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Venezuela tries to trim energy consumption by 10 percent

CARACAS — Venezuela, one of the world’s leading oil producers, is trying to limit its power consumption as the country’s decrepit power utilities struggle to keep up with the demand. The government on Monday said the biggest electricity consumers — shopping malls, factories, office buildings and even some homes —…

Wired! Young Americans increase coffee consumption

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Young American adults have increased the amount of coffee they drink daily in 2011, after feeling better about their finances following the global economic crisis, a survey showed on Saturday. Forty percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds who responded to theNational Coffee Association’s National Coffee Drinking…

Climate and consumers biggest threats to future: UN

Rich countries “need to blaze the trail” on making economic growth less dependent on fossil fuels and helping poor nations get onto the path of sustainable development, said the annual Human Development Report. Highlighting the failure of last year’s Copenhagen climate summit, it called for international commitment at events such…

Shocker: Conservatives have no taste for conservation, study finds

A pair of University of California, Los Angeles professors tracking subtle socioeconomic responses to detailed consumer information about power consumption have effectively pinpointed something oft’ joked of by so-called “liberals” but never genuinely proven until now: conservatives, by and large, have no taste for conservation. By studying average household electricity…

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