Google Ain't So Green

Jan. 13 2009, Published 1:04 p.m. ET

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Yeah, it's always something. Now, it seems, using Google is bad for the planet?

According to the latest research, one individual searching Google just twice a day produces as much carbon dioxide as boiling a cup of tea. You may not think boiling tea is so bad, but if you think of all the searching going on, that's a pretty strong brew.

On top of that, Google is super secretive about its energy consumption and "carbon footprint" left on the environment.

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"Google operates huge data centers around the world that consume a great deal of power," said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist who researches the environmental effect of computing.

"A Google search has a definite environmental impact."

So, Yahoo too?


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