Smartphones slam the planet

The carbon emission impact of the information and communications industry is get larger. While the likes of desktops, laptops, smartphones and servers accounted for 1% of greenhouse gas contributions in 2007, that figure is now up threefold and set to go past 14% by 2040 – which is around half of the current relative contribution of the entire transportation sector – according to researchers at McMaster University.

And mobile phones are becoming really bad news.

“Our study also highlights the contribution of smartphones and shows that by 2020, the footprint of smartphones alone would surpass the individual contribution of desktops, laptops and displays,” the researchers add.

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