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Avatars leave large footprint


Maintaining a character (or avatar as they are known) on the virtual reality site Second Life requires about 1,752 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

That’s apparently about as much as the average Brazilian uses in a year.

This according to  author Nicholas Carr, who is cited in a London Times article about the carbon footprint of Google-searching the Web and other Internet-based activities.

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