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Samantha Black, editor

60 minutes of darkness: Earth Hour—another perspective

On Saturday, March 28, cities around the world turned off their lights to observe “Earth Hour.” Iconic landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Manhattan’s skyscrapers darkened to encourage reduced energy use and signal a commitment to fighting climate change.
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North Korea undeterred by toothless trade restrictions

When North Korea’s long-awaited rocket launch finally occurred this weekend, there were nearly as many explanations as there were commentators: it was an attempt to politically destabilize the conservative Lee Myung-bak administration in Seoul and force it into a more pliable policy; it was a test of the new Obama administration in Washington; it was the manifestation of pre-succession political maneuvering in Pyongyang in which no player could afford to appear conciliatory toward the country’s adversaries; or it was a test drive of new technology for foreign customers such as Iran. To these speculations one might append the obvious: that it was an exercise aimed at furthering North Korea’s ballistic missile capability with the ultimate goal of marrying the country’s weapons of mass destruction to long-range delivery systems. And finally, the professed North Korean explanation must be entertained: a peaceful launch of a communications satellite.
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