‘Ditch high definition and new tech to fight climate change’, say Royal Society miserablists

Posted: December 4, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, propaganda
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The climate obsessed BBC pushes its ridiculous carbophobia message yet again. But they don’t mention one obvious option – turn off the BBC.
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Streaming a television show in standard definition can shave a little off your ‘carbon’ emissions, a report from scientists at the UK’s Royal Society says. — [quote marks added]

HD video streaming on a phone generates about eight times more in emissions than standard definition (SD), it says.

And, on a small screen, the viewer might not even notice the difference, says BBC News.

Platforms and regulators should limit streaming resolution and default to SD, the authors urged.

The report says digital technology’s estimated contribution to global emissions ranges from 1.4% to 5.9% of the global total.

Another simple way to save energy is for people streaming music to turn off any accompanying video if they’re just listening, not watching, the authors say.

They estimate such small moves could save up to 5% of the emissions from a streaming service – a reduction comparable to what’s achieved by running YouTube’s servers on renewable energy.

Keep phones longer

The report also suggests owning and using devices for longer before trading them in, because the emissions created in making a new device are significant.

Some of the numbers in the report are contested.

But it says that if you change your mobile phone every two years, the manufacturing represents about half of all the emissions it will generate through its lifetime.

But if individuals keep their phones for four years instead of two, that contribution is significantly reduced.

For the same reason, the report says buying a device second-hand – or sharing equipment – also reduce the share of so-called “embodied emissions”.

Full article here — if you can take any more.

Comments
  1. saighdear says:

    Well, HALF of us don’t LOOK properly anyway ( or at least look but no see – or was it SEE but no L@@K ? ) going by the way some folk drive or work or read or, …. so does High def really matter? Machine reading is something else BUT we have an overload of INFO beyond what Man can assimilte, Politicians& MSM especially:hencethe rubbish Lawsthat are passed, often for no reason other than ‘because we/they can’ andas for fighting Climae change? Just need the humble LightBulb – and the one can SEE – see to look and see to read undoctored Historical facts etc. or is it Lights on , Nothing to see, move along now?

  2. oldbrew says:

    DECEMBER 4, 2020
    UK vows 68 percent emissions cut by end of decade

    https://phys.org/news/2020-12-uk-vows-percent-emissions-decade.html
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    Wind turbines, batteries and solar panels will mainly be imported, so bypassing the UK emissions count. A phony numbers game.

    Update: An increasing proportion of the UK’s economy is devoted to the higher-value services sector, which consumes less energy. This raises emissions through international trade flows, exaggerating any apparent decline in territorial-based emissions. — UK gov. report [bold added]

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/uksectoraccounts/compendium/economicreview/october2019/thedecouplingofeconomicgrowthfromcarbonemissionsukevidence

    So the 68% is just a fantasy figure with no definable meaning.

  3. JB says:

    Nothing on TV worth watching let alone stream. Its all banal. Don’t own a cell phone. Have no use for that either, as convos are majority banal as well. All that for a paltry 5%? I can’t even control my monthly food, fuel, and utilities that close. The market varies at least that much.
    Numskulls for scientists in the RS.

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Have we reached peak greentard insanity yet?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Green jobs or red faces? No wind turbine work…

    BBC: What future for Scotland’s heavy engineering yards?

    Douglas Fraser
    Business/economy editor, Scotland
    Published 4 hours ago

    The collapse of BiFab fabrication yards isn’t complete yet, and former prime minister Gordon Brown has a plan – as well as fury at what has been allowed to happen.

    The Scottish government has sunk £52m in the company, so how much might it recover as a creditor and shareholder?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-55184960

  6. cognog2 says:

    So: If I read it right: If i switch off the BBC (aka: Big Brother Climate) I can start eating meat again; but not too much?

  7. Gamecock says:

    ‘The report says digital technology’s estimated contribution to global emissions ranges from 1.4% to 5.9% of the global total.’

    Quite a range there. >400% spread. As if they have no clue what they are talking about.

    Since nature’s contribution is over 96% of the global total, even 1.4% is stupid wrong.

    ‘HD video streaming on a phone generates about eight times more in emissions than standard definition (SD), it says.’

    Not quantitative. Relative terms, signifying nothing. Cirrusly, how much power can a phone use? We can destroy the planet by using phones?

  8. Curious George says:

    This Royal Society awaits King Charles eagerly.

  9. hunterson7 says:

    Scamology in action.

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    What stupid people. If I keep my phone for longer I will instead spend the money on something else. Which will produce emissions. Perhaps more emissions than the phone would have produced.

    They really are so obsessed as to make themselves idiots.

  11. Coeur de Lion says:

    Royally chartered in 1660, the Royal Society has a glorious record of free-thinking Protestant scientific experiment and theorising, making an enormous contribution not only to Great Britain but the world in general. Many famous names. And their motto NULLIUS IN VERBA. – take no man’s word for it, had been their touchstone for centuries. Producing a collective statement is anathema. What a fall. I find it nothing short of disgusting

  12. tom0mason says:

    “Platforms and regulators should limit streaming resolution and default to SD, the authors urged.”

    So stop all the research on getting more information (audio, video, captioning, etc.) into less bits. Stop all research on methods of broadcasting in more efficient ways. No, just give-up and keep everything at a today’s standard definition (SD), so that the UK can meet a foolish self-imposed arbitrary level of CO2 venting. A self imposed limit that will achieve nothing of worth for the nation.
    What really needs fixing is the content so that all the effort that has been expended is used to better inform, educate and entertain (what the BBC should be doing!). Or maybe most people really want more dancing, game shows, cooking, property programs or banal sci-fi, soaps, re-runs, and repeating 24hour non-news news channels?

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