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The importance of sustainability: Why eco-friendly blockchains are the future

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As more and more decentralized applications (DApps), such as GameFi, DeFi, NFTs, and more, are being developed, heated discussions about the environmental impact of blockchain and cryptocurrency have reignited once more. Especially after China’s crackdown on cryptocurrency mining activities, public debates about blockchain and crypto-related energy consumption rates have reached a climax.

Proof of Work’s environmental impact

Since the birth of Bitcoin, the Proof of Work (PoW) consensus mechanism has always been fundamental to the security of blockchain networks. This consensus is reached through computing power, commonly referred to as hash rate.

Over time as blockchain technology is being adopted by the world, the energy consumption rate of the entire blockchain network has skyrocketed, leading to significant environmental costs. The University of Cambridge estimates that Bitcoin mining consumes about 130 TWh per year, accounting for about 0.1% of the world’s total primary energy consumption.

As far as DApp development is concerned, energy consumption-related environmental issues are mostly derived from Ethereum mining, since Ethereum is a PoW blockchain with the largest ecosystem full of projects in varying sizes. With the recent London hard fork, the transition to Ethereum 2.0-a complete Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain, will be completed as early as 2022. As a result, the current energy consumption per transaction on Ethereum is about 35 kWh, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of a single person in developing countries for 3 days.

The true cost of DApp transactions

While mass crypto adoption is happening around the world, DApps and their applicability will eventually catch up. New projects such as wealth management applications, lending platforms, decentralized exchanges (DEX), NFT-inspired metaverses, and more, that are gradually taking over social media and our lives are the ultimate proof. If you have been paying attention to what’s happening around you, the crypto community’s passion and loyalty towards decentralized, immutable technology are clearly reflected in the real world.

That is certainly good news for crypto enthusiasts, but for the environment, it’s an entirely different story. Take NFTs for example. Memo Atken, a digital artist and engineer, estimates that the true cost of an NFT is much higher than a typical energy consumption of a transaction on Ethereum (35 kWh). He believes that NFT-related transactions will cost much more because all NFTs have to be minted and exchanged multiple times on the blockchain.

He is certainly correct. In fact, an NFT’s creation and distribution do not only consist of a simple mint and sale process. There will be many subsequent transactions made by collectors and traders, which makes the average carbon footprint of each NFT close to 340kWh (an average of 211 kg of CO2), equivalent to a single person’s energy consumption in a developed country for more than a month.

Why eco-friendly blockchains are favored by developers

In early 2021, several public blockchains underwent considerable ecosystem expansion, such as ThunderCore, Solana, Polkadot, and Binance Smart Chain. These blockchains’ ecosystems are in full bloom, as decentralized projects like DAOs, Oracles, Token Bridges, DeFi protocols, NFT marketplaces, blockchain games, and more, are being deployed consistently. There are many reasons for the expansion of these networks, but one thing they all have in common is that none of them utilize a PoW consensus mechanism (meaning zero physical mining facilities are used). Instead, novel mechanisms, such as PoS, that allow on-chain staking and other models to replace PoW are applied.

Among them, the ThunderCore blockchain uses the state-of-the-art PoS consensus mechanism, PaLa, which not only solves the “scalability trilemma”, but also supports the chain’s entire ecosystem with cheap renewable energy. ThunderCore is an eco-friendly public blockchain, and its CO2 emissions, resulting from on-chain transactions, are reduced by more than 10,000x. For example, its block creation does not require the support of large amounts of energy resources like Bitcoin and Ethereum do. ThunderCore is also EVM compatible, which allows the rapid migration and deployment of Ethereum projects. With low gas fees (<$0.00001), sub-second confirmations, and 4,000+ TPS, ThunderCore has become a platform favored by developers from the world over.

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Match System’s CEO Andrei Kutin Announces Full Recovery of $68 mln Stolen Crypto Assets

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Summary:  $68 million from the incident occurred on May 3, 2024 related to the “dust” attack were fully returned to the victim today with the participation of the cybersecurity agency Match Systems and the Cryptex cryptocurrency exchange. At the moment, the victim has no complaints against the attacker.

On May 3, 2024, one of the crypto whales became a victim of a classic dust attack (or “dandruff attack”) resulting in the theft of 1,155.28 WBTC, worth over $68 million.

The stolen tokens were received by an unknown scammer to the address 0xd9A1C3788D81257612E2581A6ea0aDa244853a91, from which the funds were moved to the address 0xfB5bcA56A3824E58A2c77217fb667AE67000b7A6. After which the stolen funds began to be distributed in parts to several scammer’s addresses. 

The victim immediately sought assistance from Match Systems. As a result of promptly conducted work, the assets were found and returned to the crypto whale in full in just a week. 

This incident perfectly demonstrates that promptly contacting specialists in case of theft of crypto assets significantly increases the chances of the crypto fraud victim to get them back. Moreover, the earlier the victim seeks help, the higher the probability of getting the stolen funds back in full.

More detailed information about this type of theft is contained in the article:

https://journals.nauss.edu.sa/index.php/JISCR/article/view/2237/1275

About Match Systems:

Match Systems, is a leading company specializing in AML services, blockchain investigations, and implementation of compliance procedures for cryptocurrency projects around the world. By leveraging advanced technology and expertise in financial crime detection, the company is poised to help organizations to navigate the complex regulatory landscape as well as minimize the risks associated with digital currencies.

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Name: Joseph Anderson

Website:  https://matchsystems.com/    

Email: [email protected]

Address: Dubai, UAE

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Arch Town Labs Announces Focus on Investing in and Supporting Non-profit Organizations and Social Impact Initiatives

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In the realm of non-profit organizations and social enterprises, funding is a critical factor that often determines the success or failure of the mission. One increasingly popular source of capital is Venture Philanthropy, a practice of making investments in non-profit or social enterprises that aim to generate both a social return and a financial return. In this article, we will explore three prominent venture philanthropy firms that non-profits and social entrepreneurs should be aware of.

Arch Town Labs

Arch Town Labs is a prominent venture philanthropy firm founded by Artem Vershinsky and Pavel Ryzhykh in 2023. It focuses on investing in and supporting non-profit organizations and social enterprises that are dedicated to creating positive social change. This organization believes in the power of social entrepreneurship and uses its resources to help these organizations scale and maximize their impact.

New Profit

New Profit is a venture philanthropy organization that aims to break down the barriers standing between people and opportunity in the United States. It seeks to transform the way America educates its children, propels people towards social mobility, and re-engineers our workforce for the future. The organization provides funding and strategic support to a portfolio of social enterprises to accelerate their impact.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has been a pioneer in the world of venture philanthropy. The foundation is committed to helping financially disadvantaged youth in the United States. It achieves this by making large, long-term grants to non-profits that have demonstrated the potential to significantly improve the lives of these children.

The Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation is another key player in the field of venture philanthropy. It was established by Jeff Skoll, the first employee and first president of eBay. The foundation invests in, connects, and celebrates social entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to solving the world’s most pressing problems.

The Omidyar Network

The Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm. It was established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam. The network supports innovative start-ups and non-profits in areas ranging from education and financial inclusion to property rights and government transparency.

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Company Address: London, United Kingdom

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Embracing a World of Mutual Understanding among People through Mountain Tourism – “International Mountain Tourism Day 2024” Theme Events Will Kick Off

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China, 19th May 2024 – The “International Mountain Tourism Day 2024” Theme Events will be held in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France on May 29. The Events is hosted by the International Mountain Tourism Alliance (IMTA), a non-profit international organization initiated and established by China. A series of activities will be held around the events theme “Mutual Understanding among People through Mountain Tourism” and the forum theme “Mountain Tourism Destinations Responding to Climate Change“, including a launching ceremony, theme forum, promotion conference, negotiation meeting, exhibition, etc. 

Scenery of the Nice Côte d’Azur. Image source: Nice Côte d’Azur Tourism Board 

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The year 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and France, and is also the “China-France Culture and Tourism Year”. France is a cultural and artistic center of Europe and one of the earliest countries to develop mountain tourism, the Theme Events held here will be meaningful. Through multi-perspective, multi-field, and multi-topic discussions and interactions, it will bring in-depth thinking and experience to the attendees. Through various exchange activities, it will showcase and disseminate the development concept of mutual understanding among people, and promote the innovation of the “Mountain Tourism Plus” model.

At the opening ceremony on the morning of May 29, leaders and representatives from IMTA, relevant institutions in Nice, France, relevant Chinese institutions in France, and international organizations will make wonderful addresses and give high-level speeches. At the theme forum, representatives from international tourism organizations, tourism-related institutions and enterprises of related countries, and experts and scholars will propose forward-looking and guiding opinions and solutions based on challenges brought by climate change to mountain tourism, ice-snow tourism and other aspects, as well as the interrelationship between sustainable tourism and climate change. In the afternoon, a Mountain Tourism Promotion & Sino-European Entrepreneurs Exchange Conference will be held to build a platform for exchange and cooperation between mountain tourism industry in China and Europe. With the purpose of exploring models and paths for multi-field and multi-level business cooperation, IMTA will exchange MOU with the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA), World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT), and SAS Maxi Event’s FRANCE.

Recently, Serge Koenig, a professor from Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme (ENSA) and an expert from IMTA, and Yang Xiaohua, a mountaineering coach from China, successfully summited Mont Blanc on behalf of the IMTA. According to information, this is one of a series of events of “International Mountain Tourism Day 2024”. Following the successful summit of Mount Everest with the “International Mountain Tourism Day” flag on May 29, 2019, the summit of the highest peak in Western Europe in 2024 symbolizes the contemporary move of mountain tourism in the two countries going forward hand in hand with courage. It not only aligns with the sportsmanship spirit of the Paris Olympics but also vividly reflects the synergy and interaction between sports and mountain tourism, symbolizing the ongoing, upward and forward friendship between the Chinese and French people.

Serge Koenig (right) and Yang Xiaohua successfully summited Mont Blanc, France. Image source: IMTA.

In order to deepen international friendly exchanges and promote understanding and respect of different cultures, IMTA will host the “Nice Night” Dinner and the Mountain Community & Art Exhibition. The fusion of traditional Chinese Miao and Dong ethnic songs, dances, Western orchestral music, and the interaction between global mountainous natural scenery and humanistic life, will surely bring unique experiences to the guests. During the event, the Global Initiative of “Mutual Understanding among People through Mountain Tourism” will also be released. Relying on mutual learning among civilizations, the inheritance of mountain civilization will be empowered with new connotations of the era and will contribute to enhancing the integration and mutual understanding of world civilizations.

Dong Grand Choir of Guizhou, China. Image source: IMTA, photographed by Wang Xiao.

The “International Mountain Tourism Day” is an international commemorative day initiated and established by IMTA in 2018. At present, it has become an international platform for the global tourism industry and IMTA members to jointly cultivate, participate in, and benefit from. It is an institutional brand for IMTA to participate in the establishment of a global tourism governance system. IMTA will start with “International Mountain Tourism Day” to promote innovation of the “Mountain Tourism Plus” model, facilitate the development of the global tourism industry, and join hands with others in the industry to work together to build a sustainable tourism community a with shared future.

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Organization: International Mountain Tourism Alliance

Contact Person: Zhang Yijing

Website: http://www.imtaweb.net/

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Country: China

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