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Before you Google

I was going through my tweets this morning and noticed an excellent article posted by my bf … did you know that ‘Two search requests on the internet website Google produce “as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle”‘ or the equivalent of 14g of CO2. Google of course refutes this and claims that each search only generates 0.2g of CO2.   And not to pick on Google, any big data centre consumes the same amount of electricity and therefore CO2.

Back in November I wrote an article  on Blackle.com, a sustainable search engine. I guess I am questioning whether it really does reduce the carbon footprint that much?  Sure the screen emits less radiation but it still returns results just as fast, pulling the answers from various sites, which likely consumes just as much CO2.

I guess the debate is still out on search engines and their carbon footprint.  But if we think of it like everything in  life and use it in moderation than  it might be ok.

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Comment from David
Time January 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

i first read this on googles blog, and they were bragging how energy efficient they were… i guess its all about perspective… and who’s posting