|By Ian Khan||
|March 4, 2015 11:00 AM EST||
Creating global change that is actually good for the entire world is a mammoth task. A population of almost 7 billion as of 2015 is taking its toll on the planet, as it survives the brunt of keeping the works going. What role can cloud computing play in making it easier for all of us?
Did you know that:
- There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
- In total, the U.S. emits approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. Forty-percent of that comes from power plant emissions alone.
- Every day 70 million tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere.
These and hundreds of other interesting, well shocking actually, facts help us understand the severity of the catastrophe that is taking place today.
As amazing as the cloud is, the actual benefit of all the solutions on the cloud put together would only be in the positive if they yielded results that were positive overall. We are not talking about small things such as being able to use a smartphone app or being productive at the workplace. This is bigger – we are talking about an overall net positive effect on everything around us and the human race as a whole. Can cloud computing help us make the world a better place? Can the cloud and all the technology within save the planet? And for that matter even help offset the massive damage that is being done through other means?
The simple answer is, yes!
Cloud can help immediately in at least the following tasks:
- Reduce impact through reducing environmental waste (ewaste)
- Help create policies that help lower the environmental impact of conducting business (go paperless)
- Automate processes that help reduce the amount of resources they consume
- Power the faster development of solutions that can heal the world (faster research, tests, cutting-edge stuff)
Thanks to the cloud, today technologies are developing even more rapidly. Take for example that cloud technology is helping particle accelerators, such as the Hardon Collider, work better. Cloud-based technologies are powering the field of medicine by helping create faster models and facilitate cutting-edge research. These are just two cases, and there are hundreds of other applications of cloud computing that can dramatically help save the planet from a number of adversities.
The cloud is an excellent driver for sustainability, and organizations that are committed to the environment, and have or do not have sustainability initiatives in place, should talk to anyone who knows about the true potential of the cloud. As an enabler for sustainability, the cloud can not only power but lay the foundations of sustainability initiatives and accelerate multiple aspects of it.
Let this be an initial starter for a larger dialogue. What are your thoughts?
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