,, cars do. Don't breath, you exhale green house gas. Move out in to the wilderness life off the land. Don't build any fires they give off green house gas. Am I extreme?? Not any more the Al Gores misleading movie.
At this point in time China is the BIG polluter and that is when most of this high tech stuff is made. If you want to help plant a lot of trees, they turn Co2 in to OXYGEN. John
Have there been any studies to validate whether or not the photographic community has made less of a negative impact on the environment as a result of the migration towards digital cameras?
At first glance, the answer might seem an obvious "yes" due to the lack of any chemical processes. But would it still be yes after all the energy consumed in making the processor chips, flash memory and Li-Ion batteries and the energy consumed in using the PC as a digital darkroom was factored in? I recently saw An Inconvenient Truth and have been re-examining how all facets of my life contribute to CO2 emissions. Most photographers honor nature with the images they create. I'm just hoping those same photographers are not inadvertently destroying the very thing that inspired them to pick up a camera in the first place.