Crypto’s Ugly side: Bitcoin’s thirst for energy

The rise in demand for cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin (BTC), has led to an unprecedented increase in consumption of energy. Bengaluru: A single Bitcoin (BTC) transaction now needs roughly five times the energy required to complete 100,000 VISA (debit/credit card) transactions. According to a new report by digiconomist, it takes 821 kWH of energy to complete […]

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BBMP powerless to rid the city of hoardings, policy in limbo

Hoardings—both legal and illegal—still dot the city skyline, while the new advertising bylaws are yet to come into effect. Bengaluru: The pandemic may be subsiding, but the real disease plaguing the city—hoardings and distracting advertisements—may not go away anytime soon.  “They are not even different ads, just the same ones over and over again,” said […]

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Council stops collecting garbage due to lack of dumping space

The existing dumping ground near the Bidadi railway station has been earmarked for the construction of the six-lane Bengaluru-Mysore highway, leaving the Municipal council to find another ground. Bidadi: The Bidadi Municipal Council has run out of space to dump garbage and has stopped collecting it for the past few weeks. Residents have taken to […]

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High salinity in groundwater proving costly for residents

Sewage and industrial waste flowing into Vrishabhavathi in the city is haunting the villagers near Bidadi. Clogged plumbing, ruined water heaters add to the woes of health problems such as skin rashes and hair fall. Ramanagara: High saline and mineral content in groundwater is clogging plumbing and harming household appliances such as solar water heaters […]

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Rural auto drivers still reeling from lockdown effect

Auto drivers in Ramanagara district who mainly ferry passengers from villages to towns still haven’t recovered from the effects of lockdown. Despite Unlock 5.0 guidelines that have opened up the state, the closure of schools and colleges combined with factory workers and office goers shunning autos for private vehicles has made life difficult for auto drivers.

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