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Friday, 20 January 2017
Climate change: action is happening all around the world
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Your roundup of climate success stories
Today might not be a day filled with much hope. But we know that action on climate change is happening all around the world. In fact, it’s unstoppable. Here are five stories to make you feel a little more optimistic.
of 1st January this year, all electric trains in the Netherlands are 100% powered by wind. Dutch trains use the same amount of
electricity as all the households of Amsterdam, so this is a serious carbon cut.
And if you like that, trams in Melbourne, Australia, are not far behind - next
year they will be 100% powered by the sun.
Street is one of the most polluted streets in London. But in the last year,
pollution levels have dropped by a third. It’s mainly thanks to new electric
buses and cutting the number of delivery trucks on the street. There’s still a
long way to go but hopefully the rapid change is a sign of things to come.
2016 China installed three football pitches worth of solar every hour. And
they’re showing no signs of letting up - this week they opened a giant solar
park in the western province of Qinghai. The 4 million solar panels can supply
electricity for 200,000 households!
council houses in Oxspring, near Barnsley, are getting solar panels and
electricity storage tech installed. The battery stores the electricity that the
solar panels generate during the day, ready for people to use in the evenings.
It’s a win win: it could cut residents' electricity bills in half and help
smooth out peaks in the electricity grid.
23rd and 26th December, Scotland’s wind turbines generated enough electricity to
power the entire country. And off the back of that, the Scottish government has
announced mega ambitious carbon cuts - their new plan is to reduce their emissions by 66% in just 15 years.
2017, we will continue to tell stories of hope. We’ll be showcasing the
incredible breakthroughs and milestones, and shining a light on the hidden
people plugging away at tackling climate change. Now more than ever we need this
optimism to keep us motivated and hopeful.