Sciencebeta is my place to write about neuroscience, psychology and health news from around the world.
I like to focus on topics that will have the maximum positive impact on the quality of life of this and future generations, with a special interest in understanding how the brain works.
You might be wondering why this website looks so plain. It is designed that way on purpose, to be fast-loading, as well as for distraction-free reading. Another reason is that I want to contribute to a more sustainable web.
The Internet does use a lot of electricity. Producing electricity, for the most part, involves burning fossil fuels- in turn that means that the Internet’s carbon footprint may have already eclipsed global air travel.
One website, of course, can’t make much of a difference. Still, it’s a start, and I feel better about creating webpages now that I have a lower carbon footprint than 90% of all sites. Here is a screenshot of a typical page on this site as measured by Website Carbon – a calculator that tells you how big the carbon footprint of a website is:
If you look at the very bottom of the screen there, you will notice the site is running on “bog standard electricity.” My nest back-end project here is to move the site onto a hosting provider that is powered by a renewable energy source, such as Google Cloud, which has been 100% renewable enegy since 2017, or Amazon Web Services, which as of this writing, is about 50% renewable and climbing.
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Note: Content on this website is for information only. It is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice.
To avoid conflict of interest or reporting bias, this website has no direct funding from grants, government organizations, pharmaceutical companies, other big businesses, universities, or foundations.
 Benchmarking a couple of other science news websites, Medicalxpress.com has produces 3.79 g of CO2 per page view, ScienceDaily 1.35 g, ScientificAmerican.com 3.90 g, and QuantaMagazine.org 6.67g. (Over a year, with 10,000 monthly page views, QuantaMagazine.org produces 801kg of CO2 equivalent, the same weight as 5 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 108,470 cups of tea, according to WebsiteCarbon.com)