Author: David Marinelli

In the early 1990s, diesel fuel was promoted as the environmentally friendly choice for passenger cars as diesel engines use less fuel to match the performance of a petrol engine. Diesel, however, contains more pollutants than petrol. At the time, policymakers justified their acquiescence, and industry its actions, by claiming a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The impact of the other toxic diesel emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, nitrogen dioxide, nitrous oxide and nitric oxide, were ignored. The 2015 scandal exposed diesel car manufacturers that had been installing software, called ‘defeat devices’, in millions of diesel-powered cars to…

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Personal digital devices are likely to impact our mental and physical health. It is the ICT industry that is pushing digital technology. Digital is neither green nor nature-friendly. It has a carbon footprint equivalent to that of the aviation industry. It also creates a huge waste management problem. It is extraordinary that the EU Green Deal has been coupled with digital technology. It betrays a fundamental ignorance of the problem. Global warming is happening because of multinational industries’ overexploitation of nature. The amoral ICT industry is no exception. Science is pointing to other more personal concerns. Michael Rich, associate professor…

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