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Global warming supercomputer emits as much CO2 as 2,400 homes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 5:18pm MDT
The polar bears won't be happy!  New UK climate change computer emits as much CO2 as 2,400 homes.

The polar bears won't be happy! New UK climate change computer emits as much CO2 as 2,400 homes.

In a bit of an embarrassment for the UK Met Office (the equivalent to our National Weather Service), it was discovered that a new supercomputer they have to calculate the effects of climate change emits 14,400 tons of CO2 a year. As reported by TimesOnline, that is the same amount of CO2 that 2,400 homes emit in an entire year.

The Met Office has justified the use of the super-polluting computer saying that the work done on it saves more CO2 than it uses. The Met Office Director of Science and Technology is quoted as saying, “We recognize that running such massive computers consumes huge amounts of power and that our actions in weather and climate prediction, like all our actions, have an impact on the environment. We will be taking actions to minimize this impact.” At a cost of £33m ($45 million USD), the new computer isn’t cheap either!

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