The energy of an Internet search

Websurfing has a bigger footprint than you might think

By Alexandra Ossola, 19:07 PM December 15, 2010

The energy of an Internet search. Credit Shutterstock

Typing the word “pizza” into your favorite search engine may seem harmless enough. But you may not know that, with this simple act, you’re sending information to possibly hundreds of machines located possibly thousands of miles from where you sit. Each machine that search encounters on its journey uses energy. Because so many people are always searching at the same time all over the world, that energy can really add up.

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