The environmental cost of googling?

Our school resource librarian has drawn my attention to this interesting article reported on the BBC website. An academic from Harvard University in the States has claimed that just two searches on Google produces a similar volume of Carbon Dioxide emissions as boiling a kettle.

Google have denied these claims and said that the figures are far too high. They have also stated their green intentions. A spokesman for them said “In 2007, we co-founded the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. This non-profit consortium is committed to cutting the energy consumed by computers in half by 2010 and so reducing global CO2 emissions by 54 million tons per year. That’s a lot of kettles.”

It is an interesting article, well worth a read.

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