You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the environmental impact of the Internet. Many people think the Internet is totally green.

While the Internet is better for the environment than traditional forms of communication, like snail mail, it still leaves an impact on the environment. One study found it produces around 300 million tons of carbon every year. This is about 2% of the global carbon footprint.

You can do your part to help the planet by finding a greener way to use the Internet. You can start by comparing different options for connecting to the web.

As we all make an effort to use products that are more eco-friendly, we should start looking for new avenues to be greener. This includes our internet usage. Considering the amount of time that each of us spends online daily, it is no wonder that we might need to look into which type of internet is the least harmful to the environment.

Satellite

Let’s start by looking at satellite internet. Satellite works by a satellite dish emitting a signal to space that bounces off, coming back down to your HughesNet router (if you have HughesNet). This is a long distance to travel and is really a slow form of internet. It is only really used by people who live remotely and do not have access to other, faster types of internet.

Satellite is also the worst for the environment. This is something that even Satellites Today acknowledged back in 2009.  Satellites themselves are bad for the ozone layer due to the rocket fuel to get them into space. They also can easily be hit by other items within the Earth’s orbit, causing space garbage and damaging the satellite itself. With the increase in the amount of satellites, collisions are more likely. This will force agencies to launch new satellites to replace the damaged ones, continuing the cycle.

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