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The Dark Underbelly of Our Shiny, Clean Technology

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I realize this title sounds dramatic. I think it helps, however, to make the point that the computer technology we all use every day, from our desktop and laptop machines to the servers and storage that keep our businesses and online destinations running, can have a significant environmental impact. On the surface, it doesn’t seem so bad – they aren’t belching pollution while we use them and they don’t seem to be creating medical problems for their users (except for strained eyes and hands and perhaps for some the obsessive need to always be connected).

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