One old power plant converted is in a Bitcoin mining plant. The building is located in the Finger Lakes area of New York State, near the lake which, according to locals, warmed up since crypto-miners moved in.
Citizens who live nearby claim that the lake is warmer than before, since it is a factory suck daily, and expel about 400 liters of water which serves for refrigerated devices. The temperature of the water discharged into the lake often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius, so that the water in the lake is under constant influence. Greenidge Generation LLC has been using the old factory as a mining plant for more than a year, which affects the stability of the ecosystem, but also the wider environment, because they release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere on a daily basis.
Experts claim this is it a great illustration of how mining cryptocurrency affects the environment. It has been pointed out for some time that the total energy that is spent annually in the world for mining exceeds the annual consumption of some developed countries. The impact on the environment is huge – in this case it is the heating of the water, which affects the development of algae, which further endangers the fish world and the entire ecosystem.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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