Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2007 19:19 UTC, submitted by DevL
Apple Steve Jobs writes about Apple's efforts to become a more enironmental friendly company. "Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products. Upon investigating Apple's current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well." Among other things, Apple will introduce LEDs in displays to Macs this year.
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MyPod
by orfanum on Thu 3rd May 2007 06:31 UTC
orfanum
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2006-06-02

I am ordering my low-carbon footprint escape pod now...

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RE: MyPod
by orfanum on Fri 4th May 2007 12:29 in reply to "MyPod"
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2006-06-02

For the love of Pete, have a sense of humour!

A lot of this discussion has been on decidedly dodgy pseudo-Malthusian lines, and the real issue is not the planet but people: if you want to be properly serious about all this, take a look at the purely human side:

http://www.cafod.org.uk/news_and_events/news/computer_factory_sweat...

if anyone has more recent information on this aspect of computer production (since even computers that are environmentally neutral in the end will still be causing misery if the production environment itself is bad for the human beings involved) please share.

There was a general article in yesterday's Independent (UK) on similar lines about the treatment of workers in China by Johann Hiri: We shop until Chinese workers drop (you may be able to get an online version of the piece still by Googling it - but your mileage on access may vary, it just timed out on me).

And as to giving up computers entirely, I recall an Arthur C. Clarke (hardly a technophobe) story about how the re-introduction of the abacus rescued a deep-space crew whose navigation computer had gone awry...maybe there's a real point there somewhere (the short was in the collection 'Of Time and Stars' - I forget the title now, it may have been 'Into the Comet', which rings a faint bell after a quick search).

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