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The Eiffel Tower Goes Green

Paris’s most iconic landmark gets a new, eco-friendly addition.

The Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, was created with the sole intention of acting as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, meant to last only a few years. Paris’s most iconic landmark has seen various additions and decorations for holidays and events in its 126 year life span, but it’s latest renovation is a new symbolic and practical addition. Last week, Urban Green Energy, a renewable energy firm, installed two wind turbines near the second level of the tower within the metal scaffolding. The turbines will produce 10,000 kilowatts per hours, enough to offset all the electricity used on the first floor, which includes restaurants, a souvenir shop, and historical exhibits, in a given year.

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Walmart Goes Local

How many reusable bags does it take to tote $1 billion worth of local produce?

In just a few years, locavores might find themselves shopping at a once unthinkable destination: Walmart. The retail behemoth announced new goals to dramatically increase its patronage of local and sustainable farms, according to a New York Times article on Thursday.

While Walmart began to source food from local farms a few years ago—to save on fuel costs and boost its public image—the new goals represent a much more serious effort to focus on local. Plans include investing $2 billion globally in infrastructure for local food distribution, doubling the percentage of local produce sold in American stores, and selling $1 billion worth of produce from smaller, local farms in Walmart's emerging market locations.

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