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12 The Julian News October 29, .2014 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? -- Raul Swain, New York, NY It's true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding leadership on climate change, encouragement of efficiency sectors, market facilitation and investing in green technology and sustainability, and management of ecosystems and natural capital. Sweden's first place finish reflects the Swedes' ongoing commitment to climate change mitigation and sustainability policies and practices. The country is a leader in organic agriculture arid renewable energy as well as per capita investment in green technology and sustainability research. Upwards of 75 percent of Swedes recycle their waste, while only four percent of the country's garbage goes to landfills. In fact, Sweden imports garbage from other nations to burn as a renewable source of energy. On the climate front, Sweden was one of the first countries in the world--going back to 1991-- to put in place a heavy tax on fossil fuels to encourage the development of greener sources of energy. Indeed, the high price of gas there has notably boosted sales and consumption of homegrown, renewable ethanol. Just a few decades ago Sweden derived 75 percent of its energy from fossil fuels, but is on track to shrink that to 18 percent by 2020, with many Swedes clamoring for the country to abandon fossil fuels entirely at that point. As if that wasn't enough, Sweden Sweden topped the recently released environmental sustainability ranking of 60 countries by the Global Green Economy Index. The rankings take into account a wide range of key issues, including leadership on climate change, green technology and sustainability, and management of ecosystems and natural capital. Pictured." A display greets visitors to the Swedish Embassy in the United States. Credit: SwedeninUSA Chrysanthemums These eye-catching flowers come in many colors and petal sizes (from delicate long-petaled blooms to tight clusters of flowers with colorful centers), q-hey're extremely hardy, thriving in conditions where other flowers might fail. Line walkways and paths with them or place in baskets at your door to add some real pop to your curb appeal. - Brenda Weaver Source: www.mnn.com California Business and Pr01essi0ns Code Section 7027, et sec. requires that any advertisement by a licensed contractor include the contractors license number. Section 7027.2 says that unlicensed persons whose work qualifies under the minor work exemption, less than $300 including material and labor, may advertise, provided that he or she slate in the advertisement that they are not licensed "[he California Contractors State License Board publishes a tree booklet, "What You Sh0tfld [now Before You Hire A C0ntraclnr," For free information call: 1-800-32t-CSLB(2752), © 2014 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. recently announced that it would pay a whopping $500 million over the next f_our years into the United Nations Green Climate Fund, a pool of money sourced from richer countries to help poorer ones transition to a future less dependent on polluting fossil fuels. The United States didn't fare so well in the GGEI, ranking just 28th overall, just behind Rwanda and slightly ahead of Canada. Despite leadership in green technology and environmental awareness, Americans' disproportionately large carbon footprint and resistance to a national policy on climate change mitigation are hurdles to the U.S. achieving a better ranking. The GGEI isn't the only sustainability ranking of countries. The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Columbia University's Center for Internationfil Earth Science Information Network recently released their 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a similar but more expansive ranking of 178 nations on environmental health and ecosystem vitality. Switzerland topped that list, followed by Luxembourg, Australia, Singapore and the Czech Republic. Sweden ranked 9th and the U.S. 33rd. The fact that global rankings like the GGEI and EPI exist shows without a doubt that sustainability concerns are a global phenomenon, and that people from Iceland to Australia (two highly ranked countries) realize the importance of taking care of Mother Earth. Despite issuing different rankings, both indices had a lot in common, with five countries (Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain) making the top 10 list of each. Another common conclusion was that the U.S. has much to do if it hopes to be taken seriously among world leaders committed to protecting the planet and our common future. CONTACTS: GGEI 2014, dua/citizeninc.com/GGE/- Report2014.pdf; EP/, epi.ya/e.edu. EarthTalk® is written and edited by noddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Exp/l ring Genealogy As The corn Falls Sherry Wilson Lutes email: genealogyfirs)@gmail.com The holidays are upon us. I don't have TV so I don't know if the Christmas commercials have already started but I know the stores are getting ready. Instead of a commercial item this year give the gift of family history. Share with your loved ones some story or stories from your past. It will mean more and last longer. The 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy prompts are a great way to share your story. Nicknames We often find a nickname in an old source and need to know what formal name it represents. Or, we know the name, but wonder what possible nicknames and variant spellings might appear in an index or database. Some nicknames are random and unrelated to the regular name of their owner. For example, White Pine Sally as a substitute for Sophia may be a one-time nickname. Bugsy is a nickname in gangster movies, but has little to do with the owner's original name. But many nicknames are traditionally used to replace a more formal name. For example, Molly may replace Margaret, Tom traditionally replaces Thomas, Polly for Mary, and Bill is commonly used for William. Solution: Use the wiki list of historic nicknames found in the FamilySearch.org research site. Look for it (wiki) under the Get Help tab in the upper right corner. Next week - Native American Research If there is a subject you would like to know more about email me at genealogyfirst@gmail:com 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy (Each week I will be giving you a prompt that will invite you to record memories and insights about your own life for future descendants (52 weeks of Personal Genealogy). Write down your memories on your computer, in your journal or start a new journal.) Week 43. Worst School Subject. What was your worst or least favorite subject in school and why? Last Week - Week 42. Favorite School Subject. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Was it also your best subject? Taken from "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and Family History" by Amy Coffin. 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