30 minutes on Netflix, Prime, etc. or a 6 km drive emit the same amount of #CO2
#Netflix, #AmazonPrime, and other such streaming services have ushered in a new era of entertainment. Such platforms allow us to watch videos at our on #convenience at minimal yearly or monthly subscription plans. But every time we use these services on our devices, there is a hidden #environmental #cost involved. Confused? Allow us to paint a clear picture for you.
@tuxom so i wonder if we should all just bittorrent movies to save the environment?
bookmarking this for my trial.
@tuxom I could find no source for the information in that article. I searched AFP's site for it and found nothing.
1.6 kg per half hour sounds extremely dubious to me, back of the envelope I would expect it to be more like .1 kg marginal increase(increase per additional 30 minutes watched)
@tuxom ok here is the report https://theshiftproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-02.pdf
Yes ... difficult to 'measure' the emission equivalents. But information, mail, TV, broadcast, radio, internet .... need energy. And boosting .. too
The question is: Is the climate effect regarding greenhouse gas pollution worth for all that stuff?
@tuxom probably not. However I don't think streaming video is going to have *nearly* as much impact as, say, using bitcoin or playing a resource-intensive video game.
Any future where Europeans don't constantly wreck the whole world for everyone is going to involve a pretty huge overhaul of how computers work and how they are used.
There is a lot of useful data in that report, idk where they got the 1.6 kg figure from though.
@tuxom "they" being that news story and others. I haven't run the calculations myself, might do it later if I'm bored.
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