How much Carbon Dioxide do Computers Emit?

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The environmental impact of air travel has gained much attention as of late.  For example, Ohio Wesleyan is investigating joining the University President’s Initiative on Climate which would require paying for offsets for all university related air travel.

But what about all those computers? They too have a significant impact on the environment, on par with air travel as it turns out, according to a new study. Computing Climate Change reviews a new study looking at the environmental impact of computers.

A potential topic for course projects.

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