[LINK] Google debunks search energy usage claims

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Jan 14 08:24:43 AEDT 2009

At 09:08 AM 13/01/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Google debunks search energy usage claims By Ian Williams 13 January 
>2009 06:44AM

Google's estimate of 0.2 grams of CO2 emitted per web search looks 
more plausible than the 7 grams attributed in the media to Dr. 
Wissner-Gross. However, neither estimate is backed up by a detailed 
analysis, making it hard to check.

Also some of the media reports referred to 
<http://www.co2stats.com/>www.CO2stats.com, a web site is selling a 
service to certify carbon emissions from web sites. This made me 
wonder if the whole thing was a hoax, or a scam.

ps: It should be possible to compare Google's figure of 0.3 Wh per 
web search against a web benchmark, such as SPECweb2005: 
<http://www.spec.org/web2005/results/>. I might get my Green ICT 
students to do this. They start next week 

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