Bitcoin Mining

Deep in rural China, bitcoin miners pack their bags

IN THE HENGDUAN the mountains of Sichuan province, swollen brown rivers and trees laden with ripe mangoes do not evoke digital magic. Yet until recently there were buildings here with rack upon rack of specialized computers. They were often found near hydroelectric power stations that supplied them with electricity from …

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Bitcoin mining is a worrying ‘hot spot’

Despite what you may have heard about the big tech companies and their colossal, power-hungry data factories and high-performance computing factories, these aren’t the bad guys in Earth’s history, analysts say. In fact, they’re actually quite eco-efficient. That’s according to two leading scientists in technology, energy and the environment, both …

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