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Why NFTs have such a massive carbon footprint – With the growing demand for digital art, NFT buyers and sellers are becoming liable for an increasing share of Ethereum’s total energy use, and some artists are starting to think twice.

Why NFTs have such a massive carbon footprint – With the growing demand for digital art, NFT buyers and sellers are becoming liable for an increasing share of Ethereum‘s total energy use, and some artists are starting to think twice.



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  1. This article, as well as many others regarding NFTs, is largely misleading. Minting an NFT has no direct effect on energy consumption. If I mint zero NFTs or 10,000 NFTs, there is no change in the networks energy consumption. The network has a discrete energy consumption that is driven by price action. Adding transactions to the network does not change this.

  2. I think another point is rights. I was listening to the unchained podcast about what rights come with an NFT and it sounds awfully complicated. I think theres still a lot of gray area, and i would advise any artist that is thinking of developing their own NFTs to look into what rights, privileges, and security they have before making NFTs of their art.

  3. What is the carbon footprint of the paint and the canvas that goes into real artwork? What about the plastic needed to make an action figure? An nft surely uses much less energy to create than its real counterpart.

  4. tldr; A single digital image recently sold at auction for US$69.3 million (£50.2 million). Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently sold his first ever tweet as an NFT for just under US$3 million. NFTs have been around since 2017, when the first mainstream experiment in crypto-collectibles emerged: CryptoKitties. Most creators still use Ethereum, a blockchain secured using a similar proof-of-work system to Bitcoin.

    *This summary is auto generated by a bot and not meant to replace reading the original article. As always, DYOR.*

  5. Not to mention, it’s wasting energy for a non-thing.

    If I just want to look at digital art, I’ll just look online at the artist’s website.

    If I want to actually have it, I’ll order a print, so I can get a poster of it in my house. I’m not gonna be a dick and print it myself.

    But an NFT is like ordering a print, but not getting it, and just being able to do the same as just looking at the artwork online.

    If all I’m doing is just donate money, I might as well just donate my money to their patreon, and not waste energy, not waste money on gas fees, and on greedy sites like Rarible, and have all the money go directly to the artist.

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