Friday, December 28, 2007

Domesticity saving the planet

A study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that divorce is bad for the planet. According to researchers in Michigan,

In the United States (U.S.) in 2005, divorced households spent 46% and 56% more on electricity and water per person than married households. ... Furthermore, U.S. households that experienced divorce used 42–61% more resources per person than before their dissolution.
The study said if divorcees in the U.S. were as resource-efficient as married households, they would have saved over 627 billion gallons of water in 2005 alone. I bet that's more than hotels save by skimping on bath towel exchanges.

No word yet if conserving marriage will be promoted as an environmentally virtuous act.


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