The waste from 8 bitcoin transactions equals one precious RTX 3090

It only takes eight little bitcoin transactions to generate a GeForce RTX 3090’s worth of waste, that’s my key takeaway from a report into the electronic wasteage of the cryptocurrency’s basic infrastructure. You could also characterize it as one transaction being the equivalent of chucking away two iPhones, but I haven’t worn a turtle-neck sweater since I was three and tossing a couple of Apple’s finest in the trash feels like too close to a positive to get the point across.

A lot has been written about the ecological impact of cryptocurrencies such as ethereum and bitcoin from a pure power point of view, but not a lot about the impact of the sheer volume of e-waste the whole crypto endeavour creates. And it’s a lot.

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