environment

All that mined is not green: Bitcoin’s carbon footprint hard to estimate

The debate around the environmental impact of the Bitcoin mining ecosystem is heating up once again as academics have provided a fresh dose of perspective on the subject. In an opinion piece written by Noah Smith, a former assistant finance professor turned columnist, took aim at the Bitcoin (BTC) mining industry in March, suggesting that …

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BTC Miner Stresses: ‘Bitcoin is One of the Most Environment-Friendly Financial Networks’

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>While bitcoin has been gathering widespread attention with prices touching all-time highs, mainstream pundits have tried to attack the leading crypto asset for its energy consumption. It seems a new ‘bitcoin is bad for the environment’ editorial is published nearly every week by mainstream journalists, tech authors, and climate activists. This week …

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Canada will invest billions to electrify mass transit

Mass transit isn’t getting much use during the pandemic, but Canada wants to be sure it’s eco-friendly when the crisis is over. The Canadian government plans to invest $2.75 billion CAD (about $2.17 billion US) into electrifying mass transit across the country over five years.This will include buying more zero-emissions buses in addition to other …

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GM plans to exclusively sell electric vehicles by 2035

GMC GM isn’t just planning to electrify many of its cars in the years ahead — it’s ditching combustion engines entirely. As CNBC reports, GM has unveiled plans to completely eliminate tailpipe emissions from new “light-duty vehicles” (read: everyday cars) by 2035. While this technically offers an opening for hydrogen and similar zero-emissions powertrains, the …

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A look at all of Biden’s changes to energy and environmental regulations

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden signs an executive order with US Vice President Kamala Harris, left, looking on. Bloomberg/Getty Images The series of executive orders signed by Joe Biden on his first evening in office included a heavy focus on environmental regulations. Some of the high-profile actions had been signaled in advance—we’re back in …

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The UN created a game about protecting the ozone layer

UN Environment Programme How do you teach a younger crowd to appreciate and protect the ozone layer? By weaving the science into the games they play, apparently. As Eurogamer reports, the UN’s Environment Programme is releasing a Reset Earth game for Android and iOS that tasks you with nothing less than saving the ozone layer. …

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Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement gets thrown out by a court

Enlarge / DUNKIRK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 10/09/2016: A NRG-owned coal-fired energy facility that plans to convert to a natural gas facility. John Greim / Getty Images Today, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Trump administration’s attempt to take a minimalist approach to the regulation of carbon dioxide …

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Blockchain Bites: ‘Crowded’ Crypto Traders, Ether All-Time High, the Bitcoin Battery Proposal

Ether reached new highs, more people than ever are “long bitcoin” and a debate over bitcoin’s energy consumption is raging.  Top shelf Out of the ether?Ether (ETH), the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain network, hit a fresh high of $1,439.33, up $19 from a previous record level of $1,420 in 2018. The currency is …

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Methane emissions declined slightly in 2020 amid lower oil and gas production

ABIDAL via Getty Images The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down many facets of life last year, leading to a small reduction in methane emissions, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report. The organization primarily attributed an approximate 10 percent drop in emissions from oil and gas companies to lower production amid reduced demand. However, it …

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Crypto mining allegedly worsening air pollution in Iran

The push by many in Iran to establish the country as a mecca for crypto miners may be having some unintended environmental consequences.  According to a Bloomberg report, the energy requirements of Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto mining in Iran coupled with the demand for heat in an exceptionally cold winter have contributed to a natural …

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