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Spam emails generates carbon emission

Spam generates 17m tons of CO2

Ever wondered what email spams are bad for–yes, they irritates you when you find that your anti-spam system has failed in blocking another “hey, how are you!” message. Here is something more revealing and irritatingly true about this spam: they have carbon footprints and are contributing to global warming. (!)

A research study into spam has blamed it for the consumption of around 33bn kilowatt-hours of energy every year, which has been reported to be enough to power more than 2.4m homes. This energy goes into trash and produces carbon emissions that have no value.

The research by climate consultants ICF International and anti-virus firm McAfee found that this amounted to 17 million ton of CO2 emitted through spam. It was found in this unique study found that the average business user generates 131kg of CO2 every year and 22% of this is related to spam.

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