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Eiffel Tower Wind Power

Eiffel Tower

The recent retrofit of the Eiffel Tower – the first in 30 years – included the installation of two custom-designed wind turbines.   The 17-foot vertical-axis turbines look more like modern sculptures and are painted to blend in with the rest of the structure. Viewed from a distance, it would be very difficult to spot the additions to the 126-year-old Parisian landmark.



GMO Apples


In February, the first genetically engineered apples were approved for planting and sale in the US by the Department of Agriculture. Two varieties, known as the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden received the approval. They are genetically engineered to resist browning.



The Dirty Job Of E-Waste Recycling

Recycling eWaste

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” was a popular mantra of the 80s and 90s, encouraging citizens to separate paper, plastic, and aluminum from their trash. But with the exponential rise of electronics like cell phones, laptops, and tablets – recycling has become more complex.



Too Much Solar Power

Port of San Diego Solar Panels

California has been experiencing an unprecedented boom in solar energy in recent years. The state’s major utilities now get 6% of their power from solar installations and on top of that, nearly a quarter million homes have solar panels on their roofs. All of this clean energy is surely a good thing, but it also presents a unique problem.



The World’s Largest Solar Plant

Desert Sunlight

Recently, the world’s largest solar power plant has opened in the town of Desert Center, California. Known as Desert Sunlight, the project can produce up to 550 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 160,000 average California homes.


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