U.S. workplaces continue to plow through paper

This entry is the second in a series on innovations in the climate and energy world.


Weren’t we supposed to be working in paperless offices by now? U.S. workplaces continue to run through a startling amount of paper each year, with consumption barely down from its peak around 2000 and now standing at some 27 pounds per worker per year. This compares to less than 10 pounds per worker in 1985.

Reducing the use of paper, ink, and printers saves money and is environmentally friendly, yet little progress has been made. Perhaps the most successful strategy for cutting back on printing in recent years comes from an unlikely source: printer companies.

On the other end of the innovation spectrum from the barely believable Chinese straddling bus, we find the mundane world of Managed Print Services (MPS).

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International Congress for Conservation Biology logoWhether big cats on U.S. soil or tiny bats around the world, more and more species are being driven toward extinction and crammed into smaller slivers of habitat as a result of unchecked climate change. That’s bad for the diversity of life on Earth and often bad for people, too, according to recent research by conservation biologists and other analysts. But amid the gloom, some promising strategies might protect people from harsher climates while preserving nature.

At the annual conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, held earlier this month in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 128 of the nearly 1,100 research presentations, posters, and papers dealt exclusively with the impacts of climate change on the Earth’s species. The lesson learned: that this impact is nearly always negative. Perhaps twice as many additional studies considered climate change alongside other major drivers of extinction such as population growth and habitat destruction, making climate change the biggest issue at the conference. Not even 10 years earlier, climate featured heavily in only half as much of the Society’s work.

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