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    But that's the point--Apple really is making good on their promise; they started doing so shortly after (surprise, surprise) Al Gore joined their board of directors.

    Of course, everything is a trade-off. Dumping CRTs in favor of LCDs meant 1/5 the physical materials, 1/5 the transporation fuel, 1/3 the packaging materials, etc...but it also meant using more exotic, toxic materials such as beryllium, chromium and antimony.

    On the other hand, the more information that iPads, iPhones etc. move online, the less need for physical materials. I'm no fan of eBooks myself (I'll always prefer to curl up with an actual paper book than a Kindle), but the electricity needed to download and display a 300 page book on an iPad for a few hours is, I would imagine, far less than the carbon footprint needed to chop down a tree, process the wood pulp into paper, run it through a printing press, bind it and ship it to a bookstore. Hard to say, really.

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      hope that their answers prove to be universally great. And I readily admit both that this is not really their responsibility, and much to ask of any profit driven enterprise.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:27:39 PM PDT

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