Did you know that a Google search has a direct impact on earth’s environment? Physicists are saying so. An article published by CarbonOffsetDaily.com reveals that two Google searches performed from a desktop are equivalent to boiling a kettle of water!
According to Alex Wissner-Gross, Harvard University Physicist, one Google search produces 7gram of Carbon dioxide and millions of people use Google without knowing the fact. But even if they come to know the fact, will they stop using Google? That’s not possible; and if they do, global economy will be in danger.
But why environmentalists are behind Google? All web searches are likely to generate CO2 then why Google is being blamed only? Because the way it operates.
First, Google data centers involve huge deal of power. Secondly, to provide finest search result in minimum time, Google search engine sends queries to multiple servers and returns the result from the center that processes the query in shortest time.
However, it cannot be said, that other search engines do not have any impact on environment. The truth is when you switch on your PC, browse internet, visit web pages that contain images, animation, videos and graphics, send emails, chat and write blogs – you contribute to global warming.
Hence, blaming Google is not the solution. Data centers, where 24×7 power supply is mandatory, must be equipped with alternative energy all over the world.
And Google has started working on this front. Google is committed to reduce its impact on earth’s environment. Visit Going Green at Google to know more about this.
Moreover, in response to Alex Wissner-Gross, Google had published a blog post describing the power consumption of a Google search in a realistic and authentic manner. According to this calculation, one Google search produces 0.2gram of CO2. This calculation seems so authentic that Alex had to reconsider his calculation. Learn more about the debate on Official Google Blog.
Whatever is the correct figure, we need to be more cautious about our internet usage. Can we still use it for fun? What do you think?