Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spam 'produces 17m tons of CO2'

A study into spam has blamed it for the production of more than 33bn kilowatt-hours of energy every year, enough to power more than 2.4m homes. 

The "Carbon Footprint of e-mail Spam Report" estimated that 62 trillion spam emails are sent globally every year. 

This amounted to emissions of more than 17 million tons of CO2, the research by climate consultants ICF International and anti-virus firm McAfee found. 

Searching for legitimate e-mails and deleting spam used some 80% of energy. More...

See also:

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  3. King of Spam; let him rot in jail!

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