Digital-Environment System – Interesting stories

This page provides links to interesting news stories and reports on aspects of the interface between digital technologies and the environment (listed in reverse chronological order), and is regularly updated by members of the coalition.


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Bitcoin mining in China will exceed energy consumption of 181 countries by 2024, study warns, Independent, 6 April 2021


Africa Data Centres to build 10MW Lagos facility, TechCentral, 6 April 2021, aiming to use solar energy


Companies back moratorium on deep sea mining, BBC News, 4 April 2021 – significant impact of mining the ocean floor for rare earth minerals to support digital technology and renewable energy


Astroscale, the British company on a mission to tidy up space, Ben Spencer in The Sunday Times, 14 March 2021


India Targets Climate Activists With the Help of Big Tech, Naomi Klein in The Intercept, 27 February 2021


Why should developing countries implement carbon pricing when even advanced economies fall woefully short?, OECD, 17 February 2021


The environmental idiocy of Tesla’s bitcoin bet, Financial Times, 14 February 2021


How Much Data is Consumed for 1-Hour of Video Conferencing on Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Slack and Hangouts?, 12 February 2021


Bitcoin consumes ‘more electricity than Argentina‘, BBC News, 10 February 2021


Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, 14 January 2021


Thanks for polluting the planet: emails blamed for climate change, Financial Times, 18 November 2020.


Sweden launches its ‘first’ wooden wind power tower, 1 May 2020