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Greenpeace Blasts Bitcoin, Says Ethereum Merge Proves Crypto ‘Doesn’t Have To Come at the Cost’ of Environment

Greenpeace is slamming Bitcoin (BTC) for its vitality use following the profitable Ethereum (ETH) merge that slashed its carbon emissions by greater than 99%.

The environmental nonprofit group plans to sink $1 million into its “Change the Code, Not the Climate” marketing campaign for a flurry of new on-line adverts to advocate for a change in Bitcoin’s code with the purpose of lowering BTC’s energy-intensive proof-of-work (PoW) mannequin.

Says Michael Brune, director of the advert marketing campaign,

“With fires raging around the world and historic floods destroying lives and livelihoods, state and federal leaders and corporate executives are racing to decarbonize as quickly as possible. Ethereum has shown it’s possible to switch to an energy-efficient protocol with far less climate, air and water pollution. Other cryptocurrency protocols have operated on efficient consensus mechanisms for years. Bitcoin has become the outlier, defiantly refusing to accept its climate responsibility.”

Greenpeace says the marketing campaign can be aimed at calling the consideration of high-profile Bitcoin supporters, together with Fidelity Investments and Jack Dorsey’s Block, to hitch in the effort of transferring away from “a high-energy proof-of-work protocol.”

Ethereum’s merge with its Beacon Chain reworked the second-largest cryptocurrency from a proof-of-work consensus mannequin to a proof-of-stake one. The change in fashions reduces Ethereum’s carbon emissions by an estimated 99.99%, in line with a CCRI report commissioned by ConsenSys, a blockchain software program firm.

Meanwhile, outspoken Bitcoin supporter Michael Saylor is defending BTC’s vitality use in a brand new weblog submit the place he calls it the “most efficient, cleanest industrial use of electricity.”

The former CEO of enterprise analytics agency MicroStrategy says that his firm’s evaluation exhibits about 59.5% of vitality for Bitcoin mining comes from sustainable sources and that BTC’s mining’s vitality effectivity improved by 46% year-on-year.

He additionally it is not sensible to match proof-of-stake networks to Bitcoin.

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