If You Watch This Video, You Will Help Destroy the Planet a Little Bit More

Did you know that every second of video you watch puts 0.2 grams of CO2 in the atmosphere? Only counting YouTube, with 2 billion videos watched every day at a conservative 10 seconds each, that's 4,000 tonnes.

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It just goes downhill from there. This animated infographic—created by Dan Ilic and designed by Patrick Clair—shows our internet consumption is kind of dirty, as harmless as it may seem. But before you scream that cats and Rick Astley are destroying us, keep in mind that this is nothing compared to most other industries. In fact, I would argue that, despite the senseless dumb videos and lolcat watching, the environmental cost/benefit ratio of the internet is extremely positive for humans. Perhaps the most positive ever in our history as species. If you don't count wine and beer, I mean.

Cats and Rick Astley may still destroy the planet, though. But not with YouTube videos. Their evil plan is another. [Thanks Lisa!]

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Fail statistics.

You shouldn't measure the CO2, you should measure the electricity, then the amount of CO2 the source is releasing.

Supposedly, one Google search (If I remember right) uses about 7g of electricity. About half of what a kettle uses. (If I remember right...)

But what if the servers you request that data from are using green alternatives? Exactly. We can't say that a Google search is releasing about, whatever grams of CO2. Because some of their servers are greener.

I disagree with this. Besides, there isn't just one YouTube server/data centre...or at least I doubt there's only one. These videos are being watched from loads of different places, all of which are using different sources of electricity.

Unless this guy has researched it* thoroughly**, I think we should say about 3,000 tons a day.

*The only thing I researched was the 7grams bit...I actually just stumbled upon it anyway.

**In fact, most of this is probably propaganda.