Google Search Hurts Planet, Study Says

Web giant dismisses charges about its carbon footprint
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 1:42 PM CST
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(Newser) – Googling for ways to reduce your carbon footprint may be counterproductive, according to a study. Every Google search produces about 7 grams of carbon dioxide, PC World notes, which takes into account the energy used by the search giant’s massive databases. Google says the study is flawed, and notes that driving a car one kilometer (0.6 miles) produces as much CO2 as 1,000 searches.