Bitcoin, mining contributes 0.08% of global CO2 emissions

CoinShares shared a new report in which it is estimated that Bitcoin’s mining activities emitted 42 million tons of carbon dioxide in the course of 2021. With global emissions of 49.36 billion tons of CO2, Bitcoin would therefore represent the source of 0.08% of total emissions. The CoinShares report comes at a time when the debate over Bitcoin’s energy consumption has heated up.

CoinShares data was collected using various estimates regarding the efficiency of the Bitcoin network, energy consumption, characteristics of the hardware used, all on a global scale. It is therefore possible that there is some discrepancy with the actual volume of CO2 emissions, but in any case the CoinShares estimate seems to coincide quite well with the sector data.

The report prepared by CoinShares also estimated the total electricity consumption at 89TWh, a value significantly lower than the Cambridge University estimates which are the most taken into consideration and which speak of an annual consumption exceeding 130TWh. In this case it would be 0.05% of the electricity consumed worldwide. According to data collected by CoinShares, 60% of Bitcoin’s mining business is powered by fossil fuels.

“Carbon emissions from the electricity suppliers that power the Bitcoin mining network are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. With 0.08% of global CO2 emissions, remove the entire mining network from global demand,” and depriving hundreds of millions of people of their only hope for a fair and accessible form of money would amount to nothing more than a rounding error, ”CoinShares comments.

Just in recent days, a group of eight members of the US Congress coordinated by Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the six largest Bitcoin mining companies in the world with a request to disclose detailed data on their energy consumption. This is a move that underlines the growing regulatory pressure on mining activities in the United States in a context where miners themselves are trying to commit themselves more and more to using ever greater proportions of energy from renewable sources.

After 22 seasons and 7 Superbowl Tom Brady has announced his retirement.

After days of back and forth, leaks and denials, Tom Brady announced his retirement in a long Instagram post. The American football legend, winner of seven Super Bowls (six with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers), has decided that at 44 it is time to leave the field to “focus his energies” on something else. The news had been anticipated Saturday by Espn and Boston Globe but had been denied by Brady’s father and his agent Don Yee. Until a few hours before the official announcement, the superstar of the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay said he was still in a “phase of reflection” on his future. A difficult decision to make and communicate, as he himself explained to his millions of fans thanking them for having accompanied him along this journey. Brady’s has been an extraordinary career, with impressive numbers: 22 seasons played, seven Super Bowls won and a series of touchdown records and passes ringed year after year. “On paper he was remarkable, he became a legend on the pitch,” headlines the Washington Post in one of the many articles in American newspapers celebrating the epic of ‘Tom the Terrific’ or ‘Tb12’, from the number of his jersey. And to think that in his first team, the New England Patriots had come as a reserve reserve. Recovered as 199th, started from the bench and remained for almost twenty years becoming the most loved ever. Then in 2020 the arrival in Florida, the start of a new season of records and the victory of his seventh Super Bowl.

Chinese New Year, 2022 is the year of the Tiger: it happens once every 60 years.

The Spring Festival commonly known as Chinese New Year. In the Eastern tradition, the calendar is lunisolar, that is linked to the phases of the moon (not the sun) and the months begin with each new moon. This is why we also speak of the Lunar New Year. The beginning of the new year always coincides with the second new moon after the winter solstice, therefore on a date between January 21 and February 20. A day that – this year on 1 February precisely – kicks off two weeks of celebrations for a large part of the Far East. Not only China, in fact, the Lunar New Year is also celebrated in Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Bhutan and Vietnam. Each year, according to Chinese astrology, is marked by an animal sign (12 in total) and one of the five fundamental elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. 2022 is the year of the Water Tiger. The 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and so on were also of the Tiger, but the combination with water recurs every 60 years. In the Chinese horoscope this sign embodies strength, courage and impulsiveness (characteristics similar to those of Leo in our local horoscope). The meaning attributed to it, therefore, is that of an unpredictable year. It mitigates the water element, but months of ups and downs are expected. Surely a better prospect than 2020, which was the year of the Rat: a year of great upheavals. The actual party, a bit like Christmas, begins on the evening of New Year’s Eve, with a family banquet. Then the first day opens with the lion dance, a traditional ritual. The party alternates between myths and superstitions. We visit parents and grandparents, not on the fourth day of celebration, however, because it brings bad luck and we fight. Among the traditional foods there are the Jiaozi, the famous steamed meat ravioli, which are eaten especially on the fifth day of the festival. To close the Chinese New Year cycle there is the Lantern Festival, the main recurrence of these holidays, in which you walk at night with the iconic rice paper lanterns. In modern times, plastic has replaced paper, and the decorations are written and drawings of anime, traditional Japanese cartoons. In the streets there are dances and other artistic performances, then the inevitable fireworks. But where do these customs come from?

It started February

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
(Pietro Aretino)

February is the month of love:
everyone hugs
everyone giggles,
everyone kisses,
everyone cuddles
and everyone wins.

“Originally the month of February was 29 days; in the year 8 BC August decided to change the name of the month called Sextilis and to transform it into August, as its name. Augustus, however, unable to admit that his month was a month in the middle of the month of July, called it by the name of Julius Caesar, and added a month in the month that portrays the name of his month in the month of February in Persia, so, its twenty-ninth day. ” Furthermore, in the Roman calendar the month of February was the last month of the year. Indeed, as it is logical that … the month that corrects (with leap years) the solar calendar should be the last.

2° February (’22): CANDLEMAS

Candlemas (also spelled Candlemass), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Feast of the Holy Encounter, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22–40. In accordance with Leviticus 12, a woman was to be purified by presenting a lamb as a burnt offering, and either a young pigeon or dove as sin offering, 33 days after a boy’s circumcision. It falls on 2 February, which is traditionally the 40th day (postpartum period) of and the conclusion of the ChristmasEpiphany season. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them after Candlemas. On Candlemas, many Christians (especially Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists) also bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year; for Christians, these blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to himself as the Light of the World.

2° February (’22): Groundhog Day (USA & CANADA)

Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grund’sau dåk, Grundsaudaag, Grundsow Dawg, Murmeltiertag; Nova Scotia: Daks Day) is a popular North American tradition observed in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den, and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.

While the tradition remains popular in the 21st century, studies have found no consistent correlation between a groundhog seeing its shadow and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather.

The weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas where the badger (German: Dachs) is the forecasting animal. This appears to be an enhanced version of the lore that clear weather on the Christian festival of Candlemas forebodes a prolonged winter.

The Groundhog Day ceremony held at Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania, centering on a semi-mythical groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, has become the most frequently attended ceremony. Grundsow Lodges in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the southeastern part of the state observe the occasion as well. Other cities in the United States and Canada also have adopted the event.

2° February (’22): World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is an environmentally related celebration which dates back to the year of 1971 when several environmentalists gathered to reaffirm the protection and love for wetlands, which are the small environments of plant life and organisms found within water bodies that bring about ecological health in abundance to not only water bodies but environments as a whole. The World Wetlands Secretary Department is originally from Gland, Switzerland and in accordance to the beginning of World Wetlands Day, the Ramsar convention first attributed this recognition in “the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea”.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on the second day of February every year, though it was not originally celebrated until 1997. This day serves to recognize the influence and positive production that Wetlands have had on the world and in terms brings communities together for the benefit of Mother Nature. This day, also raises global awareness because wetlands play a significant role not only in people but in the planet. Community protectors and environmental enthusiast all come together on this day to celebrate their love for nature through celebration, which recognizes what wetlands have done for not only us humans, but all sorts of organisms in this world.

Over time, human construction has led to various ecological problems affecting wetlands. Overpopulation and construction has led to a decrease in environmental conservation and in total has brought upon issues to these lands. Many wetlands are being lost and ecologists claim that human should recognize this dilemma before the loss of a natural filter and conserver of the world.

Each year a theme is selected to focus attention and help raise public awareness about the value of wetlands. Countries organize a variety of events to raise awareness such as; lectures, seminars, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, community clean-up days, radio and television interviews, letters to newspapers, to the launch of new wetland policies, new Ramsar Sites and new programs at the national level.

The theme for World Wetlands Day in 2022 is expected to be “Wetlands action for people and nature“.

♬ ALESSO & KATY PERRY – When I’m Gone

LYRIC

When I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But it won’t be for long, you’ll see
When I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But no one’s gonna feel like, feel like…Thought it would be easy
Easy to forget me
Let go of the memories (ah, ah, ah, ah)
Now your bed is empty
And you’re waking up, sweating
I’m still in your wild dreamsLate nights, callin’ me, callin’ me
Do anything to keep me close
Well you should know it’s gonna be, gonna be
So hard for you to let me goWhen I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But it won’t be for long, you’ll see
When I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But no one’s gonna feel like, feel like…Me on top of you
Touch you like I do
No, you’ll never forget
When I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But no one’s gonna feel like, feel like…You’re chasing the danger
It’s just in your nature
Look for me in strangers (ah, ah, ah, ah)
All these pretty faces
No one can replace it
I’m always your favoriteLate nights, callin’ me, callin’ me
Do anything to keep me close
Well you should know it’s gonna be, gonna be
So hard for you to let me goWhen I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But it won’t be for long, you’ll see
When I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on (never really gone)
But no one’s gonna feel like (no one’s gonna feel like)Me on top of you
Touch you like I do
No, you’ll never forget
When I’m gone I’m never really gone
You think you’re moving on
But no one’s gonna feel like, feel like meWhen I’m goneWhen I’m gone