Sciencebeta is a labor of love, a blog about neuroscience, psychology and health news from around the world.
I like to focus on topics that will have the maximum positive impact on the quality of life of this and future generations, with a special interest in understanding how the brain works.
You might be wondering why this website looks so plain. It is designed that way on purpose, to be fast-loading, as well as for distraction-free reading. Another reason is that I want to contribute to a more sustainable web.
The Internet does use a lot of electricity. Producing electricity, for the most part, involves burning fossil fuels- in turn that means that the Internet’s carbon footprint may have already eclipsed global air travel.
One website, of course, can’t make much of a difference. Still, it’s a start, and I feel better about creating webpages now that I have a lower carbon footprint than 90% of all sites. Here is a screenshot of a typical page on this site as measured by Website Carbon – a calculator that tells you how big the carbon footprint of a website is:
If you look at the very bottom of the screen there, you will notice the site is running on “bog standard electricity.” My nest back-end project here is to move the site onto a hosting provider that is powered by a renewable energy source, such as Google Cloud, which has been 100% renewable enegy since 2017, or Amazon Web Services, which as of this writing, is about 50% renewable and climbing.
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 Benchmarking a couple of other science news websites, Medicalxpress.com has produces 3.79 g of CO2 per page view, ScienceDaily 1.35 g, ScientificAmerican.com 3.90 g, and QuantaMagazine.org 6.67g. (Over a year, with 10,000 monthly page views, QuantaMagazine.org produces 801kg of CO2 equivalent, the same weight as 5 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 108,470 cups of tea, according to WebsiteCarbon.com)