ICT and Personal Living

The constant innovations of both existing and new information and communications technology have brought about the information age where the personal living of people in countries with good IT infrastructure is more than ever closely knitted to ICT. The following table presents the various forms of transitions, primarily from 'offline' to 'online' or from print to non-print:

Transitions

Traditional Trends

Emerging Trends

Impact on Environment

Reading Newspapers

  • Reduction in demand for print media would translate to lesser demand for paper.
  • Lesser processing of wood pulp, which saves trees and energy. The pulp and paper industry is the 5th largest consumer of energy, responsible for 4% of total energy use in the world.

Writing diaries in books

  • Reduced demand for paper thus fewer amount of energy is needed to manufacture paper.

Manual purchase of goods from shops

  • Paperless transactions save trees and bring down demand for energy as fuel in manufacturing plants.

Manual banking, billing

  • Internet banking, online billing at Government websites
  • Self-Service Automated Machine
    eg. SAM machine in Singapore which provides a variety of 24-hour services ranging from telecommunications, billing, postal to ticketing.

Automated and paperless transactions reduces paper usage, thus reducing need to process wood pulp.

  • Reduces need for travel, thus consuming less fuel for transportation.
Navigation Pane

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Climate Change

1.1
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1.3

Definition
Causes
1.2.1 Natural Factors
1.2.2 Human Factor
Impacts of Climate Change

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ICT as a Solution to Climate Change

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2.3

Achieving a Green Business through ICT
2.1.1     ICT in Manufacturing Sector
2.1.2     ICT in Transport Sector
2.1.3     ICT in Building Sector
2.1.4     ICT in Power Sector
2.1.5     Case Studies
Role of the Internet in Promoting Green Awareness
2.2.1     Government Websites
2.2.2     Other Internet Mediums
Other Spinoffs from the Advancement in ICT
2.3.1     Change in Working Styles
2.3.2     Change in Lifestyles
2.3.3     Change in Teaching and Learning Styles

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Limitations of ICT in Fighting Climate Change

3.1
3.2
3.3

Freedom of Expression
ICT's Two-fold Role
Inability of ICT to stand as an Independent Solution

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Ongoing Research and Development of ICT in fighting Climate Change

4.1
4.2
4.3

Symposium
Conference Talk
Progress

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Quotes on ICT and Climate Change

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Quotes

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References





References

  1. Heide Hackworth.(2008).Paper Production & The Environment.Retrieved on 14 November 2008 from http://www.earthgreetings.com.au/htm%20pages/environment/paper&environment.html