Google Searches Bad for the Environment

Google Searches Bad for the Environment

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 14, 2008

Who would have thought your carbon footprint extends all the way to your search queries on Google! In a new study by Jonathan Kommey of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, servers for Google and other behemoth web companies are sucking up an immense amount of energy. According to Koomey, these firms' data centers consume one percent of the world's electricity and with the way they're growing, they may eat up five times as much a decade from now...

Google has about 24 server farms around the world. The photo above is of their first server, before it grew into an actual farm.

Time to start offering these companies tax breaks for installing their own solar power grid! via New Scientist

photo: jurvetson

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