Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Google and a Nice Cup of Tea

In what would have been a huge disappointment to many, the UK's Sunday Times reported last weekend that "Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea."

It seems that a cup of tea is in order after all, though, as the originator of the research denies he said it and Google takes exception to the accusation.

The author of the study on which the article is based, Harvard University physicist Alex Wissner-Gross, is quoted as saying in TechNewsWorld that "Our work has nothing to do with Google. Our focus was exclusively on the Web overall, and we found that it takes on average about 20 milligrams of CO2 per second to visit a Web site." (The Sunday Times quoted a figure of 15g of CO2 generated by boiling a kettle).

As would be expected, Google is not amused. As we have reported in this blog, the company claims some of the most power-efficient data centres in the world, has patented some ideas for floating data centres (great blog pictures) has invested in geothermal technology and has some innovative environmental initiatives at its Mountain View HQ.

Still, when did facts ever get in the way of a good story?

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