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Global Warming Dilemma

Wed, 30th January 2008, 01:10

Global Warming Scenario One

One computer left on 24 hours a day will cost you $115 - 160 in electricity costs a year and dump 1,500 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. A tree absorbs between 3-15 lbs of CO2 each year. That means that 100-500 trees would be needed to offset the yearly emissions of one computer left on all the time!

On a larger scale, if each household in the metro Boston area turned off their computer just one additional hour per day, we could save $3.2 million in electricity costs and prevent 19,000 tons of CO2 from heating the atmosphere. If businesses and universities were included, the savings could be much greater.(TUFTS CLIMATE INITIATIVE) Not Cool

Global Warming ScenarioTwo

Climate Prediction is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. To do this, they need people around the world to give them time on their computers - time when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity. It will run automatically as a background process on your computer whenever you switch your computer on. It should not affect any other tasks you use your computer for. As the model runs, you can watch the weather patterns on your, unique, version of the world evolve. The results are sent back to them via the Internet, and you will be able to see a summary of your results on Climate Prediction dot NET. You can download the program there. Not Cool but you can watch us fry