We Earthlings: The CO2 Impact of Streaming Video

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Video streaming has become a part of many peoples everyday lives and we’re here to help you learn about what that means for the environment. Every hour of video you stream emits 0.88 lbs. of CO2. If you watch the average of six hours a day, your annual video carbon footprint is 1,372 pounds.

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How did we arrive at our numbers? Author and New York Times reporter Tatiana Schlossberg reports in her book, Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, that an hour of video streaming emits 0.4 kilograms of CO2. We converted that figure to pounds per hour and multiplied by the average number of hours of streaming reported annually in the United States reported by Nielsen.

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