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Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford

Inevitably, the conversation at work this week turned to non-fungible tokens, which we’re not going to try and explain because life is simply too short. But alarm bells are being sounded once again about the grand-daddy of crypto things, Bitcoin. A report in Nature Communications (prĂ©cied in New Scientist) suggests that carbon emissions from Bitcoin miners in China (where 75% of Bitcoin hashes are made) will peak in 2024, at which point power consumption for the Chinese industry will be equal to that of Italy and carbon pollution it causes somewhere around the level of the Czech Republic. Put that in your Elon Musk and smoke it.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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