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globalbriefs Choo Choo Breakthrough: Wind-Powered Trains in Holland


Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now run- ning on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use


conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power


lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy


Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of


Balloon Doom: Far-Flying Rubber Harms Sea Creatures


great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental


Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling


Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stom- achs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of


one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biode-


gradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music perfor- mances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters.


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