Chill your Netflix habit, climate experts say

Posted: October 28, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, Emissions, Energy
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‘Climate friendly’?


More farce from the climate killjoys posing as experts. The flow of alarmist scare stories never ends, vying for the absurdity prize.

Movie nights once required driving to the local video store to rent, rewind and return the latest blockbuster says Phys.org.

Now on-demand video content providers offer countless binge-worthy options at the touch of a finger.

But experts say the ease of streaming services comes with a hefty environmental price tag.

Watching a half-hour show would lead to emissions of 1.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent, said Maxime Efoui-Hess of French think tank the Shift Project. That’s equivalent to driving 3.9 miles (6.28 kilometres).

Last year, online video streaming produced emissions equivalent to Spain and that amount may double in the next six years, according to the Shift Project.

While most of the online traffic—34 percent—is related to streaming videos, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, for example, the next biggest sector is online porn.

“Digital videos come in very large file sizes and (are) getting bigger with each new generation of higher definition video,” said Gary Cook of Greenpeace, which monitors the IT sector’s energy footprint.

“More data equals more energy needed to maintain a system that is ready to stream this video to your device at a moment’s notice,” Cook told AFP.

Much of the energy needed for streaming services is consumed by the data centre, which delivers data to your computer or device, explained Cook.

The centres contribute about 0.3 percent of all carbon emissions, according to an article by Nature.

Experts remain divided on how much that number will grow.

‘Waste of resources on all levels’

“For energy consumption to stay flat for the next five to 10 years, significant improvement in IT equipment and data centre energy performance must be made or our appetite for computations must diminish,” said Dale Sartor of the Center of Expertise for Data Centers, linked to the US Department of Energy.

Anders Andrae of Huawei Technologies told AFP he estimated they would consume as much as 4.1 percent of global electricity by 2030.

Web-based video traffic is expected to increase four times from 2017 to 2022 and account for 80 percent of all internet traffic by 2022, according to the CISCO Network.

Netflix is continuing to expand globally —- the company reported a 53-percent increase in international revenue for streaming subscriptions between 2017 and 2018. And Disney and Apple are launching their own streaming services this year.

Meanwhile, the equipment used to view videos is getting larger -— the average screen size shot up from 22 inches (55 centimetres) in 1997 to an expected 50 inches by 2021, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

“The changing screen size and related shift to digital video technology has set the stage for higher definition and thus larger file sizes that we are streaming,” said Cook.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. rms says:

    Compared to what? making and shipping DVD’s … or just stop doing 21st Century things?

  2. oldbrew says:

    Roger Pielke Jr: The World is Not Going To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 50% By 2030, Now What?
    Date: 28/10/19 Roger Pielke Jr., Forbes

    Anyone advocating a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 is engaging in a form of climate theater, full of drama but not much suspense.
    . . .
    Here I’ll show you the simple mathematics of what achieving the 2030 target entails. The evidence shows clearly that the world is far from being on a path that will come anywhere close to that goal. That is not an opinion, it is just math.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/roger-pielke-jr-the-world-is-not-going-to-reduce-carbon-dioxide-emissions-by-50-by-2030-now-what/
    – – –
    A ‘lukewarmer’ view but with some realism.

  3. JB says:

    Prognostication in the hands of fools and idiots.There’s not a bit of help granted from intelligence if one is not paying attention. IQ is no substitute for, nor superior to perspicacity. The most highly educated and fact-filled persons are often the most adept fools.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    What a steaming pile of Shift.

  5. donald penman says:

    I also drive a car as well as watching all the previous episodes of “the big bang theory” and “red dwarf” and even “dr who”. The films available are great and I hardly need to buy dvds now.

  6. oldbrew says:

    ‘Then there’s the issue of ever-increasing screen size and quality, which takes even more energy to power. The Consumer Technology Association found that the average screen size in 1997 was just 22 inches. By 2021, they predict the average television size to be 50 inches. Popular 4K resolution screens use about 30 percent more energy than the high-definition screens that preceded it. Soon, powerful 8K resolution screens, which debuted last year, may become an industry standard.’

    https://www.thegwpf.com/climate-scientists-go-after-netflix/

    Climate doomsters will be clamouring for smaller TVs for the masses 😂

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