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Googling costs carbon!

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by GiddyG, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Two search requests on the internet website Google produce "as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle", according to a Harvard University academic.

    US physicist Alex Wissner-Gross claims that a typical Google search on a desktop computer produces about 7g CO2.

    Read the rest here...
     
  2. UKDarkstar
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    Must be my Grumpy Old Man thinking but I'n getting fed up with all the "carbon footprint" and "political correctness" that goes on these days :x

    Wonder what their carbon expenditure was in working it out ?! :twisted:
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    I read about that last week. Guess should decide which is more important...boiling water for a cuppa or performing two Google searches. :wink:
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    It might depend on what tea you're drinking too :biggrin
     
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  5. tripwire45
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    In most cases, you don't have to heat booze. :wink:
     
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  6. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    How very true... often it heats you. :biggrin
     
  7. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    That's what we need on LinkedIn mate... a Grumpy Old Men group! :D There'd be thousands in it...
     
  8. Alex Wright

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    I'm only 21 but reckon I could pull a few strings and become a member. :p
     
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  9. michael78

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    I remember a few years ago an article that stated that it cost more electricity to search on Google than other search engines because of the amount of white background which supposidly consumed more electricity than a darker background on a monitor.

    At the end of the day the solution is simple we need to find a cleaner source of energy if we aren't going to damage the earth even more than we do already. It wouldn't suprise me if we had one but the energy companies were holding back to protect their profits :blink
     
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  10. NightWalker

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    If we stopped making carbon dioxide all the trees and plants in the world would die. Plants need carbon dioxide to conduct photosynthesis. Keep Googling!
     
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  11. greenbrucelee
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    I think most of this stuff about things using carbon, destroying the environment and health & safety is all bs and the sooner it stops the better this place will be.

    Next they'll ban plasma TVs because they use more electricity and need re-gassed every once in a while and they'll ban farting in bublic because the fartee:D will be releasing too much methane into the air.
     
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    I just heard about California wanting to ban plasma tvs. Those crazy west coasters!
     
  13. greenbrucelee
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    it wouldn't suprise me if it was introduce everywhere. They'll ban anything that has the slightest effect on the environment these days.

    I think everyone is jumping on the bandwagon because it's the "in thing" to do.
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    Total crap. If nobody searched Google for a day, then Google's servers would continue to spin and STILL consume the energy. :rolleyes:

    ...not to mention, nobody'd be able to find anything on the Internet. :D

    Agree, wholeheartedly.

    Sounds like we need a poll! :thumbleft
     
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    Utter codswallap.
     
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    And ElReg has done an excellent demolition job on the report.

    Incidentally - I've seen an estimate that 2 minutes of breathing produces the same amout of CO2 as a search on google.... :p

    Harry.
     
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    Threads like these are why I don't frequent CF as often these day:)
     
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    So, to equal things out, you should hold your breath for two minutes, for each time you use a Google search, right? :blink:rolleyes:
     
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    I think you'll find that Alex Wissner-Gross didn’t mention Google in his report at all and in fact journalists add that.
     
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  20. GiddyG

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    Good job I didn't write the article then... I'd have checked my facts first. 8)
     

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