You know, I think he’s serious

January 11, 2009

A Harvard researcher has discovered that two performing two searches on Google generates as much CO2 (A greenhouse gas! AAAIIIEEEE!!!!) as making a cup of tea:

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.”

Yes, that’s right. Every time you search Google for porn, you’re killing the planet. I hope you’re satisfied. Drooling

The scary thing is that this guy probably got a federal research grant for this… Rolling Eyes

LINKS: Tigerhawk wants to know if the Goracle is spending the millions he earns as a consultant to Google to buy carbon offsets for those deadly searches. Fausta, meanwhile, is also worried about the sea-kitten crisis. Chris Muir has the final word.