The World’s Greenest Countries
Looking across the world, in a climate which has seen the gradual and grave misuse of non-renewable energies, one thing is clear – the future is green. As fossil fuels continue to disappear, the world’s nations are turning towards renewable energy sources such as; wind, solar, hydro and bio. Whether it’s the already substantial environmental damage or the increased competition for crude oil supplies, this change of direction towards green energies is a welcomed and universally beneficial step forward for mankind. Already, countries all over the globe are making the transition towards a self-sustaining energy model focused on renewables, but which are leading the going-green race?
While humans have been burning fossil fuels for thousands of years, it was only during the industrial revolution that the real damage began. Research has indicated that over the last 800,000 years the Co2 levels on Earth have fluctuated between from 180 ppm (parts per million – e.g. for every million air particles 180 of them were carbon dioxide) to 280 ppm at times of interglacial warmth’s. Before the industrial revolution the world’s Co2 levels were at 280 ppm and have increased exponentially since, most recently recorded at 400 ppm. Carbon Dioxide warms the air in larger concentrations, hence the term global warming.
While some still argue that global warming is a myth and that we are simply in a naturally warmer age (a view somewhat substantiated by the differing atmospheric findings above), it is difficult to ignore how suddenly the impacts have been noticed, especially when you consider that the last ice age lasted a total of 10,000 years, double the time that humans (in their modern sense) have been on the earth.
Using the interactive map below, you can see the progress that the world’s nations have made towards green energies including a list of the top thirty countries.
Source: eCO2 Greetings