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Eiffel Tower turns off lights as part of global Earth Hour

media Climate change activists demonstrate in front of the Eiffel Tower last year Reuters/Mal Langsdon

The Eiffel Tower turned off its lights for several minutes on Saturday evening as part of Earth Hour, an annual gesture to remind the world of the need to fight climate change. Paris's most famous landmark joined monuments from Sydney to Santiago in shutting off the power for up to an hour.

Saturday's shutdown was the 10th Earth Hour but the first to follow last year's Cop21 climate conference in Paris.

There world leaders agreed to keep global warming at no more than 2.0°C higher than pre-industrial revolution levels.

Despite that commitment, February smashed global temperature records by what scientists called a "stunning" margin with an average global surface temperature 1.35°C higher than the 1951-1980 average, according to data released by Nasa.

Fossil fuels, used for electricity production, are responsible three-quarters of the greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for global warming.

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