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Plans Revealed to Turn Eiffel Tower into a Green Tourist Attraction

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December 14, 2011

Plans were revealed to turn the Eiffel Tower into a green tourist attraction

The term "urban jungle" takes on new meaning as plans are revealed to turn the Eiffel Tower into a green tourist attraction. The news that the project has been approved by Paris' city council was leaked by Le Figaro and immediately caused controversy, with some railing against the transformation of an engineering monument to the industrial age and others feeling that it is a waste of money during such difficult financial times. According to the UK's Daily Mail, the 1,063-foot-tall Eiffel Tower will be covered in 600,000 plants at the cost of 76 million Euros. Most funding will come from French companies, with some possibly coming from government subsidies. The thousands of baskets of plants will be accompanied by a state-of-the-art irrigation system. The result will be "carbon positive," with the tower giving off an estimated 84.2 metric tons of CO2 and absorbing 87.8 metric tons. The goal date for completion is 2016.

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