Sciencebeta posts research news in neuroscience, psychology and health sciences. I like to keep current on these topics, but if you’re following along, that’s great too.
This website carries no advertising1, has no direct funding from grants, government organizations, pharmaceutical companies, other big businesses, universities, or foundations.
You might be wondering why this website looks so plain. It was designed be fast-loading, and for distraction-free reading. Another reason is that I want to contribute to a more sustainable web.
The Internet does use a lot of electricity. Producing electricity, for the most part, involves burning fossil fuels- in turn that means that the Internet’s carbon footprint may have already eclipsed global air travel.
One website, of course, can’t make much of a difference. Still, it’s a start, and I feel better about creating webpages now that I have a lower carbon footprint than 96% of all sites2.
Here is a screenshot detailing the energy consumption of viewing a typical page on this site as measured by Website Carbon – a calculator that tells you how big the carbon footprint of a website is:
Note: Content on this website is for information only. It is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice.
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Benchmarking a couple of other science news websites, Medicalxpress.com has produces 3.79 g of CO2 per page view, ScienceDaily 1.35 g, ScientificAmerican.com 3.90 g, and QuantaMagazine.org 6.67g. (Over a year, with 10,000 monthly page views, QuantaMagazine.org produces 801kg of CO2 equivalent, the same weight as 5 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 108,470 cups of tea, according to WebsiteCarbon.com) ↩︎