More and more species are becoming endangered as the years go by. It probably would not be a surprise if one day, we hear news about the human race being in danger of disappearing because of what we are doing to the environment. Sometimes, though, we make the most interesting connections.
Take polar bears and data centers, for example. They have been the focus of some discussion lately.
Apparently, the extent of global data center service has reached such proportions that this industry is one of the leading contributors to global warming. Believe it or not, the Information Age has a negative impact on the environment, and polar bears are being used as a focal figure in the awareness campaign.
Obviously, if global temperatures continue to increase, the polar ice caps will melt, leaving those adorable fuzzy white creatures without a home. If this happens, of course, the bears just might disappear from the face of the earth.
Data centers are not solely to be held responsible for this issue, though. While it may be tempting to point fingers at a single industry, everyone has his role to play in the matter. Emissions from vehicles – both private and public alike – are as much to blame. Daily activities that may seem benign also contribute to the amount of emissions. Governments must do their part, and so must individuals.
The bottom line is that more is at stake than the polar bear. Everyone is responsible for saving the earth. We need to act now or probably suffer negative consequences in the very near future.