[Surfside] Environmental cost of a new PC

Jez Weston jezweston@yahoo.com
Mon, 11 Nov 2002 21:56:16 +0000 (GMT)


"Microchips may be small, but their impact on our world has been huge.
And this impact goes beyond the obvious effects of e-mail, cell phones
and electronic organizers: A new study shows that the "environmental
weight" of microchips far exceeds their small size."

"The results have crucial implications for the debate on
dematerialization  the concept that technological progress should lead
to radical reductions in the amount of materials and energy required to
produce goods. The microchip is often seen as the prime example of
dematerialization because of its high value and small size, but the new
findings suggest this might not be the case."

Best get back to living in mud huts then...

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-11/acs-ttp110502.php

but bugger, anyway.

Jez

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