Is Your Blog Carbon-Neutral?

According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems.

The Arbor Day foundation is planting trees in Spring 2010 to help neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions from blogs (they have actually already begun).  For every single one of the participating blogs, “Make it Green” and “Arbor Day Foundation” are planting a tree in Plumas National Forest, which was damaged from fire in 2007.  With your support, we are helping reforest Plumas National Forest with as much trees as possible. In the spring of 2010, Douglas-fir, red and white firs, and incense cedars will be planted alongside ponderosa pine and sugar pine trees. These new trees will help prevent soot and soil runoff into Plumas’ precious water supplies.

I can’t imagine that my blog gets 15,000 visits a year, much less in a month… but planting trees can only improve the environment that I help pollute in other ways and allow more people to be thankful for green.  If you would like to join in, see for more information.  (Some information from that site was copied for this post as well).

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by nexi on April 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I noticed one comment recently that indicated that two searches use the same amount of energy as boiling one cup of tea. I’ve recently loaded the blog stats widget – wordpress, and was surprised to find that recent posts on volcano activity attracted in the order of 300 visits a day at peak on main blog, (star led seers).


  2. I finally got my computer back so I was able to link over to this site and make my blog neutral too! Thanks for the reminder 🙂


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