Every Bitcoin transaction creates e-waste like throwing away two iPhone 12

Every Bitcoin transaction creates e-waste like throwing away two iPhone 12
Every Bitcoin transaction creates e-waste like throwing away two iPhone 12

result from Bitcoin transaction One does the same amount of e-waste as disposing of two smartphones, each transaction leaving 9.5 ounces of e-waste, the equivalent of the weight of two small iPhone 12s.

According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, due to the high demands for computers that mine for Bitcoin, the devices have a very short lifespan. Bitcoin mining He is only 1.29 years old.

This produces a lot of garbage about 33,800 tons per year, and researchers are concerned that with increased interest CryptocurrencyThe bitcoin waste pile could soon double in size.

Specialized computers are used to solve complex calculations and create a currency from cryptocurrencies, a process that takes a lot of energy and mining computers, which use specialized computer chips known as ASICs, quickly become obsolete.

Also, in 2020, there were 112.5 million bitcoin transactions, according to a report published in the Journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

“E-waste represents a growing threat to our environment, from toxic chemicals and heavy metals to soil, to air and water pollution,” wrote co-authors Alex de Vries, a data scientist at the Dutch central bank, and Christian Stoll, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. resulting from improper recycling.

They continued, “Bitcoin miners are navigating an increasing amount of short-lived devices that could exacerbate the growth in global e-waste.”

The demand for mining computers is also exacerbating the global shortage of semiconductor chips, and with growing interest in this matter, researchers worry that the amount of electronic waste generated could continue to balloon.

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