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How Much Energy Is Bitcoin Consuming?

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, without a central bank or single administrator, that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Bitcoin is unique in that there are a finite number of them: 21 million.

Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

NOTE: WARNING: Bitcoin is a digital asset and payment system that uses an energy-intensive process known as “mining” to generate new bitcoins. As the value of Bitcoin rises, more miners are competing to solve the complex mathematical problems used to generate new bitcoins, which increases the amount of energy consumed by Bitcoin mining operations. Therefore, it is critical to monitor and limit the amount of energy consumed in Bitcoin mining operations to prevent unacceptably large increases in electricity consumption.

As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment.

According to research produced by Cambridge University there were between 2.9 million and 5.

8 million unique users using a cryptocurrency wallet, as of 2017, most of them using bitcoin.

The first bitcoin transaction took place on January 3, 2009, when Nakamoto sent ten bitcoins to an early adopter. The first transaction in the real world is believed to have taken place on May 22, 2010, when Laszlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas for ₿10,000.

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