With corporates growing a conscience and the internet growing an appetite, the world is becoming increasingly enigmatic...

The internet maybe the greatest invention of our time - but it looks like the information highway has found its own way to pollute the world. With over 2 billion people connected to the internet, the estimate carbon footprint exceeds that of air travel! The internet's carbon appetite is a massive 830 million tons of CO2 annually. Everything in the cycle counts towards this tormenting number - from manufacturing the hardware and to shipping it into retail outlet, to powering up our devices that sucks up huge amounts of energy from local grids. Putting this in perspective - one google search accounts for an estimated 0.2 to 7 grams of CO2 emissions - the equivalent of driving a car 52 feet. A simple e-mail has a carbon footprint of 4 grams - add an attachment, and the figure skyrockets to 50 grams!

The good news? Online giants Apple, Facebook and Google are taking ownership of the problem by "greening their cloud", committing to power their data centers with 100% renewable energy - translating to a 38% reduction in world's data center energy usage by 2020. This means small business owners could reduce their carbon footprint and slash energy costs by 90% by moving to cloud computing! And if corporate consciousness is not all you want to rely on - a few simple ways for YOU to help include: killing the vampire power (when plugged in but powered down, computers continue to draw energy know as vampire power), use a phone instead of a computer for quick searches and get up give your colleagues an in-person update instead of an e-mail!

Here's to a greener future...