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Re: Which one would be the less environment-damaging way to read papers?
I would say reading it from the computer is preferable, because
producing paper also involves using fossil fuel not just for
manufacturing but for transporting the lumber and the finished product
around, plus a much greater use of water and industrial chemicals for
milling the paper itself, producing the ink, etc. Harvesting and
preparing the raw materials for paper is a whole set of fuel-dependent
processes that reading from a computer lacks (except for its own
initial manufacture, but that's a very different sort of investment).