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    Plane Speaking: www.flysmart.org launches

    Catherine Mack's regular column in the Irish Times has featured www.flysmart.org “One excellent website for those of us who have to fly sometimes, but who want to do so more responsibly, is www.flysmart.org. It provides some good tips, the top one being, ironically, ?take a train when possible?. A ‘smart flyer? can travel more carbon efficiently by going direct, taking minimum baggage and choosing a carbon-efficient airline. Unless you are a green plane spotter this is tricky, so the site provides a link to a carbon-friendly flight finder. This ingenious use of internet technology allows you to find your cheapest flight to a destination not only moneywise but also carbonwise.…

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    Mobile Phones – Interpretation & Marketing

    There has been talk for sometime of using mobile phones, Wi-Fi and GPS technology for interpretation and marketing. The new iPhone has a WhosHere function and it could be used for marketing or interpretation. You could send messages or call any mobile phone user passing by � but the technology is highly intrusive. Mathew Honan has written a very disturbing piece in Wired Magazine I Am Here: One Man's Experiment with the Location-Aware Lifestyle �The location-aware future�good, bad, and sleazy�is here. Thanks to the iPhone 3G and, to a lesser extent, Google's Android phone, millions of people are now walking around with a gizmo in their pocket that not only…

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    Airlines and the ICT industry globally each account for 2% of global GHGs

    Today’s Sunday Times  carried a report on work by Harvard University physicist Alex Wissner-Gross which asserts that two Google searches can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea. This is because of the way Google runs its international networks. The Sunday Times reports that an April 2007 report by industry analysts Gartner  have estimated the use of electricity by the ICT industry at 2% of global carbon dioxides emissions, similar to the amount produced by airlines.   Gartner published advice to the industry on how to reduce the environmental footprint of networks in December 2007 Virtual travel may not be as…

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