08/24/2012 11:32 am ET

The Past And Future Of Wind Power

Windmills evoke images of simpler times when humans relied on wind, water and wood for energy, but dreams of wind's potential can conflict with harsh reality. People dependent on direct wind power are sometimes left stranded – like these sailors stuck in Weymouth Bay. Given the sporadic nature of wind, who would be courageous, or foolish, enough to undertake a massive endeavor relying on its power? Well, British adventurer Philip Beale, who has already sailed around all of Africa with the wind pushing his 50-ton ship.

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