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Crypto knee jerks over sustainability concerns

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The popularity of crypto platforms has seen a meteoric rise in recent years…

But as more interest is generated concerns over sustainability have surfaced after Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke about his issue with the future of crypto.

Turns out that one dollar’s worth of bitcoin can take 17 megajoules of energy, more than double the amount of energy it took to mine one dollar’s worth of copper, gold or platinum. The computer power required to mine Bitcoin quadrupled in 2019 compared with the year before, and that crypto mining can also influence prices in power and utility markets around the world.

Arguments about the reality behind crypto’s energy expenditure have been scrutinized in the past, but with today’s statements it is hard to question the consumption levels and management moving forward.

Bitcoin’s energy-intensive consensus protocols work to maintain a level of integrity and security that of course requires a lot of energy to maintain. If these protocols were compromised then the network may be easily attacked…Needless to say questions surrounding the balance of integrity and sustainability have been brought to the surface of crypto discussions worldwide and the stock sees a nosedive in value.

 

Mike Loder is the host of Ticker Originals. As seasoned actor and presenter, Mike is producing his own independent film. He's passionate about reporting on gaming, tech and lifestyle.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Instagram introduces new process to crack down on underage users

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The majority of social media platforms have an age limit of 13 years old, but how is this really being regulated?

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules.

The gram is turning to video selfies to crack down on minors editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method.

For a U.S. teen who wants to join insta, they will need to upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie.

Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on the content sharing app.

Video selfies have become a popular way for digital platforms – such as online banking apps – to verify users’ age or identity.

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U.S. firms to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

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Major companies have reassured staff that if they require an abortion, they will cover their travel expenses

Disney, JP Morgan, Amazon and Meta are among the companies to announce similar moves for women.

This comes as millions of US women face restricted access after a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

A growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.

Disney employs around 80,000 people at its resort in Florida, where the governor has already signed into law a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is scheduled to take effect on 1 July.

Banking giant JP Morgan and another leading US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, also said it would cover travel expenses for employees.

Social media company Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law.

Other companies which have indicated they will take similar steps include Vogue publisher, jeans brand Levi and ride hailing companies Lyft and Uber.

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