Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the energy conundrum

While Bitcoin and Ethereum consume more energy annually than some developed nations, it is a monumental challenge to precisely determine the energy mix powering the distributed set of nodes participating in these networks.
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An estimate by The University of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has projected Bitcoin's total energy consumption was around 130-terawatt hours annually.

Ethereum – the most popular blockchain network for Decentralised App (DApp) development – has also been running a highly energy-intensive global platform. An Investopedia article in late 2021 pointed out that the Ethereum network uses 99.6 terawatt-hours of electricity each year.

The topic of energy use by cryptocurrency has seen polarised reactions. On one hand,  some who believe Bitcoin (and other crypto-assets like Ethereum) are scams or channels for money laundering, usually maintain that their energy consumption is unnecessary and far too wasteful. 

On the other hand, those in favour of these currencies as decentralised platforms for storing their wealth think the energy spend is required.

The Decrypting Story takes a closer look at these arguments. Read more


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Hema’s journey began in 2016 when she came across a unique piece of Assamese bamboo jewellery at a handicraft fair in Delhi and bought a couple of them to see if she could give a shot at making them. 

Bootstrapped with an initial investment of Rs 15,000, direct-to-consumer (D2C) brand Bambouandbunch says it has consistently generated annual revenue of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. Read more.


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