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Bitcoin Farms Big Polluters

Bitcoin Farms And Their Effect On The Environment
Source: Alan Levine
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Bitcoin farms can severely hurt the environment in many ways and this article will explain some of them, but first what is a bitcoin farm? A bitcoin farm is a building that has multiple racks of servers and computers to run the complex calculations to get a bitcoin.

1. Using Lots of Energy: Bitcoin farms need a ton of electricity to run all those computers. They solve really hard math problems to make sure Bitcoin transactions are safe. But all that math needs a lot of power.

2. Making Pollution: Most of the electricity for Bitcoin farms comes from non renewable sources like coal or gas. That makes pollution, like when cars burn gas and make the air dirty. This pollution is bad for the air and makes climate change worse.

3. Hurting Nature: Sometimes, Bitcoin farms are in places with very cheap electricity. But this can put a large strain on areas nearby the bitcoin farm. The heat from all those computers can make the air hotter, which isn’t good for plants and animals nearby.

4. New Ideas to Help: People are working on new ways to make Bitcoin farms less harmful. They’re trying different kinds of technology and even changing how Bitcoin works. This could help use less energy and be better for the environment.

5. The Computers: The computers that are used in the bitcoin farms are also very expensive, they use materials that are bad for he environment when mined. Like how in the Amazon rainforest they cut down trees to mine materials.

6.Resolution: Bitcoin mines require large energy costs and have high pollution rates, they harm the environment and the organisms living in it. With all of the previous problems and new ones all the time, should Bitcoin still exist?

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