These firms work to develop the project and to support its promotion and commercial adoption as well.

As CryptoGlobe reported, the number of ADA wallets has grown over 1,200% year-over-year from 190,000 to 2.5 million, showing that adoption of the cryptocurrency’s network has been steadily growing, partly thanks to the implementation of smart contracts.

Cardano Foundation CEO Frederik Gregaard has published a blog post looking back at 2021 as a “year of incredible growth” for the cryptocurrency network.

According to Gregaard, 2021 was a year in which the Cardano protocol “sustained growth, technical innovation, community expansion, and partnerships” that helped it move forward.

In March, President Biden signed an executive order requesting research on the potential climate impact of digital assets, given the high energy costs of crypto mining. A letter written in response, penned by a climate-focused blockchain committee that included members of Toucan, conceded that “currently, Blockchains do have an energy problem,” before pledging to make the entire crypto industry net-zero in terms of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, in part by switching completely to renewable sources of energy.

(Some critics are skeptical that this is an achievable goal.)

Verra halts Toucan’s activity

Verra’s decision to stop the tokenization of retired credits means Toucan’s main activity will halt for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear what will happen to 22 million retired credits that have already been placed on chain, and whether they will be worth anything going forward. Both the Toucan and Klima tokens dropped severely in price following Verra’s decision.

The Twitter user who goes by Rez and is the head of protocol for the climate-crypto community Solid World DAO wrote on Twitter that Verra’s announcement sent the climate-crypto markets “into a sort of existential limbo.”

Crypto carbon proponents hope they will be able to help Verra build a new system of tokenizing “live” credits as opposed to retired ones. But Verra’s legal officer Rix told TIME that Verra is leaning toward working with a project like Carbonplace, which was created by a consortium of banks including CIBC and UBS.

Carbonplace has many similar aims to Toucan, including to scale and organize carbon markets.

Toucan’s aim was to create infrastructure to facilitate the buying of carbon credits, which would be retired and then placed on-chain in the form of a new token. From there, the tokens would be stored publicly and safely, and could then be bought and traded like any other crypto asset, with the hopes of enticing prospective buyers who previously had no interest in the carbon credit world.

And in October, millions of carbon credits started arriving on chain thanks to a campaign from another crypto environmental group called KlimaDAO. But many of them were attached to low-quality, long-dormant projects that didn’t actually improve the environment, according to some scientists and watchdogs.

It’s the language for writing most smart contracts,” says Hickling.

How hard is it to learn Solidity? Not at all, says the CTO: “If you know how to code already, it’s not that difficult.”

Lycett says the demand for Solidity coders is such that even-self taught people are being recruited in London on salaries of £65k ($86k), while experienced developers can command up to £150k. The CTO says most seasoned Solidity developers are juggling multiple job offers.
“It’s necessary to offer more money or more interesting projects,” he says. “- These are the key things.”

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Richard Hickling, the former trading floor technologist who now runs crypto analytics provider ProfitView. “It’s a high-performance compiled language designed to avoid some of the pitfalls of C (and thus C++), while being new and cool just as crypto was taking off.”

Rust is used by Compound and by Bolt Labs among others. It’s also being specified as a desirable language by Jump Trading as it builds out its crypto team.
“You need to be disciplined to program in Rust,” says the CTO of one crypto payments firm. “It won’t work properly if you don’t do a good job, but it’s modern and fast and compiles into a smaller executable.”

Like Solidity, Rust can be used to write smart contracts (and is used on the Solana blockchain), but reflecting Ethereum’s popularity, Solidity is the better used of the two: “Solidity is the Ethereum language so anyone in DeFi needs to get in top of it.

Why?

Because up to now, crypto has been the new Wild West – and if we want to change that and become part of the reputable financial framework, we have to accept that regulation is a necessary part of growing up.

Binance ignored regulation for too long and look what happened – it is now banned in many economies while allegations of tax fraud and money laundering are investigated. Regulation will come anyway as our industry grows – so let us welcome it.

There are those who would curb the industry altogether, banning financial institutions from dealing in cryptocurrency and we play into their hands if we do not come to the table and behave responsibly.

Take the case of tech companies. The fact that tech companies were harvesting data without any limits led to GDPR and similar laws.

The trouble with a ‘head in the sand’ approach is that one day you wake up and see that the world has changed without you, and probably not in the way you wanted. Rather than having to adjust, it is far better to shape this shift.

We, industry pioneers, should act as custodians of the system, preventing its misuse and protecting consumers.

Conversely, regulation without the help of practitioners can lead to mistakes and misjudgments, unintended consequences, and risk. Afterall, we are hardly the first industry that started with no rules.

Twenty years ago, only a handful of countries mentioned the word ‘internet’ in legislation. Today most legal systems have adapted to the new connected world.

The same will happen with crypto, whether we want it or not. The key is to lead this process and make it good.

Badgley, all of which immediately negate any CO2 offsetting they’d offered.

More crypto confusion

Environmentalists and carbon market experts are also concerned by the volatility crypto introduces into their efforts. So much of crypto markets is currently fueled by speculation: the desire for traders to make money fast on tokens that swing wildly in value.

“If [carbon-offset] prices keep fluctuating as widely as some of the crypto assets have been fluctuating, that makes it difficult…to plan and develop” carbon-reduction projects, says Ben Rattenbury, vice president of policy at Sylvera.

In recent weeks, values have been depressed across the crypto world, and carbon crypto projects are no exception: As of writing, Toucan’s BCT token is less than half of what it was in February, and KlimaDAO’s token is a third of what it was in March.

Food supply and hygiene is also heavily regulated, to safeguard a basic human need. In these industries and countless more, regulation has had positive benefits.

Currently, this debate is raging around crypto.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was recently asked whether the US government should be involved in regulating the crypto space. ‘It is not possible I think, to destroy crypto, but it is possible for governments to slow down its advancement,’ he said. ‘I would say, ‘Do nothing’.’

The whole crypto world is driven by one word – freedom. The simple fact that governments cannot access your wallet is already a huge win when it comes to freedom.

However, it does not mean that crypto should be used for criminal purposes and its image ruined by a minority using it for money laundering or crime.

It is definitely the much-anticipated asset-backed stablecoin of the Facebook social giant, which was first revealed earlier this year. The crypto is expected to be launched in the summer of 2020 if it manages to comply with the required regulatory requirements.

Initially, the stablecoin received a lot of support from major companies, such us Uber, Vodafone, Coinbase, and Binance backing up the project.

But due to regulatory pressures and uncertainty, backers such as Mastercard, eBay, and PayPal Holdings have decided to withdraw their support.

If Libra manages to launch, it will have an estimated user base of at least 170 million just in the United States.

The co-founder of Accointing regarded the launch as a matter of establishing a sense of legitimacy for the cryptocurrency, stating:

Stablecoins are hugely important to the space.

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