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Quirks & Questions: What's the Internet's environmental footprint?

It's bigger than you'd think.
Companies like Apple are contributors to the tremendous amount of energy used by the internet. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (REUTERS)
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This week's question comes from Karen Scheffers from Vanderhoof, British Columbia.  

Karen asked 'What is the environmental footprint of the Internet?' This a big question with many components, starting with the Internet's energy consumption. 

Dr. Bianca Schroeder, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto agreed to take it on. 

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