Abstract: The digital cloud is thought to be invisible. Instead of physical storage devices like books, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, and magazines, we have pure data, traveling throughout the interconnected web. Now we can access everything at a push of a button. But is the cloud actually invisible? No, there is a physical substance to it: the data centers. The data centers space all over the world is big enough to fit approx. 6000 football fields. These data centers obviously run on electricity. And if the source of electricity is fossils, it does have a carbon price. As cloud computing is essential in modern practices, it cannot be compromised. Hence, a detailed analytical study is essential to bring down the negative impact of cloud computing on the environment. This paper overviews the effects of cloud computing on nature and advanced technologies which can be used to solve its negative impact.
Keywords: Cloud, The Web, Data Centers, Carbon Price.