Polar Bears International

6/20/2013 5:56:58 PM

Good News Friday {U.S. Action on Climate Change, NYC Food Composting, Swedish Bus Fleet, Resilient Communities Campaign}

It's Friday and we want to share some good news. There's a lot of doom and gloom out there regarding climate change—and there should be. It's a serious problem that we all need to be taking action on.

But on Fridays, we like to highlight some of the good news. We focus on promising new technology and what people and communities are doing right now to reduce their carbon footprint and create sustainable societies.

  • In a signal that the U.S. will finally take action on climate change, senior officials in the Obama administration say that the president is preparing regulations that will limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Electric power plants produce 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., so the step would be a significant one. The president also plans to address energy efficiency and renewable power in a speech that could come as early as next week.
  • Calling food waste "the final recycling frontier," New York City Mayor Bloomberg has planned a new composting effort with a goal of preventing 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills each year. One hundred restaurants have signed on, and the goal is for it to become mandatory by 2016. The new program will save the city $80 per ton, and the waste can be used as fertilizer or to create energy.
  • The Swedish city of Gothenburg is developing an "ultramodern" electric bus fleet powered entirely by renewable energy sources. The buses will be silent, extremely fuel efficient, and completely free of emissions. The green fleet is currently set to launch in 2015.
  • Meanwhile, a number of U.S. cities are adding action on climate change to their agendas as part of the nationwide Resilient Communities for America campaign. The pledge taken by city executives includes commitments to energy-efficient policies, "green" buildings, and greater reliance on clean energy. It also includes preparations for dealing with extreme weather events caused by a warming planet.

Have a great weekend!

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