The Environmental Impact of Google Searches

Physicist Alex Wissner-Gross says that performing two Google searches uses up as much energy as boiling the kettle for a cup of tea. Therefore while millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 whilst boiling a kettle generates about 15g.

Google has responded to this saying that it's inaccurate. Their math works out to 1,000 Google searches using as much CO2 as an average car driving 0.6 miles. Read more