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One Plug to Fit Them All

Every newly purchased mobile phone comes with a new charger. Even if you’ve already got a working charger from your last phone, chances are it won’t work with the new one. It’s redundant. Each year manufacturers pump out 51,000 tons (the equivalent of an oversize cruise ship) of redundant phone chargers. No more. The International Telecommunication Union has agreed on a design for a universal charger which will go into production next year. The move to one universal charger, eliminating the need for redundant models, is a move predictedto reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 13.6 million tons annually. It’s one cheap fix for global warming among many. [%comments]