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International News Archive - December 29, 2010

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The Japanese government decided Tuesday to put off the creation of a greenhouse gas emissions trading system until after the fiscal year 2013 in the face of strong resistance from the business world, a move that bodes ill for the country’s efforts to combat global warming.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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