Are We Killing The Planet One Google Search At A Time?

From the Washington Post, Sunday, January 11, 2009; 11:30 AM

Jason Kincaid has written a brief description of relative carbon costs of common activities in comparison with a search using the Google search engine.
It serves as a reponse to Alex Wissner Gross, in the Times of London, where he proposes that a Google search produces 7 grams of carbon, whereas Google says only .2 grams

Can Google Spiders find EPA-archived Documents?

Marydee Ojala. Information Today. Medford: Jul/Aug 2007. Vol. 24, Iss. 7; pg. 13, 1 pgs

To read all of her article, click here.

Mike Flynn, deputy director of the Office of Information Analysis & Access at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was a guest at SLAs Public Policy Update session at the SLAAnnual Conference in June in Denver.

The following excerpt expresses a concern about the “accessibility”/”findability” of the EPA documents archived online:

“It’s a key strategy of the EPA, said Flynn, to put more documents relevant to the topic online. Will Google be able to find EPA-archived documents, or will they be protected by a robots. txt file? Flynn gamely admitted his ignorance about robots.txt files and thought Google could find EPA documents, but knowledgeable librarians in the audience were skeptical. Is EPA a closed system? Are there opportunities to work with U.N. initiatives to open up EPA information to the world? Flynn’s answers weren’t the epitome of clarity, although he opted for openness.”
– Marydee Ojala