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Top 10 Eco Friendly Cities in the Wolrld (Part 2)



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Top 10 Eco-Friendly Cities
Many countries and city governments have been taking action in order to clean up the messes of the past. Ecology has become one of the major philosophies in all societies, as we, as a people, have a goal to leave the Earth for our descendants in a better state than when we found it. If we can follow the example set by these Top 10 Eco-Friendly Cities of the world, we’ll be well on our way to sustaining Earth for many more generations to come.

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5. San Francisco, United States
San Francisco used to be a capital city of the Hippy movement, but it would be wrong to say that this is the only reason this city is one of the greenest around the globe and the most ecological in North America. This city was the first in the United States to introduce the coloured bins recycling system to homes and workplaces, making recycling easy and accessible, and more importantly — legally obligatory. The fantastic public transport system and government’s encouragement for people to use more electric cars also helped San Francisco to be one of the eco-friendliest cities in the world.
4. Singapore
The greenest city in Asia also sets a good example when it comes to dealing with environmental issues. Singapore’s huge, revolutionary public transport system is what gave the city the green title. Moreover, the number of water wastage in Singapore is remarkably smaller when comparing it to Asia’s average number. If the average Asian index of water waste is 380kg per person, then Singapore’s is approximately 300kg. In addition to that, every household in this city can easily recycle due to the widely distributed recycling containers.
3. Curitiba, Brazil
Believe it or not, the Brazilian city of Curitiba is one of the eco-friendliest in the world, and surely the most ecological place in Latin America. The residents of Curitiba boast an amazing 70% recycling rate of the city’s waste. Also, Curitiba achieved the greenest city award by developing one of the biggest bus and public transport systems in the region. Moreover, the city’s government works hard to make the world a greener place by planting more than 1 million trees around the streets and highways.
2. Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki is another city that’s leading the world in beautiful design and eco-friendliness. In 2012, the city was named the World Design Capital due to its sustainable developments, complex and green energy systems, and its efficient public transportation systems. In terms of citywide landscaping, the way the people of Helsinki have maintained their gorgeous city is a testament to their taste and eco-initiative.
1. Copenhagen, Denmark
Due to its eco-innovation and sustainable employment initiatives, Copenhagen is consistently ranked as the number one ecologically advanced city in the world. Considering the city intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025, it’s likely that the city will retain their spot at the top for many years. With its many bike paths and clean, cobbled streets, Copenhagen isn’t just green, it’s also beautifully landscaped too.

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GREEN ENERGY IN CHINA



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On average, Chinese people use a third of the energy used by a person in a developed nation, yet China is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. So how will China fulfil the responsibilities agreed in the UN Paris Agreement (CMA1)?

Let’s take a look at how China plans to reduce its energy consumption, introduce new technologies and the different energy sources used – hydropower, wind power, solar power, geothermal energy and nuclear power.

China’s goal is that 20% of its energy will come from non-fossil fuel energy by 2030. So where will it come from?

China not only possesses the largest installed hydropower capacity in the world, but also the most advanced hydropower technology.

China’s wind power industry is the fastest growing in the world with two wind turbines installed per hour in 2015. China’s biggest plant has more than 3,500 turbines. But next, China needs to improve the grid to make sure it can use all the wind power that it generates.

China can make more solar energy than anywhere else on earth and also supports the development of solar power worldwide with advanced technology and equipment. In 2020, the country’s solar panel installation capacity will reach 110 million kilowatts – which can provide electricity for 80 million people.

It is particularly valuable in rural provinces, where more and more people are turning to home solar systems for energy.

Turning agricultural residue into pellets has kick-started a national biogas industry in China.

120 kilometres south of Beijing, China has developed its first smoke-free city – Xiong County, which has become a model for other parts of China. 95% of its heating comes from geothermal sources.

As China has one sixth of the world’s geothermal resources, this resource will help to increase China’s use of non-fossil fuel energy from 12% to 15%.

Nuclear power currently accounts for 3% of China’s total power generation. China’s nuclear power units in operation have never had accidents at or above Level 2 on the International Nuclear Accident Classification scale.

But China’s plans to reduce carbon emissions don’t just focus on clean energy – it plans to reduce its energy consumption and introduce new technology and approaches.

China has become the world’s largest electric and hybrid vehicle market and is subsidizing the industry to make it more attractive for manufacturers and consumers. And in 2017, China introduced the world’s largest carbon-trading market encouraging companies to curb emissions.

Paris residents outraged by new public eco-friendly urinals



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Ile-Saint-Louis is an upmarket, historic spot in the heart of Paris, right next to Notre Dame cathedral. Now, beside the 19th century poet Baudelaire’s picturesque townhouse, a bright red urinal has been installed, overlooking passing tourist boats. Its lack of discretion has caused uproar.

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