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If the Internet were a physical territory, it would be the sixth most polluting territory on the planet. We were aware of the large number
of natural minerals that are used in the manufacture of electronic equipment, the emission of CO2 that is generated in the production process and the waste of electronic materials without use in the short term. But the environmental disaster caused by infrastructure and digital data in data repositories is more unknown.

Each byte of digital data leaves an ecological footprint. Sending an email is a gram of CO2 emission, and disused photos also have a landfill. Digital data without matter or physics, metaverse, arterial intelligence, the internet of things, streaming at work and in social life and video calls, have an environmental impact that is not small. The cleanliness suggested by the ethereal image of the cloud leads to deception. And knowing that in the future the growth of digital data will increase dramatically should generate alarm, along with the human and mental environment, for the environmental impact.

This year we want to build a giant campus for data collection in Toledo, the fifth largest in Europe, to store facebook, instagram and whatsapp data. And it's been news recently that the new building complex needs a huge amount of water for cooling telecommunications and electronics networks, in an area that is experiencing terrible droughts. The ruler has responded quickly that he will have a hydrological recovery plan so that the thirst of the buildings does not affect the water needs of the population. But the technical specifications that have been made on the project are still very diffuse and since we are not born yesterday, it raises suspicion. It is possible that we digitize the life of the world in exchange for gigantic black box and that we maintain the trend of waste of material resources, because immateriality will not deliver us.

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