This isn’t new news, but it came out of comments to another post. Weight for weight, the average computer chip does more harm to the environment than the car.
A team at the United Nations University in Tokyo found that to make one 2-gram memory chip requires:
- 1.6kg of fossil fuel
- 72g of chemicals
- 32kg of water
That last one truly scares me — especially as I’m guessing the water has to be pure to wash microscopic components.