You are sitting in front of your personal computer reading this blog. You would have thought that it was a fairly harmless activity, environmentally speaking, because in fact you are reading about the environment, contributing your bit to the ideas that will shape our future or simply researching or understanding something that you think your ought to know about. Suddenly up pops Alex Wissner-Gross, a scientist who says that when you do a typical Google search you are sending 7 grams of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Google has defended itself saying that a search does not cost 7 grams, only 2 grams. Some other research institution claims that Google is now responsible for 2% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. (more…)