The Internet’s carbon footprint

June 9, 2011 – It’s getting more difficult to stay green these days, especially now that I’ve learned the Internet is bad for our planet.

According to an article posted in The Montreal Gazette, each Google search can contribute to global warming by emitting one to 10 grams of carbon into the atmosphere. Times that by more than one billion Google searches a day (or Facebook visits, email, etc.) and it really adds up.

And I thought we were helping the planet by using email, reading newspapers online, or even working from home. But experts figure the Internet uses up to three percent of the world’s electricity.

It’s kind of ironic that Al Gore once touted for everyone to watch his or her carbon footprint, yet he says created the very thing that may be its downfall.

Is nothing safe anymore?

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