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Google, eBay and the enviroment

CO2 Emissions are the number one reason for the global warming, and the U.S. are by far one of the biggest CO2 emitters in the whole world! Now we internet geeks may think we´re the good guys, not responsible for any of those emissions, but think again…

As you probably remember, back in Jan of 2007, Mark Ontkush discovered how Google could save an astonishing 750 megawatt-hours per year just by making it’s background black
So Google could save over 72 tons of CO2 emissions per month if they would just change their background from white to black!

Now it seems Rolf Kersten, an engineer who uses Google and saved our world from evil spidermans, has found a similar fact in regards to EBay.
Every single auction on eBay needs as much energy as a 30-watt lightbulb burning for one hour! Which means, that every eBay auction is responsible for 0.5 ounces of CO2 emissions!
How do you get that number? Well, eBay has about 15.000 servers in computer centers. Every Server needs about 600 watt for operation and cooling. Now everey week, there are about 105 million auctions going on at eBay – do the math!

So, eBay is responsible for over 1.783 tons of CO2 emissions a week!

CO2 Emissions
Is it time to introduce a “Enviromentally friendly” seal for websites? :-)

6 Comments on "Google, eBay and the enviroment"

  1. Das Siegel gibt es schon. Also zumindest ein Siegel, wenn die Website mit Ökostrom betreiben wird. Hier zu sehen: http://www.kein-atomstrom.de/wechseln.html (rechte Spalte, Mitte)

  2. brodie sagt:

    CO2 emmissions are the number one reason for global warming? Where did you get that from? What’s the source? There is absolutely no way to prove that. Water vapor is the biggest greenhouse gas in our atmosphere.

    I like the overall point tho. I it is always good to polute less, and we doo need to keep the debate alive in order to fund more research.

    Good job

  3. jan sagt:

    somewhere i read about the co2 emission per one google search that was amazingly high. can’t find that figure.

    @brodie

    yes good bullshit argument to keep on driving that SUV that you just purchased. Cow farts are a big problem as well. blah, blah.

  4. brodie sagt:

    no i am very against SUV’s especially when people drive them for status and not because they need to. I am talking about more research toward alternative energy, and ways to decrease our energy usage. Ways like this are awesome and great ideas.

    Thanks @jan

  5. mad sagt:

    at least some seos like brodie and me don’t buy into the global warming scam. good to read your lines @brodie!

    without CO2 all plants would DIE! think before you write or adopt an agenda you know nothing about.

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