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The Internet Will Save Billions of how to buy cialis Tons of Carbon

I love the Internet, no doubt about that. But I love the Earth too...good ol' Earth...making life possible. So when the Internet helps the Earth...I love it. Which is why I started EcoGeek.

But it turns out that the Internet is doing a lot more than just helping get the buy canadian levitra online word out about environmental problems and the best site cialis delivered overnight solutions. It is, itself, an environmental solution.

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A new report from the American Consumer Institute has calculated the current and future effects that broadband Internet will have on our carbon emissions. The resulting numbers are staggering. In the next 10 years, ACI reports that the world will save roughly 1 BILLION tons of carbon in the next ten years by operating on the Internet.

The trends break down like this:

  • E-Commerce will reduce emissions by 200 M tons
  • Telecommuting will prevent 250 tons of carbon emissions from reduced driving, 30 tons from reduced office construction and 300 tons of energy savings
  • Teleconferencing could prevent 200 M tons of carbon emissions (if it replaces 10% of face-to-face meetings.)
  • Shifting newspaper from print to digital could save 60 M tons of carbon
  • Digitally shipping other goods, such as music, movies and books would also contribute.

Rock on, Internet! Well the full report here (pdf).

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Why do we care?
written by Denise 'Money Making Machine' Maine, December 03, 2007
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written by Jen, December 03, 2007
Hmmm... "why do/should we care about carbon"? Where have you been living???!!!

All the CO2 we release into the atmosphere is leading to global warming. This will have major, mostly negative, impacts on the earth. It's not something we necessarily have to "fear", we just have to deal with it. Relying on things like the internet rather than face-to-face or paper oriented situations, is one way we can deal.

And yes, the world will end... one day. It is inevitable, but frankly... I'd like to breathe for as long as possible. Oh, and it's quite easy to have fun, do what you want, and be environmentally friendly...

And... this is the wrong site to comment on if you don't care about the environment...
I agree
written by Rita, December 03, 2007
with Jen. Why shouldn't we care? And seriously, people who don't give a damn about something always tend to flock to places where those who do care thrive. What is with that.

I'm glad the internet is doing it's part. Over the womans viagra years I have noticed much of my communication and consumer related needs have shifted over to eco-friendly gracefully by utilizing the internet. I never liked buying digital music but now it makes so much more sense. Skype and Stickam are the greatest solutions to video and cheap viagra paypal phone conferencing. I also don't remember the last time I purchased a newspaper. Granted using our computers themselves is using energy and releasing carbon but at the same time it's nice to have everything compacted into one device.
Emissions vs Packaging?
written by Matt, December 03, 2007
Clearly emissions must be lower with e-commerce. First off, instead of a two way trip to the store, deliveries are only one way. And of course, shipping companies are about a billion times more efficient than you or I in our cars filled at 5% capacity.

But what about the physical waste produced by e-commerce. For example, when a publisher ships books to a brick and mortar store, they shipped 20-30 books efficiently in a single box. However, when I order a book from Amazon, I get my book wrapped in almost the same amount of cardboard and plastic as that shipment to the B&M store. I know most larger stores recycle their packaging cardboard; I, however, lives in backward-Philly where I can only recycle glass and aluminum.

Plus, sometimes it is nice to actually interact with people...

So I guess the morals of the story are:

1) Environmental accounting makes my head spin
2) Philadelphia's recycling program is embarrassing
3) People are good
The Internet also produces lots of carbo
written by Bill, December 03, 2007
Ok, I believe the gist of this article, but add back the amount of carbon produced by all the servers running the Internet. LOTS of articles recently about this...some here on ecogeek?
Agree with above poster
written by Mark @ TalkClimateChange, December 03, 2007
I only had the briefest of skims through the document, but didn't see anything about the massive energy requirements of data centers, and the 1 billion PCs in the world, and my cable modem and wireless router which stay switched on 24x7 because I can't be bothered to scrabble around behind the only for you discount generic cialis TV every night. Then there is the Co2 produced by the entire computer manufacturing industry, the office buildings full of programmers etc etc etc.

I'm sure that is probably a net saving, and I think that the Internet is the most wonderful invention, and it has the potential to buy ultram without no prescription considerable easy the burden of Co2 reduction, but it just goes to show that climate change / Co2 related arguments are always more complex that one might think..
Now wait a second
written by Karsten, December 03, 2007
Fair and square, the internet is doing its share. The energy and pollution PER ITEM SOLD is down as a result.

Are consumption and recommended site cialis from mexico overall energy use and pollution related to those articles down? Because that is what really matters.

The internet is only an example of technology that COULD reduce the impact of cialis overnight delivery certain products. Nevertheless, the internet requires energy and if people buy more or spend their gained time with more polluting activities (traveling, snowmobiling, etc.) the internet has not done a darn thing.

It is great that one can shop with less impact, and do research with less energy. The big question though remains, is NOT SHOPPING better? Is the research done worth the time and energy? Sure, in the past it was much more difficult and time consuming to do research. Now we are able to find pictures and video of people doing dumb, disgusting, and destructive things in a jiffy. Is that real progress? Same with e-mail: Great to have the tool. I could not function as well as now without it. However, I would say 95% of messages sent could be eliminated without a real loss but with significant energy savings. The garbage that is sent and received via e-mail was not sent through snail-mail. The numbers are just guesses. You get the point. The energy consumption per item may be down, but is the overall consumption PER PERSON up or down?

And I have not even mentioned the cheapest prices on propecia energy required for equipment and its manufacturing plus constant replacement because it is out-of-date so quickly and ordering levitra overnight delivery the hazardous waste issues in connection with consumer electronics. Where can we find that amount of energy and carbon emission in the equation?

I am a big proponent of using the internet in many instances. But it is a tool that can be used wisely for the things that are necessary, or it can be used wastefully. It is the user that matters, not the tool he/she uses.

BTW, the site below is wind-powered. Probably better, but not perfect.

Good thing we have guys like Al
written by Henry, December 03, 2007
I recall that Al Gore invented the internet! Awesome job Al.
written by Andrew, December 03, 2007
do you even know how much your compute, monitor, router, and modem use. what about the severs?
written by Derrick, December 03, 2007
Does that take into account the emissions generated by all the server farms? Just google alone uses an estimated 20 megawatts to power their server farms...
written by Luke, December 03, 2007
Well, those things go down, but other things will go up. How does one get on the internet? Well you need computers. Coal, oil, natural gas all make computers, and get products from point A to point B. Landfills will receive more toxic computers. More computers will be bought consuming ever more energy that 60% still comes from the worst pollutant of all, coal.

Plus the internet is made up of hundreds of thousands of servers and supercomputers that only grow daily that eat tons of electricity compared to household computers.

It will cut down on a lot of cialis online in us things, but many other things will increase that will just end up balancing the levitra 100mg scales.
written by eng, December 03, 2007
God, some people are morons. Got a degree in physics? Chemistry? Do you have any idea what you're talking about? No. You just parrot stuff you hear, with no knowledge of what you're talking about. You enjoy being frightened. Newsflash: this is a huge scam. Buy your carbon offsets, ride a bike, feel good in your idiocy.
Net Lies
written by slag, December 03, 2007
I also question whether there is, indeed, a significant net decrease in carbon emissions here (pun intended).

And will the lie that Al Gore claimed to have invented the internet ever die? Dude, when snopes pwns you, you know you've got old news:
No it wont
written by Pick Up Artist 4 life, December 03, 2007
I've been lied to enough about helping the Earth (i.e. Recycling and PETA). It's just a joke. It's a way for big business to make more money.

Just live your life and have fun. Don't worry about anything.

The Earth is billions of years old. It'll be billions of years older.



Enrich your life ->
Internet is very useful
written by I'mINurInternetzStealinUrDataz, December 04, 2007
The internet is for porn! :)
written by Daniel Diaz-Luong, December 04, 2007
I think this is wonderful. I think many people new the internet had the ability to replace current, outdated, methods doing things, such as telecommuting; but the fact that it will help save our environment and maintain our productivity is great!
written by Myztry, December 04, 2007
Computers/Internet/Communications are also causing a shift into nighttime living. Where the lack of daytime light and warmth needs to be supplemented by using more energy.
Petrol stations, grocery stores, food shops, etc stay open lit up like brothels to cater for a barely viable trade. Trains run at partial capacity so the few aren't left stranded.
A whole new system of energy inefficiencies arise due to technology workers.
written by Ike, December 04, 2007
This is great news! I'm printing out 10,000 copies of this article and mailing it to my friends!
Keep our computer use in perspective...
written by Richie Paine, December 04, 2007
The development of computer technology has a very toxic and get levitra online generally destructive legacy. This is why San Jose in the Silicon Valley has one of the most polluted water tables. And, for all the good computers do by helping people spread good information... they do an incredible amount of harm in the hands of corporate/military scientists. The improvements to war, strip-mining, sweatshops, etc. IMHO offsets most of the good that could be done by any radical types.
ahem... this article need to be throrou
written by Richie Paine, December 04, 2007
Anyway... as technology advances it is not unreasonable to expect that more dangerous forms will be developed and made easier to use. I also suggest that computers facilitate consumerism rather than stem it. They create wealth and present an outlet for more people to shop. Increased marketing ability, production efficiency, transportation logistics, etc. Others have already addressed the next day levitra manufacturing costs you left out -- and then you can add in all the peripheral items that are used hand in hand with these machines, printers, keyboards, etc. Much of this stuff ends up in the landfill.
needed rather -- although techno-critiqu
written by Richie Paine, December 04, 2007
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written by Richard McCoy, December 07, 2007
Some interesting and some daft responses, for example the adoration of Al Gore as the Godhead of the environmental movement makes me nervous as I never wholly trust the motives of any politician and I am old enough to remember his families involvement in the PRMC and the harm that has done to freedom (google it). Plus I truly believe that the answer to these issues isn't in some celeb or leader but in fact in a ground swell of only today purchasing cialis communities choosing to make a difference, and that is why the internet is so powerful in that it can serve to unite geographically diverse but ideological neighbours. But the focus must always be on the issues that effect us and not at creating eco-celebs and allowing them to usurp the cialis cheapest issue for there own political and personal gain, but if it helps to solve the issue and unite and inform an otherwise distracted majority then I'll bite my lip and put up with it.
Got a bit dizzy with all the comments pe
written by Marianna, December 20, 2007
Well, i guess you are all much more informed than i am! However i'd like to share with you one quote that we have here in Greece!
" Metron Ariston", "Μέτρον Άριστον"

Meaning that we should do everything with a measure, if you understand what i mean!

Internet has been a great help for the environment! I am not a scientist but even if lots of energy is spent to send an email, for sure paper, pen ink, stamps, gasoline to transport these letters to destinations etc. would be spent if we still followed the traditional way of mailing.

Google, sure, consumes a lot of energy and Silicon Valley is polluting and polluted. On the other hand have you heard about the great energy plan that Google is up to? Huge company, huge waste, huge effort!!

Everything is linked to each other, it's a chain!

The easiest think we can do is to recycle, make a small effort for the protection of the environment, which is not at all difficult,stop beeing lazy and most of all give the right education to our children.(im 22 years old, no children yet but for sure i'll do it)
They are the future and they will act according to the values WE'll give to them!

And to the people that just want to have fun and cialis soft order don't care i would just advise them to wake up from their #### reality and realise that food, water, shelter were, are and will always be our only basic needs.
So if you don't care about your shelter, the Earth, shut up and care cause it's my shelter too and i don't want ignorant and selfish people pollute my back yard!
internet wonder
written by Online BackGammon, February 12, 2008
The Internet itself is not an ecological solution to the enviroment because of one simple issue: it does not use natural solutions to reduce the pollution factors. The internet is like a coin: has two sides and not all aspects create positive effects.[ex:porno industry]

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