Online porn videos produce as much CO2 as a small country

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The conclusion comes from a new report by French think tank The Shift Project, a non-profit advocating for the move to a post-carbon economy. It writes that online video generates 60 percent of all online data flow, or 1 zettabyte of data (one thousand billion billion bytes), and it generates 300 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year—the same as Spain. Around a third of this comes from video-on-demand services such as Netflix, while another third is the result of online pornographic videos. That means porn clips are generating as much CO2 as Belgium and Nigeria.

Producing and using digital technologies requires plenty of resources and electricity. The Shift Project estimates that energy consumption in this area is growing 9 percent per year. “The environmental impact of digital technology is now recognized as unsustainable, but continues to grow,” it writes.

With many companies now launching game streaming services, and more people streaming high-resolution videos, these carbon emissions could start rising at an even sharper pace. “Getting this impact under control requires a transition from digital intemperance to digital sobriety,” the report states. “This means prioritizing the allocation of resources as a function of uses, in order to conform to the planet’s physical boundaries, while preserving the most valuable societal contributions of digital technologies.”

The Shift Project recommends using this Firefox browser extension that visualizes the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions that come from your internet browsing. You could also cut down on your porn viewing to help save the planet.

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lipe123

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What? What about data centers powered by solar or any other renewable?
What about people that have solar on their homes?

What a dumb blanket statement that content = co2. It's like saying EV vehicles have a huge CO2 footprint because they use a lot of power to charge.

Also that infrastructure is going to be powered on and using power whether you watch porn or not *sigh*
 

kombu

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I distanced myself from religion because they made me feel guilty about watching porn. Now the leftist secularist pseudo-scientists are doing the same. SMH
 
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ET3D

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Probably just me, but I'm surprised that porn accounts for more views than cat videos.

Anyway, the only video use which I consider a real waste is listening to music on YouTube, which uses video streaming when audio streaming would have been enough.
 
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bluetooth fairy

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"After seeing record worldwide temperatures over the last two weeks, July looks set to become the hottest month ever measured."

Heat is not equally distributed among regions. Like, in my region July is getting lower temperatures than it was observed in June, or even in May. Are we supposed to think we were jerking more that time? :)

Conclusion: go read TechSpot instead of watching HUB/GN channels etc (sorry, Steves :)
 
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seeprime

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"After seeing record worldwide temperatures over the last two weeks, July looks set to become the hottest month ever measured."

Heat is not equally distributed among regions. Like, in my region July is getting lower temperatures than it was observed in June, or even in May. Are we supposed to think we were jerking more that time? :)

Conclusion: go read TechSpot instead of watching HUB/GN channels etc (sorry, Steves :)
Whenever someone points out record cold temperatures, it's shot down by claiming it's local weather conditions, not climate related. But, when record high temperatures occur they're claimed to be the result of climate change, not just local weather conditions. This is some seriously absurd thinking.
 

Jeff Re

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"After seeing record worldwide temperatures over the last two weeks, July looks set to become the hottest month ever measured."

Heat is not equally distributed among regions. Like, in my region July is getting lower temperatures than it was observed in June, or even in May. Are we supposed to think we were jerking more that time? :)

Conclusion: go read TechSpot instead of watching HUB/GN channels etc (sorry, Steves :)
Whenever someone points out record cold temperatures, it's shot down by claiming it's local weather conditions, not climate related. But, when record high temperatures occur they're claimed to be the result of climate change, not just local weather conditions. This is some seriously absurd thinking.
You might want to try watching some real news stations. They will tell you that the reason they changed from calling it Global Warming to Climate Change is for that very reason. It causes more severe weather including more severe cold.
 
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Impudicus

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I always found it ironic seeing people complain about environmental on facebook and youtube. The amount of energy to run the internet is ridiculous. In addition to that why does the article point out the solution is watching less porn rather than less VoD that leads power usage? Watching less neflix, and well TV in general would be great for a number of reason. And is this usage only based on back end server power consumption or does it include end point viewing devices such as TVs, Smart Phones, and PCs?
 

Cal Jeffrey

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What? What about data centers powered by solar or any other renewable?
What about people that have solar on their homes?

What a dumb blanket statement that content = co2. It's like saying EV vehicles have a huge CO2 footprint because they use a lot of power to charge.

Also that infrastructure is going to be powered on and using power whether you watch porn or not *sigh*
The CO2 is not coming from power consumption, it's from all the heavy breathing. ;)
 

noel24

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"After seeing record worldwide temperatures over the last two weeks, July looks set to become the hottest month ever measured."

Heat is not equally distributed among regions. Like, in my region July is getting lower temperatures than it was observed in June, or even in May. Are we supposed to think we were jerking more that time? :)

Conclusion: go read TechSpot instead of watching HUB/GN channels etc (sorry, Steves :)
Whenever someone points out record cold temperatures, it's shot down by claiming it's local weather conditions, not climate related. But, when record high temperatures occur they're claimed to be the result of climate change, not just local weather conditions. This is some seriously absurd thinking.
You might want to try watching some real news stations. They will tell you that the reason they changed from calling it Global Warming to Climate Change is for that very reason. It causes more severe weather including more severe cold.
Global Warming leads to Climate Change. But it's too much to comprehend by average Fox News watcher.
The most important thing is that "we're gonna have a great climate".
 
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captaincranky

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Too... many.... jokes... aaargh!
I hope to hell you weren't imagining we'd all swear off porn after reading this because of our environmental sensibilities. Sheesh!

The internet has become the devil's playground anyway.......er, but that was at least ten years ago. And back then was just as much porn. The only difference now is that it's 4K, as opposed to 1024 x 768 (or less).

I myself have been thinking about throwing an HDMI cable over to the 55" TV, But turning on the 600 watt AV receiver with a porn clip cued up, that's a moral and environmental line I simply won't cross. :rolleyes:
 
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