Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What Is The Carbon Footprint Of A Google Search?

Searched this article using Google? Then you were just responsible for 0.2g of Google’s gigantic carbon footprint, according to the internet giant’s official blog.

In an effort to counter claims originally made by an article on the Times Online website that each Google search produces on average a whopping 7g of carbon, Google has tried to make public its own figures on the carbon footprint of its operations. It claims that each individual search query produces 0.2g of carbon dioxide from its secretive data centres - the Times Online article originally included the carbon cost of running the user’s PC on top of that, as well as the carbon footprint of the global internet infrastructure.

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