jasontheaker 6:23pm, 11 January 2009
A Harvard University physicist says that performing two Google searches can generate the same environmental damage as boiling a kettle.

Bugger, bugger Bugger!!! Any thoughts?

economictimes.indiatimes.com/ET_Cetera/Googling_also_dama...
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GristMill PRO 8 years ago
Harvard professors performing studies are as environmentally damaging as a herd of elephants razing a forest.

I'd be curious to see the numbers behind this study - it fails my common sense test.
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coyrooster Posted 8 years ago. Edited by coyrooster (admin) 8 years ago
Thanks Jason. I just sent that link to people at Wired, in hopes they will pursue it. An electric tea kettle, hmmm. I thought they were obsolete. Only a physics professor would have one. Two hundred million internet searches every single day, all around the globe, that's what really fascinates me.
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GristMill PRO 8 years ago
Stay tuned Michael - I'll be posting a tea kettle photo in the next few weeks, to which your comment is applicable.
jasontheaker 8 years ago
What is an electric tea kettle? I have a kettle, and drink tea, so I guess that’s it. Mind u I’m English I have to drink tea.

And it’s the accuracy and dependency on Google searching that interests me too. What power they have!
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coyrooster Posted 8 years ago. Edited by coyrooster (admin) 8 years ago
It seems Google has applied for a patent to put at least one of its gigantic data centers out to sea. Google wants to use the ocean's motion to generate power to process cyber-signals day & night.

Alas, the "tea kettle" story has sprung some leaks and no longer holds water. Google responded last month this way.
jasontheaker 8 years ago
I think the important thing here is that we as consumers of the earth’s resources think about how we can minimise our destructive impact. yes knocking big corporations will always happen, (it seems a sad reflection on our human nature and highlights our dislike of seemingly unjustified power the leaders wield) but if we are to pass on a function living planet on to our future generations then we all must think more responsibly and take our collective heads out of the sand.
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