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[GreenYes] Australia bans incandescents; / Mercury in fluorescents

to Change Lightbulbs to Curb Warming


CANBERRA -- Australia will be the world's first
country to ban incandescent lightbulbs in a bid
to curb Greenhouse gas emissions, with the
government saying on Tuesday they would be phased
out within three years. Environment Minister
Malcolm Turnbull said yellow incandescent bulbs,
which have been in use virtually unchanged for
125 years, would be replaced by more efficient
compact fluorescent bulbs by 2009.

"By that stage you simply won't be able to buy
incandescent lightbulbs, because they won't meet
the energy standard," Turnbull told local radio.

Turnbull said the banning of incandescent bulbs
would help trim 800,000 tonnes from Australia's
current emissions level by 2012 and lower
household lighting costs by 66 per cent.

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in energy-saving bulbs worries scientists

<>Yahoo! News

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There's an old joke about
the number of people it takes to change a light
bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient
kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard
part is getting rid of them when they burn out.

Mercury is poisonous, but it's also a necessary
part of most compact fluorescent bulbs, the kind
that environmentalists and some governments are
pushing as a way to cut energy use.

With an estimated 150 million CFLs sold in the
United States in 2006 and with Wal-Mart alone
hoping to sell 100 million this year, some
scientists and environmentalists are worried that
most are ending up in garbage dumps.

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Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.

Environmental Scientist, Educator, Photographer
New York City

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