As part of its first major retrofit in 30 years, two custom-designed wind turbines have started generating power for the Eiffel Tower. Located above the World Heritage Site’s second level, about 400 feet off the ground, the sculptural wind turbines are now producing 10,000 kWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the power used by the commercial areas of the Eiffel Tower’s first floor.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/02/24/3626338/eiffel-tower-gets-wind-turbines-installed/
A joint effort between activists and homeless residents, OM Build hopes to complete the next phase of the project — six more homes, a bathroom and community room complete with kitchen and laundry facilities — by spring, according to Al Jazeera.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/17/tiny-homes-madison-wiscon_n_6171634.html
Divers from the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Greek Ministry of Culture discovered large stones, columns, clay pots, and the remnants of a kiln at a depth of just six feet, according to English language media outlet the Greek Reporter.“Similar workshops have been found in Pompeii and Herculaneum,” the ministry said in a written statement, as reported by Discovery News.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/23/underwater-pompeii-discovered-greek-island-delos_n_6200484.html
On January 29, the Department of Interior (DOI) will auction off the largest area of federal waters in the nation for the development of offshore wind power. More than 742,000 acres, or over 1,160 square miles, will be offered for wind development off the coast of Massachusetts. While the U.S. is yet to install its first offshore wind turbine, across the Atlantic the offshore wind industry is booming. In the first six months of 2014, Europe connected 224 offshore wind turbines in 16 wind farms to its grid. Overall, Europe has over 2,000 offshore turbines.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/23/3614786/burst-of-wind-off-massachusetts/
The sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park for the first time in 100 years has caused a major stir among park officials and wildlife enthusiasts who hope to see these foxes return.
The battle against illegal whaling just took a turn for the good guys. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), longtime warriors against the illegal slaughter of marine animals, just got an incredible donation. It will use the money to fund a new ship for its fleet. Better, stronger, faster — Sea Shepherd is finally getting its “dream ship.”