Sunday, December 19, 2010

Green IT

A study showed that two Google searches emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle which is around 10-15 grams of CO2. Google of course denies the study saying that a typical less-than-a-second search would only cause 0.2 grams of CO2.

Whatever facts you believe in, the inevitable truth is that information technology, much to our disbelief or unawareness, contributes to global warming.

Much of the ignorance on the subject is attributable to the fact that unlike cars or factories that visibly emit smoke, computers are silent, odorless, and most of the time confined in air conditioned rooms making the heat produced by the electric processes inside the computer virtually untraceable.

Hence, Green IT or Green computing which is the use of environmentally sustainable IT practices. Simple things like setting your computer to hibernate when it's not in use saves electricity and in turn reduces heat emissions can go a long way in saving the environment.

paul obmina entry no. 5

1 comment:

San said...


Thanks for your post. Could you give one or more reference for the study where we can find durther information about the study and Google's response.


San Murugesan