Public drinking fountains seem to be gaining ground again, giving urban denizens more options for quenching their thirst free of charge. But considering the country's experience in the past, are people ready for them?
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- 1 av 7Some people believe that new drinking fountain models can cut down on the problem of people littering in the basins. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden2 av 7This out-of-function drinking fountain in Stockholm has become a de facto trash can. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden3 av 7Karl Lindahl poses by a public drinking fountain at Nybroplan in Stockholm. He would like to see more public drinking fountains installed. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.4 av 7After receiving a "medborgarförslag" or proposal from a citizen to install public drinking fountains, the municipality of Örnsköldsvik, in the north of Sweden, has slated this square as the site for one of them. They expect to have it in place this August. Photo: Tommy Westin.6 av 7Free water.
- In some municipalities.
Black trash bags are to be banned at several recycling centers around Sweden.
- The most-liked renewable energy source in Sweden.
More and more people in Sweden are installing solar panels on their homes. Last year saw a doubling of the number of applications for government certification for solar energy production.
- 1 av 5Four Women grilling meat and vegetarian food in Tantolunden. Photo: Ryan Tebo / Sveriges Radio.3 av 5Green issues often ranked high in surveys of public opinion.
Mattias Kristiansson, editor of Vego magazine, challenges everyone to eat more green on their grill this summer, but Radio Sweden also spoke to Swedes who are determined to hang on to their meat-based meals.
- Answers tough questions.
The Green Party is taking the stage today at Almedalen and is attempting to turn the focus back to the party’s core ideals after a string of political setbacks struck the co-governing party.
- Sweden aims to reduce plastic bag usage by half.
France's ban on certain plastic bags in stores went into effect this month, and while Sweden also aims to dramatically reduce plastic bag usage, officials have instead proposed doubling their cost.
- 5 year review.
After a review lasting more than five years, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has endorsed the nuclear industry's plan to dispose spent nuclear fuel in the bedrock approximately 500 metres below ground some 150 kilometres north of Stockholm.
- 2 kilometre trial run.
The world's first electric highway has been opened in central Sweden, where lorries are 'fuelled' from electric cables hanging over the road, just like a tram. Now a two-year trial period is starting, and local businesses are eyeing it closely.
- Brown coal demonstration.
Four activists were arrested, two on suspicion of attacking guards, outside the Rosenbad government building in Sweden. Witnesses say they were part of a demonstration against the planned sale of brown coal mines in Germany.
- Society for Nature Conservation's energy expert explains why this is a win for environmentalists(7:19 min)Five-party agreement.
A cross-party energy deal has been reached between the government and three opposition parties. Sweden will have 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, but there is not yet a deadline for the phase out of nuclear power.
- Invasive alien species list.
The US government on Monday dismissed Sweden's efforts to ban importing live American lobsters to the European Union, saying the crustacean would not become an invasive species in Swedish waters.
- 2016 Meat guide.
The Swedish branch of the World Wildlife Fund released its second annual meat guide on Monday, in an effort to nudge consumers toward making more environmentally sustainable choices in their diets.
- Lövin debuts.
Immigration, the Swedish suburbs, and brown coal were divisive topics when eight party leaders collided on a debate show Sunday, which featured a first televised policy brawl for the new Green Party co-leader Isabella Lövin.
- Security, TTIP, climate.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, along with leaders of the other Nordic countries, are meeting US President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, to discuss security policy, climate issues, migration and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP.
- International Maritime Organization.
By 2021 all passenger cruise ships will be banned from dumping sewage waste in the Baltic Sea, a decision hailed by the Swedish government and environmental groups.