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Which Countries Are The Most Eco-Friendly?



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As the world moves to become more environmentally friendly, some countries outshine others. Which country is the most eco-friendly?

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The 2014 Environmental Performance Index

Sweden ‘Most Sustainable Country in the World’

“Sweden is the most sustainable country in the world, a ranking it earned for its use of renewable energy sources and low carbon dioxide emissions, as well as social and governance practices such as labor participation, education and institutional framework, according to a report by sustainability investment firm Robecosam.”

The World’s 5 Most Environmentally Friendly Countries

“The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, maintains the ‘Better Life Index,’ an interactive tool that enables a user to compare well-being among the 34 OECD member countries, as well as OECD partners Russia and Brazil.”

Terrestrial protected areas (% of total land area) in Costa Rica

“Terrestrial protected areas in Costa Rica was last measured at 26.94 in 2012, according to the World Bank.”
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If Green Energy Is So Great, Why Aren’t We Using It?



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Green energy is getting better and cheaper, yet we still largely rely on fossil fuels. Why haven’t we switched to solar and wind energy yet?

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What Would Happen If We Burned All The Fossil Fuels On Earth?

“A new study published today in Science Advances finds that if we burn all of the remaining fossil fuels on Earth, almost all of the ice in Antarctica will melt, potentially causing sea levels to rise by as much as 200 feet–enough to drown most major cities in the world.”

Who’s Winning The Battle To Replace Coal?

“Coal is losing the battle for the electricity future in the United States. Investment in new coal-fired generating capacity has dried up with its share of electricity generation dropping from 53% in 2000 to 34% in 2015.”

Electricity in the United States

“In 2015, coal was used for about 33% of the 4 trillion kilowatthours of electricity generated in the United States. In addition to being burned to heat water for steam, natural gas can also be burned to produce hot combustion gases that pass directly through a natural gas turbine, spinning the turbine’s blades to generate electricity.”

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