d20.photos is hosted by Linode and currently runs exclusively in their London, UK Data Center. All checks are made from there. This may change in the future if d20.photos were to implement worldwide checks.
While d20.photos is developed in California, it's running an ocean away in the good ol' U.n. of K. 🇬🇧 for environmental reasons. While the Web isn't physical, the servers and infrastructure that power it definitely are. With the effects of Climate Change getting worse every year, d20.photos is committed to doing whatever it can to not worsen the crisis. d20.photos is hosted in London because of the fact that Equinix, Linode's European provider, has committed to a 100% clean and renewable energy goal and has so far reached 92%.
🌲 d20.photos and the Environment
Since d20.photos runs on virtual servers in a crowded data center, it's hard to know the exact environmental impact of running the service. That said, by Linode's most recent estimates, the energy cost of running a 4GB instance, which is significantly more powerful (and power-hungry) than what powers d20.photos today, is about 0.064 kWh/day. While this isn't much in the grand scheme of things, that would burn approximately 21.5lbs of natural gas per year (~1.4 mtCO2e). Thankfully, a few of Linode's Data Center partners have significant commitments to sustainability.
💡 This page will be updated as d20.photos grows. Please check back for the most recent stats on d20.photos' Environmental Impact.
This data is entirely extrapolated from the sources linked by this article, but I can't guarantee that they're 100% accurate. There's a lot of layers between burning fuel and running servers on the cloud, but I've done the best I can.