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Google search engine affect the environment: Study showed

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    The next time you do a Google search from your computer, please spare a little thought for the environment.

    A new study has revealed that performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, which adversely affects the environment.

    According to researchers, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 while boiling a kettle generates about 15g.

    "Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power. Google are very efficient but their primary concern is to make searches fast and that means they have a lot of extra capacity that burns energy.

    "A Google search has a definite environmental impact," lead researcher Alex Wissner-Gross of Harvard University was quoted by 'The Sunday Times' as saying.

    In fact, Google's search engine generates high levels of CO2 because of the way it operates -- when one types in a Google search for, say, "energy saving tips", the request does not go to just one server but to several even miles apart.

    And, Google's infrastructure sends data from whichever produces the answer fastest. Though the system helps minimise delays, it raises energy consumption. Google has servers in the US, Europe, Japan and China.

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    who carezz

    good info how so))

    keep on
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    job takes the child away.

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    I came across an news article where it was mentioned that google plans to improve some of its server farms to the sea / coast whatever where it can generate electricity from the ocean to keep itself self sufficient ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    I came across an news article where it was mentioned that google plans to improve some of its server farms to the sea / coast whatever where it can generate electricity from the ocean to keep itself self sufficient ..
    Google knows just how to earn and earn
    job takes the child away.

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    So what does one do now...Stop searching....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mail2sc View Post
    Google knows just how to earn and earn
    Maybe but atleast they are less selfish than other co's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    So what does one do now...Stop searching....
    :lol:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    So what does one do now...Stop searching....
    the researcher just warns us, but they intently inform the google to take steps for a greener environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    So what does one do now...Stop searching....
    drink less tea ;-)

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    I think these kind of ideas are insignificant coz its just not going to happen.
    If you stop google, you'll use something else which will eventually become popular.

    This is similar to the idea that eating less meat will reduce global warming...just not gonna happen.We must look to other viable options.

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