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Many Canadians power down for Earth Hour

TORONTO - Many Canadians turned off their lights for an hour Saturday night as part of a global and symbolic stand against climate change. In New Brunswick the government-owned utililty NB Power tweeted a picture of its Fredericton headquarters darkened. Toronto's CN Tower turned off all exterior lighting except for aircraft safety lights and reduced as much interior lighting as it could. Toronto Hydro tweeted that power usage dropped by six per cent during Earth Hour.

Sydney switches off for Earth Hour

Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday for the Earth Hour environmental campaign, among the first landmarks around the world to dim their lights for the event. Lights will go out in some 7,000 cities and towns from New York to New Zealand for Earth Hour which this year aims to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for green projects. "The thing about Earth Hour is that is reminds people that it needs to be a global response," said Anna Rose, national Earth Hour manager for Australia, the country in which the event began in 2007.

Sydney switches off for Earth Hour

Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday for the Earth Hour environmental campaign, among the first landmarks around the world to dim their lights for the event. Lights will go out in some 7,000 cities and towns from New York to New Zealand for Earth Hour which this year aims to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for green projects. "The thing about Earth Hour is that is reminds people that it needs to be a global response," said Anna Rose, national Earth Hour manager for Australia, the country in which the event began in 2007.

S. Korea to join global lights-off event Saturday

SEJONG, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will take part in a worldwide lights-off campaign for the planet this weekend, the government said Thursday, calling for people's active participation in the campaign. The Ministry of Environment said about 70,000 public and private buildings and 300 households will turn their lights off for an hour from 8:30 p.m. Saturday in this year's Earth Hour campaign to be held jointly with the Korean branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Ottawa introduces new fuel efficiency ratings, labels for cars and trucks

OTTAWA - Ottawa is introducing new fuel consumption ratings and labels for cars and trucks. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says the new ratings will provide consumers with a more accurate reading of a vehicle's fuel efficiency by taking into account factors such as cold weather, air conditioner use and rapid acceleration and braking. The government will also publish a list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles this year, which will include a online searchable database where consumers can go for information on different vehicles.

U.S. offers fuel economy, emissions labels for used cars

By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. car dealers and private sellers may now post window labels on used vehicles that show gas mileage and climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions under a federal government program to help buyers pick out more fuel-efficient second-hand vehicles. Interest in fuel economy has grown amongst U.S. consumers due to more efficient vehicles and higher gas prices but information on miles-per-gallon has been hard to find for buyers looking at used cars at dealerships.

Analysis: How energy efficiency firms are eating utilities' lunch

By Geert De Clercq and Vera Eckert PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - With better insulation, triple glazing and frugal boilers, new houses can cut energy use by up to 90 percent, which is good news for consumers but bad for utilities that vie with energy services firms for their efficiency euros. An unstoppable efficiency drive spurred by EU regulations and national targets poses a dilemma for utilities.

65% of housing facilities in Kazakhstan consume 2-3 times more energy than in Europe - UNDP expert

About 65% of residential buildings consume 2-3 times more energy in Kazakhstan than in Europe, UNDP project manager Bayan Abulkhairova announced at the scientific and practical conference "Energy audit and energy management - a component of sustainable energy development" on Thursday."The housing stock in the country is 271 million square meters," Abulkhairova said.She noted that the UNDP developed a number of recommendations for the development of energy efficiency.

World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Kremlin -- along with a slew of other landmarks around the world -- went dark Saturday to draw attention to climate change. In a symbolic show of support for the planet, people across the continents switched off their lights for 60 minutes -- all at 8:30 pm local time -- to make "Earth Hour." In bustling New York, that's exactly what happened when the Empire State Building pulled the plug on its nighttime brilliance.

World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Iconic landmarks and skylines were plunged into darkness on Saturday as the "Earth Hour" switch-off of lights around the world got under way to raise awareness of climate change. Organisers expect hundreds of millions of people across more than 150 countries to turn off their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night -- at 8:30 pm local time -- in a symbolic show of support for the planet. In Paris, the city of light, the iconic Eiffel Tower turned off its illumination -- but for security reasons only for five minutes.
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