e-searches leave carbon foorprints

January 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

I did not know that internet searches sucked up so much resources. I mean, I know that electronic products costs the environment to make but searches? Those onscreen links to queries? Surely those are just algorithms and pixels. But no.

According to this article from 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“.  Oh dear, guess how I found the link to the article.

NB: The Story of Stuff from Annie Leonard is a simple, graphical illustration of how much we consume when we think we don’t have enough. Essential viewing. (er, you’ll need speedy broadband)


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