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Environmental alarms raised over home electronics

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I wouldn't worry. Peak Oil really means Peak Everything. So guess what? There isn't enough iridium and other exotic minerals on earth required to continue the manufacturing processess unabaited for another 30 years, let alone 10.

we might end up with a market of personal ore quotas so others can bid on our share or as part of the recycling process. If we're willing to part with it we can be compensated, if we want more then we have to pay someone's quota at the world market price.

That would at least be fair.

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The world would have to build around 200 new nuclear power plants just to power all the TVs, iPods, PCs and other home electronics expected to be plugged in by 2030 . . .

Or the world could start taking alternative energy sources more seriously, rather than lazily falling back on fossil fuel consumption and nuclear energy, which is just another environmental disaster waiting to happen.

Just a few weeks ago, AU introduced a cell phone that can be recharged with an attachable solar panel. Solar rechargers, once they become profitable enough, will be the future of energy production for humankind. It's just a matter of somehow wrestling the keys to the gate from the asshats in the oil industry who are content with milking the current status quo dry of every penny they can legally get at the detriment of all around them.

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Aren't new TVs and other electronics using less power than previous models? Or is the real problem related to overpopulation of humans buying stuff?

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OH PLEASE JUST SHUT UP ALREADY with all this doom and gloom that we are killing everything and just sell us your product already. This BS media circus claiming that we (HUMANS) are cooking this planet alive is really getting old. These same idiots were claiming in the '70's that we were heading for an ice age. So now all these reports about this damage we've done over the last 50-60 years forgets their own reports from just 30 years ago?

How about this try out what Germany has done with green energy and go from there. Everything else is just crap unless it's Scottish!

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^^ yes, new TV's are far more energy efficient then old tube TV's. Even large size 46 inch LCD TV's use less energy. This whole article is questionable. How does one go about measuring ONLY electricity used by portable electronics in random homes? Do they ask the power lines kindly? Power line whisperers? Yeah, it's not possible. Small electronics like an iphone use so little power it's not even worth talking about. Most of the small modern stuff is less then 12v, averaging around 5-9v and use very very little wattage, like less then 10 watts. Watts are used to measure power useage. So in reality, one standard 60 watt light bulb uses far more energy then an iphone, ipod, etc, combined.

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so much BS, so little time.

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You can make a home wind power source out of a bicycle wheel, car alternator, car batteries, pulley and belt assembly, and an inverter. If you have a good breeze where you live, you can power most of your daily electrical needs with a large enough inverter.

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[...] by 2030 ?

I would like to see the fortune teller license of these "experts".

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Man, when will these moronic environmental hypocrites just shut the hell up? What causes more environmental damage than anything is human reproduction. Funny thing is that it's the same brainless environmentalists who keep yapping about polar bears, that are donating to hungry in Africa who on their end keep reproducing more than any part in the world. I once saw the sign saying do not feed the birds because they will become more Dependant on your food and then become more aggressive and at the end may potentially affect local eco system. I agree, but I also think same applies to humans. I think we should stop worrying about what is politically correct and try to use our brains to understand common sense.

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very BS ish. my electricity bill has gone down with a flat screen tv and laptop instead of the old cathode ray behemoths. oh, and thats despite having more appliances now and double the number of people in the family.

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Hurry. 36,000 yen in 'eco-points' if you buy the biggest flat screen now.

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As for iPods, iPhones and the like, you can bet that they will continue to be developed to be as energy efficient as technologically possible. It isn't about being green, it's about battery life which consumers find very important.

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it doesn't matter about your own electrical uses as I'm sure they've gone down. Those uses will continue to go down, as each of you have said.

it's overpopulation that's growing by leaps and bounds but not in the West or Japan. It is to demand alone that the report is matching. We don't seem to realize that we are no longer pushing demand, and haven't for years. Sorry to burst your bubble.

However all of us only live on one earth. Much to many a surprise is in store well before 2030, more like 2015 or earlier. There is just not enough "stuff" for everyone to have a flat screen or a car or an ipod, even if you made them out of wood and 8-track tape.

funny enough, the USA has a population growth rate like a 3rd world country and will also suffer for it as the decades continue, less so in Japan.

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...since the population is falling

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Charge your iPod, kill a polar bear?

This just in, Sarah Palin is charging a dozen iPods. In a Helicopter.

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I'm not that gloomy about energy. Chemists and materials science guys work to produce/use cleaner and alternative energy, while the engineers make the gadgets more energy and environmentally efficient. I worry about the materials itself, and the countries that control them. For example, indium is a vital component of modern electronics (as indium tin oxide electrode), and it's controlled by China

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