[LINK] Online shopping may not reduce carbon emissions
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Tue Sep 21 16:43:04 EST 2010
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"A new report from Newcastle University says that online shopping and
telecommuting could be having the opposite effect on the environment than
intended. Instead of reducing carbon emissions these activities may
actually be increasing them.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) at Newcastle released
the report that looked at the "rebound effect" of practices that are
supposed to be green.
The study found that environmental savings can be achieved if online
shopping replaces 3.5 traditional shopping trips, or if 25 orders are
delivered at the same time, or, if the distance travelled to where the
purchase is made is more than 50km (31 miles)."
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