We all know that those Scandinavian countries are way ahead of us in the realm of indie-pop, kind social programs, and furniture design.
Today let's give a hand specifically to NORWAY!
Norway's The Enthnobabes are quite the find. Their jangly modern Cardigans-esque songs are quite the toe-tappers! Go listen / download a couple songs from their record label's website, Perfect Pop Records (scroll to the bottom of the page for the MP3s).
Now I hear that Norway has just announced their very progressive plans to go Carbon Neutral!
As reported by Discovery News:
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday proposed to make Norway the first "carbon neutral" state by 2050 and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 30 percent by 2020.
"We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020," Stoltenberg said in a speech at his Labor Party's annual congress.
The pledge by Norway, which is not a member of the European Union, outshines the EU's proposed plan to cut its emissions by at least 20 percent during the same period.
"Norway would become the first country in the world to adopt such a concrete measure," he said.
"This means that for every ton of greenhouse gases that is discharged we will make sure that the equivalent amount has to be reduced somewhere else," he continued, referring to a compensation mechanism outlined in the Kyoto Protocol.
In the short term, the prime minister said Norway's emissions would by 2012 be reduced by 10 percent more than what is required by the Kyoto Protocol.
Norway — the third largest exporter of oil and natural gas, fossil fuels seen as one of the main causes of global warming — already covers almost all of its electricity needs with "clean energy" from hydropower.