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Google And Intel Support Green Computing Initiative

The BBC reports that Google and Intel have shown support for a scheme that aims to significantly reduce CO2 emissions:

The scheme is expected to cut emissions by 54 million tonnes a year – equal to 11 million cars or 20 coal-fired power plants, company officials say.

Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft have all signed up to the campaign.

Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry.

We too can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by adopting green computing. Some measures that you and I, as normal computer users, can adopt include:

  1. Shutting down and powering off our computers when we’re not using it
  2. Switching off the monitor when our workstations are unattended; leaving it on standby still consumes electricity
  3. Enable power saving mode for desktops and laptops
  4. If you’re looking to replace that old CRT monitor of yours, purchase an LCD monitor. It might be slightly more expensive, but it consumes much less electricity
  5. Avoid overclocking your computer as this practice is not only potentially unsafe, it also makes your CPU work extra hard; thus consuming more power

Remember, taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility; not just big corporations like Google and Intel.

Lenovo’s Products Are The Most Eco-Friendliest Says Greenpeace

Our favourite tree huggers have proclaimed Lenovo to be the most eco-friendly electronics firm, as reported by the BBC. On a related note; Apple Inc. was pissed that they only scored 2.7 out of 10 on the said Greenpeace report.

Who would have thought that an organisation which prides itself in producing hip and fashionable products like the accursed iPod could rank so low? Unsuprisingly, Apple had this to say (quoting the BBC article):

In response, Apple said in a statement: “We disagree with Greenpeace’s rating and the criteria.”

The company added: “Apple has a strong environmental track record and has led the industry in restricting and banning toxic substances such as mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, as well as many brominated flame retardants.”

Well, that’s what they think… obviously Greenpeace doesn’t agree 🙂