The trade and propaganda war of the US and its allies against China has recently caused some friendly fire after the Chinese Youth Communist League publicly denounced a group of mainly clothing corporations that have cut supply links with Xinjiang. Many of the corporations have a long history of enthusiastically utilising global sweatshops. Yet, as Xinjiang residents have been lifted out of poverty in recent years, these long-term exploiters have decided to claim the moral high ground on a hill built of US State department lies that are repeatedly denied and disproven by people who live in China.
Campaigners against climate change have been shocked with a new statistic from Cambridge University researchers who have revealed that Bitcoin mining now consumes more energy than the entirety of Argentina, around 121.36 terawatt-hours a year. Bitcoin is a blockchain cryptocurrency that relies on verifications from computers within its network to maintain the integrity of transactions within the system. Computers that partake in this process are sporadically rewarded with the bitcoin currency, and this process is known as ‘mining’.