Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Eat more beans!

And put Saudi Arabia out of business!

In Oslo, air pollution from public and private transport has increased by approximately 10% since 2000, contributing to more than 50% of total CO2 emissions in the city. With Norway's ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2050 Oslo City Council began investigating alternatives to fossil fuel-powered public transport and decided on biomethane.

Biomethane is a by-product of treated sewage. Microbes break down the raw material and release the gas, which can then be used in slightly modified engines. Previously at one of the sewage plants in the city half of the gas was flared off, emitting 17,00 tonnes of CO2. From September 2009, this gas will be trapped and converted into biomethane to run 200 of the city's public buses.

It would also make the war in Iraq obsolete, and really frustrate Cheney. What's not to love?

Update 2/1: This picture fits the post so well....

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4 comments:

Ali said...

doing my part here.

ellroon said...

Had Mexican food for two days straight....

Steve Bates said...

Hey, I don't call the problem Vegetarians' Disease for nothing...

(The first comment box demanded a word verification... but displayed no word. What is the sound of one word dropping?)

ellroon said...

Maybe it had vaporized into a gaseous state....