energy deals," it said.
Greenpeace also called upon Microsoft and Google to play their parts, and said that it hopes they will use their national and global influence to push for an increased use of renewable energy.
Unfortunately, many firms are not committed to renewable energy, and recently Facebook announced that it will be using coal to power a datacentre in Prineville, Oregon.
Here, Greenpeace said, "Facebook missed a chance to promote the use of renewable energy and instead reinforced the coal industry's grip on the United Sates power grid."
Sheesh! What's next? Whale bacon for breakfast and Dolphin fritters for lunch? µ
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