We all have clear that taking the car or other means of transport contaminates, but what, perhaps, went unnoticed to the vast majority is that see a series on a streaming platform also generates a carbon footprint on the planet.

This was confessed by the Netflix itself in a recent report on the sustainability in which it recognized that one half-hour viewing in streaming can create up to 55 gr. CO2 that reaches the atmosphere, as if we cooked four bags of popcorn in the microwave.

A fact that goes in accordance with a recent study presented by researchers at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Oberta de Catalunya Universitat in which they reveal that, between 1.8% and 2.8% of CO2 emissions On the planet, they are produced by the use of Internet services since they need to consume a large amount of data.

These are processed in large centers that can come to consume 250TWh of electricity, enough to give light to a country like Spain. However, this fingerprint of digital carbon can be reduced by how we use our devices, for example, if we do not ignite the camera during a video call, we will consume 61% less data, and therefore less energy.

Like Making a video call is less harmful to the environment than, for example, watching a movie. But it does not just tell how we use digital devices, but also how long we do it, then even if you see a movie on a streaming platform on television is more polluting than seeing it on your mobile.

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As the fact of that the mobile is turned on 24 hours a day generates more CO2 than having the TV running to see something. Therefore, experts advise that, as well as lights, we turn off the technological devices when we are not using them, however difficult it seems.