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Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year drought

June 04, 2024 Somewhere on Earth Episode 35
Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year drought
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Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year drought
Jun 04, 2024 Episode 35
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Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year drought
Chile looks set to become the data centre capital of Latin America, with the country’s President announcing another 28 proposed developments.  But these data centres require vast amounts of electricity to run and huge volumes of water to cool them. With the country experiencing a severe long term drought, predicted to last until 2040, how can building these centres benefit the environment and local communities.  Rest of World Latin American reporter Daniela Dib has been investigating these concerns.

Concrete alternatives not very eco-friendly
New biobased building materials made from fungi and agricultural residues have been hailed as a possible environmentally friendly concrete replacement.  However, new research suggests that these alternatives need huge amounts of electricity to produce and have a shorter lifespan than concrete.  To discuss these potential issues as well as how to overcome them, the researcher behind the findings, Stefania Akromah of the University of Bristol joins us on the show.   

The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Peter Guest.    

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U.S tech giants are building dozens of data centers in Chile. Locals are fighting back
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Millions of gallons of water needed for new data centres in Chile during 30 year drought
Chile looks set to become the data centre capital of Latin America, with the country’s President announcing another 28 proposed developments.  But these data centres require vast amounts of electricity to run and huge volumes of water to cool them. With the country experiencing a severe long term drought, predicted to last until 2040, how can building these centres benefit the environment and local communities.  Rest of World Latin American reporter Daniela Dib has been investigating these concerns.

Concrete alternatives not very eco-friendly
New biobased building materials made from fungi and agricultural residues have been hailed as a possible environmentally friendly concrete replacement.  However, new research suggests that these alternatives need huge amounts of electricity to produce and have a shorter lifespan than concrete.  To discuss these potential issues as well as how to overcome them, the researcher behind the findings, Stefania Akromah of the University of Bristol joins us on the show.   

The programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell and the studio expert is Peter Guest.    

More on this week's stories
:
U.S tech giants are building dozens of data centers in Chile. Locals are fighting back
Potential Environmental Impact of Mycelium Composites on African Communities 

What It's Like To Be...
What's it like to be a Cattle Rancher? FBI Special Agent? Professional Santa? Find out!

Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

Support the Show.

Editor: Ania Lichtarowicz
Production Manager: Liz Tuohy
Recording and audio editing : Lansons | Team Farner

For new episodes, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or via this link:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/2265960/supporters/new

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If you like Somewhere on Earth, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts

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