Our Web of Inconvenient Truths

The Internet, Energy Use, Toxic Waste, and Climate Change

Katie Singer

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  • Explores the energy use of the internet's infrastructure
  • Reveals the energy, toxic waste and greenhouse gases bound up in everyday electronic devices
  • By the author of An Electronic Silent Spring

Explores the energy used by the internet and electronic devices, and argues that we all need to make changes to change the course of climate change.

216 x 140 mm
Portal Books
Philosophy of Human Life; Philosophy of the Natural World
184 pages
Publication date:
31 Dec 1969


Expert scientists agree that we must eliminate fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in the next thirty years to stand any chance of curtailing extreme weather and disastrous climate change. But what does the internet have to do with that?

The author of An Electronic Silent Spring here explores the significant amount of energy used by the internet's access networks and data centres. She reveals the energy, toxic waste and CO2 which is bound up in every electronic device. She also offers hope by presenting ways that households, schools, businesses and cities can begin immediately to reduce their internet and energy footprint.

This is a must-read book for anyone concerned about climate change and the energy crisis.


'This is a shocking and much needed wake-up call about our ever-expanding internet's unsustainability. Because we all contribute to the problems, we all hold responsibility for the solutions.'
-- José Ramón Lopez-Portillo, PhD, United Nations' Technology Facilitation Mechanism


Katie Singer works on public policy with the Electromagnetic Radiation Policy Institute, USA.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://ourwebofinconvenienttruths.com

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