Prime shipping has become a way of life for a lot of people in the U.S. since it launched 15 years ago. On the anniversary of Amazon Prime, which falls on Sunday, it’s hard to imagine a world without free two-day shipping. But it comes with a cost: Amazon puts out 44.4 million metric tons of carbon every year, about the same as the nations of Norway or Hong Kong, according to the Global Carbon Atlas. Exactly how the company produces this much carbon is being kept opaque — it wasn’t until last year that Amazon even publicly released these numbers, and the details were scant. “We don’t know how much of that is from data centers or delivery,” said Elizabeth Jardim, senior corporate campaigner for Greenpeace. Sky-high emissions Amazon reportedly logged 600 orders per second on Prime Day in 2016. All of those orders, and their ultra-fast delivery methods, generate carbon. To truly hit zero emissions, something Amazon has now pledged to do, would take a technological miracle. “We would need to have no-emission flights, which is not going to be something that happens in the short term,” Jardim said. “They would have to rearrange or change expectations around… Read full this story
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