Henning Makholm February 5, 2013 12:12 PM

@Kirk: Trees used to make paper are farmed for that particular purpose. A falling demand for trees to pulp would lead to the land being used for something else — not trees being “saved” but the trees never existing in the first place.

If demand for paper falls too quickly for wood production to adjust, the now redundant trees are probably going to end up as fuel pellets instead. Again, not much of a “save”.

JohnJ February 5, 2013 12:44 PM

Sorry to continue the OT drift, but I do wonder at times about the relative resources used for print v. electronic consumption. Compare the energy expended to farm the trees, harvest, make & distribute paper, and print the report to the energy required to, for instance, mine the coal that’s burned to generate the power it takes to run a reasonable laptop or desktop PC long enough to read a 90-odd page academic report.

Both operations depend a lot on economies of scale to be cost effective, but I’m more interested in energy consumption v. actual cost.

At least with printing one can almost halve the resource requirements by duplexing.

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