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ICT Applications in the Research for Environmental Sustainability

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  • Aline Chiabai
  • Dirk Rübbelke
  • Lisa Maurer

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Whether Information and Communication Technology (ICT) constitutes a threat to or a cure for environmental deterioration is a matter of controversy. Empirical evidence on the impacts of ICT is rare, so few generalisable lessons can be drawn. This study addresses precisely this critique by providing empirical results on the role of ICT in research for environmental sustainability. The application of ICT in research is generally regarded as a way to exploit such technology in favour of the environment. Our analysis shows that the use of ICT in environmental research is of great importance in the scientific community, but it can also play a crucial role in the policy context, as well as in the business sector.

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  • Aline Chiabai & Dirk Rübbelke & Lisa Maurer, 2010. "ICT Applications in the Research for Environmental Sustainability," Working Papers 2010-18, BC3.
  • Handle: RePEc:bcc:wpaper:2010-18
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    1. Ropke, Inge, 2001. "New technology in everyday life - social processes and environmental impact," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 403-422, September.
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    Information and Communication Technology (ICT); biodiversity; climate change; energy efficiency; environmental research; natural resources; sustainability;

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