Streaming’s dirty secret: how viewing Netflix top 10 creates vast quantity of CO2

Streaming’s dirty secret: how viewing Netflix top 10 creates vast quantity of CO2

Explosion in popularity of shows on Disney+ to YouTube raises question of impact on planet

Streaming has a dirty secret. The carbon footprint produced by fans watching a month of Netflix’s top 10 global TV hits is equivalent to driving a car a hefty distance beyond Saturn.

The world’s largest video-sharing site, YouTube, is responsible for emitting enough carbon dioxide annually to far surpass the equivalent greenhouse gas output of Glasgow, the Scottish city where world leaders will be gathering from Sunday at the Cop26 climate summit.

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