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Sweden Sets Its Sights On Becoming The World’s First Fossil Fuel-Free Country

Sounds too good to be true? Well, the Swedish government is really serious about it!

It seems Sweden is shaping up to be one of the coolest countries to live in right now.

A few weeks ago, we featured the place for its innovative initiative to implement 6-hour working days – a move that has surprisingly boosted productivity in the workplace.

Recently, Sweden again made headlines after expressing their intentions to be the first fossil fuel-free nation in the world.

In fact, Swedish leaders are serious about it that they have already announced they will be allocating an estimated $546 million in their 2016 budget for renewable energy. Particularly, solar energy budget will be getting an 800% increase in Sweden’s ambitious attempt to be the first country to be entirely independent from using fossil fuels.

Sweden has officially declared their goal to be the first country to be entirely fossil fuel-free.

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While the government didn’t lay down the details about the plan’s timetable, nation leaders have announced that they are targeting 2050 as the year that at least Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, becomes completely powered by sustainable energy sources.

Within the year, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held In Paris and it is hoped that attendees will pay attention and be inspired to Sweden’s initiative of taking an aggressive approach towards the problems brought by climate change.

Currently, Sweden’s electricity is powered by hydroelectric and nuclear sources.

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As of present time, about 2/3 of Sweden’s electricity is generated from non-fossil fuel energy sources such as hydroelectric and nuclear power.

We here at EliteReaders salute Sweden for this praiseworthy initiative. Here’s hoping that more countries will eventually follow their lead.


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Iceland To Ban Male Circumcision and Punish Offenders With Imprisonment

The said bill has since sparked controversy and debate.

Iceland is set to become the first European country to ban male circumcision with a new bill before the parliament proposing a 6-year imprisonment for any person who performs it for non medical purposes. The bill has since gained mixed reactions, with Jewish and Muslim leaders getting outraged about it.

According to the bill, male circumcision is very similar to female genital mutilation (FGM) which is widely prohibited in Europe. Iceland has officially banned FGM way back 2005.

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Woman Sues California For Not Acknowledging Bigfoot As Existing Species

The woman claimed to have spotted Bigfoot recently, but no one would believe her.

There have been numerous stories about Bigfoot sightings, but somehow the popular American folklore creature remains a myth. That's not to say no one will fight to prove that Bigfoot or Sasquatch does exist.

One San Bernardino County, California resident named Claudia Ackley is just one of the many people who claimed to have seen Bigfoot. But since authorities did not believe Ackley's story about her recent encounter with the mysterious creature, she decided to sue the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife for not recognizing Sasquatch as a species.

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Russian ‘Virginity Dealers’ Recruit And Sell Young Girls To Wealthy Businessmen

Some women even put up their own adverts.

We've heard about women auctioning off their virginity. Anyone who bids the highest gets to sleep with a virgin girl. In Russia, however, ladies as young as 17 are being recruited and then paired up with rich men online.

These specialist dealers, as they are being referred to in a report that appeared in Bumaga, scout teen, virgin women and arrange for them to meet with wealthy businessmen. The report also claimed that these specialists will take home a portion of the fee for making the arrangements. Some of them are reportedly making thousands of pounds for each successful pairing.

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