Smartphone has become such an integral part of our everyday life that we can not even imagine our lives without it. Only as it seems does not only destroy our social life, but also the whole planet!
This tells us a study by Canadian McMaster University, now incriminating cell phone batteries and their carbon footprint. That is, when the carbon footprint of mobile phones accounted for only 1% of the world footprint in 2007, it has already tripled and by 2040 will have reached the disproportionately high 40%.
The problem, as scientists tell us, has to do with how many smartphones are already in the world, and the pace at which we replace them. Their average lifespan is now 2 years, making them almost consumable. And for the production of each mobile phone, more minerals must be mined continuously, which is equivalent to a larger carbon footprint.
At the same time, every click we make on the Internet corresponds to a server that works feverishly to serve the traffic, and both the servers themselves and the data centers consume vast amounts of energy. So much that by 2040, as the study tells us, will account for 45% of our entire life.
But what can we do about it? The simple thing is to keep our mobile phones for longer periods of time and when we are replacing them, recycle them. As Lotfi Belkhir, head of the study, says: “Based on our research and other sources, today, less than 1% of smartphones are being recycled”.