What’s Worse For the Environment: Lattes or Facebook?

Time vs. energy waster. 

Coffee and environment are inextricably linked, but to put your caffeine addiction into perspective, consider: one latte releases about the same amount of CO2 emissions as using Facebook for an entire year.

In 2011, Facebook says its “data centers and operations used 532 million kilowatt hours of energy, and emitted 285,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.” That’s the same amount of CO2 as about 52,000 passenger vehicles would emit in one year. Broken down per user per year and you get the latte comparison.

Not a coffee drinker? According to the company, one year of Facebook accounts for about the same amount of energy as two glasses of wine.

Pick your environmental poison.

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Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.