Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Nordic countries sledding down the climate curve

Nordic countries took the energy crisis in the 1970's to heart and have since been working to switch to renewables. Of course, they're still pumping oil from the North Sea; it's a transitional process.  But as a result of these efforts, while their GDP is up 28% since 2000 (better than Germany), their greenhouse gas emissions are DOWN 18 percent.

Just a taste of the latest milestones: In Norway, more than half of all new car sales are electric or hybrid models, just as entire fleets of ferries that run on batteries are being produced. Last year, Denmark set the world record for a wind-powered economy, generating 43% of electricity from wind power. The Swedes and Finns are paving the way in producing biogas from waste and vegetation and turning it into fuel for heating and automobile engines. Iceland and Norway already run on renewable energy, so abundant are their geothermal and hydro resources, respectively.

Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is one of Europe's smartest cities, or low-carbon sustainable cities; two-thirds of its residents cycle to work, while only 9% drive cars. There are 233 miles of bike path, and the city is continuing to expand the routes and bridges for cyclists. In few other big cities is the downtown air so clean, which lands Copenhagen among the world's most livable cities year in, year out.


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