Author: thornet

Internet Emissions: Seven Layers

In the past year, when talking about the internet’s emissions, it has been hard to pinpoint what part of the internet emits what amount of greenhouse gases. We have big general numbers, like the internet accounting for 2% of global emissions, and then very specific…

Earth Day Live

Today, from our locked down homes we can fire up a livestream and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It’ll be a couch-parade of entertainers and activists dialing in performances and speeches. During Earth Day Live, we will acknowledge the Matryoshka stacking doll crises…

The Museum of the Fossilized Internet

Welcome to the Museum of the Fossilized Internet. This museum was founded in 2050 to commemorate two decades of a fossil-free internet and to invite museum visitors to experience what the coal and oil-powered internet of 2020 was like. Gasp at the horrors of surveillance…

The climate crisis and the internet

This post is part of a collection of writing about the climate crisis and the internet’s role in it. Topics will include recommended reading, meaningful action, personal reflections, a maintenance mindset, and the creative potential of a carbon neutral internet. Prologue Rare has it been…

A Carbon Neutral Internet

Earth’s CO2 concentrations have hit their highest levels in 3 million years. In the same period, the internet reached 4.4 billion active users. A recent Nature article estimates that the internet produces 2% of global emissions, putting it on par with the aviation industry. Contributing…