About 7 grams of carbon dioxide is generated per search, which means that two searches is “comparable to the amount of energy needed to bring a chemical to boil.” More information on the relationship between emissions and internet searches is available in the article in the first citation. If you’re interested in saving energy on your internet searches, check out a site called Blackle. Blackle operates based on the knowledge that it takes more energy for your computer to use a white screen than a black one, so that each time you search on a black screen, you are saving a little bit of energy. Read more about Blackle at:
http://www.blackle.com/about/. Also, there’s an organization called Goodsearch, and, while they have a white background, through them you can help raise money for charities, including environmental organizations.
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