Divorce Found to Harm The Environment With Higher Energy, Water Use

... cohabiting couples and families around the globe use resources more efficiently than households that have split up. The researchers calculated that in 2005, divorced American households used between 42 and 61 percent more resources per person than before they separated, spending 46 percent more per person on electricity and 56 percent more on water. Full Story »

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by Bill Gordon - Oct. 1, 2008

I am absolutely amazed that the National Academy of Science would publish this in their Proceedings (PNAS). PNAS is a coveted journal for scientists to get papers published in. They have to be sponsored by a well respected scientist who is a member of the Academy to have a chance to win a spot in the journal. The paper covered in this WaPo piece is in my estimation a waste of energy (no pun intended). The real question is "therefore what?" The conclusion doesn't lead anywhere...people are not going to stay in bad relationships to decrease their carbon footprint. It is going to be hard enough to get people to focus on what they do already in terms of carbon generation without being forced to think about their most personal relationship in terms of the impact on the environment. I sincerely question the WaPo's need to even publish a comment on the publication of these results.

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