Polar Bears International

9/5/2014 3:17:26 PM

Good News Friday (Swedish waste, Growing U.S. Solar, People‰Ûªs Climate March}

From waste-to-energy in Sweden, to growing solar energy generation in the U.S., to the People's Climate March, we cover it in this week's Good News Friday. It's the time we talk about good things happening to mitigate global warming and benefit polar bears.

• Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It's what they do with it that is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial, is that Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over 2 million tons, and converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country's 32 waste-to energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe: importing excess waste from other countries. Read more.

• Solar energy generation continues to climb in the U.S. with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy, according to a new reportRead more.

• We love seeing people take action, and the People's Climate March on September 21, is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The march takes place just two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations. Marchers are demanding leaders go beyond rhetoric and commit to bold action at the summit. You don't have to be in New York to participate; there are events worldwide. Read more.

Have a great weekend! 

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