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The world’s greenest countries

AFGHANISTAN | Friday, 6 July 2018 | Views [66]

Humans have been burning through the earth’s coal resources since 1,000 BC. However, it wasn’t until the industrial revolution in the 1700s that coal overtook the use of biomass as the world’s main source of energy. From there, in equal parts bound and betrayed, the earth has been drilled into like a cadaver; its blood runs the roads, its coal stolen like organs, its breath barren. Admittedly, this kind of end-of-days attitude today might seem a little premature or over-dramatic compared to previous years, especially given the recent shift from non-renewable energies such as crude oil, coal and natural gases. After all, in 2017, for the first time the UK recorded that ten times more of its energy was produced by renewable sources than coal. Considering that five years ago coal was the larger of the two, there is no denying that we’re moving in the right direction. But this green trend does not stop with the UK, in fact countries all over the world are turning their focus to renewable energies, with some incredible advances on the efficiency and implementation of energy sourcing. So much so, that the UK is not even in the top ten of the world’s greenest countries.

There are four main types of renewable energy source: hydropower, biomass, wind power and solar. A hindrance of these methods has always been storing the energy for later use, as opposed to having it run at all times. Recent projects from institutions such as Harvard seek to solve this problem by creating mass environmentally friendly batteries that would be capable of storing renewable energy. Another solution, comes in the form of integrating renewable energy into modern life without distracting or inconveniencing the populus. For example, when a wind farm is erected there will almost always be a group of people that say it ruins the aesthetics of the landscape. Scientists have now developed solar panel windows that could cover the exteriors of skyscrapers and could even be used to power buildings and, on a large enough scale, an entire city.

Use this interactive map  to see some other advances that are being made across the world, as well as a who’s-who of the world’s greenest countries.


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