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The Netherlands... they now run all of their electric trains on wind energy, meeting a goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

Dutch train companies, especially industry leader NS, worked with power company Eneco to get the train systems on wind power. This makes NS the world’s first rail company that gets its energy 100% from wind power.

NS annually consumes 1.2 billion kWh of wind electricity, reportedly equivalent to the amount all households in Amsterdam consume each year. The 100 per cent wind energy-powered trains transport 600,000 passengers and three strokes of an Eneco (dutch energy company) wind turbine drives a railway train one kilometre. That means 1,200,000 train trips per day without CO2 emissions.

One hour of an operational windmill provides enough energy for a train to cross 200 km, and three rotations of a wind turbine enables a train to travel 1 km.


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One of the weirdest places on earth has to be the Japanese Cat Island. A short ferry ride from Japan’s east coast, Tashirojima has a population of one hundred humans and 140 cats…. which roam around napping, playing, and snagging snacks from residents and tourists. They outnumber humans. Originally the cats were encouraged since the island produced silk, and mice are a natural predator of silkworms. Local fishermen regarded them as good luck. The island even has a cat shrine, along with newly built cat shaped cabins for tourists to stay in. It goes without saying that there are no dogs allowed. And Guess what… it appears this is not the only cat island in Japan!

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Morocco's Argania trees are infested with nut-hungry goats.

It is not the goats that are special in Morocco. It is the trees. The Argania tree is a rare tree that produces such a tasty nut that the local goats just can't get enough. They will even climb to the top branches in order to pick the delicious nuts. Goats are natural climbers and are very sure-footed. Goats are also herd animals, so once one goat spots an Argania tree, all of his friends follow. Soon the tree is full of goats.

Grown almost exclusively in Sous Valley in southwestern Morocco, the Argania is a rare and protected species after years of over-farming and clear-cutting. Local farmers condone and even cultivate this bizarre feeding practice, keeping the goats away from the trees while the fruit matures and releasing them at the right time. There is also a secondary benefit to the goats’ habits which is found in their output. After the goats finish eating the fruit and nuts off the tree, they pass valuable clumps of seeds which are then pressed to create the sought-after Argan oil.

It looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!

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