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While I'm on the subject of TV, Japan for Sustainability has this interesting bit:

As a special one-day environmental event, Japan's public broadcaster, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), shortened the airtime of its educational TV channel on December 29, 2008, to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and save electricity.

The shorter airtime was instituted to remind both the broadcaster and viewers that daily broadcasting consumes a large quantity of electricity and results in a considerable amount of CO2 emissions. NHK expects such an event will promote efforts in energy saving and CO2 reduction.

The educational TV channel normally broadcasts from 5:00 a.m. to 2:50 a.m. the following day. On that day, however, the channel aired programs for only nine hours, from 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., shortening the broadcast by 12 hours and 50 minutes. While broadcasting was suspended, NHK's approximately 3,100 analog transmitting stations across the nation stopped sending TV signals, which resulted in saving about 17,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, or a reduction of some 9.4 tons of CO2 emissions, compared to a regular broadcasting day.

If only Japan's commercial broadcasters would do the same, the nation would have the lowest CO2 emissions on earth and save us from the mountains of crap the serve on a regular basis. Snark aside, NHK's move demonstrates that not using energy is the best way to reduce emissions. There's nothing worth watching on TV in Japan anyway, so you might as well do your part and tune out and turn the TV off.


People who use..(and who..better still, BELIEVE) the phrase "Carbon Footprint"..should shampoo my crotch.

I save water from the tub to flush the toilet..and to do the first cycle of my clothes...i turn off the computer power bar when i go to bed, and when i leave the house..

i do this not for Mother Earth, who, quite frankly can ingest my testicles, but rather to save money..

The way to get everyone on board to their little crusade is not by insulting their intelligence with global warming (cooling..hotting..icing...battering...strawberrying..WHATEVER it is THIS WEEK) Chicken Little bullshit....but by telling folks about the money that can be saved with a few simple tricks.

of an advanced society..we really shouldnt HAVE to do little tricks....cuz Man has invented toilets and washing machines and water reservoirs..JUST so we can HAVE simple convenient lives...and not live like
f-ing hippy pigs...its only by way of governments and their bottomless hunger for cash for useless and evil nonsense that we have to keep paying higher prices... so...every dime i keep from them..the better.

There's nothing worth watching on TV in Japan anyway, so you might as well do your part and tune out and turn the TV off

Have to agree with that one. Japanese TV must surely be up there amongst the "advanced" nations for having the highest volume of vapid, retarded telly. I blame it on the work ethic, there's little demand for interesting TV, people are so frazzled when they get home, I doubt they can handle anything else!

The Ripper

I'm not so sure. Demand probably exists for high quality programming, but it's expensive. As you know, media is big business, so it's in their interest to put out programming that attracts sponsors and pays the bills. In a nutshell, this is why entertainment prevails on TV.


Possibly. Although looking at the hoardes of Japanese workers scurrying round Tokyo every day, I don't see an awful lot of people looking particularly "mentally alert", more glazed over, passive and shut down. Which makes me think that that's why cheesy, tacky, empty-headed TV shows are so popular, along with comics and PSP. Unthinking, passive "entertainment".

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