The environmental footprint of data centers in the United States

  title={The environmental footprint of data centers in the United States},
  author={Md. Abu Bakar Siddik and Arman Shehabi and Landon T. Marston},
  journal={Environmental Research Letters},
Much of the world’s data are stored, managed, and distributed by data centers. Data centers require a tremendous amount of energy to operate, accounting for around 1.8% of electricity use in the United States. Large amounts of water are also required to operate data centers, both directly for liquid cooling and indirectly to produce electricity. For the first time, we calculate spatially-detailed carbon and water footprints of data centers operating within the United States, which is home to… 

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