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Dead trees or pixels?

Monday, April 23, 2007

Some tout the electronic age as a greening tool that replaced snail mail with e-mail, saving trees and gasoline while improving efficiency in business, government, and in our personal lives.

But just how much have computers lessened our ecological footprints? EWG's Dusty Horwitt found that per capita paper consumption continued to increase after the rise of the digital lifestyle. He also notes that “electronic news uses more energy – and traditional means of delivery use less – than most people would assume.”

Read Dusty's op-ed in The Baltimore Sun: Has the environment really benefited from 'paperless' Internet age?

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