Beneath the surface of the earth is an energy source, geothermal, that could provide 39 countries with all of their electricity needs. Geothermal power is generated through the piping of underground water and steam reservoirs to the surface in order to power turbines that produce electricity. This type of energy is attractive due to it being a free heat source, very bountiful, and reliable. According to the Project Drawdown's calculations, geothermal growth from now until 2050 will result in the reduction of CO2 emissions by 16.6 gigatons (1 gigaton is equal to 1 billion tons), making it ranked as the 18th best solution to slow down climate change.
Geothermal energy has the ability to provide a country with all it needs to run itself, something that several cities and countries have discovered. There are two stories in this collection (see below) that feature Iceland as they use geothermal energy to heat pools that define their communities, in addition to using geothermal power plants and turning CO2 into a solid to stop it from entering into the atmosphere. Another article addresses how geothermal power would be a perfect source of electricity for developing countries, especially so due to its steady supply. Lastly, numerous cities around the world are stepping up and making plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, one important way being through the use of geothermal. All of these places continue the advancement of renewable resources and push us one step closer to a sustainable life.
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