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Planet Powers Down for Earth Hour

Tens of millions switched off their lights last weekend to mark Earth Hour - a global event organised by WWF - Australia.

At 8pm local time on Saturday (29 March), governments, businesses and individuals were encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour.

The event, which was first held in Sydney last year, was rolled out across Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. According to WWF-Australia chief, Greg Bourne, every continent including Antarctica had some involvement, with people signing up to the action from “pretty much every country in the world”.

In Sydney the world famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House were cast into relative darkness for the hour, as were global landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Colosseum in Rome. However, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf in East London remained illuminated.

According to the London Free Press, Londoners cut their electricity use over the hour by 2%, which is equivalent amount of power to run 117,000 bulbs for one hour. In comparison Energy Australia, which supplies much of Sydney's electricity, claims to have recorded an 8.4% drop in energy.

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published 11:04 - 31 March 2008