Polar Bears International

12/20/2013 2:34:26 PM

Good News Friday {Decoupling and Growing, Finnish Solar, Cool Roofs, & Eco Adoption}

We like to go into the weekend with a smile on our face and we bet you do too. So, it's time for some Good News Friday.

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

• Just in time for Christmas, our friends at Climate Counts released a study that will knock your stockings off. Of the 49 companies (out of 100) that rated "sustainably" in the study, 25 of them have grown their revenues since 2005, while concurrently reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the same period. This proves that, at least in the short term, decoupling growth from emissions is possible. The report isn't all good news, but it's Friday so we're picking out the positive. 

• Finland's largest solar power farm has just been completed. The solar panels will begin producing energy at full capacity in March and the excess energy generated by its more than 1,000 solar panels will spill over into the municipal grid, according to project director Esa Areva of the lead contractor Areva Solar. Solar is popular in Finland and the competition to be the country's biggest solar power farm is heating up, with Lappeenranta in southeast Finland also building a major league facility. Not only is the Salo plant the largest in Finland, it also dwarfs almost all others in the Nordics. 

• On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a building code update that will require all new and refurbished homes to have cool roofs, which use sunlight-reflecting materials. Los Angeles is the first major city to require such a measure. "Cool roofs are a win-win-win for the people of Los Angeles," said Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director of Climate Resolve. "Keeping temperatures down on Extreme Heat Days will protect lives; energy efficiency will save millions of dollars; and cool roofs will help Los Angeles combat global climate change at the local level." 

• This week we introduced a new electronic symbolic polar bear adoption. We're calling it an "Eco Adoption." With the Eco-Adoption you receive your adoption instantly. The adoption includes a personalized certificate that can be printed at home or emailed to that special someone. Save on shipping and transportation emissions with this eco-friendly adoption package. 

Have a great weekend and Happy Winter Solstice!

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