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How Fast How Clean

Choo choo! All aboard! Today’s topic is about transportation and more specifically Swedish trains. Despite the complains from some locals about the “quality” and sometimes “delayed” trains (like couple of minutes delayed trains…) I have found the Swedish transportation amazing. Let’s remember that I come from Mexico where there is only 1 (yes one) train in the North of the country and where public transportation looks like (yes, this is a public bus in Mexico City)…

Sweden is a country that has more than 50% of its territory cover by forest, has a “tax relief” since 2005 for the power-intensive industries in order for them to change to renewable and decrease their energy consumption, and more than 50 % of the total energy demand comes from renewables. When it comes to electricity, Sweden manages to use less than 1 % of fossil fuels… but why is this important? Well, SJ (Swedish train company) claims that the entire Swedish train system runs on RENEWABLES!

 SJ trains only buy renewable electricity from hydroelectric and wind-powered sources, the trains cause minimal emissions.

But that’s not the only thing they manage to do right… you want to dispose some garbage? Well, you better know how to separate!

What do you think about Swedish transportation? Awesome right? So far it seems that they are doing everything that is possible to maintain their environmental impact at its lowest! So how is it in your country? Don’t forget to subscribe or comment!

17 Facts About Sweden

Sustainable development is not only about knowing in which can your trash goes, it goes way deeper than that. It’s about equality, health, poverty and so many other facts that policy makers must take into consideration to have a proper leadership. That’s why the aim of this post is to present to you how Sweden is one of the top leaders following UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals 2015-2030. Do you know them by heart? Well, here they are…

1. No Poverty

0.09 is Sweden’s ratio when it comes to poverty as reported by the OECD (2014).

2. Zero Hunger

Less than 3.5% is the amount of Swedish people at risk of not having enough money to buy a proper meal every second day as reported by Eurostat (2016).

3. Good Health and Well-being

As of 2015, 82.5 years of life expectancy at birth in Sweden. One of the top 5 countries in the field.

4. Quality Education

Sweden comes at 4th place when it comes to USD/Student ratio on spending money for eduction.

5. Gender Equality

In the Gini Coefficient, where 0 means complete equality and 1 complete inequality, Sweden ranked in 2014 0.274.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

87% of Sweden’s population were connected by 2014 to a waste water treatment facility, meaning that they treat water, a lot!

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Renewable energy accounts for more than 50% of Sweden’s energy production. 

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sweden has the highest GDP from all the Scandinavian countries.

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

5th country with the highest %GDP spent on R&D in 2015.

10. Reduced Inequalities

2º place in the “Women in Politics” index with 52.2%… those Finnish people -.- 

11. Sustainable Cities

Växjö, Malmö, Umeå, Stockholm… more info? Click here.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Less than 1% of household waste ends up in a landfill in Sweden.

13. Climate Action

Committed country working towards a sustainable future by being part of the Paris Agreement.

14. Life Below Water

Baltic Sea Action Plan member for a better environmental status by 2021 regarding the eutrophication of the zone.

15. Life on Land

Committed to environment and the responsable use of Sweden’s lands, they rank 11th in the list of the countries with more trees in the world this year.

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Sweden has not actively participated in a war since 1814.

17. Partnerships for the Goals

To reach and keep improving all its goals, Sweden has been member of the UN since 1946 (The UN was founded in 1945 :D).

Did you like this info? Would like to know a little bit more about how’s your country doing? Click here and search for your country.

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City of Blinding Lights

Stockholmers, what a great spectacle we had last night! Incredible nature’s show right above us, green bright lights dancing over our heads thanks to solar’s winds disrupting Earth’s magnetosphere. This amazing spectacle that people seek mostly by traveling northern Sweden paying a significant amount of money just to see what we had here for free! Yesterday! HERE IN STOCKHOLM!… Oh wait, you didn’t see the northern lights? It was too bright in hype Södermalm? Well, then say thank you to what scientist call “Light Pollution” and enjoy these 2 pics from IG users living in Lappis, northern Stockholm.

As many of you, me and my roomies were unable to actually see the lights last night (we live in beautiful Älvsjö, southern Södermalm). The bright illumination surrounding us, whether it was from our own building or the street, didn’t let us see this incredible phenomena. So light pollution is the one to blame. As presented in the “Dark Sky Organization”, this type of pollution is the result of our industrialized civilization and is composed by:

  • Glare – excessive brightness that causes visual discomfort
  • Skyglow – brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas
  • Light trespass – light falling where it is not intended or needed
  • Clutter – bright, confusing and excessive groupings of light sources

Sometime inefficiently located, light instruments cause the reflection of natural dark night-light. Wasting energy, poorly targeted and sometimes extremely bright, this instruments block the amazing view of our Galaxy, the Milky Way.

According to the 2016 groundbreaking “World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness,” 80 percent of the world’s population lives under skyglow. In the United States and Europe 99 percent of the public can’t experience a natural night!

Want to know more about how lamps block natural light? Click here. Remember that unnecessary lamps don’t only stop us to seeing amazing starry nights, but they consume energy 🙁

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