Google Disputes Harvard Fellow’s Pollution Estimate
The carbon footprint of a search query is nowhere near the estimate concluded by a Harvard academic, Google said late Sunday.
British newspaper The Sunday Times published a story on Sunday with results from a study conducted by Alex Wissner-Gross, a physicist who estimates a Google search generates 7 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2), slightly less than half as much CO2 as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea.
Wissner-Gross maintains that it shows a Google search has “a definite environmental impact.”
Google, however, is arguing 7 grams is way off and is trivial compared to other CO2-spewing activities, such as driving.
Read more: pcworld.com