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October’s Positive Climate News

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16 Nov 2022

Throughout October, you might have seen that we’ve been sharing some positive climate news stories on our social media channels. Here at Ecotricity, we’re passionate about the fight against climate change, and we always love learning about how others are joining in the fight too!

We’ve put together some of our favourite news stories from October, including a Scottish nightclub being powered by heat on the dancefloor, below.

1. Oslo is set to become the first capital with an all-electric public transport system

The city plans to replace the city’s diesel-fuelled buses with 450 electric buses. Not only will this cut emissions, it will also reduce the city’s noise and air pollution. Oslo already has tram and bike lane networks in the city, but this new initiative will make their public transport system all electric!

2. Greece sets a new record for renewable energy
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The Greek electricity grid was powered by 100% renewable energy for the first time

There was fantastic news from Greece this month as they were completely powered by 100% renewable energy for five hours. This was the first time in its history! On the 7th of October, they met 100% of their fuel demand with green energy production. It will be great to see what they achieve next in their green energy plans.

3. Switzerland is saving amphibians in the region of Aargau

What an achievement from Switzerland this month, as they reversed the decline of over 50% endangered frogs, toads and newts. Back in 1999, the country decided that a massive conservation effort was needed to save these endangered species. They dug hundreds of new ponds and created new habitats for the amphibians. Now out of the eight endangered species, 52% of the populations have increased, and 32% have stabilised.

4. A Scottish nightclub has become 100% powered by body heat on the dancefloor

Yes, you read that correctly, a nightclub has become 100% powered by body heat on the dancefloor. SWG3 relies on the DJ to get the crowd moving to generate their energy. The crowd can generate 500-600W of thermal energy, which is emitted back into the club to power the building.

5. A louder voice for young people at COP27
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Vanessa Nakate speaking at COP26

We’re thrilled that for the first time, young people are being given an official platform at COP27. Whilst young people like Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate have played a huge part in previous years, this is the first time that a Children and Youth Pavilion will have a platform in the 'Blue Zone', which is the inner UN-managed space where the global negotiations are held.

Join us next month to see the stories which have made the cut for our November positive climate change news.

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