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What is the carbon footprint of the internet?

Adam Tinworth looks at a shelf of magazines published by his employer and wonders if the “slow death of the published magazine at the hands of the internet might not be a good thing, at least in terms of the environment.”

His thought was prompted by a report that deforestation is responsible for more global warming than air travel. But then he wonders if all the energy needed to sustain online communication could be more damaging than print publishing.

Good question. What is the carbon footprint of the internet?

Later: Martin Stabe has also posted on this. He has some interesting information on the printing industry and gives the carbon emissions for one copy of the Daily Mirror as 174g of CO2.

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  1. meme says

    Funny, I just googled the same question and found this page. Any leads?

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  4. One Man & His Blog says

    Both Martin Stabe and Wordblog picked up on my post last week musing on the relative environmental impact of print against online publishing. Posted by Adam in Publishing on February 6, 2007 7:07 PM Permalink | Comments (0) |