Environmental Impact of Google Searches

Google state that each search generates 0.2g of carbon dioxide, though if you don’t find what you are looking for first time, some  estimate that the total amount of CO2 produced could be around 7g.

To put that in perspective, around 14g of CO2 is produced in boiling a cup of tea.

“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.”

Read research that lifts the lid on links between CO2 emissions and internet searches…

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