Polar Bears International

12/27/2013 2:19:28 PM

Good News Friday {Climate Heroes, London Buses, Geothermal Power}

We like to go into the weekend with a smile on our face and we bet you do too. It's time for our last Good News Friday of 2013.

On Fridays we look at the good things that are happening for polar bears and carbon reduction.

• As we get ready to start another year, Climate Progress has a list of the "Climate Champions of 2013." In a year that saw carbon pollution levels hit the milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere and brought record-breaking drought, fires, typhoons, and air pollution, it can be easy to forget there are climate champions out there, pushing back on those climate grinches. Check out a few of the climate heroes that made progress, inspired, or otherwise made an impact in 2013. 

London gets its first electric-only buses. London has long been experimenting with hybrid and fuel cell buses. Now it's adding pure electric buses to the fleet too. Initially, the vehicles will run two shorter inner city routes and test the technology for future expansion. The city has already taken the lead with hybrid and fuel cell buses, but The Guardian reports that the new electric buses are the first of their kind to run purely off batteries. 

• Good news on a technology that could revolutionize geothermal energy made waves at the American Geophysical Union meeting last week. CO2 plume geothermal power or CPG, benefits include sequestering CO2; making geothermal energy accessible in geographic regions where it has not been economically feasible to use this natural heat source for generating power; and storing energy from solar or wind farms. CPG could produce ten times more geothermal energy than traditional geothermal approaches currently yield, offering an important new source of renewable energy while simultaneously contributing to the reduction of CO2 entering the atmosphere due to fossil fuel burning. 

Have a great weekend and happy new year!

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