carbon footnprint

In Search Of -- Environmentally Safe Search Features

Here's a distressing tidbit, via Kula of DailyKos:


...I could singlehandedly be destroying our environment:

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.

While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g. “Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power,” said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out soon. "A Google search has a definite environmental impact."


Aw, maaaaaannn, do you know how many simultaneous Google searches I do during an average computing session...?