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Online porn videos produce as much CO2 as a small country

By midian182 · 28 replies
Jul 17, 2019
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  1. 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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  2. darkich

    darkich TS Rookie

    Sigh..this planet is getting sicker by the day..in every sense.
     
  3. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +349

    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*
     
  4. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 96   +188

    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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  5. koblongata

    koblongata TS Addict Posts: 212   +66

    OMG porns consume more bandwidth than tunes, this is like a revelation to me.
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,735   +825

    I'm sure Facebook is killing just as many baby seals...
     
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  7. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,659   +320

    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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  8. bluetooth fairy

    bluetooth fairy TS Booster Posts: 94   +67

    "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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  9. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 396   +423

    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.
     
  10. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Addict Posts: 160   +125

    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.
     
    wiyosaya likes this.
  11. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Addict Posts: 148   +116

    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?
     
  12. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Posts: 1,822   +441

    The CO2 is not coming from power consumption, it's from all the heavy breathing. ;)
     
  13. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,504   +3,897

    Ohhhhh .... and here I thought it was all that excitement, heavy breathing, and .... you know .....
     
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  14. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 752   +1,088

    Just get rid of Belgium. Honestly it's so boring, even Belgians don't want to be there. Problem solved, environmentally friendly hardcore for all.
     
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  15. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Evangelist Posts: 433   +509

    No thanks
     
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  16. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 523   +468

    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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  17. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 196   +76

    .... Like the Vatican.... Pun intended...
     
  18. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 542   +330

    :joy:
     
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  19. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 542   +330

    :joy:
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,072   +4,080

    Have they included the CO2 which is pumped up, so to speak, via the heavy breathing it inspires in its viewers?
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,072   +4,080

    Who knows, it might inspire Apple to come down from its high horse and produce an, "iPorn" channel.
     
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,072   +4,080

    Nobody pumps out as much hot air as the Vatican, nobody.
     
  23. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Addict Posts: 140   +57

    Well done pornhub for keeping both people and plants happy, and climate catastrophists pouty faced.
     
  24. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 691   +668

    Too... many.... jokes... aaargh!
     
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,072   +4,080

    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:
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019

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