The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction – CityLab

… a big, bladeless turbine. Though not the most curious windmill concept out there (that distinction goes to Berlin’s hydra-headed monster), it certainly is bizarre on a number of fronts. Foremost, the appearance: Shrouded in fog and pink light in the above rendering, the Windwheel looks like a mix of a supervillain’s lair and the Eye of Sauron —not exactly the thing you’d want to move the kids into. It would also be partially submerged in the Rotterdam port, like an alien …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… criticised for its exorbitant electricity costs, estimated to be £168/MWh. When the project begins generation in 2018, onshore wind will be producing electricity for less than half of this price. But Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), the company behind the projects, says the Swansea development is simply a proof of concept and tidal power at scale will produce affordable power. On Monday the company announced the beginning of the approval process for a second site near Cardiff where construction could …

CNN Explores the World’s Most Endangered Places – MensJournal.com

… one big reason is that modern society has pretty much passed them by. As a quirk of geography and geology, this island really missed out while the rest of Europe entered the 21st century. But now they’re getting Facebook and Wi-Fi, and junk food and a lot of folks are worried that this life is going to disappear. That concept became a one-hour program on lifestyle and aging. I want each one of these to stand alone as sort of a little cinematic time capsule of amazing places. To finish reading …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Over the past few years, businesses have increasingly talked about the need to assign monetary value to forests, wetlands and other ecosystems. The concept has been gaining momentum, and leading companies are already factoring it into their sustainability planning. Walmart, for example, has worked to examine how threats to the natural world pose risks up and down its supply chain. It has begun advising its suppliers on how to make their products more climate resilient by reducing greenhouse gas …