Smartphones Stipulate Deleterious Consequences On Our Globe Subsequently We Deem.

The entire world is aware of the fact that while we are enjoying our lives in comfort and luxuries of fancy gadgets, we are getting closer to the destruction. But do you know that the end of the world could be much nearer than we think? According to a recent study, the amount of carbon footprint released from the smartphones could destroy our planet at an alarming pace. This study was made by analyzing the carbon impact of the entire ICT (Information and Communication Industry) from 2010 to 2020. This industry includes smartphones, PCs, laptops, servers, printers, monitors, etc. Scholars at McMaster university conducted this research and published the results in the Cleaner Production Journal.

Results from the study

The results from this study were quite concerning. ICT was accounted for only 1% of the total carbon footprint in the year 2007. And now, this figure is increasing rapidly. It has already doubled and tripled and is estimated to surpass 14% by 2040. This figure could be considered as half of the total carbon impact made by entire transportation industry around the world. When you purchase a new smartphone, you consume energy that is equal to recharging and operating your old smartphone for ten years. So, the next time when you think of purchasing a brand new smartphone with the latest technologies dumping your old phone, you may think twice.

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So, what is the major reason behind this increasing rate of carbon impact?

For manufacturing a new smartphone, the mining of some rare minerals is done. It is essential to mine these rare minerals for production. This could be considered as 85% – 95% of the phone’s total CO2 emissions throughout its average lifespan of 2 years. Another finding from this study was that smartphones with a larger screen size emits more carbon footprint than the smaller ones. Apple has too revealed the fact publicly that generating iPhone 7 Plus creates approximately 10% more CO2 than the iPhone 6s. Some researchers has predicted that the future seems not to be good with IOT (Internet Of Things) filling our lives with more devices.

If the supporting infrastructure for IOT and ICT moves quickly to 100% renewable power, the global emissions of CO2 could be reduced. It is social and moral responsibility of each and every individual to protect the environment. We cannot simply point out one individual or company for carbon footprint, but we can make a huge impact by using our old smartphones for a year or two and reducing our own carbon footprint.

Disclaimer: This information is covered based on the latest research and development available. However, it may not fully reflect all current aspects of the subject matter.

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