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Dark satanic mills 2.0: inside the massive server farms storing your data—and harming the planet

Experts suggest data centres will consume one fifth of the world’s electricity by 2030

By George Grylls  

A data storage centre: cooling the centres alone can create a large carbon footprint. Photo: Pixabay

Your family photos are currently in a warehouse on the edge of the M25. Or maybe they are in a warehouse in Swansea. Or maybe, just maybe, they are not in a prosaic suburb, but in a hollowed-out mountain in Norway.

When we think of the “cloud” we are supposed to think of the ether. But data is not immaterial. The route you took to work in your car today, the time at…

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