Can a Teleconference Save the Planet?
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  • Kris

    “Hint for young greens…”

    And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.

  • a nissen

    Designer Fashion Shows too says today’s WSJ.

  • Anthony

    “Teleconferencing has become a commom work feature of the modern work environment…. Get into tech and work on hardware and software….” They (the innovative young) may not improve the conditions for life (sustainability) but their bankrolls and commercial productivity will probably expand WRM.

  • Anthony

    Misquote @1 of WRM needs correction: “…commonplace feature….”

  • Richard Treitel

    Better yet, develop immersive telecommuting environments that get a few million cars off the roads instead of a few dozen planes out of the skies. When I can do the equivalent of walking over to someone’s desk and tapping them on the shoulder without needing to physically leave my living room, and when my supervisor can do the same to me without leaving his (yes, that’s the downside), the company will be a lot less insistent about me being physically present.

    Imagine a world with less road congestion, fewer mass-transit pork projects, less road rage, fewer speeding tickets, smaller parking lots, less smog … oh, and cheaper oil as demand drops instead of rising.

  • WigWag

    More teleconferences and telecommuting=less need for high speed trains.

  • Well, you can’t beat in person, but I get a lot of emotional contact with my family from 13,000 miles away in Perth Western Australia via Skype. I’d say it reduces the ‘tyranny of distance’ by at least half even in the personal realm.

  • Jim.

    Best thing about this– people can live where they like, instead of being stuffed into an overpriced rabbit hutch in a city. Businesses can locate where they like, instead of being forced to choose between one or two of the (ever-changing) “best” overcrowded and overpriced urban disaster areas.

    Upsides all round. 🙂

  • Where to start! Teleconferencing in itself will save millions of trees in just one year. It will also save millions of gallons of fuel each year since participants don’t have to travel.

    We often forget that new technology often breaks down some of the more expensive traditions – for example, having a piece of paper for everything – now we store things digitally online.

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