Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his people to go green on Feb. 6, pointing to developed nations as a model to emulate energy-saving methods. Like most other ex-Soviet states, Kazakhstan still operates a network of crumbling power utilities and pipelines built in Soviet times when energy-awareness was low on official agenda. In his annual state of the nation address, Nazarbayev ? in power since before the 1991 Soviet collapse ? said it was time for Kazakhs to get rid of their wasteful habits. (Reuters)

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