Five Stories: Sweden wants to be Free from Fossil Fuels

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/14/15).

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  1. CleanTechnica investigates the ambitious goal of Sweden to free itself from fossil fuels: “The Swedish government is quite serious about its renewable energy goals, seeking to become the world’s first fossil fuel–free nation. The last week of September, the country announced that it is laying the groundwork and reinforcing progress at every turn. It will be spending an extra $546 million on renewable energy and climate change action, according to “The Budget Bill for 2016 – Investing in Sweden’s Future.” Sweden means clean business.”
  2. Nature expands climate solutions with the latest in carbon capture technology: “It has long been regarded as one of the more blue-skies solutions to climate change. Now two companies have vastly increased their capability to suck carbon dioxide from the air. One, based in Canada, plans to convert captured CO2 into diesel to fuel buses; the other, in Switzerland, will sell it on to a firm that uses CO2 to boost crop growth in greenhouses.”
  3. Renewable Energy World reports on the progress and promise of offshore wind in the UK: “Offshore wind is a real success story in the U.K. and has played a pivotal role in the country’s renewable energy transformation.  The U.K. already has 5 GW of offshore wind installed, which is around half of the total capacity across the world. And with plans for more offshore wind farms and rapidly advancing technology, the U.K. looks set to continue building on this momentum. The industry is on course to install around 10 GW by 2020, at which point offshore wind will supply between 8 percent and 10 percent of the U.K.’s total electricity annually.”
  4. The Equation would like consumers to think about natural gas dependence: “Alongside photos of the local apple festival and headlines about the school budget, recently the front page of my small town’s weekly newspaper has been full of talk about natural gas pipelines and “eminent domain” and even FERC, the federal agency that approves (or not) new interstate pipelines. And it’s not just us. It turns out a lot of places are thinking about natural gas these days, including for electricity generation.”
  5. The Guardian reveals a growing number of Americans now agree with climate scientists: “Around 70% of Americans believe in the science behind global warming – the highest level of acceptance in the US since 2008 – according to a new survey.”

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