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Mozilla temporarily stops crypto donations over climate impact concerns

Mozilla temporarily stops crypto donations over climate impact concerns
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Mozilla started in 2022 with the belief that it was conducting a harmless call for donations in the form of cryptocurrency on Twitter. Mozilla was wrong.

The response to the tweet was days later and call the browser maker Jimmy Zawinsky And Peter Lens.

“Hey, I’m sure whoever runs this account has no idea who I am, but I founded Mozilla and I’m here to say fuck you and fuck this,” Zawinsky said. “Everyone involved in the project should be deeply ashamed of this decision to partner with the Ponzi giants who are burning the planet.”

Linus was no less fading in his criticism.

“Hi Mozilla, I’m assuming you don’t know me either, but I designed Gecko, the engine your browser is built on. I use it 100% [Zawinski] on this. what. the. actual. the curse. It was supposed to be better than this.”

Before the week was over, Mozilla was changing course.

“Last week, we tweeted a reminder that Mozilla is accepting crypto donations. This has led to an important discussion about the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies. We are listening, and we are taking action.” He said.

“So starting today, we are reviewing whether our current policy on crypto donations fits with our climate goals and how we are meeting them. While we conduct our review, we will pause the ability to donate cryptocurrency.”

Mozilla said that decentralization is still an area to explore but that “a lot has changed since we started accepting crypto donations.”

The browser maker said its review will be transparent and will make regular updates.

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The use of power involved in the process of computers screaming numbers at each other, also called proof of cryptocurrency mining, has raised growing concerns.

In November, Swedish authorities called for the practice to be banned at the EU level.

“It is currently possible to drive a mid-size electric car 1.8 million km using the same energy needed to mine one bitcoin,” said Swedish regulators.

“This is the equivalent of forty-four revolutions around the world. Nine hundred bitcoins are mined every day. This is not a reasonable use of our renewable energy.”

Earlier this week, Kosovo banned cryptocurrency mining to reduce energy consumption in an effort to alleviate short- and long-term energy shortages.

The annual use of electricity used to power Bitcoin is He said That would be 134 TWh, which is roughly the same output as Argentina, and enough to cancel out the global carbon savings from using electric cars.

On Wednesday, the Chromium-based Vivaldi browser responded to a user asking them not to follow Mozilla.

“We are not fans of cryptocurrency and NFT [sic], “Vivaldi He said.

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