7/12/2013 7:51:01 PM

Good News Friday {U.S. and China Tackle Emissions, Solar Power, Carbon Tax}

We start this week with a meeting between officials in the two top polluting nations, the U.S. and China, who have agreed on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include tightening pollution standards on heavy trucks, boosting energy efficiency in buildings, and improving the technology for capturing carbon as it is released from power plants. The combined size and influence of the two countries their commitment to change especially significant.

In other news:

  • Solar energy continues to makes a strong showing, with records met in Germany and the U.S.  Earlier this week, the U.S. became the 4th country in the world to break through the 10GW barrier for solar PV capacity. And Germany now creates enough solar energy to power 2.3 million homes.
  • Peru is also embracing solar power, with plans to install solar panels on 2 million fuel-poor homes.
  • Meanwhile, in the U.S., a shift from coal to solar has led to a "solar gold rush" that is benefiting Native American tribes.
  • The Philippines, already a leader in geothermal energy and hydropower, has set a goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy within 10 years—citing concerns about the effects of climate change on the island nation.
  • And, finally, a new study on British Columbia's carbon tax flies in the face of fears that it would harm the economy and prove unsuccessful. Instead, over the four years that the tax has been in place, the province has experienced stronger economic growth than the rest of Canada while reducing emissions.

Have a great weekend!

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