American researcher Mark Jacobson has come up with a plan called the Solutions Project to convert the entire US power supply to renewable energy. It’s a great project in itself, particularly considering that the US is still far too wedded to fossil fuels and – even worse – nuclear power.
However, in the course of his project, Mark Jacobson also came across an unexpected benefit of offshore wind farms, namely that diffuse and disrupt massive hurricanes before they can make landfall, which is a big boon particularly in the hurricane prone South East of the US. Ars Technica has more. So does iO9. Found via Jay Lake.