[linux-elitists] BBC: Computers 'must become greener'

James Morris jmorris@redhat.com
Sun Mar 7 16:21:31 PST 2004


Interesting story on a UN University study about computers and the
environment.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3541623.stm

[snippet]

 It found that manufacturing a 24kg PC with monitor needs at least 240kg 
 of fossil fuels to provide the energy, and 22kg of chemicals. Add to 
 that, 1.5 tonnes of water, and your desktop system has used up the weight 
 of a sports utility vehicle in materials before it even leaves the factory.

 Compare this with cars or refrigerators, which use only between one and 
 two times their weight in fossil fuels, and it is clear that making more 
 than 130 million computers worldwide has a significant impact. 

I don't see why any normal user would need a new computer these days.  
You can easily buy used brand name computers on online from the
manufacturer for as little 10% of the cost of a new machine.



- James
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