You just minted your first NFT. That’s hot. You know what’s hotter? The Earth. On average, minting a new NFT takes about 130 kWh of electricity. That’s about $27 worth of electricity here in NYC. Selling your NFT will use about 340 kWh of juice, which is about $71 per transaction, which is enough electricity to power your whole house for about two weeks or run your refrigerator for a year.
Some environmental watchdogs are saying that a single NFT could, in just a few months, add hundreds of tons to carbon emissions to the atmosphere and meaningfully contribute to global warming.
While it’s true that blockchain technology, which is used for NFTs and cryptocurrencies, is a massive power hog, is the tech really going to meaningfully contribute to global warming? I think we need more data. What do you think? Let me know below.
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