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These companies claim blockchain could help fight climate change

Is it a breakthrough, or just a buzzword?

Climate wonks say blockchain has a key role to play in the clean-energy economy.

Climate wonks say blockchain has a key role to play in the clean-energy economy.

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Bitcoin, the much-hyped cryptocurrency, made headlines recently for driving a surge in power use. Around the globe, digital entrepreneurs are ‘mining’ Bitcoins by solving complex math problems, using supercomputers to get the job done. Those supercomputers use a ton of power, which largely comes form coal- and gas-fired power plants spewing gobs of carbon pollution.

But, while hackers wreak havoc on the climate, blockchain,

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