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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Appliances on standby pump 1 million tons of carbon into atmosphere

    According to this article, from today's Independent, 1 million tons of carbon dioxide are pumped into the atmosphere when we leave appliances in standby mode:

    Gadgets apparently turned off, but with their standby lights illuminated, are a little-recognised but significant contributor to global warming, figures released yesterday show. Each year they waste enough electricity to power a city the size of Birmingham for a year or keep Britain's street lights burning for four years, and are a major contributor to the emissions which are polluting the atmosphere. Millions of "sleeping" video recorders, set-top boxes, washing machines and radios in homes and offices accounted for one million tons of carbon emissions, approaching 1 per cent of the nation's total.
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