Google Searches Are Destroying The Environment

Posted: 01/10/2009 by that's Elbert in Internet, Technology
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As far as I’m concerned the title of this post is an exaggeration, but you won’t believe this article from the Times Online:

Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, according to new research.

and further:

Google is secretive about its energy consumption and carbon footprint. It also refuses to divulge the locations of its data centres. However, with more than 200m internet searches estimated globally daily, the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by computers and the internet is provoking concern.

I have to wonder how much carbon dioxide this research generated. (Hat tip to Paul Smith for the link)

  1. ShoreIndie says:

    Google generates 30% of the power for its Mountainview, CA, location from over 9200 solar panels. I wonder if the physicist took that into account.