Explosive growth in data could have major climate consequences

Global data streams could surge almost 20-fold ahead to 2030, resulting in a huge increase in electricity use.

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The IT sector has always had a certain talent for juggling odd terms, but the cloud' really refers to large, concrete warehouse buildings filled with computer systems and hard drive storage.

Instead of storing data in company or home computer hardware, the data – documents, photos, video etc. – are stored in datacenters.

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