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Developers Can Save The Planet, Part I: The Problem

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Chief Sales officer, Marmelab

Argos is able to measure CPU, memory and network usage of Docker containers for a given command. By measuring resource consumption of dockerized E2E tests, Argos allows to compare the consumption...

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Matt Chester on Nov 10, 2020

I love looking into the numbers like you do in this post, Jeremie-- thanks for sharing. The big question, which you highlight, is why should developers care? Will it come from a sense of doing what is 'right' or do you think some sort of policy / regulation will eventually look to tackle this area? 

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Jim Stack on Nov 11, 2020

Jeremie, wow great data and numbers for many activities. I like how you saw through the Nuclear no carbon exuse to the tons of deadly waste it really creates. 

   But the day to day computing seems like missing the forest for the trees. Using a phone to mert with some one certainly makes less pollution than dring or flying to mert with them. 

   Maybe part 2 will cover how the GRID is getting cleaner everyday. How a simple long lasting super effivient LED light is over 10 times less energy used. Makes almost no heat vs an incadecent old school light. 

   I look foreward to your part duex. Cest la vie. 

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 11, 2020

"I like how you saw through the Nuclear no carbon exuse to the tons of deadly waste it really creates."

Jim, this makes no sense. Nuclear creates no carbon emissions, and no one has ever been killed by nuclear waste. Your imagination is running away with you.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 11, 2020

Interesting breakdown, Jeremie, but don't feel bad - as a developed nation France has among the lowest per-capita carbon emissions in the world (6.93 tons/yr), only slightly higher than China, thanks to France's adoption of nuclear energy. Though French nuclear generation has been flat since 1998, its emissions have risen - in part due to an increase in wind and solar (both require consumption of natural gas for backup electricity).

The U.S. is twelfth-worst (16.75 tons/yr) - more than double France's per-capita emissions. As the largest contributor of CO2 since 1850, it's our job to lead the way forward - no excuses.

It's not surprising that production, not consumption, is the worst offender. If France had 100% nuclear electricity, of course, none of your digital activities would have a carbon footprint. That will be every country's goal one day. The more time we waste focusing on "renewables", the harder it will be to make real reductions in the future.

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jeremie grossetete on Nov 13, 2020

Dear All, 

Thank you for the comments. As I am not the autor I invite you to post your comments within the article. 

 

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