Google Responds to Greenhouse Gas Charge
Photo courtesy AMagill.
Google has responded to a claim by physicist Alex Wissner-Gross published in yesterdayâ€™s Sunday Times, stating that two searches performed on the search engine giant is equivalent to boiling a cup of water for tea. Now that Google has been charged with not being environmentally-friendly, theyâ€™ve become a little less secretive about their operations in an effort to stave off reputation damage. Google contends that Wissner-Grossâ€™s claim is â€œmany times too highâ€ and that a typical search emits the equivalent of 0.2 grams of CO2. They say that driving a car about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) releases as much greenhouse gas as a thousand Google searches. Google co-founded the Climate Savers Computing Initiative and is committed to cutting its carbon emissions in half by 2010, or about 54 million tons per year. Based on my research, the average human emits 1.27 tons of carbon per year globally and about 20 tons per year, per person, in the U.S. alone.
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