Why aren’t more climate change activists fighting 5G?

While most climate change activists are focused on limiting emissions from the automotive, aviation and energy sectors, it’s the communications industry that is on track to generate more carbon emissions than all of the aforementioned sectors.

In 2016, it was reported that the world’s data centres used more than Britain’s total electricity consumption – 416.2 terawatt hours, significantly higher than the UK’s 300 terawatt hours. At three percent of the global electricity supply and accounting for about two percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, data centres have the same carbon footprint as the aviation industry.

Recent predictions state that the energy consumption of data centres is set to account for 3.2 percent of the total worldwide carbon emissions by 2025 and they could consume no less than a fifth of global electricity [SSMA emphasis]. By 2040, storing digital data is set to create 14 percent of the world’s emissions, around the same proportion as the US does today.

Current statistics show that only half of the world’s population is connected to the internet and therefore contributing to this data deluge. Despite this, IDC noted that the number of data centres worldwide has grown from 500,000 in 2012 to more than 8 million today. The amount of energy used by data centres continues to double every four years, meaning they have the fastest-growing carbon footprint of any area within the IT sector.

The launch of 5G, the new wave of IoT devices, and a thriving cryptocurrency scene will only compound the problem. As more devices become connected more data will need to be processed than ever before.

Abridged from Computerworld: Why data centres are the new frontier in the fight against climate change by Charlotte Trueman.

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5 Responses to Why aren’t more climate change activists fighting 5G?

  1. Tanya says:

    And that’s not even accounting for all the pollution caused by hundreds of rockets sending thousands of (5G) satellites into space. Nor the heating effect caused by 5G and other sources of electromagnetic radiation. But of course, ARPANSA will try to tell us that there is no heating effect. Oops, Ken Karapidis from ARPANSA should not have said, “Consequently, this energy is absorbed mostly within the skin where surface heating is the predominant effect. At these higher 5G frequencies, the limits in the ARPANSA safety standard are set to prevent excessive heating at the surface of the skin and the eye.”

    What was that? There will be heating of the body? Will all these hot human bodies contribute to global warming? What else will be heated by 5G? Animals, plants, water, building surfaces, soil? But we’re all willing to suffer dehydration, overheating bodies, insomnia due to hot bodies, etc, etc, aren’t we? Aren’t we?

  2. Snowy says:

    The purpose of calculated incitement using climate hysteria as a redirect is to distract from getting in place the infrastructure of weaponised 5G. Climate change agenda and mass population reduction are two wings of one vulture.

  3. Rik Garth says:

    You want the truth?
    All those MORONS fighting for climate change are puppets.
    The truth is climate change is a huge scam. Its not happening, its a scam so the rich can make more money. that’s the truth of it.
    The protesters are idiots who don’t have jobs and don’t have lives so they protest whatever they can. They are stupid rent a crowds that love public nuisance calls.
    They are the stupid leftists, the morons that protest against the thing they are protesting for.
    Example: They protest against rich people having the money but want climate change which is a scam for rich people to make money so they are protesting the thing they are pushing for. See, idiots.

    Now, 5G is a real problem. Its not tested on humans, it kills animals and removes animals from the area. 5G has the potential to kill a whole area of any wildlife, wiping out species of protected, endangered animals and wipe out whole species faster than anything thats been before it.

    We thought Smart meters were a problem, they can kill humans and bring on major diseases but do you see the governments doing anything about them? No, the governments have been paid to ignore this problem. They again have been paid to ignore the 5G problem.
    When areas, suburbs are wiped of wildlife and humans are so sick we cant go into those areas its way too late but thats whats going to happen.
    I don’t have a smart meter on my house but I’m really sick from the neighbours smart meters. absolutely nothing I can do as its not on my property but I’m suffering really bad from it.
    5G Will make me move away from here. I’m hoping they dont install it anytime soon.

  4. Heather Santi says:

    I often wonder why climate change activists are not fighting against the 5G installations….are they scared to attack 5G technology and the satellites beaming down radiation on us all, from the sky or do they remain ignorant of the harm it can cause,if global warming is their concern they need to take up the banner against 5G and do it right now.

  5. Kathleen O'Connor says:

    Why aren’t more climate change activists fighting 5G?
    Because climate change is NOT about the climate and 5G is something you can get your teeth into. Hard to get serious about an invisible trace gas comprising 0.04 (and steady) of the earth’s atmosphere, which for some reason is confused with a substance called carbon.

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