Google’s Not the Reason for Global Warming


google_polling_small.jpgADOTAS — I don’t trust Harvard, Google or newspapers.

Seriously, who am I going to believe about the carbon footprint of searches and working on computers in general. Yesterday, I wrote that a Havard physicist Alex Wissner-Gross said that two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup to tea. But apparently he didn’t say that. And someone else said a typical search generates about 7g of CO2. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g.

Google responded that the average car driven for one kilometer produces as many greenhouse gases as a thousand Google searches. Neither one has released data, as of yet, to back their claims, so we trust one of them, trust neither or could care less.

If you read Techcrunch comments, people go back and forth about the inept news business and then challenge claims from either side. Oy. Bring on global warming if it puts an end to this.

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