Computers and the Environment: Understanding and Managing their Impacts: Understanding and Managing Their Impacts

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R. Kuehr, Eric Williams
Springer Science & Business Media, 31. 10. 2003 - Počet stran: 285
Personal computers have made life convenient in many ways, but what about their impacts on the environment due to production, use and disposal? Manufacturing computers requires prodigious quantities of fossil fuels, toxic chemicals and water. Rapid improvements in performance mean we often buy a new machine every 1-3 years, which adds up to mountains of waste computers. How should societies respond to manage these environmental impacts?
This volume addresses the environmental impacts and management of computers through a set of analyses on issues ranging from environmental assessment, technologies for recycling, consumer behaviour, strategies of computer manufacturing firms, and government policies. One conclusion is that extending the lifespan of computers (e.g. through reselling) is an environmentally and economically effective strategy that deserves more attention from governments, firms and the general public.
 

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Computers and the EnvironmentAn Introduction
1
Information Technology Products and the Environment
17
Environmental Impacts in the Production of Personal
41
How the European Unions WEEE Directive Will Change
73
IBMs Environmental Management of Product Aspects
87
Energy Consumption and Personal Computers
131
PCs and ConsumersA Look at Green Demand Use
161
Strategizing the Endoflife Handling of Personal
183
Todays Markets for Used PCsAnd Ways to Enhance
197
Recycling Personal Computers
211
Operations of a Computer Equipment Resource Recovery
231
Review and Ways
253
Contributors
279
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