Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 2: The Impact of Streaming

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Down the Rabbit Hole is our new miniseries dedicated to the deep dives, side trails, and themes that don’t quite fit into our normal episodes. This week we’re following up on our music episode to examine the environmental impact of streaming. If you’re streaming this episode, it’s for you! We cover the insane energy consumption of one Justin Bieber hit, when you should download an album versus buying a physical version, and how we can build a fossil fuel-free future that supports small artists.


Into the mix … PVC pellets used in the production of vinyl records. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images via The Guardian

Sources:
Is Streaming Music Dangerous to the Environment? One Researcher Is Sounding the Alarm, Rolling Stone, May 2019
The environmental impact of music: digital, records, CDs analysed, The Conversation, Jan 2019
New Study Reveals Streaming Music Leads To More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Vinyl, Cassettes, and CDs, Indie88, Sept 2019
Music Consumption Has Unintended Economic And Environmental Costs, University of Glasgow News, April 2019
Nightmares on wax: the environmental impact of the vinyl revival, The Guardian, Jan 2020
Emissions possible: Streaming music swells carbon footprints, Aljazeera, Feb 2020

Learn more about the DJ’s for Climate Action PVC-free vinyl on Kickstarter.

Other World Is Burning episodes mentioned:
Episode 21 – Harry Styles & Sustainable Touring
Episode 16 – Air – SpaceX’s Starlink Internet and Flight Shame
Down the Rabbit Hole Minisode 1: How to Get Involved in Climate Action
Episode 3 – Amazon Good Amazon Bad


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