In the fight to protect the environment, one must also face resistance.
The state of the planet depends on tt such as China, Uruguay, Mauritius, Costa Rica, South Africa and Nicaragua have invested heavily in more sustainable alternatives. These are countries that many may not expect to take into account the environment.
Within ten years, 90 percent of electricity in New Zealand will come from renewable sources. The country’s largest energy company, Genesis Energy, will close the two remaining blocks at the Huntly Power Station coal plant in December 2018, the coal power plant, which should account for five percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. The Government of New Zealand is positive and believes that renewable energy is about to take over.
Germany closed its oldest nuclear reactor at the end of June, while July was a good month for wind power generation and solar panels have started to produce more electricity than Germany’s nuclear power plant.
US electricity currently comprises 40% of coal power, but there are many plans to reduce it further.
It is also good for Denmark’s alternative to dirty electricity. On July 9, the country’s wind power produced more electricity than it uses. It then accounted for 140% and the surplus could be exported to Germany, Norway and Sweden. Denmark’s goal is that half of all electricity in the country will be from renewable sources in 2020, but that may be true even before then.
In 2014, wind power in Scotland provided enough electricity to supply 98 percent of the country’s households with electricity. The goal is that by 2020, the country will produce 100% electricity for its own use with renewable electricity.
France has reduced its energy consumption and invested in renewable energy, which has led to a 40% reduction in its carbon dioxide emissions last year. It was the first time the country’s renewable energy production exceeded the fossil fuel, and 20 percent of the electricity came from renewable sources.
In Kenya, Africa’s largest wind turbine is now being built and is the largest investment since the country became independent. The plant will produce 14 percent of Kenya’s current capacity and, according to the president, estimates that it will suffice for a large part of the country’s domestic consumption. It is a huge project that will employ 1,700 people from the region.
In Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has decided that all gas stations in the country will offer chargers for electric cars. At present, only 500 electric cars have been purchased in Russia and the aim of this decision is to increase the production of electric cars. In Norway, every fifth new car is an electric car, which increased by 130% between 2013 and 2014.
At the climate summit in Lima, India announced that they will increase their renewable share with the bubble in five years. In 2014, the country’s energy consisted of 44% of coal power and 66% of fossil fuels.
“While the country is still struggling with acute poverty problems such as starvation, disease, lack of education and women’s rights, India is at the forefront of technology development and innovation.”
China’s largest car manufacturer BYD Co will challenge itself by stopping producing gasoline-powered cars, which was announced as early as 2013.
Animals and nature
Our ecosystem is much more important than many people seem to understand. Everything is linked to a cycle that affects everything from the climate to what is served on our tables, which is why it is extremely important to spend resources on this as well.
In previous posts, we have addressed the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon, USA, where they are actively working to restore the ecosystem. There, the opponents have come together and are working towards a common goal, which is to prevent flooding of roads and to increase the salmon population.
In Ecuador, the government has decided that natural areas jointly owned by villagers should be covered by a national nature protection. This means that the exploitation of the mangrove forests can be prevented and villages do not have to be forced to move and can pursue sustainable fishing instead of reshaping the coast into unsustainable shrimp farms. This is good news as consumers’ knowledge of the giant shrimp (which is also hidden under other names such as Scampi. Tiger prawn. Gambas. Tropical prawn. King prawn.) Is limited, and many still eat it at restaurants, unaware of what they are stopping in themselves. If you are curious about what makes these shrimp cultivations unsustainable and considered one of the world’s largest environmental shoals, you can read more about this.
Chemicals and Agriculture
There is a lot of talk about chemicals these days and awareness is constantly increasing. Many choose to buy more organic, while others go deaf and think it is exaggerated. Since it is difficult to influence all consumers, it is good when things happen at political level around the world.
Nonylphenol ethoxylate found in clothing and other fabrics should now be banned in the EU. This substance is broken down into a hormone disruptive substance in nature and is a major harm to fish.
Nepal bans lead in paint. The reason why lead paint is banned is that lead is a heavy metal that damages the nervous system. Nowadays, the legislation must set the same environmental requirements as is the case for colors in the United States.
The African Union has now launched a focus on organic farming and has started to create a platform for organic farming development.
These are just a few examples of what other countries are doing to save our planet. If you only have a little control in social media, you will notice that news is flowing almost daily, so it is just to absorb all the good news. Because it is entirely possible to do something about climate change if we do it now.