Artificial intelligence uses a lot of energy and water, posing climate concerns for tech giants like Google and Microsoft. As artificial intelligence advances at breakneck pace, the world’s biggest tech companies face growing pressure to address the environmental and climate impacts of AI – which requires large amounts of electricity and water to run.

Tech giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft have pledged to tackle the climate crisis, yet green experts say the sector is not doing enough to mitigate the rising consumption of resources.

For example, the issue was evident in Google’s latest Environmental Report, which shows that the company consumed 5.6 billion gallons of water in 2022, an increase of 1.3 billion from 2021, and 2.2 billion from 2020. The 2022 usage equates to about 10 days’ worth of water for the entire city of London.  Google’s ‘Scope 2’ greenhouse gas emissions – those coming from the buying of power and heat – rose 37% from 2021 to 2022.

Soure: ECEEE

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