Environmental impacts of the computer age.
Computers also account for an estimated 5 percent of U.S. electricity use (SN: 3/20/93, p. 186). According to Young, meeting that power demand results not only in the generation of millions of tons of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), but also in the emission of thousands of tons of nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides - the principal precursors of acid rain.
Finally, personal computer owners frequently mothball obsolete computers long before they actually wear out. Such PCs could be recycled. Young points to a German ordinance due to take effect early next year that will require computer makers to take back old machines at the end of their useful lives. This, he says, will "compel manufacturers to design computer components for upgradability or reuse."
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|Date:||Oct 2, 1993|
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