🗣️ “By using imprecise and vague terms [and] confusing terminology... officials bypassed laws, avoided norms, and approved expansive policy measures,” writes @KarenGreenberg3, director at @CNSFordhamLaw
By now you've probably heard that #Bitcoin mining is bad for the environment. @ElonMusk even Tweeted about it yesterday 🪙.
But why does mining use so much energy? And how big is the impact anyway? 🧵
Before we get started, some housekeeping:
1⃣ #Bitcoin = A #cryptocurrency that can be used in transactions or as a store of value
2⃣ Blockchain = A decentralised database that stores information on transactions
3⃣ Blocks = A group of transactions
Got it? Let’s move on 🏃♀️.
Bitcoin mining is energy-intensive ⚡️ because of a process called “proof of work.”
The new claims come as donors pressure aid groups to do more to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, and follow our joint investigation with @newhumanitarian in 2020, during which 51 women in the nearby eastern city of Beni made similar accusations.
In a 6-month investigation into Amazon's labour practices in the country, 15 former contract workers we spoke to alleged mistreatment and unfair dismissal after being recruited through labour agencies.
Here's what we learned 🧵
Since opening its first Mexico warehouse in 2015, Amazon has grown rapidly by relying on subcontracted workers.
According to an estimate by workers, two-thirds of Amazon's Mexico warehouse workforce is currently outsourced to contractors.
Interviews with workers, copies of pay slips, and WhatsApp messages from Amazon HR reveal that many had to work overtime beyond legal limits while others were let go without severance, forced to resign, or laid off after falling ill with COVID-19.