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    Ecomentalists after the WWW now

    Dont think they have anything better to do, dont want to think about how much money was wasted on time involved in working out the below

    Google searches destroy the environment

    A typical search through the online giant's website is thought to generate about 7g of carbon dioxide. Boiling a kettle produces about 15g.

    The emissions are caused both by the electricity required to power a user's computer and send their request to servers around the world.

    The discovery comes amid increasing warnings about the little-known environmental impact of computer and internet use.

    According to Gartner, an American research firm, IT now causes about two per cent of global CO2 emissions and its carbon footprint exceeded that of the world's aviation industry for the first time in 2007.

    Dr Alex Wissner-Gross, a physicist from Harvard University who is leading research into the subject, has estimated that browsing a basic website generates about 0.02g of CO2 for every second it is viewed.

    Websites with complex video can be responsible for up to 0.2 g per second, he believes.

    On his website, CO2stats.com, Dr Wissner-Gross wrote: "Websites are provided by servers and are viewed by visitors' computers that are connected via networks.

    "These servers, clients and networks all require electricity in order to run, electricity that is largely generated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.

    "When fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, which contribute to climate change.

    Dr Wissner-Gross believes that Google's unique structure - which sees it send searches to multiple servers around the world and give which ever response is returned quickest - causes its searches to produce more emissions than some other sites.

    He told a newspaper: "Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power.

    "A Google search has a definite environmental impact.

    "Google are very efficient but their primary concern is to make searches fast and that means they have a lot of extra capacity that burns energy,"

    A separate analysis by John Buckley, of carbonfootprint.com, a British environmental website, put the CO2 emissions of a Google search at between 1g and 10g.

    Chris Goodall, the author of Ten Technologies to Save the Planet, said that assuming the user spends 15 minutes on their computer, the carbon emission of a Google is between 7g and 10g.

    Google claimed that the number was "many times too high" and one Google search is equivalent to about 0.2 grams of CO2.

    A spokesman for Google said: "We are among the most efficient of all internet search providers."

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    How ironic that both researchers have websites though!

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    My question after reading all that is, Who really gives a ****? Why dont they look into the enviromental impact of the US governent, sure some of those findings would be interesting.

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    soon there going to work out that us using oxygen is bad for the enviroment
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    hahaha sad, wonder how many computers/servers and requests it took for them to find out those figures? Probs gave more CO2 than any of us!!


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    If that's the case, then it won't take long for the government to jump on the band wagon and introduce an internet tax based on the CO2 emissions of accessing websites!

    The whole CO2 thing is a joke and just another excuse for raising tax! Plants need CO2 to convert it to Oxygen for us to breeth, surely reducing CO2 will also reduce oxygen output?

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    Agreed, CO2 band wagon. A while ago it was global warming. But can't really mention that with the weather as it has been recently.

    Anything to try to make us feel bad and give in to whatever they want us to do about it.

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    IF google really gave a shite about the environment and their CO2 footprint ect ect ect then how about they actually put the search results I want at the top and not price-checker-compare-the-supermarket/meerkat.com or shopaholic-amazon-argos-buyatlowlowprices.com in the first 20 links it 'finds' (read - purchased) then I wouldn't have to battle through the accidental 2-3 links I may click on before I get what I wanted in the first place.

    As for the ecomaniacs I bet their findings were made on a computer, stored on a server which is never turned off with printed reports and carried in a car/van/bike to their destination. In short....


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    My god

    These people really are pathetic, waste of space and a poor excuse of a life

    Wonder how much co2 they used typing up that massive pile of BS
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    some one has to much time lol

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