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The City Where The Internet Warms Your Home

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Everything you do online, from checking Facebook to sending an email to reading this article, requires the use of data center. "The cloud," as BBC points out, "is a real place." And that place takes the form of millions of massive rooms and office buildings spread across the world, which house millions of servers. 

These servers don't live in a vacuum. They use up massive amounts of energy, and give off C02 emissions and wasted heat. In the U.S. alone, nearly 12 million servers are housed in 3 million data centers, and they consume enough energy each year to power all of New York City's households for two years. That's the equivalent pollution of 34 coal-fueled power plants.