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Google Searches Most Likely Not Destroying World

Google Searches Most Likely Not Destroying World

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By Evan Ackerman

Last week, a Harvard researcher estimated that every time you look for something on Google, it produces 7 grams of CO2. This is about the same amount of CO2 as is expended by the amount of energy it takes to boil a kettle of water. The report also included other scary numbers, like even looking at a web page is polluting the environment at the rate of 0.2 grams of CO2 per second.

I suppose maybe the point of all this is to raise awareness about the impact of technology on the environment or something, but really, what are we supposed to do? Just breathing produces something like 0.01 grams of CO2 per second. OMG EVERYBODY PANIC! Really, though, you have to think about these numbers in larger context rather than freaking out about them. When was the last time you looked for something in the yellow pages, for example? Or spent time on the phone asking for directions to places? Or traveled to different stores to compare prices on things?

There’s no denying that services like Google specifically, and computers in general, suck up power and to some extent aren’t great for the environment. But just about everything short of planting a tree isn’t great for the environment… The important thing is to be generally aware of the impact of your lifestyle, and try to mitigate things where possible. And sometimes services like Google can help you with that, by enabling you to locate information faster and more efficiently.

So, don’t freak out, and click here. You’ll feel a little better.

[ Google Blog ] VIA [ Wired ]







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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1409809578 Kyle Grandmaison

    Guess what, plants like CO2. They breath in CO2 and sunlight, make some food for themselves, then breath out O2 (oxygen). Surfing isn't harming anyone, nor is it harming the environment. CO2 isn't destroying the environment, its other, harsh, unnatural toxins and poisons that is harming the environment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1409809578 Kyle Grandmaison

    Guess what, plants like CO2. They breath in CO2 and sunlight, make some food for themselves, then breath out O2 (oxygen). Surfing isn't harming anyone, nor is it harming the environment. CO2 isn't destroying the environment, its other, harsh, unnatural toxins and poisons that is harming the environment.

  • Grandmaison

    When I said “surfing,” I meant to say “surfing the web.”

  • http://www.chibinet.com Christopher

    Well played you magnificent bastard! Well played!

    Seriously though, you're right… there's lots of things you should be feeling guilty about… breathing and googling isn't one of them. BTW, you should call your mother… she gave birth to you, and you act like you don't care…

  • http://www.chibinet.com Christopher

    Well played you magnificent bastard! Well played!

    Seriously though, you're right… there's lots of things you should be feeling guilty about… breathing and googling isn't one of them. BTW, you should call your mother… she gave birth to you, and you act like you don't care…

  • JMMerk

    @ writer:
    Um no, actually, I'm completely denying it. It's garbage like this that coins the phrase “junk science”. Anyone who thinks that we have enough impact on this planet to negatively effect anything is a tool. We (humans) are not that significant. Trust me, long after we are all gone, the earth will still be doing its thing…cyclically and seasonally.

  • Roller

    What if your google search leads to a significant discovery in alternative energy that then saves the earth millions of tons of CO2 emissions per day?

  • http://thewisemartian.wordpress.com Ajax

    Oooooh, that is panicky news^^…Have u ever noticed how scientists are turning into rumormongers day by day? I wonder if the ant-Reformation has finally come….

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  • http://vip-pregnancy.blogspot.com Pregnancy symptoms

    I wish to wish all pregnant women of good mood, easy pregnancy and natural sorts!
    Good luck also are happy! Give birth easily and independently! Let not doctors give birth for you, and you! Also adjust itself on chest feeding of the kid! Read the necessary information! Be, lovely pregnant mums and expecting posterities of the daddy, are healthy and wise!

  • http://www.golfhomeconnect.com Golf

    I am confused a bit after going through this post and the thread!

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    I think this too much, you got to mind your tongue!

  • http://www.golfhomeconnect.com Golf

    I am confused a bit after going through this post and the thread!

  • http://travelstuffrelated.blogspot.com christraveler

    I think this too much, you got to mind your tongue!

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    thanks for this post….Google isnt harming ANYONE. these claims are rediculous