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Web Design and Carbon Impact

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Carl MH Barenbrug writes about the carbon impact of web designs. He reminds to consider that fast loading and less energy use is more important than fancy designs.

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Microsoft's underwater data centre resurfaces after two years

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Underwater data centers powered by 100% renewable energy are a very interesting idea. It is also noteworthy that they seem to be much more reliable than conventional DCs and that an “unreliable grid” isn’t such a big problem. When the container was hauled off the seabed around half a mile offshore after being placed there in May 2018, just eight out of the 855 servers on board had failed.

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Why 543 KB keep me up at night

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The problem is not this specific website or how fast it loads, but that shipping seems to be so much more important than performance, usability, accessibility, or user experience. One aspect that is not mentioned in this blog post is the enormous impact of bloat (543 KB minus what is really needed to present a text with a nice style, so probably 500 KB) on the environment. News pages, for example, are often bloated with lots and lots of JavaScript libraries and gigantic stylesheets.

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CO2 emissions on the web

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Danny Van Kooten wrote an great article. He wrote how he tries to reduce the environmental impact of his WordPress plugins: Just last week I reduced global emissions by an estimated 340.000 kg per month by removing a 20 kB JavaScript dependency in Mailchimp for WordPress. There’s no way I can have that kind of effect in other areas of my life. But he also gives tips on how everyone with a website can decrease the impact of the own website:

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Remote work, why not remote conferences too?

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Climate change is reaching the media more and more, every day we hear more stories about the bad things caused by climate change and also the youth protests “Fridays for Future” are very popular (at least here in Germany and Europe). That is one side to it. On the other hand, I read on Twitter almost every day about conferences and developers all over the world who fly there just to listen to some presentations or give some themselves.

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Jan-Lukas Else