Working less, playing more key 'to save planet': Study

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Americans should work less, play more to save the planet, a new study has suggested.

According to a Washington think tank, this is a basic formula to cut down on global warming.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research's new report said that the shift from a U.S. work model to a more "European" one, which includes shorter work weeks and more vacation time, could cut as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100.

The study claims that scaling back on work hours could bring down greenhouse gases, Fox News reports.

Rosnick, who wrote the study, said that assuming that 40-to-60 percent of potential global warming is already locked in, about one-quarter to one-half of the warming that is not already locked in could be cut by scaling back hours.

The report outlined how worldwide energy patterns could be dependent on which model developing countries choose to copy in the coming years.

If they choose to follow the U.S. model, they would apparently consume 30 percent more energy than they do now, the report added.

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