More head-spinning updates on the “Google searches are melting the planet” brouhaha: the research that reportedly found two Google searches produce as much carbon...

internetMore head-spinning updates on the “Google searches are melting the planet” brouhaha: the research that reportedly found two Google searches produce as much carbon dioxide as heating up a pot of tea is being refuted not only by Google but by … the researcher himself.

The Guardian reports today that Harvard physicist Alex Wissner-Gross says his yet-to-be-published study did not focus on the impact of Google but on the carbon footprint of the Web in general. While acknowledging that Google, being a part of the Internet and all, does in fact have some environmental impact, Wissner-Gross says, the original Sunday Times article citing his research did not accurately represent his study.

He further noted that he has “no idea” where the tea-kettle analogy came from. It’s not his, Wissner-Gross says.

You can find further details of the whole Google-icious mixup at TechNewsWorld.

Moral of the story? It’s probably best not to cite unpublished studies without actually reading them first.

Greenbang

  • A Google User

    January 13, 2009 #1 Author

    Hmmm….

    And I wonder how much is the carbon foot print of the false report and then the correction.

    We all need to get a life. Lets stop breathing – this ought to reduce the CO2 emmissions (you go first).

    cheers to all

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  • HostMDS

    February 18, 2010 #2 Author

    LOL..

    Caution before you speak or in the case write.

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