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Europeans turn off lights to acknowledge global warming February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Lifestyle.
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The Eiffel Tower‘s 20,000 sparkling bulbs went dark for five minutes Thursday night and the lights went out at the Colosseum in Rome and the Greek Parliament in Athens in a demonstration of concern about climate change across the European continent.

The City of Light dimmed between 7:55 p.m. and 8 p.m. when lights were switched off at the Eiffel Tower as well as the Paris’ Hilton, where many of the scientists and officials from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are staying as they work on the climate change report. The hotel even switched off its electric revolving front door.

And the document, the most authoritative science on the issue, says the disturbing signs are already visible in rising seas, killer heat waves, worsening droughts and stronger hurricanes.

Royal, a former environment minister, has pledged to make the fight against climate change her top ecological priority if elected in France‘s April-May elections.

“I think it‘s an important gesture,” said Chantal Bericault, who said she turned off all electrical appliances in her apartment in the chic 8th district of the French capital. Bericault, a jewelry store owner, said she had even braved her building‘s stairs in the dark.

Several European cities staged symbolic blackouts along with Paris.

In Spain, Madrid‘s city hall turned off one of the capital‘s most emblematic monuments, the Puerta de Alcala arch. In the southern city of Seville, local authorities did the same with the famous Giralda Tower, and the Mediterranean city of Valencia also turned out lights at some landmark buildings.