Monday, 12 January 2009
Carbon footprint of that Google Search
Oh no! You've just looked up this blog - think of the carbon footprint of such a rash action! Well a back of the envelope calculation, but one which takes into account the real energy usage of IT server farms and desktop PCs, has revealed that two Google searches cost the same in energy terms as boiling a kettle. The story broke on the Sunday Times yesterday and has made its way across the web over the last couple of days. Aside from the funny little comments many of the journalists have appended to the item, it is sobering to consider just how much energy is being gobbled up by modern lifestyles. Another comparison is that your Second Life avatar uses as much energy in a year as the average Brazilian. Makes you think, doesn't it?
Posted by Iain at 21:57