Researchers: Bitcoin’s carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

Japan News | Jun 14, 2019 at 12:25 PM
  • The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.
  • A study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examined how much power is consumed by computers used to generate bitcoins and process transactions.
  • Alex de Vries, a bitcoin researcher who wasn’t involved in the study, questioned whether the method used to determine the location of computers was reliable enough.