Fossil fuel free town thanks to biogas

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Kristianstad, a town in Sweden with a population of around 80,000, tends to be known more for its production of Absolut Vodka. When the city vowed a decade ago to wean itself from fossil fuels, it was a lofty aspiration, and sounded more like utopia. This process involves converting the waste into biogas, and then burning the gas to produce heat and electricity, or refining it, for fuel for cars.

Massive Twitterstorm demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies underway

Green Blog

A 24-hour “storm” against fossil fuel subsidies was launched today by 350.org , Avaaz , Greenpeace , and other environmental organizations on the popular social network site Twitter. The event is expected to involve hundreds of thousands of people from around the world who will join forces in demanding an end to subsidies to the fossil fuel industry by tweeting under the same #EndFossilFuelSubsidies hashtag.

Sweden is Burning Trash – What This Means for America

Sustainability Ninja

That the country is Sweden, and that the practice is not only considered environmentally friendly but that it also generates a significant amount of energy, is an even greater shock. Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden from Sweden on Vimeo.

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Sweden is Burning Trash – What This Means for America

Sustainability Ninja

That the country is Sweden, and that the practice is not only considered environmentally friendly but that it also generates a significant amount of energy, is an even greater shock. In adopting this practice, however, Sweden has solved a number of issues relating to waste management and its reliance on fossil fuels. Viewed superficially, the idea that an entire country is burning its trash comes as something of a surprise.

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Denmark to end their reliance on fossil fuels, aims for 100 percent renewable energy in 2050

Green Blog

The new red and green government in Denmark wants to end the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels remain a large part of the country’s energy portfolio, accounting for approximately two thirds of the total production. And since neighboring country Sweden has lost the will to lead , Europe badly needs a new climate leader. In a proposal presented to the parliament last week the Danish government laid out their new and bold energy plan.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

Corruption Allegations, Monster Mine Madness, and the US Ex Im.

Sierra Club Compass

Export-Import Bank (Exim) President Fred Hochberg continues to underwrite some of the world's largest and most destructive fossil fuel ventures. That's more carbon than Sweden, Norway, and Denmark emit combined. Dirty Fuels. Compass.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

Unfortunately Australia (through disproportionately huge annual fossil fuel burning and exports) and Belize (through disproportionately huge annual deforestation) have already used up their “share” of this terminal greenhouse gas (GHG) budget. Thus, the era of an economy driven by fossil fuels will definitely have to come to an end within the first half of this century” (see WBGU, “ Solving the climate dilemma: the budget approach ”).

The Swedish government completes its climate wrecking track record with a pro-nuclear vote

Green Blog

Sweden, not so green anymore? The right-wing government in Sweden unfortunately won, with a two votes margin, the pro-nuclear vote in the parliament this past week and is now in full climate-wrecking gear. Photo by: Per Ola Wiberg.

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Offshore Wind Energy Could Power 14 Million American Homes If.

Sierra Club Compass

  The development of offshore wind will dramatically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make a significant impact in acting against global climate change. Photo is of the Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden.

A Green Globe: 4 Surprisingly Sustainable Countries

Environmental News Network

Tokelau, like many other communities in the South Pacific, previously relied heavily on diesel fuel for energy. Singapore provides citizens with electric vehicle charging stations and alternate fuel public transportation. Sweden. By: Guest Contributor, Christopher Beck.

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Five Green Cities

Living Green & Saving Energy

Malmo, Sweden 4. Reykjavik, Iceland We previously posted about the virtual elimination of fossil fuels in Iceland. Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Five Green Cities by greenwise on December 20, 2010 Post describes 5 green cities around the world on “ How Stuff Works &# For the record, they are 5. Copenhagen, Denmark 3. Portland, Oregon USA 2. Vancouver, BC Canada 1.

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Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE among world’s top 10 wasters

Green Prophet

The rest of the top 10 offenders were Denmark, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and the United States, with Bahrain and Sweden listed in ninth and tenth place, respectively.

EcoDataCenter sucks carbon from your data

Green Prophet

Swedish developer of climate-positive data centers EcoDataCenter has taken a global lead in this segment and is now launching the first carbon positive data center in the world, in Falun in central Sweden.

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International Support For Obama’s Climate Promises

Sierra Club Compass

Partially located within in the North Arctic Circle and including the Danish territory of Greenland, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and communities in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden will need to adapt and fight back.

The Arctic Whisper Goes into Passenger Service Only 11 Months After Project Start

Green (Living) Review

The World's first fast charged hybrid buses are now in public service in Umea, Sweden. Umeå, Sweden: On November 26, 2011, Hybricon AB and Umeå Municipality took the next step in the development of the Arctic Whisper super fast rechargeable hybrid electric buses.

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Europe Maintains Commitment to Ambition and Action at Recent Marrakesh Climate Talks

Conservancy Talk

A host of European countries (including Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands) were also central to the newly launched NDC[7] Partnership , which will enable cooperation between countries of the North and the South towards implementing the Paris Agreement.

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CleanTech Group and WWF Name Israel as 2nd Top Cleantech Producer

Green Prophet

The tiny country beat out Sweden, Finland, the United States and other leading national innovators. Green Prophet’s Susan noted wryly in an earlier post that Israel fathered modern solar energy generation but doesn’t implement it widely within its own borders because of political motivations that cause its leadership to chase after fossil fuels. Israel tops the global clean tech charts once again!

Ecuador Yasuni Rainforest Under Threat From Oil Below

Eccorazzi

Germany pledged $838 million to Ecuador and it is expected that Spain, Sweden, France and Switzerland will make generous contributions. Ecuador’s Yasuni rainforest is home to more species of animals, plants, and insects than anywhere else in the world.

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous

Greentumble

Nuclear fission is a process when one atom of a fuel used in nuclear power plants splits in tiny particles. For example, a commonly used nuclear fuel is uranium, which splits in two fission byproducts. Plutonium is then used as a new fuel or to build nuclear weapons.

The Swiss plan a 62 mile electric highway for cargo transport

EcoFriend

Pratima Kalra: Sweden has high ambitions of ridding the country of fossil fuel by 2030. It wants green highways to flourish its landscape with electric roads. Currently, the Swiss claim that 80 percent of the carbon emissions are contributed by cargo transport.

Nuclear Power – A Solution?

Eco Friendly Daily

Other countries have been quick to respond, with Sweden’s Liberal Party also keen to promote reinvestment in nuclear power. In the new UK plan, nuclear power is seen as a way to lower emissions and reduce fossil fuel power generation.

Zero Rally 2012: Emission free cars race on exclusive green corridor

EcoFriend

In a joint Nordic Venture, Norway and Sweden have built one of the first Green Highways of the world that connects both the nations with an exclusive freeway that is meant only for electric vehicles.

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Renewables 2014 Global Status Report Highlights Another Year of Impressive Renewable Energy Growth

Green (Living) Review

In China, new renewable power capacity surpassed new fossil fuel and nuclear capacity for the first time. Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Austria, respectively, led all countries in per capita renewable power capacity installed as of end-2013.

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How to Make ‘Local’ Food Good Conservation, Too

Nature Conservancy - Science

Agriculture is a large consumer of fossil fuels for input production and application and mechanical harvesting. Food consumption patterns and their influence on climate change: Greenhouse gas emissions in the life-cycle of tomatoes and carrots consumed in Sweden.

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Will the Kyoto Protocol Survive Qatar 2012?

Green Prophet

As this deadline approaches, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has made a pre-release version of CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2012 – Highlights available. The Qatar climate conference this year could very well mark the end of the Kyoto protocol.

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All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

The price outlier at $168 per ton is Sweden , where a high and persistent price has helped reduce pollution 13 percent in a decade. Most carbon pollution comes from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, to power businesses, to heat buildings, or to transport goods and people.

Rajasthan, India: Udaipur's green palace

Green Traveler Guides

He’s organized international solar rallies on the roads of Rajasthan, and has made it his goal to make Udaipur a solar city and Lake Pichola a fossil-fuel-free zone.

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Top green stories of 2012

Green Blog

According to Greenpeace, the security problems at the aging nuclear reactors in Sweden are so urgent that they need to be shut down immediately. 2012, what a year! And in just a couple of hours it will have ran its course and we will rush into a new and exciting 2013. What will happen?

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Renewable Revolution: Low-Carbon Energy by 2030

The Green Changemakers

Renewable technologies are already enabling Germany, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and several other countries to avoid CO2 emissions. Fossil fuel or nuclear power plants typically release more than half of their input energy as waste heat. Author: Janet L.

Irish communities have been urged to live more sustainably

Green (Living) Review

If we are really serious, as a country, as those that are supposed to lead, as to going “green” we must take a leaf out of the books of other countries in the European Union, for instance, such as Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In other countries the waster that cannot be recycled is burned in CHP plants and no one objects, really, as people understand that this is the best for the environment and at the same time it frees them from the use of fossil fuels.

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Why travel green: 3 good reasons

Green Traveler Guides

Local food is best for you because it’s at its freshest and most healthful (and carbon-emitting fossil fuels have not been expended to carry it thousands of miles to your plate).

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ICLEI Case Studies - Locally-based projects that support sustainability

The Green Changemakers

USA 10 - Environmental Management - Ottawa, Canada 9 - Waste Water Management - Stockholm, Sweden 8 - Transportation Management - São Paulo, Brazil 7 - Species Conservation - Johnstone Shire, Australia 6 - Environmental Auditing - Lancashire County, UK 5 - Housing Construction - Austin, USA 4 - Energy Conservation-Finance - Saarbrücken, Germany 3 - Solid Waste Management - Bandung, Indonesia 2 - Land Use-Transport - Curitiba, Brazil 1 - Hazardous Waste - Ventura County, USA.

Searching for a Miracle - ‘Net Energy’ Limits & the Fate of Industrial Society

The Green Changemakers

A failure to supply sufficient energy, or energy of sufficient quality, could undermine the future welfare of humanity, while a failure to quickly make the transition away from fossil fuels could imperil the Earth’s vital ecosystems.

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Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

The World is increasingly threatened by man-made global warming due to pollution of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases (GHGs), principally carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), with this GHG pollution deriving mostly from fossil fuel burning and from land use (agriculture and deforestation). At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action.

Some Oil Companies are More Eco Friendly: Who’s Fuelling Your Summer Drives?

Eco Chic

While I’m 100% behind the idea of getting rid of personal cars altogether, like those happy biking Germans , or of running ALL cars on non-fossil fuel alternatives by 2030 (as Sweden built into their recent energy and climate bill), the thing is, these initiatives will take time. (In

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Sewage could become a more important energy source in the future

The Green Changemakers

Waste solids used as fuel or fertiliser 4: Biogas plant cleans methane to remove impurities, adds odorant to "smell like gas" 5: Clean biomethane pumped back into national network The UK has to ensure that, by 2020, 15% of the energy it produces comes from renewable sources.

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The stress free nuclear stress test

Green Blog

I’m not sure Germany can meet its energy needs without being heavily dependant on imports of some sort (some of which will inevitably be Shale gas from Poland and French nuclear power) or fossil fuels (coal) without resorting to nuclear power.

The mass media and our environment

Green Blog

This was in the beginning fueled by the need to create private finances to help in war efforts and colonial state expansion and imperialism which took place during this period. Even here in Sweden climate skeptics seemed to breathe fresh air from the major Climategate news coverage.

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13 Best Energy Ideas (And 3 Really Bad Ones) :: by Sarah van Gelder

The Green Changemakers

Examples: Sweden taxes CO2 emissions, carbon-based fuels, and domestic flights, and cut taxes for labor and green fuels. Also: A new study shows that just under half the biofuels studied cause more environmental disruption than fossil fuel burning.

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Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

Green Blog

And these rather different perceptions on climate justice between the rich and poor nations help fuel an deteriorating negotiating atmosphere. And so they argue they also have the right, just like the North, to build and develop their economy using cheap fossil fuels.

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How to make a city green -- without tearing it down

The Green Changemakers

BIKES ON DEMAND Bicycles use sweat power, not fossil-fuel power, which means they’re a favorite of green-transit planners everywhere. Similar schemes are being tried at London’s Heathrow Airport and in a test in Uppsala, Sweden. Urban retrofits By Michael Fitzgerald on "The Boston Globe" As the world warms, it’s also getting more urban - more than half the world’s population now lives in and around cities.

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Whole System Healing

The Green Changemakers

The information is based on the widely used Natural Step Framework from Sweden, which has been used by numerous businesses, government agencies, municipalities, academic institutions, congregations, nonprofits, and individuals in the U.S. What Is Whole Systems Healing?