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Special Report: Are Computers Destroying The Earth?

Are computers and their electronic cohorts -- cell phones, PDAs, media players, and so on -- good or bad for the environment? It's a question that's likely to raise both tempers and voices. One person asserts that the benefits computers bring to humanity far outweigh the space they take up in our landfills, while another just as fervently contends that the waste from electronic equipment is doing so much damage to the earth that all our technological advances count for nothing.

Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, and in honor of the event, we've set freelance reporters Jennifer Maselli and Jennifer Bosavage to grapple over one of today's most important issues: the effect that technology has on our environment. Each writer will do her best to convince you why computers are saving the planet -- or wrecking it.

Once you've read their arguments, head on over to our reader poll and weigh in on the question: Are computers and technology good or bad for the environment?

If either article motivates you to do something about the situation, we have included a final page of tips on how you can embrace technology and be friendly to the environment at the same time.

To share your own tips or weigh in on the debate, please submit a comment to the blog Is Your PC EC?


Special Report: Are Computers Destroying The Earth?


•  Introduction

•  Computers Don't Pollute -- People Do

•  Don't Kid Yourself -- E-Waste Is Evil


•  How You Can Make A Difference

•  Vote: Are Computers Good Or Bad For The Environment?

Computers Don't Pollute -- People Do
By Jennifer Maselli

On deadline (okay, past deadline), I've situated myself and my laptop outside in the yard, where I'm enjoying the unseasonably warm, 74-degree weather as I type my thoughts on computers and the environment. Are computers good for the environment? The answer quite simply is yes.

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