Google Searches Bad for the Environment

Google Searches Bad for the Environment

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 18, 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...

posted originally from: Unplggd

Google has about 24 server farms around the world. The one photographed above is in The Dalles, Oregon and is powered by hydroelectricity. Time to start offering these companies tax breaks for installing their own solar power grid! via New Scientist

photo: Robin Majumdar

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